Recently, we Winerabblers had an opportunity to safely steal away for a night down in Willamette Valley wine country. We discovered a centrally located oasis, with at least 30 wineries within a 15 minute drive of the place. Talk about an embarrassment of riches, right?!

Willamette Valley Bed and Breakfast

Newly opened Willamette Valley Bed and Breakfast is just a five minute drive from downtown Newberg, yet there’s no mistaking we’re in the country when we arrive. Surrounded by hazelnut farms, vineyards, horse pastures and dozens of barns, bed and breakfast proprietors Dan and Maureen DeFrancia put a lot of thought into their place long before finding this serene patch of wine country heaven. After several failed attempts to build a small bed and breakfast in Woodinville, Washington, the couple decided to relocate their dream to Oregon’s Willamette Valley. At the end of our stay, as I flipped through the many glowing entries in their guest book, I realized that we are more than lucky they instead chose Newberg.

Owner Maureen greets you at check in while staying at the Willamette Valley Bed and Breakfast

Upon check-in, we were greeted by both Maureen and Dan, who graciously offered us sparkling wine and fresh popcorn. Anyone who knows me knows that these are two of my favorite things! Needless to say, we became fast friends.

Willamette Valley Bed and Breakfast welcome you with bubbles and popcorn

As we sipped our bubbles and noshed on our popcorn, we enjoyed the inviting dining room with many interesting touches, such as the reclaimed wood ceiling used from the barn that once stood in its place.

Willamette Valley Bed and Breakfast
Oregon wine country style awaits you at the Willamette Valley Bed and Breakfast
You'll find a comfortable nook for reading at Willamette Valley Bed and Breakfast
Life is better when you're laughing sign at Willamette Valley Bed and Breakfast

A door at the end of the dining area led to a hallway with doors painted cheerful colors.

Interior corridor at Willamette Valley Bed and Breakfast

I’m sure you’ve experienced this scenario… you have a lovely stay at a BnB, only to find out “your room” is already booked when scheduling your next stay. Dan and Maureen found a clever way to avoid disappointing returning travelers. They built suites with identical layouts. The tiles, artwork and furniture is a bit different but each suite has the same amenities– a fireplace, king size bed, two person tub, a huge cutout so you can soak in the tub while enjoying the view, an oversized shower and a back door that accesses your private deck with a common lawn beyond that.

Take a peek into our suite!

Booking is easy since all the suites are similar at Willamette Valley Bed and Breakfast
Expect tasteful, yet simple aesthetics at the Willamette Valley Bed and Breakfast
View to the tub from the king size bed at the Willamette Valley Bed and Breakfast
Willamette Valley Bed and Breakfast provides all the bathroom amenities you need for your stay
Enjoy a view while soaking in the two person tub at Willamette Valley Bed and Breakfast
You'll find many modern touches at Willamette Valley Bed and Breakfast
Settle in to the comfy adirondack chairs with a good book and glass of wine
The back lawn at Willamette Valley Bed and Breakfast

At some point during your stay, be sure to take a little stroll around the property. Say hello to the resident chickens, who’s eggs are most likely in your breakfast!

The chickens always welcome visitors to their coop
Your breakfast likely uses eggs laid by these sweet chickens
Willamette Valley Bed and Breakfast
Cute concrete bunny bench
The bed and breakfast grounds include several cozy, relaxing sitting spaces
The garden at Willamette Valley Bed and Breakfast has a small pumpkin patch
The garden at Willamette Valley Bed and Breakfast has a small pumpkin patch

Expect sweet touches like this clay sign, made by Maureen, for the door to the great dining room.

Just one of the special touches you'll find at the Willamette Valley Bed and Breakfast

And no bed and breakfast is complete without breakfast! Dan cooks and Maureen serves from their open commercial kitchen.

Take a peek into the kitchen at Willamette Valley Bed and Breakfast

The couple aim to send you out for the day with a full belly! Set your alarm since breakfast begins promptly at 9 o’clock and is four courses. Be sure to allow plenty of time before your next adventure… you don’t want to miss any of it!

Because of COVID-19, we weren’t all able to dine together at the farm table. Instead, small tables are spaced far apart and guests are expected to wear face masks when not seated.

Our first course was freshly baked popovers with homemade berry jam, pear butter and coffee.

Fresh popovers before we dug into them
We noshed on fresh popovers and homemade jams

Next up was fresh berries and yogurt, again, so beautifully presented. When possible, they use produce grown in their garden for breakfast.

Fresh fruit and yogurt is offered every morning with breakfast

Our third course was a tangy smoothie, one of the best I’ve ever tasted!

You're looking at one of the most delicious smoothies I've ever tasted

Our fourth and final course was the new classic, chicken and waffles!

Our four course breakfast included chicken and waffles

Have specific dietary needs? Dan and Maureen are more than happy to do their best to accommodate you during your stay! They also serve different courses each morning so no two breakfasts will be exactly the same.

On your final morning, they give you one of Maureen’s handmade clay roses, as a reminder of your stay at the Willamette Valley Bed and Breakfast.

At the end of your stay, you are given one of Maureen's clay roses as a reminder of your visit

If you happen to arrive after dark, this amazing glass collage artwork brightens the entrance to Willamette Valley Bed and Breakfast. Listen for the owl family that live in the tall trees next door. It was pretty special to hear them hooting back and forth to one another through the darkness.

Don't forget to look up and admire the glass artwork on display above the front door
Close up of the glass artwork

The DeFrancias have worked in the hospitality industry for years and it shows in the BnB experience they’ve created! All the details, both big and small, made our stay a very memorable one. We hope you too will take some time to visit Willamette Valley Bed and Breakfast and please be sure to tell Dan and Maureen that the Winerabblers sent you.

The after hours guest entrance

Visit their website today and plan your next wine country getaway!

www.willamettevalleybandb.com

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About the Author: Michele Francisco

Michele Francisco, a founder and regular contributor to Winerabble, a blog primarily about Pacific Northwest wines, is living the dream in Portland, Oregon. Her passion leads some to believe she's got wine running through her veins. Contact Michele at michele@winerabble.com & be sure to visit her online portfolio at www.michelefrancisco.com.

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