There’s still time to make plans for the weekend and Valentine’s Day. Treat your sweetheart to a romantic getaway at the R. R. Thompson House in Carlton, Oregon and receive a free bottle of local wine when you mention this blog or Facebook post! Located in the heart of Oregon Wine Country, the inn is within walking distance of over two dozen wine tasting rooms, serving some of the finest Pinot Noir in the country. Call or book on line to receive this offer.
One of the pleasures of fall in the North Willamette Valley is the annual Art Harvest Studio Tour of Yamhill County. The tour dates for 2011 are October 7, 8 and 9 and October 14, 15 and 16 from 10 to 5 p.m. The scheduling of two weekends for the tour allows art enthusiasts ample time to visit numerous artists’ studios and to move from one studio to the next at a relaxed pace.
The tour is self-guided and so you can pick and choose the artists you wish to visit. It is a rare opportunity to see where artists create their art work and talk about the creative process.
The R. R. Thompson House B & B is located in Carlton, which is a convenient location to visit the studios throughout the county. We still have availability for both weekends.
A few of the artists participating this year are Marilyn Affolter, photographer; Gene Davis, photographer; Doug Roy, papercarving and drawing; and Terry Peasley, water color painting. Cost of the tour is $7 for all six days. A tour admission button can be purchased at any of the participating studios.
Runners in the Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon were welcomed with applause, medals and refreshments at the race’s end point in Carlton. The race was held Sunday, September 4. Cheers went up for Mario Mendoza of Bend, the fastest in the men’s field. Second place went to Tahir Chakisso of Clackamas.
Carre Heineck of Portland, the 2010 defending champion, was impressive with another win in the women’s field. Second place went to Natalie Bak, also of Bend. Congratulations to the winners and all the race participants.
The R. R. Thompson House hosted six runners — three women and three men. All completed the race and received a gleaming gold medal and something to brag about when they return to work!
What to do this weekend? Consider a trip to the Yamhill Valley, a beautiful area known for its Pinot Noir and just an hour from Portland. Go horseback riding through the Wine Country with Equestrian Wine Tours. Or perhaps a limousine ride is more your style. There are many limo companies to choose from. Take a hike on the trails behind Our Lady of Guadalupe Trappist Abbey.
Plan to make the R. R. Thompson House your home base, located in the friendly wine town of Carlton. Located in the heart of Wine Country, Carlton has over two dozen tasting rooms within walking distance of the R. R. T. House. Mention this post and receive a discount for gas when you stay in one of our two luxurious suites — $20 discount for a one-night stay and $40 for a two-night stay.
Carlton, Oregon will host the annual Walk in the Park on Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24. The anticipated event benefits local area charities. It will be held in Wennerberg Park, a beautiful setting circled by oak trees along the North Yamhill River.
Among the artists/studios on hand will be Art Glass by Dianne; Doug Roy, papercarver; Karen Wright, jewelry; Terry Peasley Studio and Tin Man. Last summer’s event hosted 65 artists and this year’s Walk will be bigger and better, according to organizers.
There will be entertainment throughout the weekend with some of the top muscians from the northwest appearing on the stage. An antique car show will be held in an area adjacent to the art exhibits, and a quilt show can be viewed at the entrance to the park.
Food from 15 top area restaurants will be available for purchase; wine from Yamhill-Carlton area wineries will be available by the glass, bottle or case.
Walk in the Park is an exciting opportunity to see a wide variety of beautiful art by some of the most accomplished artists in the country.
Yamhill Lavender Festival and Plein Air Art Show is scheduled for next weekend, Saturday, July 9th and Sunday, July 10th. The R. R. Thompson House in Carlton still has lodging available, and we are just a three miles from Yamhill. The festival will include music, with Lisa Mann and Jeff Knudson, the Sonny Hess Band and the Rae Gordon Band among those performing. Purchase fresh-cut bouquets, lavender plants or participate in a crafting class. Enjoy the juried work of artists and crafters created in the lavender fields during the Plein Air Paint Out. The event will be held at Beulah Park in the quaint town of Yamhill. Food and refreshments will be available. There is no admission charge.
Welcome to Carlton in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, the heart of Wine Country in the state. We have lodging available for the 4th of July weekend. Please give us a call and choose from a magnificent suite or cozy room. We’ll give you a $25 discount for gas with a two-night stay (mention our blog post).
Remember scavenger hunts from high school or college? Relive those memories the weekend of June 11-12 in Carlton, Oregon. A scavenger hunt with a small town theme will be hosted by over 25 businesses in town. Part of the proceeds will go to support Carlton Together Cares. Prizes will include wine from local wineries/tasting rooms as well as donations from other participating businesses. For more information visit the Carlton Quest web site. The R. R. Thompson House is participating in the Quest and donated a collection of personal care products. We have availability on Friday, June 10 and Sunday, June 12. See you in Carlton!
Wineries in the Willamette Valley opened their doors Memorial Weekend as they kicked off the summer wine tasting season. This was the 21st year of special events and tastings during Memorial Weekend.
Carlton, Oregon was among the towns buzzing with activity throughout the weekend. Visitors enjoyed fine wine, food, music and hospitality offered by various businesses around the town.
This year Willamette Valley wineries donated a portion of proceeds to Ecotrust’s Farm to School Programs. The programs work to promote more healthy, locally grown food choices at schools in the region.
Historic Downtown McMinnville, Oregon hosts an Art and Wine Walk the third Saturday of each month. Merchants invite you to enjoy music, wine, food and art in the downtown area from 4 to 8 p.m. The next scheduled walk is June 18th. Visit downtown McMinnville’s website for more information.