Day Trip from Portland
From spectacular wine and farm fresh cuisine to breathtaking scenery and a rich cultural scene, it’s no wonder Travel Oregon calls the mid-Willamette Valley ‘The Most Oregon Part of Oregon’. Deciding which of the many things to see and do with just one day here, can be challenging. Whether you’re a go with the flow type of traveler or like to follow a strict schedule, we invite you to take some ideas from our sample ‘day trip from Portland’ itinerary, and see where the valley winds take you!
Day Trip from Portland
- About 40 minutes SW of Portland, in the town of Dundee, is Red Hills Market. You’ll feel right at home enjoying an espresso and pastry in their cozy, farm style digs.
- While in Dundee, visit one of their fantastic wineries or tasting rooms. Try ‘The Front Porch’ at Sokol Blosser, where stunning vineyard views will be the backdrop to the beginning of your afternoon while you take your first sips of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir of the day.
- Head west on 99 and in about 15 minutes you could be taking in breathtaking views once again, this time of the Pacific Coast Range as you sip on a variety of exquisite wines at Anne Amie Vineyards in Carleton.
- By this time, you will likely have worked up quite an appetite. Why not pop over to McMinnville for lunch at the award-winning and family owned Golden Valley Brewery and Restaurant.
- There’s no better place to then walk off a good meal than McMinnville’s historic downtown, where charming shops and galleries line the streets. Feeling like a longer stroll? Take their 14 block self-guided walking tour and take in some McMinnville history while you’re at it. Those feeling a bit less ambitious would probably be happy to meet you at Serendipity Ice Cream when you’re finished.
- If you haven’t gotten your fill yet of small-town charm, head East 7 miles to the town of Dayton. Check out Seufert Winery and then stop by Dayton’s Courthouse Square Park.
- Finally, head over to Amity, the heart of the Willamette Valley, and choose from a few last tasting rooms all within walking distance of one another. The Bramble – featuring Silas Wines is located in the same building as Amity Flats while Coelho Winery, and Samuel Robert Winery are within a half block.
- For dinner, grab a casual bite at Tacos Burros on Trade Street or continue the day’s farm-to-table trend by paying a visit to The Blue Goat.
- Cap the night off with a stay at Amity’s very own Amity Flats and enjoy a comfortable visit!
Thirsty for more? Find additional itinerary ideas on our Wine Weekend Getaway Itinerary <link out>.