My non-rider wife and I stayed at the nearby Allison Inn and Spa, and it alone, would have been worth the trip. She had a great time as well.
Planning a six day itinerary in the area can be divided into three days in the valley and three days at the coast, we're in the valley days 1,2 and 6 and we're at the coast days 3,4 and 5.
Spouses, partners and friends that would like to join our week long adventure but not partake in the riding portion are welcome and there are many things for them to do while their partner is off riding. There are several itineraries we can help you put together to enjoy the beautiful Pacific Northwest too! These itineraries do require a rental car for the week. Here are some options of daily activities, meeting up with the group for nightly dinners, on a couple of the days it is also easy to meet us for lunch.
In the Willamette Valley, we’ll experience McMinnville, Oregon with its charming down town and home to many vineyards growing world class Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay with this many fine restaurants have grown to match the great wines. We suggest taking a wine tasting tour, go to the tasting rooms and learn about the wine, vines, terroir, the people that grow the fruit and the vinters that make the wine, you can pair that with some shopping or strolling the downtown, your B and B or Flat on Third Street are walking distance to the downtown. Also in McMinnville is the Evergreen Air and Space Museum which houses the Spruce Goose Howard Hughes’ largest wooden plane, the Spruce Goose is impressive to see in person and the museum always has some very interesting science movies being shown in its theater.
Leaving the valley on Day 3 we head west to the coast where we’ll spend the next three days. There are numerous activities to take advantage of depending on your interests. Below is a list we have compiled. Of course you may also opt to relax in the beach side condo, stroll down the beach and nap with the door open to let in the sounds of the surf
We drive back to the Valley on the late afternoon of Day 5, so a non-rider may pick to spend a final day at the beach or head back to Carlton – “the wine tasting capital of Oregon.” Carlton is a great little town for wine tasting and generally relaxing and enjoying the good life which of course includes wine! On Day 6 meet us for lunch and a wine tasting in a hill top tasting room, take in the spectacular views, that afternoon take time to visit the few shops in Carlton a couple boutiques and handmade chocolate and jam shop are both excellent.