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Williamette valley

Iowa City, Iowa
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Williamette valley

I am planning a trip for 4-6 couples in 2010. When is the best time to visit and what lodging suggestions do you have when considering B&Bs or lodges?

Thanks

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The Willamette Valley stretches from around Eugene to the Oregon-Washington border, but I gather you're asking about wine country, the area around Newberg - McMinnville - Carlton. Aside from a number of more traditional B&Bs, popular lodging choices range from places like Hotel Oregon - http://www.mcmenamins.com/index.php?loc=7 - to Youngberg Hill - http://www.youngberghill.com/ - to Black Walnut Inn - http://www.blackwalnut-inn.com/ . Then, there's the just opened Allison in Newberg - http://www.theallison.com/ . Whichever, I doubt you'd want to spend more than 2-3 nights in wine country, maybe just 1. Or, as an alternative to lodging in wine country, you could stay in Portland, which is less than an hour away.

I think the best time to visit is mid-July through mid-September, when there's the least chance of rainfall. But if it's primarily wine country you're interest in, any time between late May and the end of September would be fine.

How long are you planning to be here?

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Hwy #126 from the Coast to the Cascades (through Eugene/Springfield) can give you an unforgettable taste of the natural wonders of our state, mixed with the unique (and quirky) nature of the University of Oregon area ("northwest of normal"). Lots of lodges and b&bs along this corridor from Bend/Sisters to Florence & Yachats.

http://www.travellanecounty.org/

If you like hiking, our opportunities at all levels of abilty are unsurpassed (waterfalls, mountain trails, lava beds, sand dunes, old growth forests..we have it all). Fun? How about the Oregon Country Fair in July or the Eugene Celebration in September. Sports? Eugene is Track Town USA and Hayward Field is to track and field what Notre Dame is to football. The NCAA track and field championships will be here in June; the Prefontaine Classic (top meet annually on US soil) in early July. Culture and entertainment? Well, it is a university town, after all.

Not to take anything away from the whole Oregon Coast, the wine country (which actually includes quite a few fine vineyards and wineries right here in Lane County) or Portland (a great town), but this is an often overlooked region. Some of us like it liket that (fewer folks on the trails and beaches), but, at the same time, we like to show it all off to our visitors.

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About five days

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Thanks for the input

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For 4-6 couples and house rental is cost effective and alot of space for the buck.

www.vrbo.com/vacation-rentals/usa/oregon

vacationrentals.com/vacation-rentals/Oregon.…

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Good idea. Thanks

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