Half way up a hill, on the north side of the Dundee Hills sits Le Puy, a wine valley inn. This eco-inn, is a fusion of China meets France in Willamette Valley wine country. China, in the sense that the guest rooms are inspired by Feng Shui, and France, as the inn keepers were inspired to name their inn after a trip to Le Puy, a small village located south west of France.
Purchased in 2008 and opened in 2011, the eight room inn, overlooking the Chehalem Ridge, was originally built as a single family home – albeit a rather large home sitting on 10 acres! Second owners Lea and Andy were both architects and recognized the property for having great potential. The name Le Puy, pronounced “pwee,” translates to “isolated hill” in old French. While this wine country inn is not ideally suited for grape growing, it is proving to be an ideal location for a sustainable, holistic inn.
Great care was given to sustainability in building out the inn. From dual flush toilets and low flow shower heads, to reclaimed wood flooring, no detail was overlooked. I rather like the Feng Shui approach to the individual room decor.
The Loire Room, a common room, is an upscale man-cave, minus the Palaeolythic cave paintings found in Lascaux, France. There’s a big screen satellite tv, an exercise bike, and the room is stocked with drinks, snacks and an ice machine. Need I say more?
Rates range from $235 to $345, depending on the room type. My “Earth” room, with queen size bed, was painted and decorated in light yellow, light brown and sandy earth tones and rented for $235+ tax per night. As always, check the website for current pricing and hotel specials.
Need to Know:
Le Puy 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 from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. daily. The air-conditioned bed & breakfast offers free parking and free wifi.
Check in: between 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Check out: 11:00 a.m.
As is typical in wine country, there are plenty of restaurants nearby. I enjoyed The Barlow Room in nearby Dayton, Oregon. Lea and Andy have plenty of recommendations for things to see and do in Willamette Valley wine country. For additional insider tips, follow @Nancydbrown on Twitter.
If You Go:
Le Puy A Wine Valley Inn (503) 554-9528
20300 NE Highway 240
Newberg, Oregon 97132
Article and photography by travel writer Nancy D. Brown. I was a guest of Le Puy and Willamette Valley Visitors Association, however all opinions are my own.