I love maps!
I love vacations!
And I really love maps that help plan vacations, especially when they can help our guests plan a great trip to Oregon Wine Country.
We now have three great tools to help you. Let’s start with a new one I just found.
“Wines and Times”
“Wines and Times” is a website you can use to plan a trip to any wine country in the United States, not just Oregon. .
What the folks at “Wines and Times” have done is to develop a database of hundreds or possibly thousands of wineries. This database includes their hours of operation, they types of wines as well as locations and links to their websites. You can literally click on a calendar, click a few more times to determine the area you want to visit, and it will show you which wineries are open on the days you want to visit. Click on another day, and you will see some wineries appear on the map while others disappear.
They put their instructions and kind of an odd place, so I’ve taken the liberty of reproducing them at the end of this post. You might find it helpful to print the instructions. Or, do what I did, which is just poke around.
The Kelty Vacation Planner Map
I have also created a map to help our guests. It’s not as fancy as the “Wines and Times” map but it has some information that they don’t have, such as which wineries in our part of the country won a medal at the San Francisco International Wine competition. Those are marked with a blue pushpin. I marked with yellow the stops that international wine writer Jamie Goode made on his tour in the summer of 2008.
Area attractions are added in red.
If you pick out a few wineries you want to visit, I recommend you check out one of my very favorite mapping sites with the mouthful of a name, “Google Maps Fastest Round Trip Solver.” There you can enter up to 24 addresses and it will figure out your shortest round trip. If time is limited, this could be important…or not. However you travel in Wine Country, longest distance or shortest drive, the journey is at least as important as the destination.
There is an easier way to plan your trip. Call our Concierge, Nicci Stokes at 800-867-3740 or 503-560-1512.
She knows the wineries, the hours, the owners. Plus she will be delighted to schedule our very own All Events Limo for you. Best bet: You drink. We drive.
What a plan!
FAQ for “Wines and Times” Map
SELECT WINES: Check boxes at top of screen to select European (Vitis vinifera/hybrids) varieties, American (muscadine, Niagra, Concord, etc.), or Meads/Fruit wines (honey, fruit, etc.).
SELECT TIMES: Current week is shown on calendar at right. You can select the week or day of your choice. Corresponding times will show for selected wineries. Be sure to re-check your tour winery times after changing the calendar.
SELECT EVENTS: Don’t miss a festival, concert, or special tasting during your selected dates.
SELECT ICON: Mouse over displays state overview or winery name; click for details. Use the pop-up balloon tour tab to create your personalized tour with Google directions.
Facilities codes: T for tasting, W for winery, V for vineyard, and R for restaurant.