In a secret garden nestled behind the Kelty Estate, purple blooms burst, a goldfish pond lingers beneath a canopy of 200-year-old oak trees, and a weathered wishing well swallows hopeful pennies. A white picket fence lined with sculpted hedges trims the bed-and-breakfast, a clapboard colonial inn hailing from 1872 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Inside, charming details continue, furthering the romantic aesthetic that pervades the property.
Five individually decorated guest suites, situated on the first and second floors of the hotel, take their names from beautiful Oregon lakes and embrace travelers with quaint, country style. The Klamath suite, Kelty's premier A-frame sleeping quarters replete with a private entrance and cast-iron bed, sits atop the original carriage house, obscured by a giant, moss-covered oak. In the Strawberry suite, long, narrow skylights illuminate an intimate wicker seating area, and sliding glass doors in the bedroom unveil a private balcony overlooking the garden. The Diamond room, accented with period antiques including a victrola, harbors a queen-size bed and ornate lace window treatments.
On the ground floor, a wood-appointed dining room hosts a gourmet three-course breakfast prepared by the innkeeper with fresh, local ingredients every morning. Postprandial enchantment takes place in the 19th-century parlor room, replete with original crown moulding, a brick wood-burning fireplace, and a wooden player piano. After a cup of coffee or complimentary glass of wine on the front-porch swings, visitors indulge in a custom five-hour tour, winding through the scenic trails of wine country in a classic stretch limo or 19th-century hovercraft piloted by a designated driver.
In nearby Willamette Valley, a prolific wine-tasting region famous for its production of world-class pinot noirs culled from sloping hillside vineyards, travelers can taste the fruits of family-owned boutique wineries and hip, metropolitan tasting rooms. North of the Estate, Lorane's handcrafted, exotic varietals, including late harvest wines, meads, and ports, dazzle oenophiles. To sip artisan reds, grape grapplers flock to historic downtown Carlton, where a restored 1915 creamery hosts intimate tastings.
A 10-minute drive south transports visitors to Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, home to more than 200 aircraft and exhibits including the original Spruce Goose, constructed almost entirely of wood due to a wartime restriction on metals and a surplus of tongue depressors. After sating aviation-based curiosity, sightseers can slip down 10 waterslides in the educational water park, partake in interactive exhibits, or catch flicks at the six-story 3-D IMAX theater.
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