Welcome to the artisan foodie’s paradise—wining and dining is taken very seriously in Oregon. With over 700 vineyards spanning nearly 14,000 acres, there is no shortage of wineries to explore. But the country’s tradition of craft has also fathered a burgeoning craft-beer scene with dozens of independent breweries springing up in the last few years, as well as an impressive trail of local roasteries producing individual coffee blends across the state. Read on to discover exactly what a foodie trip to Oregon would look like…
Your indulging starts as soon as you leave the ground at London—with Delta Air Lines’ new non-stop flights to Portland, you’ll be able to relax and whet your appetite with a multi-course menu designed by celebrity chefs, all washed down with fine wines chosen by the in-flight master sommelier. Just a taster of things to come in your foodie trip.
Next on the agenda—Pinot Bingo anyone? Yes, this is a real thing in Oregon. Perfect for those who want to try a bit of everything, this interactive (dare we say competitive) approach to the wine-country experience makes the most of your tasting time. We’ll whisk you to the most prestigious vineyards in the South Willamette Valley, marking off your Bingo card tastings as you go try your luck to win a special wine prize. We can also arrange food pairings in local restaurants to match to keep your inner foodie fuelled along the way.Read more
BRILLIANT BUNCHES & EXCLUSIVE EATERIES
Good wine is followed closely by excellent food right across Oregon, but weekend brunch is the unofficial state delicacy. On your private tour we’ll show you the best hidden cafes and local gems to enjoy your blueberry pancakes and broken eggs year-round, from the Laughing Clam in Grants Plass to Portland’s newly opened hotspot Tusk. For something more intimate, try one of the ever-rotating exclusive pop-ups and supper clubs for one-off brunches in secret locations from disused factories to sea-front sheds with menus as creative as their names, think ‘Fusspot Chicken’ to ‘HunnyMilk’.
Our team have the inside track, so we’ll help you get you a seat at the supper club of the moment.
Another weekend ritual of Oregonians, at least one of your late mornings will be spent perusing one of the many delicious farmer’s markets. Try Astoria Market set against a dramatic coastline where you’ll be serenaded with live music, or urban exploring in Portland’s Farmer’s Market sampling everything from handmade ice cream to irresistibly sweet Misty Meadows Jams. Allow room for an outdoor feast at one of the local Food Pods, these ‘cluster cart’ food tucks that dot the city serve up inventive culinary concoctions from traditional American fare to new-age Korean delights.
GOURMET GRINDS & HOME BREWS
Next on your artisan hit list—Oregon’s craft coffee trail. We’ll arrange a personalised coffee tour, getting you behind the scenes of the micro-breweries that serve coffee exactly the way you like it. For fans of the hit comedy series Portlandia, we’ll start you off at Stumptown Coffee in the Ace Hotel lobby—it’s rumoured to be the inspiration behind the series’ Deuce Hotel, but it’s also a favourite haunt for the local hipsters and creative types—so great for people-watching. We always recommend a slight detour via Blue Star donuts for a deep-fried Crème Brule masterpiece, or if chocolate is more your thing, we’ll provide a dedicated tour of the best craft chocolatiers across the state.
Moving onto the stronger stuff, lastly you’ll explore Oregon’s renowned beer with an exclusive private tour of its finest breweries including Three Creeks Brewing Company, Solera Brewery in Parkdale and Logsdon Farmhouse Ales tasting room outside of the city. To top off your artisan wanderings, we’ll even send a case of your favourite brew to be shipped home after your trip—the perfect keepsake of your gourmet Oregon experience.
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