I perform inn inspections for the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild and I love it! I get to not only visit and see the most beautiful inns in Oregon, but I get to experience everything on the roads that take me to them.
Today was no exception. My whole day of inn inspecting was so very carefully planned out around where we were going to stop for lunch and an afternoon coffee and sweet. Thank goodness those gorgeous inns along with the best food in Oregon can all be found in the Willamette Valley where I live!
The Blue Goat Cafe in Amity is probably the best spot I have found in a long time and I have to admit that I did not just come across it on my own. Calling a couple of friends recently, I had unintentionally interrupted their lunch of burgers, pizza and beer at the Blue Goat. Well geesh... excuse me and, why wasn't I invited??? I got you back today Rod and Kate! I devoured a whole delicious wood fired cheese pizza all on my own. Actually I shared and gave one very small piece to my friend who was thoroughly enjoying her burger and fries as much as I was enjoying my pizza. I loved the fries too by the way and the best part... everything is made from scratch and served up fresh from the beef they ground themselves to the pizza dough they toss.
Dessert consisted of this carrot cake frosted with some kind of thin delicious icing that was a perfect accruement making this whole mad package complete!
I highly recommend the Blue Goat Cafe but only if you invite me along!
Today I made my second trip to the Red Hills Market in Dundee. It was fairly new when I went about a year ago so I was anxious to see it again. The Facebook admin of Red Hills Market has been evil in tempting me to come in again so I made sure this stop was a priority on my itinerary! At the end of my busy day in the valley, I enjoyed a latte and yet another sweet consisting of part of a coconut macaroon and a good portion of a chocolate peanut butter cookie. Full bellies and whining about eating way too much really good food, took us home the long way.
You really can't help but take the side roads in the Willamette Valley. The small towns and villages that dot the green rolling vineyard and hop covered hills are like a dream. A dream you don't want to ever wake from. All the lovely wine you can drink, the best food and beer that could ever possibly be found in the world and how lucky I am to have it all in my very own Oregon backyard!
Anyone wanna play? I'd love to send you out to play with my itinerary.