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July 12, 2019 | Archive , Events, Food & Drink, Tasting Rooms | Lisa Laughlin

Eat, Stay & Explore with Naked Winery

Naked Winery has four awesome locations, and each tasting room town has its own style and local amenities to offer! Explore them all for a wine-centric summer road trip through Oregon. Here are our recommendations on where to eat, stay, and explore in Hood River, McMinnville, Seaside, and Bend.

HOOD RIVER, OREGON

Located in the sunny, breezy Columbia Gorge, Hood River has ample play for the outdoor enthusiast and shopper alike. Explore the Columbia River from the shore or on paddle, hike Mount Hood, and, of course, drink awesome wine! Starting at our Naked Winery tasting room on 2nd street will put you in the perfect downtown area to explore Hood River’s unique shops and eateries listed below.

STAY: 

Choose from a variety of B & B’s, hotels, vacation rentals, or go glamping! The Columbia Cliff Villas will provide stunning views from the Cliffs, while the pet-friendly Hood River Hotel will provide a touch of vintage and a great downtown walking stay. If camping is your thing, check out these local campgrounds.

EAT: 

After wine tasting and playing around Hood River, grab a slice of pizza at Andrew's Pizza or find classic burger fare at Full Sail Brewing Company. Broder Øst has unique Scandinavian breakfast options, while Three Rivers Grill offers delicious Northwest cuisine with spectacular views of the Columbia River, these are only a few of Hood River’s dining options!

EXPLORE: 

Pick berries, rock climb, shop, hike, or play on the water! Hood River’s frequent winds make this town a hotspot for sailing, kiteboarding, or windsurfing. Travel a bit out of town to paddleboard on the Instagram-perfect Lost Lake. Go mountain biking or explore the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail. You can also plan your trip around major events, like the Roy Webster Cross-Channel Swim or Hood River Hops Fest. If you’re traveling with kids, check out this list of top family activities in Hood River.

McMINNVILLE, OREGON

McMinnville is in the heart of the Willamette Valley—in other words, big-time wine country! You’ll discover a historic vibe when you stay in this small town and will have your pick of farm-to-table dining options. Cycle through the vineyards, visit chic boutiques, or unwind with a forest bath (yes, it’s a thing).

STAY: 

While Air B-n-B options in this town abound, we’d recommend a stay at the historic McMenamins Hotel Oregon. Built in 1905, this beautiful hotel makes for easy walking to the McMinnville Naked tasting room and a host of other activities, as it’s located on the popular 3rd Street of historic downtown. Hotel Oregon is also across the street from Serendipity Ice Cream. (Ice cream and wine, anyone?)

EAT: 

As you may well know, it’s important to eat on any wine trip! Pura Vida Cocina has modern Latin cuisine, like salmon ceviche, while Thistle has top-quality seasonal menus. Check out the locally-sourced Crescent café for breakfast, and the 411 Eatery and Lounge for fresh fare at lunch or dinner time (p.s. they also deliver right to our tasting room). Pizza Capo is the place to go for a pizza pie.

EXPLORE: 

Catch 3rd Friday on 3rd Street, a celebration every third Friday of the month on the street where our Naked Winery tasting room is located. Look to see if there’s a special event while you’re in town, like the International Pinot Noir Celebration, Wildwood MusicFest, or the 15th Annual Willamette Valley Lavender Festival. Go for a bike ride on the McMinnville wine loop, or one of those forest baths we mentioned. Grab the family and spend the day at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, home of the Hughes Spruce Goose and Wings & Waves Indoor Waterpark. Have a picnic at Ed Grenfell Park along Baker Creek, check out an art gallery, or, if you’re traveling with kids, spend some time at the McMinnville Aquatic Center. There’s an adventure for every type in McMinnville. 

SEASIDE, OREGON

This playful town along the North Coast of Oregon has long been popular as a relaxed beachside getaway. Walk, bike, or kayak around to get a feel for this unique place and all it has to offer. Taste your favorite Naked wines in our tasting room and then catch the sunset from the sand.

STAY: 

If you’re looking for a romantic stay or ultimate girls’ retreat, book your room at the historic (adults-only) Gilbert Inn Hotel. WorldMark Seaside by Wyndham Resort is a great place to stay with quick beach access. You can also camp at Fort Stevens State Park.  

EAT: 

Start your day with a hearty brunch at the Firehouse Grill. After wine tasting and walking on the beach, try the homemade dessert at Nonni’s Italian Bistro. Grab casual fish & ships at Bell Buoy Seaside, or eat dinner at Thai Me Up, where “love is the main ingredient.”

EXPLORE: 

Bike along the beachside Promenade or try your hand at clam digging. If it’s the right time of year, you can spy gray whales migrating along the coast. There’s even surfing, with rentals available from local surf shops. Golf at one of several courses, go birding along the grassy dunes, or browse three distinct (tax-free!) shopping districts with goods ranging from antiques to artisan smoked salmon. Other attractions include the Seaside Aquarium and historic Lewis & Clark Salt Works. The Funland Arcade and Captain Kid Amusement Park are must-stops for kids. Here’s a full list of local events.

BEND, OREGON

Bend is a small, high-desert town along the Deschutes River in eastern Oregon that’s garnered attention as the “outdoor playground of the west.” After visiting our playful Naked Winery tasting room in the Old Mill District, explore all that Bend has to offer!

STAY: 

With river and mountain views and close access to the Old Mill District, My Place Hotel is a great place to bring your family and pets. Riverhouse on the Deschutes will put you in the heart of downtown Bend. Whatever type of place you’d like to stay, it’s likely Bend has it, from boutique hotels to luxury camper van rentals.  

EAT: 

The food scene in Bend is as varied as the ways to play around town. Start with breakfast at The Lemon Tree, get authentic Cuban fare for lunch at Cuban Kitchen, visit Bangers & Brews for gourmet sausages with an Argentinian Flair, or hit up Boxwood Kitchen in the Old Mill District for a modern take on the classic supper club experience (see photo🤤).

EXPLORE: 

You can’t go wrong spending a day in the Old Mill District of Bend, with an outdoor concert venue, tasting rooms, and delightful pick of restaurants. Schedule your trip to line up with an event like Bend Brewfest or Art in the High Desert. Bend is a huge outdoor recreation play area, so you can also catch a tour for whitewater rafting or book a local outdoor guide to hit the lakes, trails, and rivers.

Visit the High Desert Museum, hike at the Mt. Bachelor Ski Area or Deschutes National Forest, or take a horseback ride into the Oregon Badlands Wilderness Trail. Don’t just take our word for how awesome Bend is—check out these crowd-sourced “love” lists with top things to do rated by visitors and locals alike.

We hope you have FUN exploring all of our Naked locations with your friends and loved ones this summer!

Cheers,
Naked Winery Team | Lisa Laughlin

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