Perched on a high knoll, Black Walnut Inn & Vineyard could almost be a hilltop Tuscan villa but for the view of Mt. Hood looming in the distance. And, of course, for the fact that the inn was completed about a year ago. Presiding over the Yamhill County wine country ― and its own 12-acre vineyard ― the luxurious, seven-suite inn is a welcome addition to an area where impressive lodgings have been scarce. Inside, follow gleaming mahogany corridors and a curving stairway to suites appointed with Old World-style armoires, beds with silky-smooth linens, and large private baths. Take in original art and vistas of Cascade peaks, conifer groves, and hazelnut orchards. Awake to breakfast prepared with locally farmed ingredients by executive chef Kris Utz ― a culinary school grad and son of innkeepers Neal and Karen. For dinner, head just 2½ miles to the town center for a memorable meal at Tina's, the Dundee Bistro, or Red Hills Provincial Dining.
Info: Black Walnut Inn & Vineyard (from $180; 9600 N.E. Worden Hill Rd., Dundee, OR; 866/429-4114)