The first plan for our day was to reach Lincoln city before lunch. Mo’s clam chowder has been on my mind for months. The weather proved perfect for a cup of hot soup.
Our second plan was to find a hotel with a pool near Dundee and then taste some Oregon wines. Once we arrived and our room was booked we made our way to Archery Summit, a highly anticipated winery as well as a VERY pricey one.
To taste Oregon’s finest Pinot’s they wanted $30 per person and $45 for their reserve tasting, um…..and it’s waived if you buy $150 worth, cough! The wines were really good, we are not huge pinot fans so there would be no way we would ever buy a bottle at that price. But if you are a Pinot Noir lover, I would say it’s a must try if you are ever in the Willamette valley.
Next we moved on to Hyland Estate. Their wines were pretty good with a little more of a reasonable tasting fee of $15 per flight which is waived with a purchase of a bottle.
Next we went to Hawkins winery which was settled next to two other tasting rooms, making it convenient and a break from the car. Hawkins wines were quite good and the couple pouring were very friendly and unpretentious. Then we walked to Cathedral Ridge and were shockingly turned away because the “their permit doesn’t allow it”. Now let me just say that Kaili has been to more wineries than most adults. She has been to tasting rooms from San Diego County all the up from Santa Ynez, Paso Robles to the Columbia Valley. Never once have we been turned down. They could have just told us they were not a kid friendly establishment instead of lying about a code. With a bad taste in our mouth we went across the way to Rizzo winery where we were graciously welcomed.
The girls kept busy with You Tube while we went on with our tasting. We left with almost a case of wine and as we were walking back to the car I wanted to walk back into Cathedral Ridge saying “big mistake, big, HUGE!”
That was our last winery of the day so we headed north to our hotel for a swim. Averi has wanted nothing to do with pools or even hot tubs, so while she played with towels, we swam.
For dinner we made the mistake of going to a chain, I know, I know. We went with McCormick and Schmick’s in a shopping mall. Having never been we thought it was a tad on the higher end but it was like a glorified Black Angus. Needless to say we will not be returning to that restaurant. We were back in the room with the lights out by 9:00.
Walla Walla or bust.