A refurbished relic of the Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition, Portland's first and only "World's Fair," the Aurora State Bank building has gone on a hundred year journey to become the landmark it is today. Transported from Portland to Aurora in 1905, its vaults have played host to robberies, Hollywood productions, and dental cleanings. Though the bank's two original vaults remain, they now house racks that Pheasant Run Winery fills with their small-batch, locally sourced wines. Winemakers harvest their grapes from local and sustainable vineyard estates in Willamette Valley, Walla Walla, and Horse Heaven Hills and ferment them into New World-style wines. They cold-soak grapes in small bins to extract more color and flavor for their signature pinot noir and blend merlot, syrah, and cabernet grapes to create a rich red with notes of blackcurrant and plum and the power to unite feuding grape vines.
This grey brick building is also home to their tasting lounge. Guests walk through the original doors and across the original lobby tiles to savor glasses at tasting tables surrounded by dark wood-trimmed windows. Visitors can also find a rotating collection of prints, paintings, ceramics, and jewelry from local artists. The winery owners also connect to the community through their donations to local charities and non-profits.
Born into a winemaking family in Hungary, Josef immigrated to the United States in the late 1950s to pursue baking. After more than a decade, however, he cooked up a new idea. Together with his wife Lilli, he purchased a scenic plot of land in the Willamette Valley and planted his first grape vines in 1978—making St. Josef's one of the earliest wineries in Oregon. Even as his ambition grew, Josef never forgot his roots; his first varietals—namely, riesling, gewürztraminer, and pinot gris—harkened back to his youth in central Europe amid the Adriatic's glistening waves of chablis.
Today, the 40-acre winery—now by a third generation of Josef's family—produces bottles of crisp whites and earthy reds, filling at least 90 percent of each batch with grapes grown on the St. Josef's vineyard. Even as Oregon's wine industry has grown over the years, Portland Monthly praises the well-aged coziness of St. Josef's, saying they've “yet to find a better sipping spot” in all of Willamette Valley.
You won't be disappointed at Canby's Puddin River Chocolates, where well-prepared eats and delicious drinks rule the menu.
Puddin River Chocolates provides seasonal outdoor seating — be sure to grab a chair before it's too late.
Interested in eating out over the weekend? Keep in mind that the restaurant gets swamped on Fridays and Saturdays, and service may take longer than expected.
Parking can be a pain in the neck, but it's as available as ever near the restaurant.
Major credit cards are accepted, so you can save yourself a trip to the ATM.
Set on 35 hillside acres with views of adjacent Willamette Valley vineyards meadows and gardens The Allison Inn and Spa is comprised of 85 deluxe guest rooms inclusive of eight suites each featuring a fireplace terrace or balcony window seat and spa inspired bathroom The 15000 sq ft Allison Spa includes twelve treatment rooms a glass enclosed swimming pool with outdoor terrace and whirlpool a Technogym equipped Fitness Studio and lifestyle retail boutique as well The pool and fitness studio are for the exclusive use of lodging guests
Laurel Ridge Winery and Finn Hill Vineyard are a must stop for anyone wanting to have an amazing Willamette Valley wine experience.
We offer a large array of amazing wines at great values. Some of our current offerings include: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, and Sparkling Wine!
We love to share great wine and great times with all of our friends, and look forward to you becoming part of the family.
Inside a historical brick building, Howard Hinsdale Cellars' wine pros select from international and Oregon-based small producers to fill glasses with potables, which diners sip between bites of creative and health-focused bistro fare. Tenders at the stained wooden bar pour each palate-pleasing blend, and the kitchen crew uses local, seasonal items as well as imported meats and cheese to craft more small plates than are spun by a circus school's kindergarten class. Beginning at 7 p.m., music fills the lounge-style dining area with groovy tunes from jazz groups and singer-songwriters. Visitors can also sip wine on a wooden deck overhanging a scenic creek or plan their visit to correspond with events such as tastings and movie nights.