09/02/14 Arcane Cellars at Wheatland Winery (75 miles)
Arcane Cellars is a winery that participates in Harvest Hosts. Check out the Harvest Hosts link and learn more about them!
We thought we might get to take the motorhome on the Wheatland Ferry that goes across the Willamette River, but no such luck. (?) The winery’s driveway is right before the line-up for the ferry. We were directed, by our awesome host, to park our motorhome next to the building where the wine is made and the tasting room is. This required just a bit of jockeying. With a cinder block BBQ to the back, the building to the left, and bushes in the front, thank goodness for the large grassy area to the right. Between exceptional navigation and outstanding driving, really wasn’t that big of a challenge. Ok, it really wasn’t that tough to park, but we were glad the rig wasn’t a couple feet longer. Our host provided us with a nice bathroom conveniently located to the motorhome, and a shower in the back if we were interested.
After setting up, we took the short walk to ride the Wheatland Ferry. The trip across the river takes about 60 seconds, and pedestrians are free! On the other side is Willamette Mission State Park. We followed the Mission Site Trail, which is an easy walk with several view points to look across a section of the river. After about 1.5 hours we returned to the winery via the ferry. Other option, swim.
We cooked dinner outside on the propane stove. It was so nice out, and not too hot. Only had to fight off a few yellow jackets. After dinner we wandered over to the tasting room where our host had invited us to, what else, taste some wine. After hearing some great stories, tasting some wonderful wines, and buying a bottle for ourselves, we walked the grounds, watched the sunset over the vineyards, identified the nut trees as walnut, saw a group of grouse, and took some pictures. This was a quiet stay in a beautiful area.
We’re onto our next location, which will be decided as we drive. Probably a few more nights in Oregon. How big is this state anyway?
Turn left, winery. Go straight, ferry.
Our motorhome parked at Arcane Cellars
A few barrels