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Monday, Jun. 07, 2010

10 Great Northwest Wine Country B&Bs

A bed & breaKfast might be the perfect way to enjoy a leisurely vacation in wine country. Oregon's Yamhill County boasts about 20 B&Bs, and you'll find many others throughout the Pacific Northwest. Prepare to be pampered with the 10 inns we've highlighted here.

Black Walnut Inn & Vineyard

This B&B amid vineyards high in the Dundee Hills is an ideal way to enjoy Oregon wine country. This is a stunning facility with remarkable views of the surrounding valley, with nine suites, impeccable service and a delicious breakfast that will get you revved up for a full day of wine touring.

9600 N.E. Worden Hill Road, Dundee, OR 97115, 866-429-4114, blackwalnut-inn.com.

Desert Wind Winery

The Fries family has created a destination winery in Washington's Yakima Valley that is unparalleled. The Prosser facility includes a vast tasting room, restaurant, conference facility and B&B. The four upstairs suites overlook the Yakima River and provide views of the Horse Heaven and Rattlesnake hills and put you in the heart of Washington's oldest wine region. Spa services are available.

2258 Wine Country Road, Prosser, WA 99350, 509-786-7277, desertwindwinery.com.

Ashton Woods Retreat

With more than a half-dozen wineries, Washington's Bainbridge Island is a wine-touring experience. Pamper yourself during a visit by staying at the Ashton Woods Retreat. It provides two suites that cater to serenity and indulgence. Looking for a chance to stretch your legs? The 10-acre property has walking trails amid peaceful nature.

5515 N.E. Tolo Road, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110, 206-303-8987, ashtonwoodsretreat.com.

The Huckleberry Haven Bed & Breakfast

Ian and Ruth Leslie turned their house into a true and homey B&B experience using delicious huckleberries as their theme. Within 10 minutes, you can be on the good end of a pour at Chateau Faire Le Pont or Saint Laurent.

1453 Okanogan Ave., Wenatchee, WA, 98801, 509-881-9349, thehuckleberryhavenbedandbreakfast.com.

Inn of The White Salmon

Built in 1937, this 16-room, two-story brick building wouldn't look out of place in Seattle's Fremont District. Guests can buy wine at the front desk. In the fall and winter, Gorge vintners pour here for "Warm Up with Wine" events. And via Facebook, you might see whom you will be sharing the inn with.

172 W. Jewett Blvd., White Salmon, WA, 98672, 509-493-2335, innofthewhitesalmon.com.

Birchfield Manor Country Inn

For more than 30 years, the Masset family has set the standard for lodging in Washington wine country. Their cuisine rivals that of any restaurant in the Northwest, and Wine Press Northwest long has honored the wine program.

2018 Birchfield Road, Yakima, WA 98901, 509-452-1960, birchfieldmanor.com.

Abbey Road Farm B&B

You are unlikely to run across a more unusual or fascinating B&B than Abbey Road Farm. Located in Oregon's Yamhill-Carlton District, Abbey Road's suites are made from converted grain silos. Once inside, you will be amazed at what John and Judi Stuart have created here. This is a working farm, and one of the joys is the fresh goat cheese Judi crafts from her resident herd. The breakfast is one you'll talk about for years.

10501 N.E. Abbey Road, Carlton, OR 97111, 503-852-6278, abbeyroadfarm.com.

Wild Rose Manor Bed & Breakfast

Set among 65 acres in the Snake River Valley, it has the feel of a British country mansion. Ste. Chapelle wines and appetizers are available each night. The Coyotes on the Creek downtown tasting room and Sunnyslope area wineries are just minutes away.

5800 Oasis Road, Caldwell, ID 83607, 208-454-3331, wildrosemanor.com.

The Villa at Hester Creek

Hester Creek Estate Winery, one of the Okanagan Valley's historic wineries, added six Tuscan-theme bungalows to its upscale operations. Vineyards of the Golden Mile are below your patio and pristine shrub-steppe behind. Vegetarians can be accommodated each morning.

13163 - 326TH Ave., Road 8, Oliver, BC V0H 1T0, 250-498-4435, hestercreek.com/villa

Delfino Vineyards Guest Cottage

Jim and Terri Delfino provide a charming experience at their 160-acre property near the Coast Range with their winery, vineyard and a one-bedroom guest cottage. There's a hot tub and lap pool to relax in after walking their trails and vineyard rows. A morning basket features homemade pastries and local preserves.

3829 Colonial Road, Roseburg, OR, 97471, 541-673-7575, delfinovineyards.com.