A Dog Friendly Weekend in Wine Country

For as long as there has been a “Willamette Valley”, there have been wine dogs roaming the nearby vineyards and wine cellars. Not too long ago, just about every winery had a wine country dog calendar and book series for sale in their tasting room. Our wineries love dogs, and dogs love wineries!

Oregon wine country is every furry friends playground, and these wineries wouldn’t want you to leave your pup behind on all of the excitement.

Newberg, Oregon is a Paradise for Pups!

Located in the heart of Newberg, Newberg Wine Country Suites are the newest lodging downtown. Four stylish, spacious, brand-new suites include modern full kitchens, king beds, sofa sleepers, and are each decorated with inspiration from a local wine. You’ll be staying in the “Rosé Room.” The central location means you can park your car (free street parking) and walk to restaurants, shops, winery tasting rooms, and so much more. The suites are all pet-friendly.

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Morning Dog-Walking Destinations

Hop in the car and head to one of these two options for a morning walk with your dog:

  1. (Leashed) – Park at the Chehalem Glenn Golf Course and walk the scenic 1.6 Gettman Loop along the course down through the forest filled with towering Douglas Firs, ferns and down to the babbling creek. Directions here: https://www.cprdnewberg.org/general/page/chehalem-glenn-gettman-loops  
  2. (Off-Leash) Head to the off-leash dog park at Ewing Young Historical Park, 1201 S. Blaine Street, Newberg, OR 97132

Caravan Coffee – Caravan Coffee’s founder Pete Miller was Newberg’s original coffee roaster. He has grown Caravan Coffee over the years, while upholding the standards that have sustained their business to provide coffee that is sourced, roasted and brewed with intention. As he learned more about coffee Pete began to realize that he could make a difference, both in his own community and for the communities that grow their coffee. Caravan gives back to the communities that farm the coffee beans they source – projects that have ranged from fresh water supply to a community band. Seeing the impact of their efforts, they adopted a set of standards that are abided by when purchasing coffee beans. Those standards benefit the communities that provide the coffee and the community that drinks it. Try Caravan’s espresso and coffee tasting, to experience the nuances in the various brewing methods. Dogs welcome on the patio. Note: Caravan offers these tastings to the public by reservation, just email the tasting room at tastingroom@caravancoffee.com 

Dog-Friendly Tasting Experiences

The pioneering Oregon winery REX HILL unveiled a stunning modern hospitality center that opened in early 2021. Sit outside on the patio and enjoy a flight of their current releases, looking out over their biodynamic estate vineyard. Dogs are welcome on the patio.

J. Christopher is owned by Ernst “Erni” Loosen, the internationally acclaimed winemaker behind Germany’s Dr. Loosen and Villa Wolf estates. Erni has a lifelong passion for Pinot Noir, and he recognized in the early 1990s that there was something very special going on here in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Erni was particularly drawn to the wines of J. Christopher. Here, he saw, was a New World wine made in the unhurried Old World style with finesse, a clear expression of terroir, and excellent aging potential. A collaboration soon followed with a finely selected, high-end Pinot that Erni named Appassionata. A few vintages later, Erni cemented his investment in Oregon by purchasing 40 acres on Chehalem Mountain in Newberg, planting the Appassionata Vineyard, and building the winery where we continue to produce J. Christopher wines today. The winery has earned international acclaim and named a Wine & Spirits World Top 100 Winery in multiple years. Under winemaker Timothy Malone, J. Christopher’s Pinot Noirs, Sauvignon Blancs, Chardonnays, Rosés and Rieslings continue to showcase a patient approach to winemaking that gives each wine the opportunity to fully express where it comes from. Dogs are welcome.

Ewing Young Distillery was founded in 2018 in Newberg, producing whiskey, vodka and gin, and has garnered many awards for their spirits. The distillery is located on 147-acre Ewing Young Farm, named after the Oregon pioneer. About 125 yards away from the Distillery stands the magnificent Ewing Young Oak, an Oregon Heritage Tree planted in 1846, marking Young’s grave site. The property is dog-friendly.

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Wolves & People Farmhouse Brewery Picnic & Lunch – Established in 2014 by Founder/Head Brewer Christian DeBenedetti on historic Springbrook Hazelnut Farm in Newberg, Oregon and opened to the public in May 2016, Wolves & People is a true farmhouse brewery in the Willamette Valley, dedicated to wild- and farmhouse brewing styles of all stripes. Wolves & People is dedicated to an array of balanced, food-friendly, and meticulously crafted beers utilizing extensive wild-, native-, and indigenous yeasts, and barrel-aging in wine and spirits barrels. The brewery uses only pure, untreated Parrett Mountain water, house yeast cultures, and many local grains and hops. The brewery’s “tasting room” is an outdoor beer garden and dogs are welcome members of the pack.

Note: additional dog-friendly wineries in Newberg include Adelsheim, Bell’s Up, Colene Clemens, Compris (formerly Vidon), Domaine Divio, and Parrett Mountain Cellars – there are likely others but these are a few more we have confirmed and would recommend in addition to those listed above.

Fido-Friendly Lunch & Dinner Locations

Dos Mundos – This popular Mexican family-owned taco truck is a local favorite, often selling out on the weekends. The original location on 99W, just outside of Newberg’s downtown (turn right into the parking lot just after Starbucks/Panda Express), is open for breakfast and lunch. We highly recommend the Baja fish tacos if they have them! They have a few tables outside under umbrellas and welcome dogs.  

Storrs Smokehouse opened its BBQ pit and doors in April 2014 and it has been smoking ever since. Renowned restaurateurs and owners of the Painted Lady Restaurant, Jessica Bagley and Allen Routt decided to open up this endeavor as a tribute to Allen’s Southern roots. Storrs, named after Allen’s mother’s maiden name, is filled with family recipes paired with familiar Pacific Northwest flavors. Here you can find local meats smoked for days, house-made sauces like Oregon Pinot Noir BBQ sauce, homemade ice cream made by the dessert chef at the Painted Lady Restaurant and local Oregon wines and beers.

Stroll around downtown Newberg, filled with independently owned boutiques and shops, such as Valley Wine Merchant, Good Company Cheese Bar & Bistro, Pulp & Circumstance, Chapters, and more…

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