Renovated Country Lodge with Upscale Restaurant in Oregon’s Willamette Valley
Once a secluded country getaway for politicians and celebrities, Village Green Resort was renovated in 2003 to recapture its upscale feel. The resort is defined by its 14 themed gardens, spread out over 14 acres and together support more than 2,200 different plant species. Relax in the Woodland Shade garden, where cascading flowering plants create a dramatic canopy, or the lustrous Golden Garden, where a towering tulip tree bears hanging wind chimes and bells. This tranquil setting also makes for a convenient spot to visit nearby wineries—there are nine within 25 miles—and Cottage Grove’s classic covered bridges.
The onsite restaurant Seasons at the Green, serves gourmet fare such as honey-glazed wild salmon and slow-roasted prime rib. Enjoy dinner for two here with a private-label bottle of wine, included in this Groupon. After hours, crowds gather in the lodge-inspired lounge for live entertainment ranging from acoustic performances to karaoke to standup comedy. The lounge features a double-sided, wood-burning fireplace and also offers a hearty lunch menu and daily happy-hour specials.
When it’s warm, you can grab one of the resort’s rental tandem bikes and head to Row River Trail, a paved recreational route that stretches past the countryside’s farmland, shorelines, and old sawmills.
The guest rooms reflect the hotel's elegant and country-style sensibilities, with distressed wood furnishings and garden-gate bed frames. In the deluxe room, you can relax on a private garden patio or curl up by the indoor fireplace. Standard rooms, meanwhile, feature triple-sheeted bedding, ensuite bathrooms, and flat-screen TVs.
Cottage Grove, Oregon: Covered Bridges and Biking Trails near Wine Country
Located in western Oregon about 20 miles from Eugene, Cottage Grove is known as the covered-bridge capital of Oregon. Take a self-guided tour through the country landscape and you can find half a dozen of these bridges, including the recently restored Chambers Railroad Bridge, which was originally built in 1925. Located at the southern tip of the Willamette Valley—one of the country’s most prolific wine regions—Cottage Grove is awash in opportunities for wine tasting. You can sample award-winning pinot noirs and chardonnays at wineries housed in farmstead barns and European mansions, or tour organic vineyards that stretch across quiet, rolling hills.