Feb 062017
 

Over the weekend I got to escape the city and spend a mini-break in wine country with friends!

Michael stayed home with the baby and after the gym on Saturday I drove down to McMinnville for my cousin Anna’s bachelorette party weekend. The group had gone down Friday night for a show, and then stayed in the house we rented for the weekend. A few of Anna’s friends from the Peace Corp flew out from DC to celebrate with her! That was so awesome!

I got to the house a little after noon and they were all at the first winery only about 3 miles or so from the house we rented. I got in the house and did some decorating to surprise Anna later that night.

The house was so darling inside! I don’t know how old it was but it was clearly an old farmhouse and it had three bedrooms upstairs, with a large bathroom, and one bedroom and bathroom downstairs. It was decorated in a traditional way.

There were lots of cute built-in cabinets and drawers in the walls and there was even a working laundry chute!

The house was so cute.

Then I met up with them at their second winery stop. They weren’t a fan of of that winery so we all moved on to the next one: Brooks.

The tasting room was PACKED! But somehow we managed to snag a private back room. The girl helping us, I think her name was Allison, was super awesome and very generous and nice. It was cool that she let us use the private room. It had a huge, long table, it was quieter and private and we were able to eat our sandwiches, fruit, chips and cookies for lunch while we tasted the wines at Brooks.

Several of us split tastings. I shared the Pomona Flight (3 reds, 3 whites) with Erin. I loved the Pinot Blanc and ended up buying a bottle to bring home. There was an awesome wall behind us made of corks!

After our tasting and lunch we decided to buy a few bottles to drink there. Another big group was supposedly going to show up (and they had reserved the big room we were using) so Allison moved us outside and hooked us up with a bunch of blankets and turned on the heat lamps and we hung out outside with a bottle of Pinot Noir and a Rose to share amongst the group.

I had a glass of the rose, which I didn’t love but it was okay. It had a sparkling wine quality to it.

We hung out and enjoyed our wine and talked and celebrated!

It was starting to get a little late and we wanted to make one more stop before calling it a day.

The last winery of the day was Keeler.

I was really glad we were able to hire Anna’s sister to be our driver for the day! It meant no stress and everyone could just enjoy themselves. I’m also kind of glad I missed out on the first two wineries they went to because honestly I’m a lightweight and two tastings is enough for me. LOL

The group had some buy one tasting get one free cards for Keeler that they had picked up somewhere so we were lucky that we didn’t have to really pay for tasting fees or share tastings at the last place.  The wines were pretty good. I didn’t love them but I liked two of them a lot–I ended up buying a bottle of the Chardonnay (which is weird for me because I’m not usually a Chardonnay fan, but they did theirs in steel instead of oak and I tend to enjoy that flavor most) and Anna bought a bottle of the Pinot Noir Reserve, which was outstanding!

After the afternoon of wine tasting we went back to the house for the night. Anna loved the surprise decorations! 😀 We had dinner–homemade soup, bread and salad. Everything was so tasty!

Shawna made a delicious salad dressing that I’m going to make because it was so good:

Champagne-Shallot Vinaigrette

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

From: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/champagne-shallot-vinaigrette

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons Champagne vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped shallots
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

  1. Whisk together vinegar, shallots, honey, Dijon mustard, kosher salt, and freshly ground pepper in a small bowl. Gradually whisk in olive oil until blended.
http://www.110pounds.com/?p=51666

 

After dinner we all got comfortable and then settled in for a few hours of card games, some chocolate cake for dessert and then bed! In the morning we enjoyed a delicious breakfast together and then packed everything up.

I was home by lunch time to snuggle my baby, then off to the pool for me! It was a weekend of indulging but it was fun and I don’t do that often so it was a fun little splurge.

It was so much fun! I got away, made some new friends, got to try some new wines and see a part of Oregon I haven’t really explored much. In two short weeks Anna will be saying “I Do”!

 

Jan 172017
 

Hello from snowed/iced-in Portland! We are still snowed in. We can get around and out of the house but there is still TONS of snow and ice around town. Sunday morning I made it to the pool in the Subaru (yay!) and had the pool to myself. Then home just as my parents arrived from Seattle. We all went out to lunch at Reverend’s BBQ for my birthday and then Michael and I skee-daddled as quick as possible to go on our getaway trip!

For our wedding my aunt and uncle gave us a gift certificate to McMenamin’s and we finally used it. 🙂 It was so nice of them and it was awesome my parents were willing to babysit Logan overnight so we could have some couple’s time away. Boy, after being snowed in for a week I think we were all ready for the time away! We were all stir-crazy.

So for my birthday we spent one night at Edgefield. I’ve always wanted to stay there and we liked it so much we are already planning on doing it again sometime. It’s such a cool old building!

Edgefield is out in the Gorge in Troutdale. The weather is always way worse out there and there was a ton of snow on the ground but we were able to get there easily. We checked in and got settled before exploring.

Each room is a different theme. It’s European style, meaning no bathrooms. We stayed at the McMenamin’s in McMinnville a million years ago and we weren’t fans. The food wasn’t very good, our room was tiny and cramped and super far away from the bathroom (which was dorm style, so just shower stalls and bathroom stalls). But Edgefield was WAY nicer! Our room wasn’t far from the bathrooms and they were more private, so that was nice! You didn’t mind that there wasn’t a bathroom in your room.

I posted a short video on Instagram of our room. We got a King bed. The room was huge and comfortable and had two windows with a view.

There is art all over the place and it’s really cool. Here are a few of my favorites:

The elevator was that old-fashioned kind where you open the door and the elevator door slides open. It was slightly scary. 😉

We walked around and checked things out. I bet the place is AMAZING in the summer! So many cool things to do–golf, spa, soaking pool, there’s live shows and concerts that sell out. There are several bars on site and several restaurants. There’s a brewery and winery.

We checked out the soaking pool by the spa. We brought our swim suits and we were going to do it. They notified all the guests that the soaking pool was under temperature because of all the snow. We saw people in it and we were going to try it but decided not to. We’d have to trek through the snow and ice to get there from the hotel and Michael was fighting off a cold so it didn’t seem like the best idea. I was really disappointed!! But it was probably the best decision. The people we asked about the pool said it was too cold and they didn’t last in there long. But check out how cool it looks:

We are definitely going back just for the pool!

We did the winery package and that included breakfast. We went down to the basement where the winery was. It was packed! They also had live music. Our winery package included a tasting, a fruit and cheese plate and a free bottle of wine to take home. It was a lot of fun doing the tasting and I liked a lot of them.

The cheese was a warm, melted brie and it was all very good! We did the classic tasting, that was a few white and a few red. Then we decided to pay for the red only tasting because it had a lot of other red wines that sounded good. We ended up liking that tasting better and I loved about three of them.

We enjoyed our tasting and hung out and ended up leaving with a delicious bottle of the 2014 Ferryman’s Choice Cabernet Franc. Can’t wait to open it!

After that we walked around a bit and then went to dinner at the Black Rabbit bar/restaurant. I was craving a burger so I got their burger and got the Brussels Sprouts instead of fries. The burger was really good and the sprouts were ok (Michael’s are better!).

I had a glass of the Cuvee (it was my second choice wine during the tasting). Michael had a hot toddy with his dinner (the pork chops with mashed sweet potato puree). Michael said his dinner was outstanding.

Then it was time to call it a night. Our room was nice. You could hear the roaring wind outside. Michael said it sounded like the haunted mansion in Scooby Doo 🙂 and it kinda did! But it was cool to listen to the crazy, stormy weather. It was so nice to sleep uninterrupted and SLEEP IN until 9am!!! 😀

Then down to the Black Rabbit Restaurant for breakfast:

I got the French Toast made out of challah bread with a fruit compote and amaretto.

It also came with bacon. Michael got the special eggs benedict. It was avocado, tomato and egg and hollandaise. It looked amazing.

The food and service was great. We had a really nice, slow, low-key breakfast. Then we packed and checked out. We went to the nearby outlet mall and bought more clothes for Logan than ourselves 🙂 and made a few stops on the way home and then we were home to relieve my parents.

We spent some time with my parents and then they left to drive home to Seattle. I went to the gym and then played with Logan. I think he missed us. 🙂 We missed him but it was nice to get away for a short break and just be together the two of us. It’s nice that our family helps us have little dates here and there!