12 Tastes of Christmas

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Last year’s “The 12 shops of Christmas” campaign was such a success, we thought we might dive a little deeper this holiday season. 

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This year, we’re shining a spotlight on 12 unique “tastes” of Newberg. This includes a variety of offerings and gift ideas for holiday shopping, experiences and tastesMore and more travelers are being drawn to Newberg, and a big part of that has to do with the variety of experiences to enjoy. The restaurants, wineries, craft beer, coffee roasters, art, and the local shop owners all make Newberg what it is today.

Travelers can get a taste of the arts, fashion, home décor, outdoor adventure and a wide variety of culinary and beverage options during a visit to Newberg. So, we have made our lists, and checked them twice! We have curated 12 unique Taste themes for your holiday season of gift shopping and enjoyment. 

Beginning on Saturday, November 27, Small Business Saturday, we will be highlighting of our 12 Tastes of Christmas on Taste Newberg’s social media feeds. We encourage you to Shop Local in Newberg.


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1. A Taste of Home

If your tastes for home decor look a lot like Santa’s village, and you’re ready to “deck the halls with boughs of holly” we recommend visiting Red Hills Home & Gift in downtown Newberg. Your home will capture the essence of the holidays after picking up a few more “essential” Christmas decorations (because yes, you do need one more Santa) and there are gifts aplenty if you’re getting a head start on your Christmas shopping!

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Thinking about how to save this season? Lineage will be offering a “buy more save more” tiered percent off for the big holiday shopping weekend through Wednesday December 1st! 

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10% off $20.00 or more, 15% off $50.00 or more, 20% off $100.00 or more. Additionally, customers will receive a gift with purchase on November 27th, in celebration of “Small Business Saturday”. There are lots of fun new ornaments, home decor, sweaters, scarves, hats, candles and plenty of gift options for yourself or someone special this holiday season.

If you can’t imagine Christmas without floral arrangements as far as the eye can see, look no further than Pollinate Flowers. Whether you’re getting ready to host guests for the first time in a while and need custom arrangements, need a new wreath for your door, or love a weekly refresh of flowers on the table, the team at Pollinate Flowers will take care of you! Stop by their storefront location, shared with Little Lavender Shop, to browse their handmade bath salts, room sprays, and gorgeous dried flower arrangements. 


2. A Taste of Sweetness

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This week is all about those bursts of flavor in your holiday dishes. The smells of nutmeg fill the air, and fresh-baked pies await a dollop of whipped cream! Cream Northwest crafts sumptuous and unique ice cream, featuring the flavors and ingredients of the season. Right now, you can choose from pumpkin pie ice cream, and a limited collaboration with Newberg’s very own Caravan Coffee and Dayton’s Branch Point Distillery for a Whiskey Coffee ice cream with hints of caramel. Expect more mind blowing Christmas flavors to drop in December! 

Are you feeling the sudden urge to drop the Peloton workout routine and feed your sweet tooth? Well, we certainly are! If ice cream is just the beginning, the cherry on top is Teeter Totter Sweets & Treats. A delicious selection of candy, custom chocolates, uniquely-flavored truffles, soft-serve ice cream, and toys are on offer! Put together your own box of chocolates, with a card and treats galore. 

Is it time for the annual cookie exchange with friends? Or are you selected to bring dessert to the Holiday party every year? Sprinkles of Joy has ALL THE COOKIES, cakes, and more available! If baking isn’t your scene, but you need a gingerbread man in your life, the bakery case will be filled with yummy holiday delicacies this holiday season. Holiday pre-order specials include a cookie plate for Santa, and a Jingle Jangle goodies box. Gift cards are available for purchase in any $ amount. The big guy, better known as Santa Claus, will be visiting the bakery on Saturday, Dec. 4th and 18th, so SAVE THE DATE! 

Tasty gluten-free sweetness can be found at Luckee Dutch bakery, who specializes in gluten-free baked goods that will have you coming back for seconds. Holiday treats and pastries will be offered throughout the holiday season to grab and go for all the occasions, or pick up a gift card or two for your family and friends. 


3. A Taste of Savory

Do those savory assorted popcorn tins come to mind when you think of cozying up next to the fire and watching holiday classics? Miss Hannah’s Gourmet Popcorn has taken the nostalgia of holiday popcorn to the next level. You can choose from Peppermint: sweet popcorn enrobed in crushed candy canes, Santa’s Mix: a red, green, and white corn version of their Tutti Frutti, Candy Cane Drizzle: peppermint drizzled in dark chocolate (sign us up!) and Pfeffernusse: warm winter spices and white chocolate drizzle! 

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Their individual popcorn sleeves make great stocking stuffers for the whole family, while these gift boxes (shown below) fit 5 bags of popcorn. The team at Miss Hannah’s can ship it with red tissue and a handwritten note card for the gift recipient, if needed! If you have a hard time deciding on a flavor for someone else, go with a gift card. 

What do you get when you pair appetizing charcuterie, tasty cheeses with all the serving accoutrements one can ever dream of? Good Company Cheese Bar & Bistro. Don’t miss an opportunity to shop their expansive storefront of gourmet goodies and gifts during your next trip to Newberg. And make time for a craft holiday cocktail in the Bistro bar. You won’t regret it! 

In addition to what they’re best known for, visit Northwest Fresh Seafood for a wide wine selection, as well as locally-sourced gift items such as Oregon hazelnut toffee or Smoked Columbia River Steelhead.  Stock up on all-natural Oregon White Truffle Oil at Chapters Books and Coffee, while browsing for that perfect read.  

Get your savory shopping on!


4. A Taste of Bubbly!

Popping a bottle of bubbles is a ceremonious way to truly kick off the Christmas season. Tiny bubbles help make the season cheery and bright! Here are a few Sparkling Wine producers in Newberg you won’t want to miss. 

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Adelsheim Vineyard has four Sparkling wines: Sparkling Brut Cuvée, Sparkling Blanc de blancs, Sparkling Brut Rosé, and Sparkling Demi-Sec. There are two special gift packages available, including a stunning all-sparkling wines limited edition box that will give your gift the “wow factor” or choose the Holiday Set, which features Sparkling Brut Cuvee, Boulder Bluff Pinot Noir and Staking Claim Chardonnay. This weekend and Thanksgiving weekend only, Adelsheim is hosting a limited flight of all four sparkling wines, including a collaboration with our local friends at Miss Hannah’s Popcorn, and Briar Rose Creamery’s Chocolate Fromage Blanc Truffles. $5 of every sparkling flight will be donated to Oregon Food Bank. For more tasting flight information, click here. 

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Et Fille has a beautiful downtown Newberg tasting room, and is currently featuring their first ever Sparkling wine release, just in time for the holiday season. Learn more about the Et Fille Père Honneur Sparkling wine here.

The pioneer of Willamette Valley bubbles, Rollin Soles founded Oregon’s Sparkling Wine industry in 1987 when he co-founded Argyle winery. He’s now continued his legacy at ROCO Winery and has some of the best bubbles for you to pop all season long! Visit the tasting room December 10-12 to enjoy Sparkling wine flights and sample their newly released 2020 RMS Red Brut. Click  here for more information.

Enjoy a tour of bubbles with Raptor Ridge Winery during their Thanksgiving Weekend Sparkling Tour 11/26-28/2021 – Blizzard Wines, Dion Vineyard, and Raptor Ridge Winery welcome you for a decadent Thanksgiving Weekend tour with Black Tie Tours complete with sparkling wine flights, small bites, and a lunch. Tour Ticket includes an exclusive 5-bottle sparkling wine pack. Stock up on Raptor Ridge’s 2016 Sparkling Brut Rosé Méthode Champenoise Rosé of Estate Pinot Noir! 

Also pouring their sparkling offerings in November are Styring (outdoor tastings on Saturdays by reservation, weather permitting) and Potter’s Vineyard with their Sparkling Estate Rosé of Pinot Noir and Sparkling Chardonnay blanc de blanc. 

Please visit these winery’s websites for further information.


5. A Taste of Fashion

Your taste in fashion can most definitely be found at one of our charming Newberg boutiques! Whether you are Your taste in fashion can most definitely be found at one of our charming Newberg boutiques! Whether you are shopping for yourself, or looking for a fashionable gift accessory, both Nikki Jane’s & Little Bird Boutique are places in which a fashionista could get swept away for hours. 

Little Bird Boutique has a wide variety of candles, both seasonal and everyday, and a wide variety of women’s apparel and accessories that will make up the perfect gift. 

A restyled Vintage and Antique jewelry boutique awaits you at The Studio 306. Items sourced from around the world, representing three centuries of cultures, are restyled to wear for today’s lifestyles. Wine Country Chic. Casual, approachable and affordable. And beautiful gardens for a respite from the hectic Christmas shopping season. A sip of wine, some bubbles and a chance to support Newberg’s local artists awaits. 

For an even larger variety of gift options, including an assortment of high-end jewlery Pulp & Circumstance is well For a wide variety of gift options, Pulp & Circumstance is well known in Newberg as the place to find a great gift. Unique ornaments, candles, artisanal jewelry, greeting cards, candy, and so much more is offered. Their children’s section is whimsical and fun. 


6. A Taste of Coffee

If you are a coffee lover, then your taste for Coffee will be served up in Newberg! Downtown Newberg coffee shop Coffee Cat is a popular stop for George Fox University students as well as locals. While well-known for making all their in-house pastries fresh from scratch, they also offer tantalizing coffee drinks. INSIDER TIP: Don’t miss out on the cinnamon rolls! They are the best. Also available are holiday ornaments, Christmas Cocoa boxes, art from local artists, and other merch.

We have mentioned our friends at See See Motor Coffee Co. before, but now want to emphasize their fun moto-centric merchandise which makes for a great gifting opportunity this Christmas (or any time, for that matter). Downtown’s Coffee Cottage proudly serves coffee, on espresso or drip, from three Oregon coffee roasting companies, has a wide selection of loose-leaf tea as well as pastries and bagels with ingredients sourced locally.

On the other side of town, Caravan Coffee roasters provides an inviting break from your holiday shopping. Enjoy their newly-refreshed coffee tasting room in Newberg’s “Flight District”, with indoor bar seating, heated outdoor patio space, free wifi, local pastries and jams. Shop their fresh roasts, brew gear and coffee merchandise, including home accessories, hats, and Christmas Blend coffee beans.

We reccommend taking a seasonal bag of beans home from each of our Newberg coffee shops, to enjoy all December long! 


7. A Taste of Adventure

Sometimes the best gift you can give someone, is the gift of an experience. Their taste for adventure might be endless, and we can help you fill their cup! Vista Hot Air Balloons is currently booking for 2022, and is nothing short of a thrilling adventure. Dipping over into the Willamette river, seeing Willamette Valley’s world-famous vineyard hillsides from a birds-eye view are priceless moments you can’t find inside a store. 

Give the gift of exploration with a Truffle Hunting experience hosted by Black Tie Tours.

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Make time for yourself or others to roam Oregon’s wilderness in search of coveted, elusive truffles, just as the season kicks off in January, or book a tour for spring. Explore the forest with Stefan Czarnecki, owner of Willamette Valley wine touring company Black Tie Tours, and his trained truffle-sniffing dog, Ella. (Czarnecki’s family moved to the valley in 1997 to drink wine, hunt mushrooms and open the acclaimed restaurant, The Joel Palmer House in Dayton, and has been introducing others to the region’s bounty ever since).

If you prefer to be on wheels while you explore wine country, Wine de Roads is a wonderful way to get a taste of adventure. This cycling tour provide a different “spin” on the wine tasting experience. Located in the heart of Oregon Wine Country, Wine de Roads is fortunate to have bike access to four of Oregon’s premiere wine AVA regions.    

If your taste for adventure leans towards the indoors, then Chehalem Cultural Center always has something fun the whole family can enjoy together. Bring the kiddos for an Eclectic Christmas concert on December 17 or 18 for a fun evening of festive Christmas music with local musicians. Click here for the details and to purchase tickets.


8. A Taste of Spirits

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It’s that special time of year for Hot Toddies and festive craft cocktails! Thank you, Father Winter, for making spirits bright again. 

If you’re into Spanish coffee, Killdeer Distillery Espresso Liqueur is a great item to gift yourself or someone who knows how to make a mean Espresso martini! Or try their Bourbon, Gin, Corn Whiskey, Vodka and even Absinthe if you want to kick up your heels. Insider Tip: Shop early to snag a bottle of their Vanilla Extract for all your holiday baking needs. 

Ewing Young Distillery is home to Oregon’s first distiller, and a wonderful place to visit just outside Newberg’s downtown. Their holiday offerings include stocking-stuffer sized bottles, an Old-Fashioned cocktail kit, Glencairn whiskey glasses, or a custom gift box with cigars, a t-shirt, hoodie, and favorite spirit or two.

If you need a break from your Newberg shopping excursion, Honey Pie Pizza is a great stop for pizza and designer cocktails! The cocktails boast very clever names, and are 100% delicious. 

Be sure to imbibe responsibly and make it an overnight stay at one of our lodging options within walking distance of Newberg’s downtown adult beverage purveyors.  Explore options at our Stay link here.  


9. A Taste of Renewal

This is something that almost everyone has a taste for. Renewal, self-care, relaxation, rewinding the clock. Let us show you the way! 

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The signature Allison Inn & Spa robe is a luxurious gift for those hard to shop for people in your life – the perfect addition to anyone’s self-care, “me-day.” 

Couple that with the spa’s new Himalayan Salt Therapy treatment! Or give the gift of travel. Nestled in the hills of the Willamette Valley, this premiere destination resort is ideally suited for those looking to explore Oregon’s acclaimed wine country. Gift cards available in any denomination and never expire. 

Resonate Health Spa is a community of Holistic Practitioners offering Natural Skin Care, Facials, Peels, Sugaring, Waxing, Massage, Reiki Body Talk, Infrared Sauna, and Yoga. Their retail boutique showcases local vendors providing art, jewelry, candles, gemstones, crystals, tea, bitters, beauty products and more. Allow the Spa Concierge to assist you with gift ideas! Gift cards are always available. 

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Yamhill Flats vacation rentals are conveniently located upstairs from Luminous Spa in downtown Newberg, offering a great place to unwind and retreat while doing your holiday shopping! Have you entered to win our Giveaway for an overnight stay for two? It’s running now through November 27th! See our post for details on how to enter.


10. A Taste of Craft Beer

If your tastes prefer a fresh hopped IPA, or a funky fresh farmhouse ale, then you should highly consider joining the beer club at Social Goods Market or visiting one of these fine craft beer establishments. 

The Beer Club is a fantastic gift idea for any beer enthusiast! This is an annual, 12-month, membership for $135, which includes: 1 22oz club beer mug at 16oz pricing, a unique annual beer club t-shirt, early release ‘first dibs’ on rare beers, first dibs to meet with brewmasters for beer releases and private events, a customer leather glass wrap and coaster (kept onsite with your glass cleaned and ready for you upon each visit), beer club member-only events, member pricing on craft beers and special releases. Learn more here (Sign us up!).

If you have commitment issues on memberships, then might we suggest a growler? Barley & Vine Tavern has 16 rotating taps and growlers to fill on the go! Growlers also make a great gift. Purchase a gift card with your growler so whoever you buy it for can come back and get another refill on YOU.  Chehalem Valley Brewing, and Wolves & People Farmhouse Brewery (as mentioned in our previous beer & pizza blog) are also fantastic places you can go to find great merch, growlers, canned beer and more! 


11. A Taste of Art

If you, or the people on your shopping list enjoy a taste for fine art, Newberg is home to several beautifully-stocked art galleries.

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ART Elements has a wonderful arrangement of beautiful and thoughtful gifts. In addition to ceramic, glass, paintings, jewelry, woven artworks and wood turned artworks, they also will have handcrafted tree ornaments on display during the Holiday Season. Everything is available to view on their website, as well as in person right at the gallery!

Art with Elegance offers original abstract artwork inspired by nature in a gracious and tranquil environment in a 1914 renovated cottage, featuring local artists. Join them on December 4 for a Wine and Art Soiree co-hosted with Geezer Gallery…a fabulous and memorable evening of art, wine, music and a silent auction fundraise. Click here for event details. 

Resonate Health Spa is currently featuring art from Newberg’s Blue Plume Studios and limited-edition photographic prints from Small World Art. 

Blue Trout Gallery is in Historic Downtown Newberg. The Italianate storefront was built in 1923 and the vintage Art Deco sign has been a landmark for years. Owner and artist Gary Buhler’s excellent work is featured here so stop in or schedule a visit when you’re in town!


12. A Taste of Fine Dining

Recently USA Today released the results of their Reader’s Choice voting for Best Small Town Food Scene. Coming in at No. 6: Newberg, Oregon!  Make your plans now for a special holiday dining experience or, if time doesn’t permit, a gift card from one of these top-rated Newberg restaurants. 

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JORY at The Allison Inn & Spa – Designed to intrigue the senses, JORY’s Tasting Menu that is artfully paired with regional wines is the perfect gift for your favorite foodie. Gift cards for JORY Restaurant & Bar are available for purchase in any denomination and never expire. 

The Painted Lady – Refined, modern American cuisine in Oregon wine country, serving a seasonal tasting menu Wednesday through Sunday.

Rosmarino – It’s ITALY in the heart of Willamette Valley and downtown Newberg! Handmade pure Northern Italian Cuisine with a real Italian accent. Join them for Wine Weekends with tantalizing food and wine pairing menus. 

SubTerra Kitchen – Celebrating simple food with bold flavors, supporting local farms and purveyors, bringing seasonal ingredients to your table. 

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