Will you be in The Path of Totality?

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It's been THE topic on every travel writer's mind and every winery in the Willamette Valley—the total solar eclipse which will occur on August 21 beginning about Newport, Oregon at 10:15 a.m. and McMinnville, OR approximately two minutes later. 

According to www.eclipse2017.org "It takes only about two minutes for the shadow to race eastward toward its first date with a large population of folks who will be breathlessly awaiting its arrival. Dallas, Albany, Corvallis, Lebanon, Philomath, McMinnville, Woodburn, and yes, Salem itself, experience various durations of totality (based on their varying distances from the centerline); on the steps of the State Capitol in Salem (the first of five state capitals the shadow will visit), lucky viewers will be treated to 1m54.5s of shadow at just after 10:17am. (Great time for a coffee break!)."

So, get yourself to wine country and consider one of the following two experience as your Total Eclipse of the Heart destination: 

Brooks Winery with breathtaking views of the Cascade Range and Willamette Valley floor, along with the Illahe Estate perched on an all-encompassing vista, are two ideal locations to experience this phenomenon on a warm, Pacific Northwest summer day.

On Monday, August 21st, Brooks will begin the special day with yoga on the outdoor patio, followed by a sparkling wine brunch where guests will have a chance to taste Brooks' yet-to-be-released sparkling Riesling, as well as a talk by Professor Ethan Siegel, an astrophysicist from Lewis & Clark College. The eclipse viewing will then be followed by pizzas from the winery's wood-fired oven and more wine. There is also an option of camping overnight in Brooks’ vineyards starting the night before on Sunday, August 20th. It includes a BBQ supper (with wine and/or beer), live music, a vineyard walk with winemaker Chris Williams, and an eclipse talk and star watch with Professor Siegel. Tents with essential kits will also be provided if guests don't have camping supplies. With Oregon hotel rooms going for around $1000/night, this is a great lodging alternative! I have included more information below.

A little further south, Brad and Bethany Ford, of Illahe Vineyards will host an eclipse viewing from 9 am - 12 pm on Monday, August 21st. Light food will be available for purchase, as well as complimentary eclipse viewing glasses for a prime panoramic viewing experience. Guests will enjoy a relaxing and low-key morning at the Illahe Estate, while taking in the impressive view. More details are included below.

Brooks Winery Event Information:

WHAT: Total Solar Eclipse Event

WHEN: Monday, August 21st, 8 am - 12 pm (overnight option available on Sunday, August 20th)

WHERE: 21101 SE Cherry Blossom Lane, Amity, OR 97101

CONTACT: http://www.brookswine.com/eclipse/

COST: $350 (Starry Night Package, includes overnight camping at Brooks), $150 (Sunshine Package, daytime only)

Illahe Vineyards Event Information:

WHAT: Total Solar Eclipse Event

WHEN: Monday, August 21st, 9 am - 12 pm

WHERE: 3275 Ballard Road, Dallas, OR 97388

CONTACT: http://illahevineyards.com/upcoming-events/

COST: $50 includes a special wine flight and light food