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A very scenic trip made special by a very personal and knowledge guide. We highly recommend the trip and the guide!
The guide makes or breaks a tour, and our guide, Jeff, is A++++ No better way to have a guided experience - they have thought of all the details to make it special.
I rate the tour itself, three stars. The first thing was that we were expecting a Mercedes van and we got a suburban, which made it uncomfortable coming in and out of the car at every stop. The wineries were nice, but very little time at them due to their hours and problem with traffic. The extra star is for our tour guide. He was excellent. Made the trip enjoyable with all his anecdotes and knowledge of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.
I took the "Waterfalls and Wineries" tour through this company. The guide talked about the area on the way up to the first waterfall (maybe 30 min drive). The waterfall was a short walk through the woods to a gorgeous waterfall! It isn't too strenuous but I'd highly recommend good shoes (it was a dirt path) and you do have a short climb. I won't detail all the waterfalls (four total) but will mention that you stop off at the 2nd tallest waterfall in the US. Honestly, it wasn't my favorite, too much of a tourist site rather than pure nature, but if you are in the area looking at waterfalls its not like you can skip it! Plus, it's a good bathroom break.
After that it was another 30 minutes ish down the road, driving along the river with the beautiful mountains on either side. The views were amazing!! The guide kept up the commentary and eventually we wound up at the Wy’East Vineyards. This was a nice little place! Sat in the sunshine on this cute little patio and tasted five (6?) wines. The woman working there gave us a description of each and the tour guide provided a great little snack of cheese, meat, grapes and nuts to be shared amongst the group.
A short little drive back and we were at Cathedral Ridge winery - this one disappointed me. The wines themselves were good but you were left standing at a counter. We were given a list of all their wines but they only had a selection they were tasting that day. Unfortunately it was at the end of the day and even some of those bottles were empty; the woman working there was very reluctant to open a new one. They also served the tiniest servings I've ever seen and I've been to quite a few wine tastings! I would say well under 1 oz (and I assume their posted $5 tasting fee was paid by the tour fee).
We were on a schedule so neither stop offered an opportunity to buy a full glass of wine or additional food. You could buy bottles to take with you (the second place pushed this option some).