If location is everything, then Newberg has everything.
Nestled in the fertile Willamette Valley, Newberg (population 22,000) is about an hour from Mount Hood and about an hour from the ocean. Day trippers can pop over to the coast for a bowl of chowder or up the mountain for an afternoon on the slopes. It’s also only 25 miles from Portland’s urban attractions — from symphony to Saturday market.
Far from a simple, faceless bedroom community to Portland, Newberg has its own identity and culture, its own attractions.
Like the rest of Yamhill County, the area has a temperate climate suitable to grow just about anything, but most famously, wine grapes. Most known for its wineries, vineyards and tasting rooms, most people get to know Newberg through the wine glass and for good reason! Most local wineries are easy country drives from town, and offer not just wine, but beautiful views as well.
But there is more to Newberg than vine pursuits. Newberg’s historic downtown features music and art paired with its tasting rooms and eateries. Friday ArtWalk features local artists’ works, and Tunes on Tuesday is a free weekly concert series that takes place through the summer.
The Old Fashioned Festival and parade in August and the Memorial Day Boat races are great family outings. Newberg’s Chehalem Glenn Golf Course is one of the most challenging in the area.
For academic pursuits, Newberg is home to George Fox University, a nationally ranked private college.
Chehalem Mountains/Ribbon Ridge AVA boasts vineyards and wineries at the highest elevations in the Willamette Valley. That makes for some stunning views! If you’ve planned to tour homes for sale in Newberg, plan to take a break — and a lunch — and head out to Penner-Ash Wine Cellars on Ribbon Ridge Road and drink in the sweep of color at your feet.
Newberg features a wide range of dining choices, something for every budget and taste. At the top end, the foodie favorites include Jory, at the Allison Inn & Spa, Painted Lady and Ruddick/Wood downtown and Subterra, at the edge of downtown. Mid-range choices include the Newbergundian, Recipe and Storr’s Smokehouse.
Newberg has a busy schedule of events each year, beginning with the Oregon Truffle Festival in January, followed by the Camellia Festival and Run/Walk, ArtWalk Fridays, the Memorial Day Boat Faces, Tunes on Tuesday, a weekly farmer’s market downtown, Brews & BBQs, the Old Fashioned Festival, Oktoberfest, downtown Trick-or-Treating, and to round out the year, the Christmas Tree Lighting.