#3. McMinnville OR
Why You Should Honeymoon Here: Two words: Pinot Noir. Oregon’s Willamette Valley is a wine region bidding for honeymooners’ attention. It’s a leading producer of pinot noir, with more than 700 lush vineyards rolling through the region and 500 wineries. Honeymooners will experience a two-for-one here: idyllic countryside with farms as well as city culture throughout the Pacific Northwest valley.
Go Here Instead Of: Burgundy. Rivers and mountains in Oregon’s Willamette Valley mimic the geography in northern Europe, and over the past five decades, winemakers here have put the region on the map as a serious, but unpretentious, pinot noir region.
Average Nightly Hotel Price: $111
What to Pack: The region is laid-back. Pack some athletic gear in case you’re up for bicycling through the ridiculously gorgeous rolling hills.
Romantic Date Night Spot: Bistro Maison in McMinnville gives a regional spin to classic French dishes with menu items like mussels sourced from Totten Island, Washington and a white truffle fondue made with White Tillamook Cheddar and Oregon truffle oil.
Can’t-Miss Experience: Wine-tasting of course! Several wine-touring companies will familiarize you with the region, but a fun new way to visit tasting rooms is with NW Wine Shuttle, which is a hop-on, hop-off shuttle that stops at 11 wineries that are each spaced about five minutes apart.
Sweet Spot: Serendipity Ice Cream exudes some vintage charm, selling scoops as well as banana splits, shakes and sundaes. We also love the shop because it employs and trains adults with disabilities.