New inn promises country luxury
Whether you're accommodating out-of-town guests, have relatives visiting wine country or just want to get away for a few days, Willamette Valley Bed and Breakfast has got you covered.
The new establishment opened in December at 23535 N.E. Old Yamhill Road, a mile west of Newberg, and is owned by Dan and Maureen DeFrancia. The newly constructed b-n-b sits on six acres of land in what Dan DeFrancia characterized as a modern farmhouse in the heart of the Chehalem Valley.
Luxury is the theme as each 42-square-foot guest room has a king-size bed, fireplace, two-person soaking tub, en-suite bath with heated floors, private decks, 10-foot ceilings and more. The facility also features four-course breakfasts each morning, electric vehicle charging station, farm-fresh eggs, handmade soups, a Chihuly-inspired glass ceiling in the entryway and each guest departs with a handmade ceramic gift.
"We deliver an elevated Willamette Valley experience with all the details of 'hominess," Dan DeFrancia said in an email interview. "It's a quality product in the heart of the Willamette Valley with lots of personal touches, love and care. We help you plan your stay to take advantage of all the wine and food in the area."
The DeFrancia's have more than 28 years of hotel experience at high-end resorts, as well as backgrounds in art and retail.
Plans for the future of the facility include the addition of a variety of games, including bocce ball, horseshoes, corn hole, ping pong and other entertainment.
Their target audience is people traveling to the area to sample wine and food, as well as those attending family reunions or weddings in the area.
Wolves & People will host Zwickelmania event
Breweries from around the state will celebrate Oregon's craft beef scene this month by taking part in the 12th-annual Zwickelmania and that will include an event in Newberg.
Wolves & People Farmhouse Brewery, 30203 N.E. Benjamin Road, will host the event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 22. It will include guided and self-guided brewery tours, Zwickel samples and other features.
Zwickelmania is named after the zwickel, a screw valve that mounts on the outside of fermentation or conditioning tanks and allows brewers to sample the beer inside to ensure quality.
The event is the highlight of Oregon Craft Beer Month, a celebration that includes tap takeovers, beer festivals, panel discussions and more.
For more information and event updates, visit www.OregonCraftBeer.org.
Local pork producers named to national body
A pair of local pork producers was named recently to the 2020 National Pork Producers delegate body by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Newberg residents Ray and Jennifer Blake are among 154 producers and five importers named to the body. According to information released by the USDA, delegates meet to "recommend the rate of assessment, determine the percentage of assessments that state associations will receive, and nominate producers and importers to the Pork Board." A common point of discussion at these meeting is often the export of U.S. hogs, 26 percent of which are exported to other countries.
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