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May 1, 2004
Outside Magazine
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Cherry Hill Vineyard
Rickreall, Oregon
Budding "pinophiles," as owners Jan and Mike Sweeney dub them, will love walking the 55 acres of pinot noir vines on Cherry Hill Vineyard's 150-acre estate in the Willamette Valley, near Salem.
Prime Time: Spring and fall
Haute Adventure: Cherry Hill's Wine Camp isn't like anything you remember from summer camp—instead of spinning the bottle, you'll focus on what goes into it. Come here for a few days to crush grape samples for analysis in the lab or fill barrels with the grape juice that yields Cherry Hill's light-bodied red wine. Or arrange for a private wine tutorial.
Sleep Easy: Unwind in a rocking chair on the front porch of one of the six log cabins or enjoy the cocktail hour in the farm-style dining hall. Pacific Northwest wine-country meals include entrées such as hazelnut chicken with berry sauce.
Where to Play: Fly-fish for steelhead in the Santiam River, 20 minutes away; hike the foothills of the Cascades, a half-hour drive; or ride a bike around to other vineyards to taste yet more wine. Cherry Hill will pack your lunch.
Details: Doubles cost $250 per night, including meals. (503-623-7867,

Hollister Hill Farm
Marshfield, Vermont
The velvety green hills of Vermont's Winooski River Valley and the family-oriented Hollister Hill Farm offer a panacea for those weary of blaring horns and the latest Dow reports.

Prime Time: Summer and fall
Haute Adventure: There's no shortage of options: Tap maple trees, gather duck eggs, preserve fruits and vegetables, feed the animals, or even muck stalls, if that's your thing. Bob and Lee Light's 204-acre farm produces sustainably raised beefalo (a cow-buffalo hybrid), poultry, and pork, all sold at the farm shop.
Sleep Easy: Three bright farmhouse rooms and a suite have queen beds, private baths, and a fireplace or sauna.
Where to Play: After eating Lee's breakfasts—like cornmeal cheddar pancakes with Hollister Hill's own bacon—postpone the inevitable food coma by hiking and biking the trails on the farm or fishing and swimming in lakes nearby.
Details: Doubles cost $90–$100 per night; the suite costs $135–$150. (802-454-7725,