5 Must Visit Patios in the Willamette Valley

Watching the sunset on McMinnville at the tippy top of McMenamin's roof top bar. 

Watching the sunset on McMinnville at the tippy top of McMenamin's roof top bar. 

With the winter bidding us goodbye, it’s time for pedicures, strappy gladiator heels, a short romper set,  and a patio to celebrate the warmer weather. 

Here’s my top 5 favorite patios in the Willamette Valley each with their own category…

Highest: McMenamins Hotel Oregon . McMinnville 

Towering over the competition, this patio soars 5 stories in the air and boasts a view of the sunset over the hills to the west, a clear view of Mt. Hood to the East, and a bird’s eye view of MAC. Warning: McMenamins is known for their funky charm and their bad service and even worse food. Luckily the corkage fee is a laughable $5. Walk up the stairs to the top in order to admire the weird artwork, pay the $5 and order nothing more than a small snack, like the truffle fries. Admire the view.

Best view: the Allison Inn and Spa . Newberg

The premiere luxury hotel in the Valley and quickly gaining notoriety for one of the top restaurants and hotels in the country, this is a patio where you can be pampered to the utmost. 

Best food: Recipe . Newberg

Positioned under a cherry tree, this small, quirky patio feels like a world of its own even though it’s on the corner of HWY 99. Make reservations well in advance, bring a blanket just in case it gets chilly, and prepare for a wonderful, relaxed evening of some of the best food in the valley. The wine list is fairly extensive and has both Pacific Northwest and French wine. 

Best drinks: Dundee Wine & Bubbles Bar . Dundee

While driving through Dundee is almost always a disaster, this little bar boasts several sparkling wines by the glass along with 35+ Champagne bottles to enjoy while on the secluded patio. For a more in depth read about this new hot spot, click here

New kid on the block: Kaos . McMinnville

While not as tall as McMenamins, this new-comer is locally owned and offers lots of outdoors seating to suit your needs. Bistro tables are located outside on the lower level for an airy fine dining experience. Sports fans will enjoy the patio in the back with an enormous flat screen tv, and for the height advantage, stroll upstairs to the second level, casual 1882 Grille where each outdoor table has a built in spot to chill wine. Why doesn’t every builder think about those things when designing furniture?