Sunday, August 11, 2013

Willamette Vineyards and Oregon Coast

During our stay at the Willamette Wine County RV Park, we visited three different vineyards which was a lot of fun.  We had tried a couple of wine flights the week before, so we decided to pick out a bottle at each winery and enjoy sipping our wine overlooking the stunning grounds.  We really enjoyed wrapping up our day at the wineries.

We enjoyed a lovely Chardonnay at Stoller Vineyards overlooking their beautiful grounds.  We could even see Mt. Hood in the distance.

We also visited Lange Vineyards and sipped an elegant Pinot Noir again with wonderful scenery and a glimpse of Mt. Hood in the background.  I also snapped a picture of a vine full of unripened grapes.  I can only imagine how beautiful it will be when they ripen.

We wrapped up wine week at Eyrie Winery which was the first winery to open in the Willamette Valley.  They are still doing tastings in the original tasting room which is where we enjoyed a delightful Pinot Gris which is one of the wines that is a specialty of the area.

On Friday we packed up and drove 1 1/2 hours to get to the Oregon coast line where the weather if considerably cooler.  The highs for the first two days here, hit the high 60's in the late afternoons and the mornings have started cool and foggy covered in ocean mists.  We are enjoying the fact that we don't need the air conditioner.  We explored the area briefly Friday afternoon and took a walk on this beach.

On Saturday, we explored the Oregon Coast Aquarium which was a great way to spend an hour or so.

After the majority of the morning mist burned off, we explored a bit of Route 101 which is the Scenic Byway along the coast line.  The drive was beautiful with lots of photo spots along the way.

We are looking forward to exploring this area more this week and enjoying the cooler temps.  I just wish the days would start a little warmer than 55 degrees or so and the sun would burn through the fog and mist more quickly.

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