Le Puy, a quaint French village has a few things in common with Le Puy A Wine Valley Inn located in the hills of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Both locations ooze charm and are brimming with high quality red wines. It was my good fortune to stay at Le Puy in the Dundee Hill country during harvest. Early October is a wonderful time to visit this part of wine country. The summer crowds have left, the leaves are changing and the wine in the nearby tasting rooms is literally flowing. Perhaps pumping over is a more accurate term when we’re talking Pinot Noir, but I’m getting ahead of myself.
I had left Corvallis, Oregon the day prior and was ready to leave behind the craft breweries in exchange for boutique wineries and sprawling vineyards. This intimate bed and breakfast is a wonderful place to stay for both exploring Yamhill Valley wine country and escaping for a few nights of relaxation and romance. Owners Lea & Andy converted what was once a private home to an eight room, eco-friendly inn.
Sustainability is the watch word here; from low flow shower heads to reclaimed wood floors and farm to table organic breakfasts, the architects turned inn keepers have an ecology-focused mission in their hospitality driven wine valley inn. With soaring ceilings, the great room welcomes guests to linger before they adjourn to guest suites both above and below the first floor.
I stayed in the cozy and relaxing earth room with a queen bed, private bath and view of the sunny courtyard below. Each guest room follows the themes of nature; specifically thunder, water, air, mountain, lake, heaven and fire. All rooms offer private bathrooms featuring spa-like amenities. Additionally, guests have access to the common areas inside and out, as well as the Loire Room.
Breakfast is served in the turret room or on the balcony overlooking the valley when weather allows. Guests are welcome to wander the property with the east side of the inn offering Chehalem Ridge views. Rates vary from $235 to $345 with queen and king suites. All rooms include Tempur-Pedic mattress, air conditioning and wireless internet connection. Some suites include fireplaces. Be sure to take advantage of Lea and Andy’s breadth of food and wine knowledge of the area and take time to stop and smell the
roses fermenting grapes if you happen to visit during crush.