Over Le Puy 25 May 2014, 8:33 am
We recently had aerial photos taken of Le Puy. It is our fourth season and the landscape has matured and expanded since our opening in 2011.
On season, guests enjoy a perimeter path and labyrinth! Our cutting and vegetable garden in the SW corner stretches 800+ lineal feet.
It has been wonderful to watch our trees, flowers and gardens grow over the years.
The Anjou Terrace offers lounging during the day and star gazing at night.
The Courtyard is a sunny spot for bird watching and relaxing with the water feature affectionately named "Le Puy". The wisteria in the courtyard arbor flowered for the first time this year too! Countless baby birds abound - blue birds in the box, gold and strawberry finches in the cyprus trees and a robin's nest nestled under the wisteria. I am sure the killdeer are nesting below in the cottonwood grove as you can hear them screaming every now and then!
Projects underway or completed this year include all guest suites with individual thermostat control and our solar array installation scheduled for early June! More information on that coming soon!
Day Trips from Le Puy - Banks Vernona Bike Trail 28 Apr 2013, 8:27 am
One of our most fun day trips yet! The drive is about 1 hour from the inn to the Banks trailhead. Bike up to 21 miles on a beautiful trail. Let us arrange a picnic lunch for you and set off on your adventure. Just make sure to give us at least 48 hours notice! :-)
From the state park website:
"Where the railroad once was king, the woods now reign again. A century ago, this railway made life better and easier for early Oregonians and the burgeoning lumber industry that fueled their prosperity in the northwest corner of the state. But while the trains are long gone and their tracks dismantled, the path they carved through the wilderness remains, having since been put to splendid use. The Banks-Vernonia State Trail (BVT) stands today as Oregon’s first rail-to-trail, and the space once allotted for the Industrial Age’s biggest, most propulsive machines has been handed back over to nature – and to you.
The Banks-Vernonia Trail, a multi-use trail paved over a decades-old train bed, allows the walker, jogger, biker or mounted rider the chance to catch a whiff of Oregon history while delighting in the forest’s renewed splendor. 21 miles of tree-lined, easy-grade pathway conducts you through sun-dappled glades and across swift, clear streams, filling your nose with wildflower scents and your ears with the songs of birds. 13 old bridges, wooden trestles rise up to acquaint you with days of the past. And at a mere 26 miles west of Portland, all this peaceful, quiet, natural beauty awaits you right down the road.
The Banks-Vernonia Trail can be accessed at any of 6 points along its progression – including trailheads at Manning, Buxton, Tophill, and Beaver Creek, as well as at Banks and Vernonia themselves – and permits only non-motorized use at a safe, slow speed. Precisely the opposite, ironically, of the trains that once ran there. Nature has a way of making things come full circle, a theory proved in lovely, pastoral abundance by a rail-to-trail like the BVT. Visit today and see just how much good those old railroads are still doing – for Oregon, for the forest itself and (especially) for you."
|Rent your bikes right at the trailhead. Banks Bicycle
Len is friendly and helpful and keeps his bikes in great condition.
Download the bike trail:
Bike Rental information:
For a treat at the end of the day, visit one of the north Willamette Wineries, like David Hill - for a little wine tasting reward. From David Hill's website: David Hill Winery is named for its geographical location. The name of the hill we sit on is David’s Hill, for Frederick David, an Oregon pioneer from the 1800’s.
The house that holds our tasting room was built in 1883 by the Reuter family. Adolph Reuter was born in Germany in January of 1841. The Reuter’s produced award winning wines from grapes grown on the property. Photographs dated 1904 on display at the winery depict the residence surrounded by apparently thriving grape vines. Unfortunately, Prohibition had a devastating effect and eventually all or most of the vines were pulled out in favor of potato plantings.
In 1965 Charles Coury, along with a few other wine pioneers, came north from California to establish vineyards in the Willamette Valley where they believed they could successfully grow Pinot Noir. Many of the vines still exist. There are approximately 6 acres of old vine Pinot Noir and 2 acres of Riesling. There is also Gewürztraminer, Pinot Blanc, Semillon and Sylvaner that were planted at that time as well. David Hill Winery is home to the Willamette Valley’s oldest Pinot Noir Vines.
Spring Awakening 2013 13 Mar 2013, 4:58 pmSpring is seemingly coming early this year and it is time to dust off the tables in the Saumur Room and celebrate another weekend package of our Eat Taste Love series!
April 19th, 2013 6:00pm - 9:00pm at Le Puy featuring Dobbes Family Estate & Red Hills Market
2011 Viognier paired with fresh herbed foccacia from the oven
2011 Sauvignon Blanc
Oven roasted artichoke with balsamic reduction and housemade aioli dip
2007 Patricia Pinot Noir
Chicory salad, soft cooked egg, shaved parmesan and bacon vinaigrette
Dueling AVAs! Dundee Hills 2009 Meyer Vineyard vs. Chehalem Ridge 2009 Quailhurst Vineyard Pinot Noir
Chorizo lasagna with kale, rock shrimp, garlic shoots and hazelnut crumble
2009 Sundown Syrah
Rhubarb crepes crisped in the oven with Grand Marnier sauce
Saturday Tour April 20th includes De Ponte Cellars, Red Ridge Farms/Oregon Olive Mill and Durant Vineyards with lunch by Red Hills Provincial Dining and finishes at ROCO winery's new tasting room
Saturday Dinner April 20th, 2013 6:30pm - 9:30pm at Alexana Winery with Chef Abby McManigle of Tina's Restaurant
Foccacia Crostini, Spring Asparagus Salad, Tarragon-Pistachio Pistou
Endive, Briar Rose Goat Cheese Mousse, Gochujang Spiced Cucumber Salsa
Ajo Blanco Gazpacho, Scallop, Almond, Apple Ceviche
2011 Estate Pinot Noir and 2007 Estate Pinot Noir
Cocoa Spiced Roasted Salmon, Smoked Cashew Puree, Bacon Jus, Fennel-Mint Salad
2010 Estate Pinot Noir
Ras El Hanout Braised Short Ribs, Skordilia, Black Olive, Watermelon, Radishes
2010 Sitar Pinot Noir
Chocolate-Rosemary Brioche, Handmade Chhena, Mint-Coconut Citrus Chutney
February 2013 Valentine's in Wine Country 22 Dec 2012, 12:10 pm
Wine Country Valentine’s
February 15-16, 2013
Celebrate Love on a special weekend in wine country
$695 all inclusive
(All suites are first come, first choice!)
Our Culinary Romance Package includes
- Friday & Saturday 2-night’s stay with gourmet breakfast each morning.
- Seven of Hearts Wine, Honest Chocolates and flowers on arrival
- Following breakfast on Saturday, go at your own pace. Enjoy our local wineries with complimentary tasting cards, relax in your room, take a stroll in a nearby park. The day is yours together!
- Start your Saturday evening with a Wine Country Cooking Studio Class - Located over top of Red Hills Market in Dundee, enjoy Chef Wendy Bennett and the romance of cooking a great meal together!
- Wine-paired dinner with Byron Dooley and featuring Seven of Hearts/Luminous Hills wines. Transportation to/from class & dinner is included.
- Monday 18th is President’s Day - so add Sunday night stay at 50% off standard rate of your selected suite, valid with total 3 night's stay only.
- Saturday or Sunday afternoon : add on-site 60 minute massage ($85/person and $160/couple) Must stay Sunday night to schedule massage on Sunday!
(Note: Friday dinner is on your own)
Contact: Lea Duffy (503) 554-9528 or email@example.com
20300 NE Hwy 240 Newberg, OR 97132 www.lepuy-inn.com
Le Puy Inn Pain Perdu (Oven Baked French Toast) 29 Jul 2012, 8:58 amHi everyone,
Here is the recipe for our oven baked French toast since you've been asking! It is a favorite of mine from my childhood. My mother used to make it the night before and I'd see it in the fridge and have sweet dreams till morning! Pain Perdu is French for 'lost bread' and is what the French do with their older baguettes!
For 12 servings:
Three 1/2 lb baguettes cut into 1 1/2" thick slices (we use whole wheat, a few days old and crusty the better!)
3 cups almond milk
1 tsp vanilla
1/8 tsp cardamom
1/8 tsp cinnamon
Grease 9"x13" baking pan. Fill dish with bread slices. Mix milk, eggs, vanilla and spices. Pour over bread. Refrigerate overnight.
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 cup brown sugar
2 Tbsp. maple syrup
1 cup pecans
1 banana, sliced
fruit of the season - blueberries, strawberries, apples, blackberries etc.
Cut butter, sugar, syrup and pecans together. Sprinkle on top of the bread. Top evenly with the fruit.
Bake 45-50 minutes at 350 degrees. let stand 5 minutes. Approx. 3 slices per serving.
Day Trips from Le Puy - our valley 9 Jun 2012, 7:55 amWe had friends visiting and a light weekend at the inn, so we decided to be tourists in the valley for a day.
Our friends were wine club members at Solena, so we started our day there. Solena's tasting room is spectacular. The open air fermentation room presents an impressive profile as you drive up to the winery. Solena is biodynamic as well as featuring a prominent solar array. The wines from the Pinot Gris to Pinot Noir to some deeper red varietals will satisfy any palette!
From Solena, we went to WillaKenzie Estate. This is a favorite spot of ours since we first started coming to the valley. WillaKenzie offers the opportunity to taste the subtleties of pinot noir due to clones, soil and location in the valley. The winery itself, also biodynamic, is a beautiful new structure offering plenty of space inside and outside to enjoy the views and wines.
Then it was off to one of the valleys newest winery buildings, Alexana. With sweeping views of the coastal range, wonderful wines and a terrace with indoor/outdoor fireplace - it is a not to miss in any season.
From there, we drove to the top of the Dundee Hills - White Rose. Jesus, the winemaker, will win you over with his smile and beaming happiness at making wine. His wines are as lovely as he is!
Finally, we needed a palette break and some food. So, down to the town of Dundee and Red Hills Market for a late lunch. The open face roast beef sandwich is the best with its creamy blue cheese sauce! I recommend drinking water with lunch in order to squeeze in one more winery!
Utopia, sitting on Ribbon Ridge, is open until 6pm, so it offered the final winery to an incredible day. The views from Utopia are spectacular and Dan and Kathy have just added a nice wrap-around terrace where you can enjoy wine, a picnic or just a peaceful escape!
So much bounty in our valley!
New Additions to Le Puy 11 May 2012, 2:33 pm
|The new entry to the Saumur Room|
|Saumur Room with courtyard and inn beyond.|
Our weather is so lovely today and all the plants have perked up. Birds are nesting and flitting about. Our second peak season is upon us and we are so excited about our new additions.
Saumur Room - named for the city closest to the village of Le Puy Notre Dame. We have renovated our barn to create the perfect venue for weddings, seminars and other celebrations. It comfortably holds up to 40 people and with a wood stove is ready for any weather Oregon has to offer! The renovation was a creative re-use project. Our cork wall is made from weathered scaffolding left over from the roofing installation, offcuts from the arbor and 1200 corks saved over time and some donated by our winery friends. There is a mix of antique chairs and tables Andy is making from left over flooring. Wineries donated old wine barrels and our ornamental grasses adorn the unfinished walls. The lighting is on hog fence hung from the trusses. Finally, we are creating the Oregon Wall of Wine - our goal to fill each of the bays of the barn with all of the wonderful Oregon wine labels!
|My winter art project - over 1200 corks!
|Andy in front of the expanding Oregon Wall of Wine!
Anjou Terrace - named for the region along the Loire in which Le Puy Notre Dame is located. The terrace is an expansion/enhancement of the firepit area. We added a sitting wall, reclaimed wood arbor and about 500 plants to the hillside. There is, of course, espaliered D'anjou pears to complete the setting. It works ideally for bocce, sitting by the firepit and as a wedding venue.
We are looking forward to our guests discovering our new spaces and ... filling the wine wall too!
|The Anjou Terrace|
|Ready for bocce!
Explore - McMinnville! 17 Feb 2012, 9:13 amTo help the slower off-season pass by and to become more familiar with the array of things to do in and about the Willamette, we have taken to becoming 'guests' on Wednesdays. One of the best parts of this idea, is we act like guests...we sleep in, eat a leisurely breakfast (except we have to make it!) and then decide what to do based on the weather and our mood.
Our first adventure took us to McMinnville. We had not yet visited Panther Creek winery, so that was the first stop. They have a nice tasting room off of downtown in a beautiful old warehouse type structure. We tasted through some lovely wines and stocked up on a few bottles. From there, we walked into town and visited Fino in Fondo - a new salumeria with 4 kinds of housemade salami and an array of italian culinary compliments. Open Thursday - Sunday 10-7, guests can enjoy a tasting of the salamis as well as small bites. Le Puy features their salami in our Taste of Willamette packages.
McMinnville has a wide array of shops and food offerings. On Saturdays, the farmer's market is a year round destination for locals and visitors alike. If you are looking for more wine tasting, McMinnville has a dozen or so tasting rooms within walking distance. If beer is more your style, try Golden Valley Brewery or make an appointment at Heater Allen.
For food, there is Spanish style tapas at La Rambla, casual rooftop dining at McMenamins, French style cuisine at Bistor Maison or city chic at Thistle. Mac's most popular lunch destination is the Crescent Café. But, we wanted to try something new, so our destination was Community Plate. We had heard about its mantra of fresh and local and wanted to try it out. The atmosphere is swanky industrial casual. Don't expect to get anything other than local NW here including the beverages. I was impressed with that level of detail! We had a thick chili soup and I had one of the best grilled cheese sandwiches ever! A great atmosphere and nice price, it is now one of our favorites. Scott Cunningham has taken a great concept and made it real!
|McMinnville City Park|
Our final destination was the McMinnville Antique Mall. It is also a short walk from the main drag. If you are not a professional 'antiquer' - which we are not, then try playing this game. Decide, before you go in, on something really specific - best if it is a small item. Then it becomes like a scavenger hunt! We were looking for the individual table setting salt&pepper crystal shakers. We looked through what felt like miles of shelving and ended up with 4 sets for the inn! We also stocked up on some more DVD's for the inn's library at great prices.
On the way back to the inn, we stopped at the Lafayette School - another antique wonderland. With 3 full floors of 'stuff', it is an antique fan's dream. We did find 3 more salt & pepper shakers here after looking at every single shelf in the place! So, tired but happy, we headed back to the inn for that glass of Pinot!
Oregon Coast Get-a-ways! 1 Feb 2012, 10:06 amIt is 2012 and the quiet season in the valley. The end of January is a great time to get out to the valley and experience wine but also to visit the coast. We lucked into a gorgeous weekend forecast and could not resist heading west!
We began our day just before 11am by heading to the southern Willamette Valley for a tasting at Johan Vineyards and Van Duzer. Both wineries have beautiful views and a variety of wines to please any palate. We stocked up on a case and moved on toward the shore. Lunch brought us to Dallas. A small, rustic town, we were worried the only place to eat might be a tavern. But, we happened on Ugo's Pizza and found friendly service, great prices and good pizza - but don't order mushrooms for topping - they are canned. Canned in Oregon - sacrilidge! Other than that, the crust and pepperoni were great!
We took 223 south to 20 and out to the coast. A winding road but with some lovely views of forested hills and valleys. We reached Newport, just before sunset around 4:30. It was an incredible sunset too! We stayed at the Tyee Lodge B&B. The rooms are small but feature wonderful beach and ocean views as well as a gas fireplace in each. The inn is under new ownership and the couple Dee and Doug are very enthusiastic about their new venture. The warmth and cheer rubs off on their guests and the atmosphere is cozy. We had eaten lunch so late, that we just nestled up in our room with a few snacks and a bottle of Johan and played games. Very relaxing!
The next day, the weather was still perfect, so around 10:30, after breakfast, we set off on a day long hiking adventure. From the inn, there is a fairly steep trail down to the beach. The river that runs from Agate Beach State Park winds north along the beach cutting access to the ocean off except for a brief but icy cold (6-12" deep) crossing! Once our feet were thoroughly numbed, we continued down the beach to the State Park. From there, we went inland. At the east side of the parking lot, there is a city trail head through a wetland area. It is a nice 1/4 mile hike on well maintained trails and boardwalks. When we got to the end of the trail, we were in a neighborhood. Not sure which way to go from here, we followed what looked like it would be a main road back toward town called NE Big Creek Road which starts at Frank Wade Park. The road had been washed out in several spots but was a perfect walking trail. Mostly gravel but in good shape it turned out to be a beautiful way to wind back toward 101. We crossed 101 at 15th and headed along Spring Street into the Nye Neighborhood. A beautiful turn-of-the century neighborhood, there are a myriad of shops and restaurants as well as great access to the beach. From here we headed up over the hill toward the Yaquina River and Bay Blvd - destination Rogue Ale House. We took Alder across 101 into the Deco neighborhood and followed down Fall Street to Bay. This is an awesome, lively and very active seaport with fisheries, shops and restaurants galore. (If we go back, saffron salmon and the noodle cafe are on our list for location alone!). It was about noon, so we stopped at the Rogue Ale Pub for lunch and beer. Not fancy and very authentic in feel, there is a tap list to suit every beer palate! The food was good, hearty pub style and not terribly pricey.
After lunch, we headed toward the beautiful bridge and Yaquina State Park. From here, we climbed down the beach and began our trek back to the inn - about 4 miles. But, along the way you enjoy people, boats, birds, rock formations, little creeks and just the beautiful sandy beach and Pacific! We arrived back at the inn around 4pm, legs tired - but with a glass of chardonnay and a seat in the adirondacks, we were in heaven! We figure we hiked a total of about 10 miles but the diversity of beach, wetland, neighborhood and town made the day interesting and fun. After a rest, some more games and a refresh, we headed out to Nana's Irish Pub in Nye Beach neighborhood. There was live music and close quarters and Guiness - exactly the ingredients for a perfect Irish pub!
Newport was a great adventure and we'll definitely be back!
Where to stay: Tyee Lodge
Where to eat: Ugo's Pizza, Dallas - not bad!
Rogue Ale House - authentic!, Nana's Irish Pub
Where to go: the beach (duh!), City wetland trail (starts at Agate Beach), Nye Beach, Bay Blvd
Day Trips from Le Puy - Pacific City, Oregon Coast 11 Nov 2011, 8:57 am
We got to 101 and you turn left, headed south. Follow the signs into Pacific City and then to Cape Kiwanda and the Pelican Brewery. The beer was great and I had a scrumptious hamburger and Andy fish/chips. Pick up a couple of bottles of the special Belgian brews to take with you too!
|Dunes hill climb!|
|Cape Kiwanda from the Air|
The beach is great walking beach too and offers many photo opportunities from haystack rock (yes, they have one too Canon Beach!) and the surfers playing in the waves. If you like climbing around on rocks, this is the beach for you too!
We took 101 back to 22 to 18 and then home to complete the loop. About 1.5 hours. A great day trip!