By Courtney Cochran
Oregon’s famed Willamette Valley – a wonderfully bucolic spot an hour’s easy
drive from Portland – may just be the anti-Napa Valley. You
won’t find any medieval castles or Persian Palaces
here, though you WILL find no shortage of ridiculously good wine, an incredibly
warm people and a far slower pace of life than that in bustling
California. So slow down (literally, the police ticket a lot
around these parts), take your time and prepare to be awed by the natural
beauty of your surroundings, the superb quality of the wines and the kindness
of the people serving them. It’s not exactly wine country in slow
motion, but it’s not far off.
And given the hectic pace of our lives these days, this can be a very good thing.
Willamette Itinerary: North Valley
Willamette Itinerary: South Valley