Sweeping vineyard views and intoxicating layers of fruit that dance from bottle to glass are often the only accessories needed for a perfect wine getaway. From homes to campers to yurts, curious travelers are finding that a tiny lodging experience can have a big impact on the memories made while exploring a new wine region or well-worn trail.
The concept of tiny house living continues to romance and fascinate many, but the reality of paring down to the essentials can be an intimidating proposition. Whether living in a few hundred square feet resonates with every reader, one thing is for sure, overnighting in some unique lodging will punctuate the gorgeous vistas and the award-winning wine. Who knows, you might even come home itching to craft your own tiny escape?
Alexandria Nicole Cellars
2880 Lee Rd, Suite D
Featured on HGTV Tiny House, Big Living Jet Black Syrah and Gravity Merlot both come in at just under 400 square feet and take full advantage of bringing in the warm, dry days of Eastern Washington. With sleek, modern touches, Jet Black is a blend of New York art gallery and Northwest upcycling. A repurposed fermentation tank dispenses your choice of red or white from convenient kegs, used staves from oak barrels create eye-pleasing texture to a living room wall, a roll-up garage door adds outdoor square footage and the bedroom is oriented to greet the day with vineyard and Gorge views. Gravity sports rustic innovation like the cast iron hand crank that drops the kitchen table down and retracts it up effortlessly, the sliding barn door that reveals a wispy yet masculine bedroom, a retro kitchen highlighted by a teal stove top and white farm sink and an outdoor Murphy bed on the deck.
Last August, Epiphany Viogner and Affinity Albariño joined the tiny house options and are outfitted with the same attention to detail as Jet Black and Gravity.
The Vintages Trailer Resort
16205 SE Kreder Road
Dayton, OR 97114
Set in the heart of Willamette Valley wine country, this is where Airstreams, Westwoods and other campers of a bygone era come to rest. Many restored by FlyteCamp out of Bend, Ore., these vintage trailers evoke nostalgia with their black and white checkered flooring, wood-paneled walls and air conditioning. What? Okay, so modern amenities have been retro-fitted where appropriate. Every one of the 31 cozy campers is outfitted with two vintage-style bikes, bright outdoor furniture, a mini propane barbecue and accoutrements like Roku streaming sticks, hi-speed internet and luxury linens, towels and toiletries.
It wouldnt be a resort without a pool, hot tub, the on-site Willamette Wine Country General Store (stocked with local beer, award-winning wines and smores-making kits) and laundry facilities. Looking to reduce your carbon footprint? Take the complimentary bikes for a spin or hoof it 15 minutes over the Yamhill River via footbridge to downtown Dayton where you can taste at Seufert Winery, partake in culinary-of-the-moment and comfort food at The Barlow Room and finish it off at Mayberry-esque Archies Ice Cream. June through August be sure to catch Dayton Friday Nights, highlighting a throw-back, family-friendly atmosphere with live music, local vendors and antique cars.
Cherry Wood Bed Breakfast and Barn
3271 Roza Drive
Zillah, WA 98953
Innkeeper Pepper Fewel and trail boss Tiffany Fewel have created a magical glamping experience in the Yakima AVA. Their love for horses and sharing country life with city slickers was the inspiration for elevated camping in roomy teepees outfitted with cozy beds, a mini-fridge and all the amenities youd expect from a hotel room with the bonus of private, open-air showers and outdoor seating and barbeque grills for each teepee. Situated on a bluff, views of orchards and vineyards abound. For truly unique pampering, slip into a twilight tubcomplimentary with any two-night stay. Tucked behind a stone and willow enclosure, three cast iron bathtubs have been plumbed for soaking under the stars surrounded by warm water and stress-relieving bath salts.
Lodging prices include a full breakfast on weekends and a continental option on weekdays. Pepper presides over the kitchen, and she keeps it cowboy hearty with a focus on the fresh produce that grows abundantly in the Valley.
For an additional fee, guests can partake in a Cowboy Limo or Horseback Winery tour where Cultura Wine (featuring winemaker, Tad Fewel) is sure to be a stop.
Mountain Springs Road
Orondo, WA 98843
Self-professed DIY gal, Kristie Wolfe, constructed a hygge (pronounced hue-guh) and opened it to overnight guests in the Spring of 2016. Hygge is actually a Danish concept loosely meaning cozy. Wolfe nailed it with a 288-square-foot hobbit hole built into the mountainside. A tiny living room sports a propane fireplace with rock surround and details like a drinking water barrel hanging from one wall, a locally-made woodworking bench with tools that guests are welcome to use and a beautiful hand-made chess table accent every inch. The large round entrance door theme is carried over into two smaller windows reminiscent of a ships cabin, and the first thing travelers see is a warm and inviting bed with lanterns that hang from overhead, casting warm lighting throughout the space. The bathroom is outfitted with antiques, a large soaker tub and a graceful driftwood sink. Drink in rolling hills and peek-a-boo Columbia Gorge view from bed or the stone patio bordered by a wattle fence, gate and abundant whimsical touches.
If you can pull yourself away from this magical spot, it is a 20-minute drive to the entrance of the Lake Chelan wineries including Ventimiglia Cellars, One Wines and Vin du Lac Winery.
VIKI EIERDAM is a freelance writer based in Vancouver, Wash. and produces Savor Sip and Sojourn