Mike and I just returned home from a fantastic 8 day trip to Washington and Oregon wine country. We flew from Wichita to Portland and arrived at 10:30am Pacific, rented a car and started the lovely drive along the Columbia river to Walla Walla, WA. We stopped for lunch at the Multnomah Falls Lodge and had a beautiful view of the Falls as we enjoyed our food. Apparently Multnomah Falls is the one with the famous Native American legend of the young girl who jumped, sacrificing herself to save her tribe.
We continued our 3 hour drive to the Walla Walla area, and were warmly received at our luxurious bed and breakfast, Cameo Heights Mansion. There are 9 suites, all themed by countries, with huge jetted bathtubs and fireplaces. A dozen roses and champagne awaited us in our Spanish accommodations.
Our 7 course dinner at the Cameo’s restaurant, The Vines, was delicious and informative as wines were paired with each dish. Chef Nathan did an incredible job with our breakfasts as well, but our favorite treat was an extra 8am wake up tray we could request each morning with rich fresh coffee and homemade pastries! A couple’s massage was also one of our favorite experiences at the mansion.
We had wine tastings at l’Ecole district 41, Sleight of Hands, Pepperbridge, Woodward Canyon, and my personal favorite, Northstar. I must say (while I am known for being a tad dramatic at times) I tasted a merlot that was so perfectly balanced with so many incredible flavors, I was brought to tears. I felt overwhelmed, as if the Ghost of Christmas Present himself had just given me a taste from his mug!
We had a 7 course wine and food experience at the Marc Restaurant in the restored and renowned Marcus Whitman Hotel in downtown Walla Walla. Our service was impeccable and we learned so much about which foods bring out the best aspects of the wines. Our last night in the area we ate at an Italian bar named Passatempo Taverna that had innovative made from scratch pasta dishes with an excellent wine list of course! (To be continued…)