SENIORS ENJOY OREGON’S WINE COUNTRY



Seniors Stop In Newberg

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Senior travelers descending into the green Chehalem Valley from Portland, find that Newberg is the first stop on their tour of Oregon wine country. Newberg with a population of around 22,000 is loaded with interesting history.

Newberg was named by its first postmaster, Sebastian Brutscher, for his former hometown of Neuberg, Germany. Senior visitors will discover that one of the current streets, Brutscher Street, is named after him. The Willamette River flows through Newberg adding to its scenic array along with Chehalem Creek and the surrounding Chehalem Mountains.

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TripAdvisor suggests a hot air balloon ride. For years I have been trying to get brave enough to take a balloon ride. I can imagine just floating high over Yamhill County’s beautiful wine country.

 Seniors Find A Dynamic Small City

And a plethora of wineries abound all around Newberg…for you oenophiles, check out the various wine tours with a tasting room. Nearby in St. Paul, Oregon is the famed Champoeg State Heritage Area, a long-gone pioneer town now home to a museum, campsites, cabins, yurts and pet-friendly hiking trails.

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Senior visitors will also find that the Heritage Area includes a visitor center, an 1860s-style garden, the Newell House Museum – Robert Newell’s restored 1852 house – and the Pioneer Mothers Memorial Cabin Museum.

Newberg is known as…“A Place To Grow,” and for good reason… in the last 50 years Newberg has become one of Oregon’s most dynamic small cities. It is said to  be Yamhill County’s Most Interesting City.

Seniors Enjoy Fine Art, Fine Wine And Fine Dining

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Travel Oregon notes that Newberg is where artisan vintners craft complex Pinots and creative chefs use the region’s bounty as their palette for innovative menus so Newberg is the great destination for fine dining. Senior visitors will find fine art and fine wine in Historic Downtown Newberg

President Herbert Hoover moved to the city as a child in 1885, to live with his uncle and aunt after the death of his parents, and was one of the first students to attend his uncle’s Pacific Academy.  The home has been turned into the Hoover-Minthorn House museum.

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Newberg was “dry”, meaning no alcohol could be sold within the city limits, for a good part of its early history. By the 1880s, the Newberg area had become heavily influenced by the Friends (Quaker) Church. Today Newberg holds the world record for the most churches per capita.

Newberg has a number of sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places; enjoys a nationally ranked university, George Fox University; and is part of the region in Oregon where one finds the oldest and most innovative wine producers.

Stop in Newberg and enjoy all that the town has to offer. -jeb

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