Janie officially ties the knot next month, and we are so excited about the big day! Since her wedding will be in Rosemary Beach, FL, she wanted to celebrate her bachelorette on the west coast to make it easier for some of the girls!
Bachelorette weekend itinerary: willamette valley, oregon + portland
Napa was the first place that came to mind, but none of the bridesmaids had visited Oregon, so we knew this would be a fun new experience! We traveled with a total of 10 girls 2 arriving a day laterand we had such a fun and easy experience navigating our way through Willamette Valley!
Since people were flying in from all over the US, we decided to spend the first night in Portland at the Kimpton Monaco. They have huge suites, so we booked two connecting suites — plenty of space for 8 girls! Also, the Kimpton has complimentary wine and music around 5 PM in the lobby, so this was a fun way for us to ease into the evening. They surprised us and delivered champagne to our room to kick off the bachelorette! In Portland, we had a blast scootering around town on Limes and Birds to check out the scene.
We highly suggest keeping your schedule open, because there is always a festival or an interesting store to visit. We had dinner at Departure our first night, which has a really cool ambiance!
It was the perfect girls night! Afterwards we roamed the town for entertainment and checked out a concert at a local bar.
It was definitely more of a dive than the hip vibes at Departurebut it was such a fun night! After the bar, we stumbled upon a few interesting dance clubs, and the scene was definitely a night to remember!
Exploring the night without a solid plan and agenda was definitely a fun way to explore the nightlife scene! After a big first day in Portland, we all slept in a little and walked to The Imperial in the Hotel Lucia for lunch. We all loved the fresh food and it was absolutely perfect to kickstart our day. It was a bit chilly and rainy, so hotty toddys at brunch really hit the spot! After lunch we walked to Hertz and picked up our rental cars, and we hit the road for Newberg. The drive was super easy and only about 45 minutes to Newberg, and it was really pretty!
Originally we debated booking rooms at The Alison Inn has a great spa! Best decision! The Pearl House was absolutely perfect for our group! The house slept people comfortably, and it had tons of spacious living rooms, wrap around porches, two garage spots, and a large outside fire pit. We could not have been happier with the house or location. It was beautifully decorated and looked straight out of a Restoration Hardware catalogue — swoon!
Since Saturday would be full of wine tasting, we decided to do the lingerie shower around 5PM on Friday night.
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While Janie and the girls left for the grocery store to stock up on wine and snacks, we decorated the house, arranged party favors for the girls read about those here! It felt like we had unlimited wine thanks to the endless carafes, plus the food was phenomenal — duck beignets, steak frites, and so much more.
We knew we had a big day of wine tasting on Saturday, so we headed back to to the house after dinner to chill.
Thanks to a great recommendation from a friend, we hired Wayne from, A Great Oregon Wine Tourto be our bus driver, and he was fabulous!!! Since this was our first time to Oregon, Wayne made the whole experience so easy and handled everything for us! We shared recommendations from friends who had visited and gave him a list of around 15 vineyards we would be interested in visiting. Wayne planned the logistics, booked reservations, and made sure we would have a nice mix of vineyards. We paid a price per person which included lunch, all tastings, and transportationand overall we thought it was a great value.
The best part about our tour was that Wayne had quite the personality, so you can say it even includes free entertainment! If you visit Willamette Valley, be sure to schedule a tour with Wayne — you will not regret it! Our first stop on our wine tour was Archery Summit.
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We sat at a big table outside overlooking incredible views of the valley. This was the perfect vineyard to kick off our morning, because it was peaceful, quiet, beautiful, and relaxing. A sommelier delivered each glass to our table and gave us a full introduction to the Willamette Valley wines. We would highly recommend it. The tasting room was small and without windows, so it felt like you were somewhat in a wine cave.
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We stood at the bar as they poured the wines, so it had a different feel than our first vineyard. While the views were amazing and the wine was great, the winery service was not same level as the other vineyards we visited. The final vineyard on our wine tour was Beaux Frereswhich we loved! This was the most casual vineyard of the day, and we really got to learn so much about the wine and get a firsthand look of how the wine was made. This was the perfect place to end the day, because we sat at a huge picnic table and soaked in the final winery and learned so much about Willamette Valley from the local sommelier and Wayne.
The vibe was very local, and the wine was delicious!
Overall the tour was perfect, because we had everything from luxury to rustic, and formal to relaxed. We eventually ubered home and called it a day, but from start to finish, the day was perfect. Half of the group left for the airport early on Sunday, but the rest of us slept in and enjoyed a lazy morning.
It rained most of Sunday, but we had an incredible lunch at Red Hills Market amazing fresh food before heading back to Portland.
Multnomah Falls is about 15 minutes outside of Portland and is the tallest waterfall in Oregon. The views were absolutely stunning! The hotel was brand new, very insta-worthy, and exactly what we wanted.
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After driving in from Newberg that morning, we walked all over the neighborhood and checked out cool restaurants. We decided to have a progressive dinner where we would grab a cocktail and small bite at numerous restaurants, which was a fun way to taste our way through Portland. Bamboo Sushi is a Portland spot with a few locations, and the atmosphere was trendy with great sushi. To round off our night, we popped into the Jupiter hotel to catch a concert at the Doug Fir Lounge.
We still had a blast!
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