I was curious so I searched and found an explanation regarding why Veteran's Day is celebrated on the 11th (unless it falls on a weekend) and not the second Monday of November. I was hoping that the stand alone Tuesday holiday would provide a pre-Thanksgiving opportunity for local wineries to open their doors. Which is why we all hopped in the car to venture out to the hills of West Salem. With only 30 minutes left until closing, we were the third group of visitors at Orchard Heights Winery. Coincidentally, it was also the third winery we drove to, but the first that we found open.
It's a beautiful drive up to Orchard Heights Winery. The incline of the road gave me the feeling that we were on our way to a lookout tower. We parked near a golden leaved, grape vine covered pergola, that overlooks a field surrounded by young evergreens.
The tasting room/gift shop felt cozy yet crowded when we stepped inside. It reminded me of Burrow's Country Store that used to be on Wallace Road in West Salem. We were immediately greeted and asked if we came to taste their wines. They charge per taste, unless you make a wine purchase. We found their wines on the unremarkable side, though their estate Gewurztraminer was very nice. They also sell several varieties of candy from their Hawaiian sister company, Island Princess. I first heard about Orchard Heights Winery from a co-worker who raved about their brunch. During our visit we also learned that when you rent their facilities for events you can also rent the use of their swimming pool - complete with a view.
On our way out to the car, we spied a doe with her two fawns. Next time I'd like to explore what looks like a great, little, jam-packed gift shop.