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Oregon Wine Country


There’s an amazing partnership with Alaska Airlines and more than 300 Oregon tasting rooms called “Oregon Wines Fly Free.” Starting in May, participating Oregon tasting rooms are offering free tastings when you show your Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan membership and boarding pass. Then, you can bring home your own case and Alaska Airlines will check it for free. The program starts again May 1—which also kicks off Oregon Wine Month—featuring fun events and deals all month long.

If you’re looking for a great place to start your wine tasting, head to Willamette Valley. Mike Sweeney of Cherry Hill Winery has eight cabins on site with fireplaces, queen beds, and gorgeous views. Mike saves the cabins for members of his wine club called “Friends of Cherry Hill.” To join the club, you can buy any two cases of Cherry Hill Pinot Noir, and he and his wife Jan will give you a free night’s stay in one of the cabins. For more information, click here.

Getting There: Portland’s airport is an hour east of the northern Willamette Valley, but there are a few shuttle services available. Eugene Airport is also served by Delta, Horizon, and United.

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