Umpqua Riverfront RV Park
What to do on a cold dreary day when you can't fish? Wine taste of course! We had a few in mind so we set off for some small town driving and some big time tasting.
|Time to bale the hay.|
We had heard great things about Reustle Vineyards so off we went with Red and Pam. This area seems to be big on Pinot Noir. They also had some nice whites too. Along with the wines they have a beautifully landscaped winery. The flowers were in full bloom.
We went inside and they walked us through the barrel storage caves into a very nice seated area.
They brought us out 4 wines to try and each were accompanied by specially paired appetizers.
|Red, ready to dig in!|
Some sheep grazing in the flowery fields on the way out.Branborg Winery in Elkton. They had some nice wines and gift section. Diane and I chose to taste the sweeter whites. There were some really good ones and we walked away with a nice bottle for later.
|The wines weren't the best.|
The Stears family who owned the hardware building was one of the founding families.
The Triple Oak Wine Vault was built in an old restored bank building. Of course the wine is held in the bank vault.
These stone orbs were hung on the wall as you went up the staircase. Interesting decorations.
At this point only the Two Steves were wine tasting.
Coco's Café & Bar. Not the old chain. This was a very interesting restaurant in an old building that was used to house the turkeys before judging them. I couldn't find much info on these historic buildings, but Coco's also boasts the largest original dance floor in Douglas County.
On the way in we spotted this vintage set up?
Cute waiting area out front. And of course lot's of potted flowers all around.
And to bring an end to this fun day, we drove up to the old Rochester Covered Bridge thought to have been built around 1862.
On our drive back to camp we finally stopped along the road to get a better look at some painted boulders we kept noticing. The one on the left is painted to look like a trout head. The others have what looks like high school logos on them.
|Diane, Jim, Joyce, Kris, Steve, Red & Pam.|
The gang getting ready to open up some of that wine!
Next we check out some waterfalls as we bring a close to these past couple of weeks at Umpqua.