Cal Falls To Oregon In Haas Pavilion

Cal Falls To Oregon In Haas Pavilion

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Evelien Lutje Schipholt had 10 points and eight rebounds for the Bears.

Bears Unable To Keep Up With Ducks Sunday Afternoon

BERKELEY – Oregon came out hot from long distance to build an early lead and the Ducks cruised to an 88-53 victory over Cal Sunday afternoon in Haas Pavilion.
Oregon went 6-for-8 from 3-point range in the first quarter and finished the game, 14-for-26 from behind the arc. Sydney Parrish made her first six attempts and finished with 21 points, while Te-Hina Paopao was 4-of-5 on 3-pointers and had 21 points, as well.
Oregon (8-5, 1-1 Pac-12) took control quickly, running out to a 16-2 advantage in the first five minutes with only a Jayda Curry layup putting Cal on the board. The Ducks hit four 3-pointers during the stretch, including three from Parrish. The Bears closed out the first quarter with a trio of 3-pointers, but still trailed, 26-13.
Oregon remained hot from the outside in the second quarter and ended the first half 10-for-16 from long range and 50-27 lead. Curry paced the Bears (9-4, 0-2 Pac-12) with 10 points during the opening two periods. After the break, the Ducks grew their advantage to as many as 37 points.
Curry led the Bears with 13 points overall, with Evelien Lutje Schipholt adding 10 points and eight rebounds. Cal was efficient getting to the free throw line, where they were 20-of-26.
Cal hits the road for three straight games, starting with a visit to Utah that tips off at 6 p.m. PT Thursday. The Bears then go to Colorado for an 11 a.m. PT contest on Sunday, Jan. 16 and travel to Stanford for a 7 p.m. tip on Friday, Jan. 21. All three games will be televised on the Pac-12 Network.

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How weather delays Impact Oregon road travel | News

We have seen road closures and pass closures all over Washington and Oregon. Early this week we had highways shut down in Oregon due to wind, snow, ice, and landslides.

All the state highways shut down in Umatilla county one day this week because of wintry conditions. Parts of I-84 closed several times in various parts of the state.

I-84 is a major route with lots of traffic, and traffic varies.

The Oregon Department sees roughly 10-11,000 vehicles traveling on I-84 at any given time. In busier times, around sometimes 15 to 16,000 a day.

Tom Strandberg, a Public Information Officer for the Oregon Department of Transportation, says in eastern Oregon, 40 to 50 percent of those vehicles are semi-trucks.

“So you can imagine when the freeway shuts down for a few hours you’ve got X number of vehicles going by there if its 5,000 trucks a day and you break that down into hours you have several hundred trucks that could be impacted,” said Strandberg.

Strandberg is urging truck drivers to pay attention to chain-up warnings because he says many closures happen as a result of those larger truck crashes.

To learn more about the cost of travel delays, click here. stay up to date with road information in Oregon, click here.

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Weekend Itinerary: What to Do in McMinnville, Oregon

Most tourists bee-line to McMinnville for the dozens of wineries that dot the hillsides here and through Yamhill County. But there’s plenty to discover in the small city at the base of the hills, from food-forward restaurants and coffeeshops to historically preserved theaters and a hopping arcade.

Given its proximity to Portland (45 minutes, if you hit the traffic lights through Sherwood just right), exploring the Mac proper, beyond the grape, makes for a perfect weekend getaway. Here’s what you need to put on your itinerary.

Where to Stay

Before you get to any playing, and before you get to any eating, you need to be staying. On the outskirts of McMinnville’s historic downtown, A’ Tuscan Estate Bed and Breakfast offers rooms with an old-world, courtly charm, as though you’ve just woken up in a Jane Austen-esque fairytale—these accommodations have indeed bewitched us body and soul. (Check out their cottages, too.) 

For a more urban, modern feel, check out 3rd Street Flats and the Atticus Hotel, both downtown. At 3rd Street Flats, you’ll find 11 self-service and full-service flats with amenities including complimentary wine and chocolate or local teas and coffee. At the luxe Atticus, the emphasis is on local pride; work by area artists hangs on the walls, the book selections have been curated by locals,  and the connecting restaurant and lounge comes from Red Hills Kitchen, a longtime hangout for residents. (Pro tip: don’t forget to ask about the front desk about the secret drawing room.) 

If all else fails, there’s always McMenamins. Their four-story Hotel Oregon across from the historic Mack Theater features 42 rooms, a restaurant, live music venue, and rooftop bar.

Where to Play

No trip to McMinnville is complete without a stop at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, which features a vast collection of aircrafts and spacecrafts, a flight simulator, a café, and tons of exhibits. The museum is also home to the Spruce Goose, a massive flying boat constructed by Howard Hughes. (November 2, 2022 marks the Spruce Goose’s 75th anniversary.)

Stretch your legs by checking out the trails at Our Lady of Guadalupe Trappist Abbey for a contemplative hike. (The monastery also allows visitors to rent our rooms at their retreat for the day.) Meanwhile, Joe Dancer Park offers a small trail system near the Yamhill River, plus a fun skatepark. Watch the planes take off at the Galen McBee Airport Park while you perch up on one of its many picnic tables about the forest trails. (Don’t forget to pay a visit to the mushroom house while you’re there.) Lastly, lace up for the Miller Woods Conservation Area. Throughout the 130 acres of forested grass land you’ll find an array of ecosystems, with more than four miles of trails. If you’re a cyclist, there are plenty of routes in the area to explore. Just make sure to pay a visit to Tommy’s Bike Shop if you need a tune-up. 

Break open that piggy bank, we’re heading to Joysticks, a quarters-only arcade. (Don’t worry they’ve got an ATM in the back.) From the retro classics to a wall of pinball machines, make your mark on the leaderboards while sipping on something from their rotating tap list.

Vinyl heads can find a hidden gem at Vortex, the best (well, only) independent record store in the county, and literary nerds can find another book to add to their ever-growing “To Read” list at Third Street Books.

Where to Eat/Drink 


Your day in McMinnville begins with a good breakfast. For a top-notch one, try Wildwood Café, a delightful country diner decked out with vintage signs on the walls and kitchen utensils hanging from the ceiling. Food’s pretty good, too. Try the Wildwood French toast, topped with their house-made granola. Red Fox Bakery & Café offers simple breakfast options and stellar pastries and breads. Don’t forget to snag a tin of macaroons.


Up Highway 99W in the parking lot of the Grocery Outlet, Antojitos La Gordita food cart serves up deliciously inspired Mexican food: tortas, flautas, tamales, burritos, esquite, and more. Wash all that down with a large horchata. For tantalizing Thai food, Thai Country Restaurant is a local favorite. (Note: amid coronavirus, this restaurant is doing takeout only.) Open Tuesday through Saturday, Mac Market has been serving rotating small plates from house chef Kari Shaughnessy, coffee, cocktails, and community in its 10,000-square-foot renovated warehouse since 2019.


Enjoy pizza, pool, and pinot noirs at the Oak, a two-story, full-service bar with seasonal cocktails and rotating beer on tap. After hustling some out-of-towners at the billiard table, swing over to HiFi Wine Bar for a post-game victory vino. There’s a lot to love here, but the space will especially resonate with music nerds for its vinyl selection, surround sound system, and live music. For Spanish-inspired cuisine, a trip to La Rambla is a must. 

Night Cap

Blue Moon is the kind of place where you end your night, the kind of dive bar where locals chat it up with heavy-handed bartenders while Tom Petty plays on the radio. (It’s cash only at this establishment, friend.) For the cocktail-minded, Conservatory Bar has strong PNW focus, with handcrafted cocktails built from locally sourced ingredients.

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Snow, rain make travel treacherous in northern Oregon and Washington – Medford News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A man in northwest Washington was stuck and killed by a snowplow and authorities urged people not to travel in some areas of Washington and Oregon as winter storms continue throughout the region.

Parts of several major highways in Oregon reopened Wednesday after snow from a blizzard earlier this week was compounded by fresh snowfall.

Interstate 84 closed for part of Wednesday east of Pendleton and snow drifts were still making road conditions difficult in Walla Walla County.

The Oregon Department of Transportation on Wednesday afternoon tweeted that tow operators were busy on I-84 in eastern Oregon, and showed a clip of semitrailer trucks stuck on the snow-covered interstate.

In northwest Washington, a man walking along a highway was killed when a snowplow hit him Tuesday.

The Bellingham Herald reports 47-year-old Aaron Cooper of Deming was walking along Highway 9 when a Whatcom County Public Works snowplow hit him, according to the Washington State Patrol.

“The pedestrian had their back to traffic, and the driver of the snowplow did not see him until it was too late,” Trooper Jacob Kennett said.

A wintry mix of precipitation including heavy rain was expected throughout the Puget Sound region Wednesday with possible snow accumulation around Bellingham.

Authorities urged people to delay trips over Snoqualmie Pass on Interstate 90 and over all mountain passes as more snow was expected into Thursday.

“We’re gearing up for a massive storm, which could dump a couple of feet of snow by Thursday!” The National Weather Service in Seattle tweeted about Cascade Mountain passes. “If you can delay your trip over the next 24 hours pls do. We’re going to see very challenging driving conditions with major delays.”

The National Weather Service also issued a winter storm warning predicting snowfall for much of central and eastern Washington including Yakima, Moses Lake, Pullman, Spokane and into Idaho’s Coeur d’Alene area.

The Oregon Department of Transportation said Wednesday that “travelers need to be prepared for anything that comes their way and be ready for lengthy delays” as conditions evolve.

The weather is expected to warm and bring more rain than snow from an atmospheric river to the region in the next few days and flooding could occur, especially in areas of southwestern Washington and northwest Oregon.

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Updates on holiday travel and weather in Lane County and Oregon


Snow in the Willamette Valley appears increasingly likely in the days after Christmas and travel is expected to be challenging all around the holiday as snowy weather moves into Oregon and the Pacific Northwest, turning roads icy and potentially dangerous. 

Gov. Kate Brown declared a state of emergency Thursday evening due to projected severe winter weather across the state. The declaration ends Jan. 3.

“This weather is expected to bring heavy snow and sustained temperatures below freezing, resulting in critical transportation failures and disruptions to power and communications infrastructure,” Brown’s announcement read.

Snow this weekend looks likelier in Eugene than further north in Salem or Portland, said National Weather Service meteorologist John Bumgardner said.

Bumgardner said the weekend is likely to be a “wintery mess.”

“The temperature is going to be fluctuating a lot,” he said.

“We may transition from snow Sunday morning to some rain or all rain Sunday afternoon, and then back to snow that night.”

Check here for the latest updates on weather and traffic conditions you may encounter this holiday weekend.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm watch Central and Southern Willamette Valley, including areas from Eugene and Springfield to Salem, from Saturday afternoon to late Sunday night.  A series of storm systems is expected to bring widespread on and off snow showers to the region, with heavy snow possible, according to the NWS. 

“Anyone with travel plans should stay aware of the latest weather information and have alternative travel plans, or delay travel, if possible,” the NWS said.

Snow may range from a dusting to 6 inches, the NWS said, with the highest amount of amount likely to fall above 500 feet in the foothills of the Cascades, such as in the eastern portions of the Eugene-Springfield metro area. 

The greater Portland area is under a similar watch, with highest amounts of snow expected above 500 feet in the West Hills of Portland and Troutdale and Gresham.

Gov. Brown declared a state of emergency for Oregon on Thursday evening encourage people to make a plan and be prepared for severe weather. 

“I am directing state agencies to work proactively with local emergency management partners to coordinate on communications for emergency services, such as warming centers,” Brown said in the announcement.

“Winter storms mean increased risk for those traveling as well as those staying home for the holidays. Check on your neighbors and loved ones when you can do so safely. If road conditions worsen, please help our first responders by staying home when possible.”

Oregon Highway 58 is closed 10 miles east of Pleasant Hill by a serious crash involving multiple vehicles at the train trestle, Oregon Department of Transportation reported.

Travelers should take alternate routes, avoid the area and watch for emergency responders. 

It is expected to be a lengthy closure.

The crash, with injuries, was reported to Lane County dispatch center at around 5:45 p.m. Thursday. The dispatch logs say people were transported to both PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend and McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center.

Eugene Springfield Fire Department is assisting with the crash, saying in a tweet taht it was sending three ambulances and a Life Flight.

-The Register-Guard

Dense fog has been reported on Interstate 5 near Siskiyou, north of the California border, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation’s Trip Check. 

The Willamette Valley, the mountains, the Columbia River Gorge and Central, Southern and Eastern Oregon all likely will see varying degrees of snow and freezing temperatures over the three-day holiday weekend and into the following week, ODOT officials said in a statement Thursday afternoon.

Travelers should be prepared to encounter hazardous winter conditions.

Use to keep up the latest road conditions. 

-Salem Statesman Journal

3:15 p.m.: Portland, Multnomah County make emergency declarations

Agencies in the Portland metro area are busy preparing for the stretch of snow and frigid temperatures expected next week. 

At a news conference Thursday, Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury declared a state of emergency for the county that will last from Friday until Jan. 3. 

“This will give us the maximum ability to plan, contract and seek additional resources over what could be a very long cold snap stretching to the new year,” Kafoury said.

“According to the latest forecasts, our region is facing an extended period of snow and frigid temperatures, starting this weekend and worsening next week. Those are conditions that bring a high risk of danger to our neighbors who are surviving outside without a home.”

Similarly, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler declared an emergency for Portland, starting at 8 a.m. Friday until Dec. 31.

Multnomah County and the City of Portland are set to open severe winter weather shelters on Christmas Day.

— Salem Statesman Journal

The city of Eugene has announced some public buildings and community centers will be open for use as shelter this weekend, should people need a warm and dry place to go or outages occur.

Public libraries in downtown Eugene, Bethel and Sheldon areas will be open for regular hours except Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 for the holidays. The downtown Eugene library is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Sheldon and Bethel library branches are open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

The city also noted several community centers will be open where people experiencing power outages are encouraged to go. They are open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, but will be closed Friday, Dec. 24, and Friday, Dec. 31, due to the holidays.

  • Amazon Center, 2700 Hilyard St.
  • Campbell Community Center, 155 High St.
  • Hilyard Community Center, 2580 Hilyard St.
  • Petersen Barn, 870 Berntzen Road.
  • Sheldon Community Center, 2445 Willakenzie Road

People also are encouraged to shelter with those friends and family who have power. 

— Jordyn Brown

The freezing and icy temperatures are expected to last a week or more, and the Oregon Office of Emergency Management is asking people to be prepared for what’s coming. 

“Winter storms mean increased risk for those traveling as well as those staying home for the holiday. It’s critical all Oregonians are empowered to do their part for themselves, their family and their community to stay safe,” OEM Deputy Director Matt Marheine said.

If you need assistance, call these numbers:

  • For non-emergency assistance, dial *677 from a mobile phone or call 800-442-2068.
  • Call or text 211 for health and social service assistance and general information.
  • Dial 511 or visit for travel updates.
  • Text-to-911 helps those with emergencies who are deaf, hard of hearing or have limited speech capabilities, as well as anyone unable to talk due to an emergency.

Home heating safety tips:

  • Carbon monoxide is a deadly gas produced by generators, grills, camp stoves and other gasoline-, propane-, natural gas- and charcoal-burning devices. Do not use them inside homes or other enclosed spaces and keep the devices away from any doors and vents.
  • Electric shock and fire are also threats when using alternate heating sources. Be aware of heating devices’ condition and location of use, as well as safe operational procedures.

Communicating during outages:

  • To report a power outage, residents can call EWEB at 844-484-2300, and call 541-682-4800 to report downed trees or road issues.
  • Snow, ice and wind can damage cell towers, disrupting cellphones and internet access.
  • Use a battery-operated radio to listen to public broadcast stations for situation updates.
  • Outages may be widespread and power may not be back up for some time.
  • Check in on family and neighbors to ask who needs assistance and get them the help they need.

Limit exposure and know where to find warming centers:

  • Many Oregon counties are setting up warming shelters. Eagan Warming Centers in Lane County are currently inactive. Get updates at
  • When it is necessary to be outdoors, limit exposure time and wear warm layers. 

Previous coverage: Egan Warming Centers’ season begins as temps drop, calling for more host sites and help

  • Know the signs to prevent frostbite and hypothermia. They include shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech and drowsiness in adults and bright red, cold skin and very low energy in babies.

Protect pets: 

  • Keep pets inside when the temperature drops. If they are outdoors for any reason, make sure they’re protected by a dry, draft-free shelter and routinely check the water dish to assure the water is unfrozen.
  • Remove common poisons like antifreeze and de-icing salt.

— Adam Duvernay


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1 p.m. Thursday: Travel advice

Preparing for winter weather ahead of time makes travel safer and easier. 

AAA Oregon/Idaho is urging drivers to be prepared for winter driving conditions.

Here are the top four tips from AAA for cold weather prep:

  • Check your vehicle’s battery: Dead batteries are the No.1 reason why people call AAA during a cold snap.
  • Have proper traction: Equip your car with the right snow tires or carry chains or tire socks — and know how to put them on.
  • Know how to go on ice and snow: A common mistake people make when driving on slick roads is going too fast for the road conditions.
  • Don’t leave home without an emergency kit in your car: Even a normally short trip can take hours in wintry weather so have provisions in case of a long delay.

— Adam Duvernay

1 p.m. Thursday: How the City of Eugene is preparing

Eugene Public Works is asking people to review the designated snow emergency routes before the winter weather so they can avoid parking vehicles on those routes.

When the city declares an ice/snow emergency, people must remove all vehicles immediately from designated snow emergency routes. The city’s ice/snow ordinance prohibits parking along streets designated snow emergency routes during emergencies.

When temperatures are near or below freezing, staff will pretreat elevated surfaces and known trouble spots with deicer.

In the event there is a significant amount of snow and ice, public works will execute its ice/snow plan. The plan is designed to keep transportation systems as operational and as safe as possible during ice/snowstorms.

— Adam Duvernay

10:30 a.m. Thursday: PDX parking filling up

Flights at PDX are generally on time so far. The parking lots are beginning to fill up. The economy lot is 85% full, the long-term garage is 62% full and the short-term garage is 46% full. 

Airport officials recommend travelers check their flights before leaving for the airport as predicted weather could cause delays later into the weekend. 

— Salem Statesman Journal

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How to travel safely during winter

The best place to find up-to-date information on weather is the Portland National Weather Services’ Facebook and Twitter page, along with the page that shows detailed forecasts at

Check road conditions in advance and get real-time road reports at Oregon Department of Transportation’s

Recommended equipment for vehicles include snow tires or chains and emergency supplies including: 

  • Extra gas
  • Blankets
  • Shovel
  • Water (one gallon per person per day for several days, for drinking and sanitation)
  • Food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food)
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle (to signal for help)
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)
  • Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities)
  • Manual can opener (for food)
  • Local maps
  • Cellphone with chargers and a backup battery

— Salem Statesman Journal

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Oregon holiday travel and weather updates


Holiday travel between Dec. 23 and Jan. 2 is expected to rebound to nearly pre-pandemic levels. 

In Oregon, more than 1,3 million are expected to travel by car and another 137,000 will fly to their holiday destination, according to AAA’s annual travel forecast.

Roads are expected to be full and airports busy. Predictions for snow in the Willamette Valley, Portland and mountain passes could mean delays and dangerous conditions. 

Check here for the latest updates on weather, traffic and airport conditions you might encounter this holiday weekend. 

Follow holiday coverage by Statesman Journal reporters here. 

Dense fog has been reported on Interstate 5 near Siskiyou, north of the California border, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation’s Trip Check. 

The Willamette Valley, the mountains, the Columbia River Gorge and Central, Southern and Eastern Oregon all likely will see varying degrees of snow and freezing temperatures over the three-day holiday weekend and into the following week, ODOT officials said in a statement Thursday afternoon.

Travelers should be prepared to encounter hazardous winter conditions.

Use to keep up the latest road conditions. 

–Virginia Barreda

Agencies in the Portland metro area are busy preparing for the stretch of snow and frigid temperatures expected next week. 

At a news conference Thursday, Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury declared a state of emergency for the county that will last from Friday until Jan. 3. 

“This will give us the maximum ability to plan, contract and seek additional resources over what could be a very long cold snap stretching to the new year,” Kafoury said.

“According to the latest forecasts, our region is facing an extended period of snow and frigid temperatures, starting this weekend and worsening next week. Those are conditions that bring a high risk of danger to our neighbors who are surviving outside without a home.”

Similarly, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler declared an emergency for Portland, starting at 8 a.m. Friday until Dec. 31.

Multnomah County and the City of Portland are set to open severe winter weather shelters on Christmas Day.

— David Davis

Related: How to help and get help at Salem-area warming shelters

Holiday travelers can expect wet road conditions on Interstate 5 on the way to Portland International Airport. 

National Weather Service Portland meteorologist Daniel Hartsock said commuters who are traveling to the airport and south on Interstate 5 will see wet conditions. 

Those making their way to the Oregon Coast may see some snowy conditions at summit of the Coastal Range. 

Noon, Thursday: Salem temps in mid-40s, rain 

Salem’s temperatures will be in the mid-40s throughout Thursday with on- and off-showers, according to National Weather Service Portland meteorologist Daniel Hartsock.

The rain is expected to taper off Thursday evening before the next system approaches early Friday. Overnight temperatures will drop into the upper 30s, Hartsock said. 

Showers will continue Friday with temperatures in the low-40s. 

Mid- Willamette Valley residents could see a mix of snow and rain on Christmas Day. Between one and three inches of snowfall is expected overnight Saturday, Hartsock said.  

Previous coverage: Snow to hit Willamette Valley Christmas weekend

— Virginia Barreda

10:30 a.m. Thursday: PDX parking filling up

Flights at PDX are generally on time so far. The parking lots are beginning to fill up. The economy lot is 85% full, the long-term garage is 62% full and the short-term garage is 46% full. 

Airport officials recommend travelers check their flights before leaving for the airport as predicted weather could cause delays later into the weekend. 

— Alia Beard Rau

10 a.m. Thursday: Salem response to potential snow

Salem city officials said they’re preparing crews and equipment for the possibility of snow next week.

“We scale our response to the amount and location of snow and ice accumulation,” city spokeswoman Courtney Knox Busch said. 

City officials prioritize the West and South Salem hills first, then the rest of the arterial streets and then collector and major residential streets, she said. 

“We cannot plow cul-de-sac or dead-end streets or streets that have speed humps,” she added. 

— Zach Urness

7:30 a.m. Thursday: Landslide closes River Road South

A section of River Road South is closed Thursday morning following an early morning landslide.

Both directions of River Road are closed between Owens Street SE and Minto Island Road SE, the entrance to Minto-Brown Island Park, after the slide was reported at about 2:30 a.m., according to city officials.

Officials say the closure will remain until the slide area can be cleared and assessed for further instability.

An early estimate put the amount of material that slid down at about 150 cubic yards, which is blocking the shoulder, northbound lane and spilling into the southbound lane, according to Courtney Knox Busch, a City of Salem spokesperson.

Croisan Creek Road S is the designated detour route. 

— David Davis

7 a.m. Thursday: Snow dumps on Cascade passes

Travelers over Oregon’s Cascade Range passes saw heavy snow Wednesday night, with more expected Thursday and Friday. 

About six inches of new snow was reported at the Santiam Pass summit Thursday morning with more on the way.

— David Davis

Prepare for possible power outages

While power companies say crews will be at the ready to respond to outages as snow moves into the area, officials say residents should be prepared as any outage could overlap with frigid temperatures.

Residents are encouraged to plan ahead with an outage kit containing these items:

  • Flashlight or headlamps.                                                            
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and alarm clock or watch.
  • Car charger for your cell phone, laptops and/or tablets.
  • 72-hour supply of ready-to-eat food and water.
  • Extra blankets.
  • Bottled water for people and animals (if you rely on electricity to pump water).

—David Davis

How to travel safely during winter

The best place to find up-to-date information on weather is the Portland National Weather Services’ Facebook and Twitter page, along with the page that shows detailed forecasts at

Check road conditions in advance and get real-time road reports at Oregon Department of Transportation’s

Recommended equipment for vehicles include snow tires or chains and emergency supplies including: 

  • Extra gas.
  • Blankets.
  • Shovel.
  • Water (one gallon per person per day for several days, for drinking and sanitation).
  • Food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food).
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert.
  • Flashlight.
  • First aid kit.
  • Extra batteries.
  • Whistle (to signal for help).
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties (for personal sanitation).
  • Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities).
  • Manual can opener (for food).
  • Local maps.
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery.

— Zach Urness

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Sun Devils Open First Pac-12 Road Trip at Oregon

Good news: The Arizona State Sun Devils (probably? hopefully?) can’t possibly play worse than they did in Wednesday’s loss to the Washington State Cougars. 

ASU was humiliated from start to finish, scoring just 29 points over the course of two halves, including a mere 10 points at halftime. 

The last time Arizona State scored only 10 points in a half was on Feb. 25, 2016, when they trailed Utah 44-10 at halftime.

The 29 total points scored by the Sun Devils was the lowest amount of points Arizona State has scored in the shot-clock era, as we have to travel back nearly 80 full years to see the last time the Sun Devils scored less points in a complete game.

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My 7 Favorite Experiences In Oregon Wine Country

Since the 1980s, when Oregon’s pinot noir wines began earning accolades on the international stage, wine lovers have been flocking to the Willamette Valley’s vineyards and wineries. Back then, they found less than 50 wineries in the newly formed Willamette Valley AVA. Today more than 700 wineries dot the landscape — and Oregon wine country has become a vacation destination.

Like the Burgundy region of France, the green and rolling coast range foothills are perfect for producing quality wine grapes. Protected by the mountains from the cold and wet air of the Pacific Ocean, the region’s volcanic soils and climate are especially well-suited to grow pinot noir. Of the more than 27,000 acres planted in vineyards, 19,000 acres are growing pinot noir grapes. Pinot gris and chardonnay are the second-most extensive plantings, with varieties such as syrah, riesling, and other varietals a distant third. 

The highest concentration of wineries is about an hour’s drive southwest of Portland. Several companies offer tours from Portland or Salem, or you can make the 30-minute drive yourself. More than 120 of Oregon’s boutique wineries are within a 10-mile radius of Newberg, making it easy to visit multiple tasting rooms on a day trip or weekend getaway. 

But there’s more to wine country than just tasting rooms. In addition to award-winning wines, wine lovers will find five-star luxury hotels, indulgent spas, and farm-to-table fine dining. Wine shows up in everything, from facials at the spa to cocktails. Travelers can also choose from a host of outdoor activities that add adventure to a wine-tasting weekend. 

Here are seven of my favorite experiences in Oregon wine country.

Note: Thank you to Taste Newberg for hosting me on a press trip to this beautiful area. All opinions are my own.

Wine tasting at Arlyn Vineyard.
June Russell-Chamberlin

1. Wine Tasting 

With so many wineries close together, it’s easy to be your own guide. For planning information, visit the Willamette Valley Wine website to discover a boutique winery you’ve never heard of (many only sell to its wine club members and at the tasting room), or track down award-winning wines at their source. The site also includes lists of tasting rooms that are kid- or dog-friendly. A touring guide and special events calendar are available on the Oregon Wine website.

Wineries are as unique as the wines they produce. A few to try: woman-owned Arlyn vineyard, winery, and farm, which releases just 900 cases of wine a year; Domaine Divio, for its Burgundy-style wines and scenic views; Eminent Domaine, which crafts bold wines amid Ribbon Ridge’s grand vistas; and Rex Hill, for its outstanding wines, B Corp status, and LIVE-certified sustainable practices.  

Most wineries offer outdoor seating in the garden or on the patio, as well as space indoors to enjoy the wine on rainy days. Some tasting rooms offer a cheese or charcuterie plate, but for heartier fare, you’ll want to pack a picnic. Wherever your wine-touring takes you, be sure to call ahead for hours and reservations. 

Pro Tip: If you’d rather let someone else do the driving, you can choose from a variety of tour companies. The Taste Newberg website lists more than 30 tour companies under the “Explore” tab. 

Kayaking the Willamette Water Trail.
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2. The Willamette Water Trail

For 187 miles, the Willamette Water Trail runs through the Willamette Valley and Oregon wine country. This makes it a prime spot for kayakers, standup paddle boarders, canoers, and others who want to spend a lazy afternoon on the wide, clear green Willamette River. Watch for great blue herons and other wildlife along the tree-lined river, or pack a picnic to enjoy at one of the riverside parks. Several companies, such as Alder Creek, rent kayaks, SUPs, or canoes during the summer months for the day or the afternoon. 

One of the best places to launch is Rogers Landing, just a few miles from downtown Newberg. The park has an extensive dock, a boat ramp, picnic tables, and restrooms. Plan to spend 2 to 4 hours on a leisurely paddle with little current. A small launch fee is required.

Treatments at the Allison Inn & Spa.
Photo Credit: Allison Inn & Spa

3. The Allison Spa

The award-winning Allison Spa offers manicures, pedicures, and such luxurious treatments as an hour-long massage with champagne oil, a divine wine facial, and skin-enhancing light therapy. Though COVID has forced suspension of hydrotherapy services and use of the sauna and steam room, the spa still offers massages and other wellness treatments in 12 private rooms. Enjoy a private yoga session or relax with Himalayan salt therapy, one of the spa’s newest features. The 15,000-square-foot space provides areas for relaxation, including the reservable Sky Lounge for groups. Reservations should be made 6 to 8 weeks in advance.

Pro Tip: The Allison Spa is located in the Allison Inn, which is surrounded by extensive gardens and walking paths. Take a stroll around the grounds, where art lines the paved walks and blown glass sprouts from the flowerbeds. Most of the art is for sale, so the sculpture garden is always featuring new art.  

Wine de Roads.
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4. Wine De Roads

Touring wine country by bicycle allows you to slow down, savor the beauty of the rolling hills, and immerse yourself in the scents and sounds of the countryside. Breath in the fresh air, the aroma of woodsmoke, or grapes ripening on the vines. You might pedal past vineyards, wineries, grazing horses, lavender fields, or farm stands. The routes selected by bicycle tour company Wine de Roads vary, but they all lead guests on a leisurely ride in the Chehalem Valley with stops for tastings at three boutique wineries. 

The fee includes everything you’ll need to ride, including a Raleigh hybrid bike, water bottle, helmet, and safety vest (you can bring your own helmet if you prefer). It does not include tasting fees. Routes are chosen for their lack of traffic and the wineries along the way. Although the tour lasts 6 hours, only 1 to 2 hours is actually spent riding. This allows for an unhurried experience in the tasting rooms. If you cannot ride the whole way, the support van can pick you up (it also carries any wine you purchase).   

Hike and wine tasting at Rex Hill.
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5. Hike The Rex Hill Vineyard 

If you’ve ever wanted to tour a vineyard with an expert in grape growing and have your questions answered, here’s your chance. Rex Hill winery offers guided seasonal walks through the estate’s pinot noir vineyard on the hill beside its tasting room (with expansive views of the valley from the top). 

Guests will learn about the soils of the Willamette Valley, the grapevine’s lifecycle, and how both affect the wine. They’ll also learn about the winery’s biodynamic, LIVE-certified, and sustainable approach to growing grapes. Then they get to taste the fruits of the vineyard — Rex Hill’s pinot noir wines. The tour includes a flight of five wines, some during the hike and some afterward in the light-filled tasting room. 

Dressing in layers and wearing comfortable, water-resistant walking shoes is recommended. Tours are held Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Reservations can be made online at Tock (preferred) or by phone at (503) 538-0666.

Pro Tip: Look for the old drying tunnels in the tasting room building; the facility was formerly used for drying fruits and hazelnuts. 

Dessert at SubTerra.
SubTerra dessert (Photo Credit: Taste Newberg)

6. Farm-To-Table Dining

The Willamette Valley grows a great deal more than quality wine grapes, and much of it will land on your plate at the local farm-to-table restaurants. JORY, the in-house restaurant at the Allison Inn and Spa in Newberg, even has a chef’s garden to ensure the freshest ingredients for its gourmet meals. SubTerra, another fine dining restaurant, sources ingredients from nearby farms and artisan producers, such as Alchemist’s Jam. The Painted Lady restaurant offers an eight-course tasting menu made from fresh, local ingredients. The menus at each of these restaurants change with the seasons. Reservations are recommended. 

Vista Balloon Adventures.
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7. Vista Balloon Adventures 

Imagine floating on a misty summer morning in a hot air balloon over the patchwork of orchards, vineyards, and fields of Oregon wine country. Far below, the sunlight glints off the Willamette River, a dark ribbon that winds through the verdant hills and valleys. For nearly 30 years, Vista Balloon Adventures has been delighting guests with an elevated perspective on Oregon wine country, flying gently over the valley in the quiet early morning hours.

The adventure begins at dawn with the inflation of the 100-foot-tall balloons. The family-owned company flies up to six balloons at a time, in small baskets that hold two people (plus the pilot) or larger baskets that can accommodate up to 10 guests. The balloons fly for an hour before landing in a field; the location depends on where the wind takes them. A chase van returns guests to the company base in Newberg after the balloons are deflated and packed up. 

The entire experience takes about 2 to 3 hours. The balloons fly from April through October, weather permitting. Reservations should be made well in advance. 

Pro Tip: Dress in layers. Mornings are cool, but once you’re airborne, you won’t feel the wind and the propane burners warm up the basket.

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Taking the Loop Less Traveled on the Oregon Coast

The tiny hamlet of Netarts, Ore., protected by a long spit of sand from the Pacific Ocean’s churn, is so small you might miss it if you didn’t know it was there. But on a Saturday morning in October, Netarts Bay was alive with small motorboats and kayaks, whose occupants were searching for the delectable crabs and scallops that thrive in its briny waters, as the oystermen waited for low tide.

A gray-haired man in jeans and Birkenstocks was walking his dog at the water’s edge. Notebook in hand, I asked him about his favorite spots on this often overlooked stretch of Oregon’s rugged coast. He wouldn’t bite.

“Who would give that up?” he asked, shaking his head.

Netarts, whose oysters are prized by restaurateurs, is one of several hidden gems on the Three Capes Scenic Loop — a winding 40-mile drive along windswept cliffs, through towering forests of centuries-old Sitka spruce overlooking ribbons of sand, and past dairy farms and charming beach towns. The drive alone is spectacular, but each of the capes — Cape Meares, Cape Lookout and Cape Kiwanda — is a treasure unto itself, with its own distinctive ecosystem, hikes and wildlife.

Because driving the loop requires leaving the main north-south highway, U.S. 101, many visitors zip right past it, missing some of the most spectacular views and natural landscapes the West Coast has to offer.

My husband, the photographer Scott Robinson, and I discovered the loop on a recent two-week camper van trip through Oregon. Scott is obsessed with the #vanlife movement, and for our Oregon adventure, we rented a 19-foot RAM Promaster with knotty pine paneling, butcher block countertops and its own name — Carmen — through an outfit called, which operates kind of like Airbnb for vans. We flew to Portland, picked up Carmen from her owners and headed for the coast. The goal was to unplug and slow down.

Our first two stops, Astoria and Cannon Beach, are on many Oregon Coast itineraries, but neither provided the kind of quiet we were yearning for. That did not come until we hit the small city of Tillamook, about 40 miles south of Cannon Beach along Highway 101, and took a right turn toward the sea.

The three capes form a good chunk of what Oregonians refer to as the “Tillamook Coast,” after the city that is best known for its creamery (a major tourist attraction here), and other purveyors of cheese, like the Blue Heron French Cheese Company, which also has a petting farm for the kids — and a peacock that strolls the property. We stopped there at the end of our three capes tour.


We had already been alerted that there is a break in the scenic loop at its northernmost point, Cape Meares, where a landslide has sadly forced the closure of a portion of the road. That kept us from heading north to the site of what once was Bayocean, known to locals as “the town that fell into the sea.”

Although we missed it, Bayocean’s history is worth mentioning — a testimony to the power of nature to put humans in their place.

In the early 1900s, developers seeking to create the “Atlantic City of the West,” built an entire resort town on a sliver of land that stretches north from Cape Meares, separating the Pacific from Tillamook Bay. That town, Bayocean, had a luxury hotel, a bowling alley, a natatorium and even a railroad. But by the 1950s much of Bayocean, battered by storms and beach erosion, had washed away, its ruins later bulldozed. Today not a single building is left.

Our first stop on the loop was the lighthouse at Cape Meares, the shortest lighthouse on the Oregon coast. We raced to get to the scenic viewpoint just as the sun was setting, and found a handful of other visitors, including some lighthouse aficionados who marveled at the unusual cherry-colored panels of its French-made Fresnel lens.

The interior of the lighthouse is off-limits to tourists because of the pandemic, but the point on which it stands is a perfect spot to look for the gray whales that migrate along the coast, or — if you are lucky and there at the right time of year — the peregrine falcons that nest on the cliffs in the spring.

A short walk from the lighthouse is an oddity of the coast: a 105-foot tall, 14-foot wide giant Sitka spruce known as “The Octopus Tree of Oregon.” The tree, believed to be 200 to 300 years old, has no central trunk; instead, its many trunks branch out horizontally before turning upward, candelabra style, to the sky. One theory holds that the massive spruce was shaped that way by the Tillamook people, the Native Americans who once occupied this land.

Shellfish lovers will find paradise along the Three Capes Scenic Loop; Netarts Bay is home to a string of oyster farms, including Netarts Bay Oyster Company; Nevor Shellfish Farm, whose retail shop is open every day from noon to five, and JAndy Oyster Co., a small family run operation that recently opened a tasting bar in nearby Tillamook.

Todd Perman, who founded JAndy in 2012 after a career in forestry and describes himself as a “first-generation oyster farmer,” says his oysters are “hand-harvested — everything we do is on our hands and knees.”

But the secret, he said, is the bay itself: “Our oysters grow in ocean water; there are no fresh water rivers running into Netarts Bay and that makes the water more pristine.”

That pristine water has also given rise to an artisanal salt company, Jacobsen Salt, which bills itself as “the first company to harvest salt in the Northwest since Lewis & Clark.” Gourmets can catch a glimpse of the Jacobsen operation by dropping into the little blue shack that functions as the company’s retail store; we did just that, and left with a jar of flaky Lemon Zest Salt and two boxes of to-die-for Salty Chocolate Caramels.

Shellfish and salt notwithstanding, the scenic loop is more for nature lovers than foodies. But after our stop at Cape Meares, we shared a delightful dinner in the nearby town of Oceanside at a bustling family restaurant, Roseanna’s Cafe, where oysters, clams and scallops — and Oregon wines — feature heavily on the menu.

By the time dinner was over, it was dark — way too dark to look through the restaurant windows and see what we knew was in the ocean: the Three Arch Rocks National Wildlife Refuge. This small collection of rocky islands, established by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1909 at the urging of a pair of conservationist photographers, provide a summer breeding ground for the Stellar sea lion, which is on the threatened species list.

We drove down the coast to settle in for the night in the campground at Cape Lookout State Park, on that same sand spit that curves around Netarts Bay. Oregon has a fabulous state parks system, with well-manicured trails and clean, Covid-conscious facilities. Cape Lookout, where we spent two nights, was no exception. The hot showers were especially welcome; Carmen the van, we discovered, had an outdoor shower but no hot water and no toilet.

There was a light rain in the morning; the van was outfitted with a camp stove, pots, pans and other kitchenware, so we boiled some water to make oatmeal and tea. Our campsite was right next to the short trail that led to the beach; after breakfast we wandered there and had the place almost entirely to ourselves. While there, we could hear the gurgling of nearby Jackson Creek, an important habitat for chinook and coho salmon.

Then we headed back to the van, packed a picnic lunch and prepared for the business of the day: a hike to Cape Lookout.

The Oregon Coast Trail from the campground to the cape was closed, so we drove about 10 minutes to the start of the Cape Trail. The hike from there, about five miles to the tip of the cape and back, is rated as moderate, with an elevation gain of 810 feet. It was also pretty muddy, and challenging at times, but the sweeping view of the coastline from high up in the forest could not be beat.

Cell service was scant in the area, so it was tough to do planning on the fly. Luckily, while on the trail we met a couple of return visitors to the region, Jennie Chamberlin and Jess Firestone of Portland, who gave us tips on other spots, including what to expect at the third cape, Cape Kiwanda, a “sandstone headland” — a cliff that is being constantly eroded and reshaped by the ocean crashing into it.

A steep climb up its dunes offers a dramatic vista of the waves crashing into the rocks. But a warning: Don’t go beyond the safety fence that runs along the cliff. The cliff can — and has — crumbled underneath people, sending them to their deaths.

“Cape Kiwanda,” said Ms. Firestone, “is like walking on the moon.”

We laid eyes on Cape Kiwanda after our Cape Lookout hike. Too tired to climb the dunes, we opted for dinner at the Pelican Brewing Company’s flagship site in nearby Pacific City, which advertises itself as Oregon’s only craft brewery “born on the beach.”

Not to be outdone by Cannon Beach, Pacific City has its own Haystack Rock, which at 327 feet above sea level, is Oregon’s tallest. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the two Haystacks are “contemporaries (give or take several million years), born from similar volcanic origins.”

Ms. Firestone and Ms. Chamberlin, also tipped us off to Short Beach, which is tucked in a cove between Oceanside and Cape Meares, and is known for the nuggets of agate, jasper, quartz and petrified wood that lie beneath its smooth black rocks.

Short Beach is also known as the Hundred Step Beach, presumably for the wooden steps visitors must walk from the main road to get to it. While there, I did a little digging and unearthed some bits of agate and other mineral treasures. The sound of the ocean raking across rocks at Short Beach was a clattering unlike any I have ever heard.

But finding the beach was a bit of a challenge. A small sign marks the trail that leads down the steps and through a forest to the half-mile stretch of beach below. There is no parking lot, and only a limited number of spots along the side of the road.

“It’s sort of hidden,” Ms. Chamberlin said, summing up the theme of our Three Capes trip. “You have to be pretty motivated to go there.”

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These Oregon Wineries Have Warm, Outdoor Seating

Eating and drinking establishments everywhere have scrambled to add outdoor seating as the COVID-19 pandemic drags on, but the dozens and dozens of wineries that dot the hills outside of McMinnville, Dundee, Newberg, Carlton and other Willamette Valley towns have a particular leg up in this area.

After all, a table on the sidewalk in the city is all very well, but one where your view is of acres and acres of grape orchards? We mean, come on. 

With the rainy season setting in—and many wineries gearing up for the crush of visitors that Thanksgiving traditionally brings—we checked in on some area wineries that have taken covered and heated outdoor seating to the next level. Here are six that are more than worth the drive down 99-W, plus some bonus picks from locals in the know.

The Winery: Lenné Estate, 18760 NE Laughlin Rd, Yamhill

The Seating: A covered back patio, with glass-paneled garage doors on three sides, overhead electric heaters and propane heaters as needed, plus views for days of the surrounding vineyards. (They are dog-friendly too.) Indoor tastings by their fireplaces are also available.

To Drink: Try a tasting flight of five wines from their onsite vineyards for $20‚ a chardonnay and four pinot noirs. It’s $20 per person, which is refunded with any two-bottle purchase or wine club membership sign-up.

And To Eat: You are welcome to bring your own snacks, or they’ve got charcuterie and cheese boards available for purchase.

Hours: Open Thursday-Monday 11 am-5 pm, and by appointment. More info and reservations at


The Winery: Cana’s Feast Winery, 750 West Lincoln Street, Carlton

The Seating: Two pergolas in the outdoor seating area, both with shades that pull down to reduce wind, but allow for views. There are heaters in both spaces, and a fire pit in one of them. All tastings are outdoors for now, as indoor space is limited. Don’t sleep on the on-site bocce ball court.

To Drink: The winery has just released a new Syrah, and November brings a new vintage of Barbera. Of especially festive note: look for mulled wine to make it to the menu, closer to the holidays. Other wines currently on the tasting room menu include a Pinot Noir from 2018, and a 2017 Cabernet Franc; a 6-pour flight goes for $20 per person, which is waived for bottle purchase of at least $35.

And To Eat: Buy one of their cheese boards to accompany all that great wine.

Hours: Open daily, 11 am-5 pm. More info here:


The Winery: Vidon Vineyard, 17425 NE Hillside Drive, Newberg

The Seating: Hang out on a comfy sectional in their gazebo with up to four others; heaters and blankets are available to fend off the autumn chill. Bigger groups can post up on their outdoor “crush pad,” which allows a peek into the production space, plus views of the surrounding vineyard, with a heater and blankets available. There are also outdoor tables with umbrellas, with a limited number of heaters and blankets available (in other words, if you’ll be seated there, plan on bundling up.)

To Drink: Expect a flight that includes a Chardonnay, two to three different Pinot Noirs and a bold red to finish—perhaps a Syrah or a Tempranillo. Or pre-game for the holidays with a glass of  “Mull’igan,” their spiced red wine.

And To Eat: Charcuterie boards for everyone!

Hours: Open by appointment, Wednesday-Sunday. More info at


The Winery: Winderlea Vineyard & Winery, 8905 NE Worden Hill Road, Dundee

The Seating: Pretend you’re in Iceland or Montreal in Winderlea’s private, enclosed geodesic domes, which are well positioned for maximum vineyard views. Each dome is kited out with a space heater and blankets on request—though on sunny days, they heat up quickly on their own, while still keeping you protected from the elements. Note that proof of vaccination is required.

To Drink: Tasting flights are available for between $25 and $40 per person and might include Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs, Pinot Blancs and a sparkling wine.

To Eat: Small plates are available here, true to form for a winery that bills its wines as especially food-friendly. 

Hours: Daily for indoor seating, Friday, Saturday and Sunday for outdoor domes. More info at

The Winery: Alexana, 12001 NE Worden Hill Road, Dundee

The Seating: A 2,000 square foot covered deck, with lots of comfortable seating, blankets on request and modular heaters. Bonus: the view of the Oregon Coast Range mountains in the distance.

To Drink: Flights range from $30 per person to $75 per person, and include rarely seen  Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs from the estate’s “Soil Series.”

And To Eat: Add on thoughtfully curated cheese or charcuterie boards for an extra $25. (Pro tip: One plate is enough for two people.)

Hours: Seatings are daily at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm. Find out more at


The Winery: Winter’s Hill, 6451 Hilltop Lane, Dayton

The Seating: A covered outdoor patio with heaters, though you should still dress for the weather. Tastings here are only outdoors, and seating is limited to five tables at a time, meaning only about 50 people total on a weekend day, for a more personalized experience. Kids and dogs are welcome, but no group can be larger than 6.

To Drink: The winery’s managers prefer to pour older wines for tastings, so they’re currently highlighting a 2018 Pinot Blanc Reserve and Pinot Noirs from 2017 and 2015, all of which are made only from grapes grown on the estate.

To Eat: Bring a picnic, or try their chocolate and wine pairings for an extra $15.

Hours: Open daily 11 am-5 pm, reservations strongly encouraged. More info at

Looking for even more wineries with heated outdoor seating? The Willamette Valley Wineries Association recommends the following: Tendril Cellars, Saffron Fields Vineyard (don’t miss the gardens designed by landscape architect Hoichi Kurisu, the mastermind behind the Portland Japanese Gardens), Coelho Winery (with a sweet outdoor firepit on their Amity grounds), Keeler Estate Vineyard and Winery, Ponzi Vineyards, Stoller Family Estate, Flâneur WinesHazelfern Cellars and, last but not least, private wine cabanas at Adelsheim.

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