Montinore Estates

Mother’s Day Weekend

Have I mentioned that our life is crazy right now? Geeeez… So we are house hunting, but the “season” hasn’t really started yet. Like in a month or so it will really ramp up and we’ll start seeing more options. We’ve seen some houses that are close but not quite right (I mean, one house the neighbor had a rooster…!).

But in the meantime while we are sort of house hunting, we are trying to get our house ready to go on the market as soon as we find something. So every spare moment I have I’m painting. Doors, trim, whatever needs to be done.

Last week I took Thursday off for a few reasons. First, I did some painting (doors and trim) in the morning. Then I went to Logan’s daycare/school for a mother’s day event (so sweet). Then I got a chance to decompress with two friends at Stoller Winery. We packed a picnic lunch and just chilled for the afternoon in the sunshine. It was magnificent! I REALLY needed the downtime.

Friday I got off work early to do more painting and then clean the house (and then we looked at a house–the Rooster House!).

On Saturday we were both up bright and early because we are both so stressed right now we can’t sleep. LOL (sad face) I went to the gym and then came home to clean up and get ready for a Mother’s Day lunch event at our house. My parents came down from Seattle. Michael’s mom and stepdad, sister and brother came over too.

Michael smoked a tri-tip steak on the Traeger grill. I made a salad. Michael’s sister, who is amazing, brought her famous deviled eggs and made a cheesecake from scratch! My favorite!!! Michael’s brother brought champagne and orange juice for mimosas. It was such a nice Mother’s Day lunch!

I was off the diet for the day. πŸ™‚ I’m good with that. The food was so good! The cheesecake was to die for! Logan gave me a gift and a card. πŸ™‚ After a little while, everyone left but my parents. They were staying the night to babysit the little Bug so Michael and I could go and relax a bit.

For our anniversary, Michael got my a gift of a night away. We FINALLY got to do it! I suggested we stay at the McMenamin’s Grand Lodge in Forest Grove.

We’ve never been there before. We usually stay at Edgefield. But we had to pick up our wine (membership shipment) at Montinore Vineyards:

So I thought, why not combine both? So we stopped at Montinore first. Did a wine tasting, picked up our wine, then checked into our room at the Grand Lodge. We got a room with a bathroom, which is a nice treat! Usually McMenamin’s is “European Style”, which is fine, but I liked having our own bathroom.

We dropped our stuff off in our room and then got dinner. Since I was off the diet for the day, I got the fish n’ chips (small plate) and it was delicious! Deep fried carbs! YAY!

Then we changed into our swim suits and grabbed our bathrobes from the room, got drinks from the bar (I got a Mai Tai–channeling my inner Hawaii) and headed to the Japanese Soaking Pool.

It was absolutely AMAZING. We spent over an hour in the soaking pool. It was small, not as good as the Edgefield Pool, but still really nice and relaxing. We just chilled with our beverages and relaxed and talked. It was fairly quiet, surrounded by trees and bamboo. I needed time to relax!

We both slept like the dead that night. I wish I could have slept in. I mean, lately, since we have started the house projects/house hunting, the moment I wake up in the morning I am awake. My mind starts racing. I start thinking of all the things that need to be done. πŸ™ I used to be able to sleep in a little, or at least on the weekends go back to sleep…not anymore!

We got breakfast, I got the smoked salmon hollandaise. I got fruit instead of hashbrowns and didn’t eat the bread (back on the diet!).

Then back home to work on house projects! So busy busy busy weekend. But fun!

Anniversary Part 2

After our hike, we were tired and sweaty and little muddy, and the original plan was to head back to the house to clean up but we decided to stop at David Hill Winery, first, because it was so close to the hike we just did. It didn’t make sense to make that drive again. So we stopped and shared a nice wine tasting.

The grounds were really pretty. We got there a little after noon and it wasn’t very crowded yet so we got to enjoy our tasting outside in the garden.

I really liked a lot of their wines. For some reason I had thought that it was a winery I didn’t like, but I was wrong! Excellent whites and very good reds.

What I like most about wine tasting is being able to taste a lot of different wines without an investment. There have been many times where I bought a bottle on a whim and it was gross (to me). Many times I can just tell Michael I don’t like it and he’ll drink what I don’t like, but I hate spending money on something that I might pour down the drain–I’ve done that about three times before. So when you go tasting, you can figure out pretty quickly if it’s good, if you like it, if it’s a bottle you want to buy. Pro tip: split one tasting with whomever you are with so you don’t get wasted. πŸ˜‰

It was getting a bit late in the day and we really needed lunch. So we stopped in Forest Grove for a lunch at Kama’Aina and ended up having some of the best Hawaiian food we’ve had outside of Hawaii.

We got a few appetizers to share.Β  The spam masubi was OUTSTANDING! So were the wings. The mac salad was good. I was not impressed with the poke (too much mayo and onion flavor) but all the other stuff was so delicious. We will definitely go back there again. Food was so good and cheap, too.

Finally, back at the house to shower and change. Then we headed out to a few wineries. The first one was Ardiri Wines. I had been looking forward to it after reading reviews and from a few recommendations from friends but I was not impressed. We split a tasting and neither of us really liked what we had. It was all very unmemorable. So we left pretty quickly.

The next place we went to was Montinore Estates and we both REALLY liked it. The place was cool and the staff was great. It also turned out that an old coworker of Michael’s worked there! So that was nice.

We ended up becoming members. πŸ™‚ The wines were that good. I really loved the sparkling white they gave us to start:

And there was the original estate on the grounds, too:

How amazing was that house? After that we went back to the house to figure out where we wanted to go for dinner. We went for a walk around the property of the Airbnb and they had all these cute little meditation spots with benches and chairs you could relax on in the woods. It was very peaceful.

Dinner was in Forest Grove again. This time at Bites,Β kind of funky Asian fusion place. It was a cool place and we got tapas to share. We got the crab cake bites and pork gyoza.:

I liked the crab cakes a lot. The Pork gyoza had excellent flavor but I wanted them a little crunchier. We got the Korean short rib tacos (they were spicy but a little on the dry side).

And the mozzarella egg rolls with a Thai marinara sauce. Sounds weird, I know, but it was actually really good.

Then we shared a molten lava cake for dessert.

And home to the hot tub again!

On Sunday we got to sleep in a little bit again, showered, packed and then checked out. For breakfast we went to the Babica Hen in Newberg. I got the Eggs Benedict which was an English Muffin topped with bacon, tomato chutney, the poached eggs and a hollandaise tarragon sauce. It was pretty good but a little on the sweet side, probably from the tomatoes.

Michael got the breakfast burrito and said it was really good. After breakfast we went for a hike at the nearby Harvey Creek Trail. It was short but there were some parts that were pretty steep so we got an okay workout in. It was a really nice day, too, so it was nice to just walk in the woods.

It’s not too long, so not the usual hike we do, but it was nice.

The trailhead was at the old Pioneer Cemetery. It was interesting to see the old pioneer graves.

After the hike we stopped at Dobbes Family Estates and I did a quick tasting. I liked their wines (and bought a few bottles) and the tasting room was really cool. They had a very nice outdoor patio. It was lovely just sitting in the sun.

After that we headed back home to relieve my parents. Logan was so cute! He woke up from his nap when we got home and he was GLUED to me for a long time. I think he missed us! We missed him for sure but it was also a really nice weekend to chill and not have any responsibilities. And sleeping in was fantastic. πŸ˜‰