Sleep among vineyards in Oregon's Yamhill County

Bonnie Henderson,  – December 22, 2005

Perched on a high knoll, Black Walnut Inn & Vineyard couldalmost be a hilltop Tuscan villa but for the view of Mt. Hoodlooming in the distance. And, of course, for the fact that the innwas completed about a year ago. Presiding over the Yamhill Countywine country ― and its own 12-acre vineyard ― theluxurious, seven-suite inn is a welcome addition to an area whereimpressive lodgings have been scarce. Inside, follow gleamingmahogany corridors and a curving stairway to suites appointed withOld World-style armoires, beds with silky-smooth linens, and largeprivate baths. Take in original art and vistas of Cascade peaks,conifer groves, and hazelnut orchards. Awake to breakfast preparedwith locally farmed ingredients by executive chef Kris Utz ―a culinary school grad and son of innkeepers Neal and Karen. Fordinner, head just 2½ miles to the town center for a memorablemeal 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)

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