Half way up a hill, on the north side of the Dundee Hills sits The Setting Inn Willamette Valley, a luxury boutique hotel. This wine country eco-inn, is a fusion of earth-friendly chic meets modern architecture in Newberg, Oregon. Earth-friendly, in the sense that the eight unique guest rooms are inspired by nature in a farm setting, yet feature modern architecture. The Setting Inn Willamette Valley offers clean lines with light and airy gathering places. It also shares the same interior designer as their sister property in Napa Valley. Both wine country properties offer the perfect setting for a romantic escape.
The Setting Inn Willamette Valley
Purchased in 2008 and opened in 2011, the three-story bed and breakfast, overlooking the Chehalem Ridge, was originally built as a single family home – albeit a rather large home sitting on 10 acres! Formerly operated as Le Puy Inn, The Setting Inn Willamette Valley was recently renovated by owners Jeff Cova, Noah McMahon and Joe Balla with a repeat performance by interior designer Cora Klang of Cora J. Design. Klang’s design company also renovated The Setting Inn Napa Valley. While this wine country inn is not ideally suited for grape growing, it is proving to be an ideal setting for a wine country getaway.
The Barn is the perfect place to lounge, with its indoor/outdoor setting. Play a game of corn hole, relax next to the decorative living plant wall or join in a round of bocce ball. The 10 acre property has a test vineyard of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc grapes if you want to see a vineyard up close and personal. See if you can spot the neighboring livestock or wander around the garden.
Unique Willamette Valley wine country rooms
Each of the eight wine country guest rooms has been updated with new furniture, fixtures and decor for the luxury traveler. Great care was given to sustainability in building out the inn. From dual flush toilets and low flow shower heads, to earthly accents and lather bathroom amenities, no detail was overlooked. Besides the comfy king bed and plush bathrobes, we loved the private patio looking out to the winery across the valley floor.
We did not utilize the satellite TV, but the smart TV works if you want to stream your own programming. We were grateful the room offered air conditioning, as we visited during a heatwave. The 275 square foot room also included an in-room safe, mini fridge, Nespresso coffee maker and local teas.
If you are feeling social, head to the great room and sip a sparkling lemonade or grab a cup of tea. The outdoor deck has a fabulous view of the Willamette Valley vineyards.
Room 7 with king bed and private patio.
Wine Country Bed and Breakfast
As a travel writer, I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing many romantic hotels. I have to say that The Setting Inn Willamette Valley has one of the best breakfasts in a box. The rustic continental breakfast waits patiently outside your door in the morning. Filled with freshly baked pastries from Portland-based Pearl Bakery, locally made Fromage Blanc from Briar Rose Creamery and charcuterie from Olympia Provisions, you’ll be torn whether to eat these goodies for breakfast or save the fruit and Tillamook cheddar for a picnic later. No matter your decision, don’t hesitate to start your day with the DIY mimosa that includes a bottle of OJ and bubbles from Canned Oregon.
After a day of wine tasting, visiting the local lavender farm or wandering the shops in downtown Newberg, order a charcuterie plate to enjoy on your patio. The general manager will help with dinner reservation suggestions or arrange for flowers and chocolates in your room if this is a special occasion.
Things to do in Newberg and Willamette Valley wine country
There are so many things to see and do in the town of Newberg and Willamette Valley wine country. Try truffle hunting in the winter or a cooking class in the spring. I highly recommend a fall visit to the Willamette Valley if you want to see downtown Newberg, Ribbon Ridge AVA and the Dundee hills area in action.
Hotel room rates range from $309 to $579, depending on the room type and availability. Our room #7, with king size bed featured framed art and rented for $389+ tax per night. As always, check the website for current pricing and hotel specials.
Adult Escape at The Setting Inn
The Setting Inn Willamette Valley is geared toward couples seeking relaxation and romance. This is not the place to bring young children or your dog. The complimentary breakfast is included in the price of your stay and is served at 8:30 daily. The air-conditioned bed & breakfast offers free parking, an electric car charging station and complimentary wifi.
Check in: between 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Check out: 12:00 p.m.
As is typical in wine country, there are plenty of restaurants and wine tasting opportunities nearby. The innkeeper has plenty of local recommendations for things to see and do in Willamette Valley wine country. For additional insider tips follow @Nancydbrown on Instagram and Twitter.
If You Go:
The Setting Inn Willamette (503) 554-9528
20300 NE Highway 240
Newberg, Oregon 97132
The Setting Inn Willamette Valley wine country eco inn review and all photography by travel writer Nancy D. Brown. I was a guest of The Setting Inn Willamette Valley, will working on an article for another publication.