Travel writer Kay Kingsman, based in Portland, included Bells Up in “Road Tripper’s Guide To The Portland Region,” a travel itinerary featured by Travel Oregon. Kingsman, the voice behind The Awkward Traveller blog where she often recounts her hilariously embarrassing adventures abroad, also uses her platform to provide tips and information to make travel more accessible and attainable. She’s also been featured in Forbes, Buzzfeed and Dame Traveler.
In the Travel Oregon Guide, she notes the broad diversity of attractions and picturesque sites in the region. Kingsman recommends visitors seeking to visit waterfalls, hike mountains, spot whales, and sample wines consider staying centrally in downtown Portland, then visiting key areas by car.
“Parts of the Oregon Coast, the Willamette Valley and the Columbia River Gorge region are within an hour or two of Portland. So if you want to explore the broad diversity of attractions and landscapes Oregon has to offer — but don’t quite want a long road trip — you can still experience the best of all worlds by making your base camp in downtown Portland,” she writes.
Not only does she touch on places to dine and visit in downtown Portland, Kingsman also highlights some great spots in the Columbia River Gorge, the Oregon Coast, and the Willamette Valley. She adds: “Vino lovers will enjoy sampling some of Oregon’s finest wines at Bells Up Winery.”
Who are we to argue? After hunting her down to say thank you, it turns out we hosted her a few years ago (she didn’t reveal her line of work!) and we stood out in her memory as a unique experience with a great view and tasty wines. So, of course, we invited her back!
When was the last time you experienced wines poured by the winemaker? Book a tasting hosted by Dave by calling the winery at 503-537-1328 and Sara will get you booked in to the next available slot.