In the shared interest of environmental sustainability, 165 members, representing Washington, Oregon and Idaho, gathered in April for the 2018 LIVE annual meeting where an exciting, innovative outreach was unveiled that had the room abuzz. Slated to hit tasting rooms all over the Willamette Valley, Buzz Box was born from an idea originating in Norway where the world’s first “bee highway” was launched…Read More
Many area residents have fond memories of Galeotti’s Restaurant in Battle Ground. After a three-year hiatus, the family re-emerged on Main Street as Galeotti’s Wine Cellar in late 2015, and it was clear from the first weekend that Mike and Sheila Galeotti’s welcoming Italian nature had been sorely missed …Read More
Last year saw the much-anticipated opening of a brand new facility for the BC VQA (Vintner's Quality Alliance) Wine Information Centre in Penticton, British Columbia. Within the over 2,000-square-feet of retail space, approximately 1,000 VQA-designated wines from over 150 wineries are for sale. To better grasp all that is happening in the booming region, we chatted with Donna Faigaux, manager of the Centre…Read More
As Battle Ground continues to grow, options are increasing for a quick bite, a sweet treat and a spot to linger over a great cup of coffee and conversation. Here's a look at Earthen Cup, Battle Ground Sweet Shoppe and Dungeon Donuts — three new food destinations that opened within a mile of each other over the last eight months …Read More
Traveling is an art. To stay for a time in another place, and not just blow through it like so many lines on a “to do” list, takes the ability to slow down, sometimes just for an afternoon, and ferret out special qualities of the destination.
In 2017, the Stephanie Inn in Cannon Beach introduced Sojourns, a series of curated experiences that go beyond the farm-to-table movement…Read More
Bonnie Brasure has been enticing customers to Bleu Door Bakery’s express window in Vancouver’s Uptown Village with her mad pastry chef skills since 2011. When the bakery expanded in 2014, she was able to introduce her savory side with a full sit-down breakfast and lunch menu, as well as weekend brunch, special-event winemaker’s dinners and the occasional vegan happy hour…Read More
With a soft opening over Mother's Day Weekend, the downtown Vancouver tasting room of Koi Pond Cellars is now in full swing. Join them tonight, May 31 from 5 - 8 p.m., for the official kick off!
Occupying what was for years the dining room section of Sparks Home Furnishings – and more recently Véraison Wine Shop and Tasting Bar – Koi Pond Cellars Winery and Bistro is envisioned as an extension of the Ridgefield winery and tasting room…Read More
Recently the restaurant, bar and event space at The Cedars on Salmon Creek in Brush Prairie has undergone a revitalization and emerged as Chelatchie Crossing at The Cedars. The Cedars opened in 1975 and the bucolic setting is a golfer’s paradise. The new owners look forward to sharing one of Clark County’s best-kept secrets with their barbecue-inspired menu specially designed for the Chelatchie Crossing Smokehouse and Saloon…Read More
Last month, Scott and Sarah Flury celebrated their one year anniversary as owners of Eatery at the Grant House. Scott has breathed new life into the stately gentleman of a building on Officers Row — one of the most historic streets in Clark County and arguably the most beautiful — and given Vancouver a much-needed dinner house.
A local resident and restaurateur, Scott began by instilling the farm-to-table philosophy in his menus with herbs grown on site and locally-sourced produce and…Read More
A sense of place is a common thread with wine. If your desire is to hit the mark as a Willamette Valley hotelier, having the vision to create that concept in a lodging experience is a bullseye.
On my visit to the recently opened Atticus Hotel, they had me at: “Would you care for a welcome glass of sparkling wine?” Seriously, who would decline that offer? Of course, those bubbles are locally sourced from R. Stuart & Co., pouring just down the street in walkable downtown McMinnville, Oregon. If you are a teetotaler or underaged, there’s also an espresso or nonalcoholic cold beverage option. I wanted to move in when they asked me if I’d like…Read More