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! Most recently, we headed to the heart of Oregon Wine Country and stayed at The Dundee.
First the Running:
The Dundee is right in the heart of Oregon Wine Country – an easy drive to McMinnville or Newberg, and in just about the perfect wine vacation spot in Oregon, if not the entire Pacific Northwest. When racing was a thing (and ideally will be again soon), the amazing Fueled by Fine Wine has started and finished in town before moving just up the road to Stoller Estate). The Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon has also taken place at Stoller and there are more than enough solid, yet smaller, races in Newberg and McMinnville throughout the year. Obviously, this isn’t a huge trek from the majority of Oregon’s population, but this beautiful area is almost too good to just come and leave. The Dundee is obviously be a perfect location to stay for running, for wine-tasting, or maybe a combination of the two. Check out our race calendar for events as they pop up.
If you are looking for some running routes, we also have you covered.
- As the town of Dundee is super small and concentrated, many of the roads aren’t lined with sidewalks. Shoot, the traffic is generally so quiet off the main drag that it’s not like they are even necessary for the most part. However, if you are a little nervous running on shoulders, consider this ~2-mile shakeout run on the main road through Dundee. 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 4-mile loop that adds onto the above-referenced main Dundee drag by taking you through neighborhoods, up-and-down some hills, and will take you to some solid areas like the Dundee Scenic Overlook and Billick Park.
- Finally, if you are looking for a little more country running, and perhaps some trails as well, check out the route I mapped on Strava during our stay. It only ended up being about 4.6 miles, but you could really extend it as much as you wanted up in the Dundee Hills area.
- It follows relatively the same first few miles of the above route, but once you hit the top of the long hill at the Dundee Cemetery, you will notice a sign showcasing the trailhead to the Harvey Creek Trail. It’s pretty short and sweet, but this downhill trail will take you over to Red Hills Road and open you up to all sorts of distance possibilities. Note that this road (and most in this area) are pretty narrow and often lack significant shoulders. However, in the ~ 1 mile I ran between the NW Harvey Creek Trailhead and the Worden Hill Road reconnection, I literally had a single car pass in either direction. This would obviously change during peak winetasting hours (I was running much earlier in the day), so just be cautious out there!
- **If you look on Strava, there are a variety of trail branch offs within the Harvey Creek area. I didn’t know it at the time, but it seems like they all end up meeting up with each other if you keep heading down (or up depending on the direction you are starting from). It was a little disconcerting during the run, but appears like there was no need to worry at all!**
Here are some pictures from our run:
First and foremost, if you are concerned about a staycation, please review their COVID-19 factsheets that include everything from cleaning techniques, to county-wide restrictions, to reservation needs. It’s very comprehensive.
The Dundee, surprisingly, has 22 rooms on site that range in size and design. The space itself is completely unassuming and would be easy to miss if not for the sign out in front of the highway. In fact, the floor level of the building is host to 4 different wineries from places all over the region.
Basically, you can get a full day of sampling in and be literal steps from your room for a rest or to get a run in. (*Note – make sure you check on on-site tasting room reservation abilities due to COVID guidelines).
Rooms run around $119-$249/night, as well as a large “Squad” room which is perfect for a running group or wine-sampling outing as it sleeps up to 6. The price tag is bigger on that, but at ~$650, it’s a steal when you split it up amongst your squad. The overall themes of the rooms fit right into a Wine Country feel – a mixture of modern and luxurious, yet sprinkled with local flavors, touches, and flair. It just felt welcoming and comfortable – like a bottle of Pinot Noir after a long day.
Our King Suite was nicely sized (550 square feet) and was plenty large enough for pair of people. The high ceilings made it feel even larger. The bathroom was huge and surprisingly luxurious (with a GIANT shower and the softest towels I may have ever used. The bed was perfectly comfortable (a must!) and uniquely adorned with handmade headboards from reclaimed oak staves of closed wineries. So cool!
Of course, there were wine glasses and bottle openers available (duh), and the plush robes were a fun touch of luxury that made the wine sipping that much more fun. Umbrellas are provided (a must, especially now, when all wine tasting is mandated to be outside), which is perfect for Oregon in any weather. The suite also had a small seating area that was absolutely perfect for us to spread out to eat our to-go dinner.
Check out their Packages here to find something to make your stay even better. For our readers, I may recommend the Outdoor Adventure Package, which includes:
- Two-night stay in a suite
- Tasting for two at two partnering wineries, conducting socially distant outdoor tasting experiences, select from:
- Keepsake blanket from Sackcloth & Ashes along with leather carrying strap (they will also donate a blanket to a local shelter in need).
- Two sets of hand and toe warmers
- Two $30 breakfast vouchers for delivery to your room from local favorite, Red Hills Market
Speaking of food…
I am not sure I need to spend a ton of time talking about wine tasting. There are about 40 wineries in the Dundee area, and if you head just a few miles in most directions, you are within dozens more. During our stay, we checked out Dobbes (in downtown Dundee), Winderlea, Lange Estate, and Torii Mor. However, we recommend forging your own path and/or utilizing the experts like the Dundee Hills Winegrowers Association and Travel Dundee.
As for food, there are a variety of great places to eat. The aforementioned Red Hills Market is a must-stop for food, but Trellis – Wine Bar & Kitchen is also a great spot. I also usually hit up Barn Door Brewing in town as well.
*Note – please remember to call / order ahead for wineries & restaurants during COVID-19 to ensure outdoor seating availability and to-go options.
Whether for running, sampling wine, or just stealing away for a quiet staycation – The Dundee is an amazing 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.
The Dundee details:
Address: 1410 OR-99W, Dundee, OR 97115
Phone: (503) 538-7666
More about The Dundee:
Against all odds. That’s the short version of how the Willamette Valley became one of the world’s most renowned wine regions. It all started in the 1970s when a group of people with virtually no experience in the wine industry came to this fertile area to plant vines and see what would happen. Those original pioneers—Adelsheim, Ponzi, Erath, and Sokol Blosser, to name a few—now produce some of the greatest wines in the world. They knew that the red soil of the Dundee Hills—Jory—was something special. And they were right.
Dundee is now the heart of the Willamette Valley. With Route 99—the wine highway—as its Main Street, Dundee is a thriving town with dozens of highly-rated wineries and top-notch restaurants. The Dundee Hotel offers stunning accommodations and a great location to explore Oregon Wine Country.
Many thanks to The Dundee for allowing us to check out their property! Please read our transparency page for info on how we do our reviews.