Pinot Noir Pilgrimage in Willamette Valley, Oregon

Expansive vineyard hillside views

Expansive vineyard hillside views

A desire for a wine holiday was the reason I found myself driving along country roads surrounded by vineyards and rural farmlands in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. I recently discovered the joy of combining wine tasting with travel as a wonderful way to experience a place. This flourishing wine region exists because visionary growers didn’t heed critics who claimed that wine grapes would not grow here (happily those critics were wrong). Today, the area is synonymous with Pinot Noir and boasts more than 300 wineries. I had heard the wine industry here is dominated by family-owned wineries where a warm welcome awaits, likened to Napa in the 1980s. Having been away for 30 years, I couldn’t wait to see for myself.

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The Allure of Oregon

Enjoy the wines and views at Abacela Winery

Enjoy the wines and views at Abacela Winery

Oregon has it all: mountains, forests, rivers, valleys and, best of all, no traffic like in the Bay Area. In about five hours, my husband and I drove from San Francisco and reached southern Oregon.

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Fifty Shades of Portland: Discovering the Sensual Side

Heathman Hotel lobby bar

Heathman Hotel lobby bar

Does Portland have a sexy side? The question nagged at me as I arrived in the Rose City for a weekend of adventure. The elements were certainly present: a food culture, shopping, art, music, and wine. Regardless of what the television show “Portlandia” would have us believe about the zany character, I was on a mission to uncover its romantic nature—if one existed.

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Everything's Coming Up Roses in Portland

A bird's-eye view of downtown Portland and the Williamette River

Portland, Oregon is a city with a well-deserved reputation for wet weather. If you visit during a downpour, you can grumble about the weather or behave like a true Oregonian and go about your business like it isn’t raining.

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Putting on the Ritz at the Nines Hotel

Reception desk at The Nines Hotel Portland, Oregon

On a recent visit to Portland, Oregon I was pleasantly surprised to visit The Nines, Portland's swankiest hotel! This isn't just any hotel, it is a masterpiece of modern chic within a treasured landmark. Located in downtown Portland's top nine floors of the historic Meier & Frank department store, it transforms a historic building into an ultra modern hotel.

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