Last weekend kicked off our annual Ladies’ Trip to Stephanie Inn. As is our tradition, we started with a round of wine tasting in Dundee, OR. We visited Argyle Winery first to enjoy some bubbles before our lunch. Argyle was very accommodating of our group of six, even giving us a private room for our wine tasting due to COVID-19 regulations. We finished a little bit before our lunch reservations and snuck over to the Red Market in Dundee so I could stock up on chocolates for the trip. No kidding… they carry these chocolate covered hazelnuts that are to die for.
We had lunch reservations at The Bistro in Dundee. They had to split our party into two tables due to COVID restrictions, but we were seated next to each other so we could still chat. I had a caesar salad, which wasn’t all that exciting, but we did get some rave reviews on the kale salad and the reubens and fries.
After lunch we stopped at Furioso Vineyards to enjoy some wine and excellent views (reservations required), and then traveled on to one of my favorite tasting places: Alexana Winery. We had reservations, and Charles had us all set up so we didn’t have to share the winery, the views, or him with anyone else!
Alexana Winery also sells the Corazon del Sol label (Argentinian winery by the same owner) and the Luminoso is one of my absolute favorites. It is a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre and I just can’t get enough of it. Their Malbec is also very good. This trip I left with the Rose of Pinot Noir, some Chardonnay, some Pinot Noir, some Luminoso, some Malbec… It was a great visit, and a huge thanks to Charles and the crew at Alexana!
**Side note: Charles also shared with us that Willamette Vineyards is building a new tasting room just for bubbles, if you happen to be a Champagne fan! Keep an eye open for that to appear off 99E early next year.
We left Alexana and headed for Stephanie Inn, arriving just in time for happy hour in the library. For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of staying there, leave your pets and kids at home and GO. Not kidding. Completely worth it. They do a daily happy hour in the library where you get to sample local wines, beers and ciders (and root beer if you are not in the mood to imbibe), along with a nice little snack plate, and their famous focaccia bread. Yummers. They also have a night cap in the library where you can have some brandy, port, or try their homemade limoncello or the house chocolate hazelnut liqueur (like Baileys only better)!
There was some brief excitement that first night when I somehow managed to drop my phone out of my coat pocket and on to the beach. Fortunately a really nice man found it and returned it, so I could continue to take pictures to share with you from the trip!
The next day we had breakfast at the Stephanie Inn Dining Room (it is included in the room fee and it is fabulous – fresh made scones and muffins, eggs to order, thick pepper bacon, daily specials like belgian waffles, pancakes, eggs benedict, etc.). After breakfast we walked along the beach, past Haystack Rock and into town, where we donned our masks and did some shopping. We timed it a bit poorly, however, as we got completely drenched by a deluge on the way back to the hotel! It was windy and stormy, but the beach is just beautiful then. As long as you are looking at it from inside a cosy hotel!
We dried off and got cleaned up in time for happy hour, and that night we had dinner at the hotel. The Stephanie Inn Dining Room offers a 5 course prix fixe menu that is comprised of an amuse-bouche, starter, palate cleanser, entree, and dessert. They also offer a wine pairing to accompany it.
The following day was very stormy. We did a couple of walks on the beach, but almost got blown over!
We dressed for dinner again, and enjoyed another incredible feast at the Stephanie Inn Dining Room!
The next morning we had another amazing breakfast and then headed home. Always sad to leave Stephanie Inn, but we get to look forward to the next trip! Things were a bit different this year due to COVID, but the staff at Stephanie Inn are fabulous and did an amazing job of making us so comfortable we almost didn’t notice!
Have you been to Stephanie Inn or Cannon Beach? Leave a comment and tell me your favorite thing/place/shop/restaurant so I can get it on the list of things to do next time!