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Spring 2012:  Awakening
April 20-21
Detailed Itinerary
Of note: April 21 is International Earth Day

For reservations contact Le Puy:
503-554-9528 or innkeeper@lepuy-inn.com

Cost: $295 per person plus 2 night's stay in one of 8 suites priced from $195-$375/night.

Friday
4:00-5:00 Arrival and check-in
5:15 Depart for Newberg
5:30-6:30 Chehalem Winery tasting
6:45-9:00 Wine paired dinner at Recipe A Neighborhood Kitchen featuring Anam Cara Cellars

Saturday
8:00-9:00 Optional Yoga in the barn
9:00-10:30 Breakfast at Le Puy
10:30 Depart inns
10:45-12:15 Torii Mor – wine and blossoming cherry trees!
12:30-2:30 Tour and Taste Stoller Vineyards with lunch by Horseradish
2:45-3:45 Anderson Family Vineyards – tasting and spectacular views of Chehalem Ridge
4:00-6:00 Rest at inns
6:30 arrive at Alloro, tour 
7:00-10:00 Dinner in the winery with Alloro wines, cuisine by Dundee Bistro and music by Djangophiles.

Transportation provided by The Trolley

After checking in at Le Puy, Friday begins with a visit to Chehalem Winery in downtown Newberg. Chehalem is known for its white wines and Pinot Noir, making wine from 7 varietals. One of the older families in the Valley, guests will benefit from the mature vineyards and skilled wine maker's crafts. The labels are decorated with beautiful abstract artwork. From here, guests will convene at Recipe A Neighborhood Kitchen for a delightful French influenced meal by Chef Paul Bachand. Founded by Paul Bachand and Dustin Wyant in a classic Victorian home in the heart of old town Newberg, the restaurant features a farmhouse atmosphere complete with reclaimed barn wood tables, refinished/reupholstered wood chairs, a hand-built copper top bar and warm earth tones throughout.

Our featured winery is Anam Cara Cellars for this meal. Owners, Nick and Sheila will join the group for the dinner. In their words: "Each of our wines is from the vineyard we live in and planted ourselves. Enjoy with good friends over a memorable meal!" The words Anam Cara are celtic for "friend of my soul" and represent rare friendships that transcend time and distance. To the Nicholas family, they symbolize the long journey they have taken to make wine.

Saturday morning, guests can join in an optional yoga class featuring local sommelier Jennifer Cossey. Awaken in the barn of Le Puy and ready yourself for a fabulous day savoring the wines of Dundee. After breakfast, guests enjoy a short drive to Torii Mor for a tasting amidst a lovely Japanese style garden with blossoming cherry trees. With the commitment to preserving the environment and Earth, Torii Mor is making ecologically smart choices and farming sustainably, while continuing to craft high quality, complex wines that possess a quiet elegance. Torii Mor is cultivating a sustainable business that respects the environment by assessing the overall carbon and energy usage. The solar array, gravity flow winery in the Dundee Hills, erected in 2007, is LEED Gold and LIVE vineyard and winery certified. On to Stoller for lunch by Horseradish Restaurant and another tasting. Located in the heart of the Dundee Hills AVA, Stoller uniquely offers world class wines and genuine hospitality in a stunning setting. Owners Bill and Cathy Stoller purchased the nearly 400 acre property, which was originally his family's turkey farm, in 1993 and crafted the winery's inaugural Pinot Noir in 2001. Their vision of innovation blending vineyard stewardship with environmental sustainability was recognized in 2006 when Stoller became the first LEED® certified winemaking facility in the United States attaining the rare Gold level certification. Today, the winery features panoramic views including Mt. Hood and ample outdoor space for relaxation. Guests will finish this wine journey at Anderson Family Vineyards. Anderson crafts their wines in small lots and hand farm their steep slopes. A commitment to sustainable farming and the mantra of 'steep, deep and intense' make their vintages classic and pure.

After a rest, guests will then journey to Alloro to enjoy the awakening of life in a in the wineries beautiful gardens. A meal prepared by Dundee Bistro and paired with Alloro Wines and music from Portland's Djangophiles will leave everyone's spirits full and ready for the coming spring!

On Sunday, guests will enjoy a full breakfast, then return to their daily lives with fresh new ideas and perspective on sustainable living!

To be of the Earth is to know
the restlessness of being a seed
the darkness of being planted
the struggle toward the light
the pain of growth into the light
the joy of bursting and bearing fruit
the love of being food for someone
the scattering of your seeds
the decay of the seasons
the mystery of death
and the miracle of birth.

John Soos

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