AOC Travel Guides
A tour of wine, food and culture!
Want to savor your trip to the Willamette Valley and avoid the tourist traps? Just pack your SmartPhone and let us show you how to save time, money, energy and inconvenience as you explore the heart of the Oregon Wine Country.
“Willamette — My Perfect Days” maps out four days of adventure through McMinnville, Carlton, Yamhill, Dundee, Newberg, Dayton, Amity-Eola, Mt. Angel and Silverton. We’ll travel through vineyards, farmlands, forest, state parks and museums. We’ll stop at wineries, restaurants, microbreweries and charming hotels. We want to share with you the bounty of Oregon’s food and wine culture by showing you the best places for mushroom cuisine, Oregon fruit, cheese, Pinot Noir, Marechal Foch and where to find the only estate Syrah we know of being produced in the Willamette Valley.
Don’t expect our travel guides to be an endless list of every business in the Willamette Valley, we’ll leave that to Yelp and the Yellow Pages, nor should you expect a review of every winery in the region. Instead, we offer you a well-researched list of places we can honestly and heartily recommend that you visit. We have traveled to each destination, stayed in all the hotels, sipped wine at each winery and eaten at each of the restaurants listed. We don’t accept freebies. We pay what you pay. And you reap the benefit of our independent, objective and unfiltered opinions. We take users on a guided adventure from breakfast through dinner. It's much like having a personal concierge.
What you can expect:
- Under-the-radar wineries
- Local and sustainable restaurants
- Perfect spots for a romantic picnic
- “Cool Things to Do”
- A list of tourist traps and overrated spots
- A special kid-compatible section
- Lots of uncensored opinions, and a few laughs
We’ll give you our candid and distinctively personal opinion — never mean, sometimes irreverent and funny, but always unapologetic.
We’ve been there, done that … and for less than a glass of wine, you can make sure that you experience the best of the best.
- Completely self-contained: Once downloaded, there’s no need to worry about costly roaming charges. Our offline maps ensure that your app will work whether you’re in a plane or on a rural wine tour.
- Easy-access maps: Each tour stop is linked to a map that can be easily enlarged within the application.
- Easy to explore: Our navigation wheel lets you move smoothly and quickly between Day Tours, Restaurants/Bars, Wineries, Hotels, Cool Stuff to Do and Attractions.
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Sonoma - Russian River Valley, CA (Release: March 2010)
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Yakima Valley - Red Mountain, WA
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