A hot air balloon makes the perfect perch for a panoramic view of Newberg, Ore.
Yamhill County’s second-largest city, Newberg was first called Chehalem. Here the Quakers established a school, now known as George Fox University, in 1891 and built a solid, religious community. Owing to the push of population from Portland, Newberg has steadily increased in size over the past few decades and has taken on a more urban character. Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce: 415 E. Sheridan St., 538-2014, chehalemvalley.org.
Area code is 503.
Just a mile outside Newberg proper, Rex Hill Vineyards was Oregon’s first showplace winery. It makes an exemplary introduction to the industry, with its on-site classes and daily tastings. 30835 N. Hwy. 99W, 538-0686, rexhill.com. Stop in at the Hoover-Minthorn House Museum, where Herbert Hoover, the nation’s 31st president, lived during part of his youth. The 1881 residence contains original furnishings and memorabilia. 115 S. River St., 538-6629, newbergoregon.gov/newberg/hoover-minthorn-house. On the Willamette River seven miles east of Newberg is the Champoeg State Heritage Area, where you can walk or bike along the Willamette River, visit the spot where Oregon’s territorial government was founded in 1843, or check out the Historic Butteville Store, founded in 1863 and still operating. 678-1251, oregonstateparks.org. Winery tasting rooms in the midst of town are the friendly Chehalem (106 S. Center St., 538-4700, chehalemwines.com) and Dark Horse Wine Bar (1505 Portland Rd., 538-2427), the latter pouring Medici, Sineann, and Ferraro wines. Several dozen more wineries are located along the north valley slopes of the Chehalem Mountains, off Highway 240. See chehalemmountains.org for history and routes.
Jory Restaurant at the Allison Inn and Spa lured chef Sunny Jin from Napa Valley’s renowned French Laundry. Be prepared to be pampered with such treats as Quinault Tribe steelhead with black rice, rapini, Dungeness crab, and beurre fondue—and to give your wallet a workout. 2525 Allison Ln., 554-2526, theallison.com/restaurant.php. The Painted Lady, in an alluring Queen Anne Victorian, has been offering an intimate dining experience and organic, architectural, modern American cuisine since 2005. 201 S. College St., 538-3050, thepaintedladyrestaurant.com. “Cellar chic” describes SubTerra, beneath the Dark Horse Wine Bar, a below-ground restaurant serving competitively priced, hearty Continental cuisine such as a spiced rack of lamb. 1505 Portland Rd., 538-6060, subterrarestaurant.com. For a down-home approach, enjoy huge portions of classic Italian food and perfect pizza at Pasquale’s. 111 W. First St., 538-0910.
The impeccably designed rooms at Allison Inn and Spa are both modern and generous, with fireplaces, porches, and lots of stone, wood, and copper. From $275 for AAA members. 2525 Allison Ln., 554-2525, theallison.com. The Best Western Newberg Inn offers 51 tidy rooms—some of them pet friendly—and an indoor pool, hot tub, and steam room. 2211 Portland Rd., 537-3000, bestwesternoregon.com. To find a place to stay, visit AAA.com/hotels.
Photography by Phoebe Owens
This article was first published in August 2011. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.
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Forest Grove: Sip sake or bird-watch
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