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We love Oregon because it is wonderfully different. It has Portland, which is comfortable with both its small town and cosmopolitan personalities, the ubiquitous Cascades, a myriad of outdoors activities, a wonderful, world-class wine region, the rugged Oregon Coast and, to top it off, a relaxed pace all its own. If you are looking for something different at a very leisurely pace, we strongly encourage you to consider Oregon as a perfect getaway.

As for sensory pleasures, Oregon ranks high in our book of U.S. epicurean destinations. The culinary focus on fresh, local ingredients was in practice in Oregon long before it became fashionable elsewhere. Moreover, the tight-knit community of chefs, winemakers and farmers translates into very special food and wine pairings. Some of our very favorite Oregon culinary and wine travel experiences for clients include the following:

  • The Portland Farmer’s Market, where the surprisingly rich and diverse bounty of the fertile Willamette Valley is on display each Saturday in season
  • A day of private tastings and winemaker meetings in the spectacular Willamette Valley, where the singular focus and passion is on making world-class Pinot Noir largely in the Burgundian tradition
  • A Pacific Northwest getaway at the fabulous hidden-gem Tu Tu Tun Lodge on the Rogue River: a dinner of mesquite grilled chinook Salmon paired perhaps with a Domaine Drouhin Laurene Pinot, followed by more Pinot outdoors by the fire pits
  • A pilgrimage to the Deschutes Brewery in Bend, home of the magnificent and mouthwatering Black Butte Porter, plus behind-the-scenes visits to other craft producers in Portland’s Pearl District
  • The allure of laid-back small towns, such as Ashland and Bend, which feature a wealth of cultural and outdoor activities
  • The annual celebration held statewide each October and November when winemakers, cheesemakers, chefs, brewmasters and other artisan producers come together to pay homage to the great Oregon Bounty
  • Exceptional dining that showcases the freshest possible local ingredients, including local salmon and shellfish, cheeses from the celebrated Rogue Creamery, pears and apples from Mt. Hood and hazelnuts, as well as beef from the Painted Hills of Eastern Oregon

When it comes to wine regions, Oregon’s Willamette Valley is one of our favorite wine regions. This unpretentious and bucolic wine region features quaint towns and a very relaxed pace. Winemakers and other wine professionals here are genuine and above average in terms of passion for their craft. Even if you know Oregon Pinot well, we are confident that you will fall in love with it all over again and treasure your experience of the great Oregon bounty.

Please view our Sample Epicurean Itineraries and contact us so that we may begin the process of handcrafting an exceptional travel experience for you and your group of two or more.