Run Oregon loves running – that’s no surprise. But we also love the Pacific Northwest and all that it has to offer. Running is a part of us, but it does not fully define us. In our new “Make a Day of It” feature, we aim to showcase some great local non-running events and highlight where to run and how to make the most of your experience! My family and I spent the final few days of 2019 in Oregon Wine Country and checked out the Stoller Family Estate Guest Houses.
First the Running:
Stoller Family Estate is right in the heart of Oregon Wine Country – an easy drive to McMinnville or Newberg, and just a stone’s throw from the popular wine hubs of Carlton and Dundee. For the past few years, the amazing Fueled by Fine Wine has started and finished here, as well as the Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon. The Stoller Cottages would obviously be a perfect location to stay for these epic races, but there are quite a bit of othersin the aforementioned cities that would also make this a perfect hub. Check out our race calendar for this location and you really can’t go wrong.
If you are looking for some other running routes, we also have you covered.
- If you want some hillwork, it’s quite simple to take to the quiet country roads and head up to Domaine Serene Winery. It’s a 5k (so 10k RT), but it’s no walk in the park.
- There aren’t a ton of sidewalks in the area, so if you are a little nervous running on shoulders, consider driving to Dundee to do an ~2-mile shakeout run on the main road. It won’t be your fastest run as there are lots of driveways to local businesses, but there is sidewalk and you will get to get a lay of the land of one of the neatest small towns in the area.
- If you are looking for a little more miles, but want to stay in civilization, check out this ~5-mile route that adds onto the above-referenced main Dundee drag by taking you through neighborhoods, up-and-down some hills, and will put you by some solid areas like the Dundee Scenic Overlook and Billick Park.
Lastly, if you are just wanting to stay close by, I did a two mile out-and-back starting at the house and heading up to the top of the vineyard and then east for a little bit on a short dirt vineyard road. Here are some pictures:
We checked out the quaint and cozy, Wine Country Cottage, which is perfect for a small family (like our 5) or even with a small group of friends. It is located at the foot of the vineyards as you enter the estate – just a little bit down the hill from the winery and tasting room. If you have ran a race at Stoller (or done winetasting), you have likely seen it with even realizing it. It’s walkable to the tasting room (more on that below) and meandering along the vines is just outside the doorstep.
The cottage comes equipped with three bedrooms, each with a queen size bed, and two bathrooms (one with a tub). If you want to save some money for wine tasting, there is a full kitchen with fridge and freezer, oven, stove, and all the necessities to have a home cooked meal. There’s a kitchen table for six, as well as a living room with a flat screen TV, cable and DVD player. There is also a small back patio that would be perfect for gazing into the vineyards and sipping on a bottle of reserve Pinot Noir with loved ones.
There was a surprising amount of room and it feels much bigger on the inside then the looks of it from the outside. During the few days we were there, we had up to 5 people there, including three kids under 10 (which translates to about 6 kids) and we never felt cramped.
The house runs around $395/night during weekdays and $450 on the weekends (which isn’t that bad if you divvy it up between multiple people/families). That price goes down if you can find someone who is a wine club member (or sign up yourself to save AND get some solid wine in the process).
Though refueling generally means recovering the body and soul, at Stoller, I am going to start with the obvious refueling beverage – wine. No stay would be complete without heading to their tasting room. If you haven’t been there before, their location is absolutely beautiful (and well-behaved-child and dog-friendly). The staff are friendly and knowledgeable, but not stuffy. Additionally, since there is a ton of outdoor space surrounding the tasting room its easy to let them roam about a bit while the adults do the sampling (or even consider them staying in the house as its easy to see from the wine area). Their tasting flight fee is $20 (waived with a purchase of two bottles), and there are some basic food options like deli sandwiches, cheese and charcuterie boards, and á la carte items are available to purchase. If you are visiting in the summer or on the weekends, you may want to consider making a reservation, as it’s a popular spot. There are also a lot of tasting options as well (scroll down on this page).
Stoller Estate is definitely the heart of Oregon Wine Country, and the Dundee Hills AVA has 38 wineries to explore in the hills, so there is no shortage in options. There also a handful of breweries in the nearby areas – the closest of which being the new Barn Door Brewing, which has a solid Habanero Ale.
Whether for running, sampling wine, or just stealing away for a quiet staycation – the Stoller Family Estate Guest Houses are a fantastic spot. It is not too far from really anywhere in the Valley north of Eugene, and it’s a quick and easy return home at the end of your trip. It’s also a perfect spot to team up with your running buddies or family to split the cost and have a wonderful time – running or not.
Stoller Family Estate Guest Houses Details:
Address: 6161 NE McDougall Rd., Dayton, OR
Phone: (503) 864-3404
Open: Daily 11a-5p
Longing for a few days in Wine Country? Our estate features three wine country rental vacation homes. Located throughout our property, all homes are fully equipped with kitchens, washers/dryers, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Stunning vineyard views with outstanding wines makes staying with us an authentically Oregon experience.
Many thanks to the Stoller Family Estate Guest Houses for allowing us to check out their property! Please read our transparency page for info on how we do our reviews.