Friday, 2. July 2010 12:22
This is a little late, but I wanted to share with everyone how wonderful my first trip to the Douro region was! This year we fit in one night up north in Pinhão, in the breath-takingly beautiful river valley and it was just enough to whet my appetite for another, more extensive trip!
We stayed at the most amazing “quinta” (Portuguese vineyard) converted into a hotel. The CS Vintage House Hotel was beautiful and immaculately run. Rooms were plush with all modern amenities but an old world feel. Afternoon cocktails on the patio with fantastic views of the river and the dry heat of the valley was über relaxing.
That night we had dinner at Portugal’s only 2 star Michellin rated restaurant and one of my all time favorirtes, DOC. The menu was superb and showcased the regions wonderful local delicacies and, obviously, had an outstanding wine list. Set on the Douro, the views were spectacular and it was a complete sensory experience.
The next morning (after a terrific night’s sleep on heavenly mattresses), we walked into the quaint little town and had a simple lunch of local, traditional food. After that, we stopped in at the hotel’s wine shop and got some wonderful bottles for friends and headed out.
All in all it was a fantastic trip and I would recommend it to anyone. As someone who’s been to Portugal my whole life and traveled the country from north to south, this trip was one of my absolute favorites. Meandering through the valley to reach the hotel was spectacular and, alone, worth the ride. Hope you all consider for a trip in the near future…you won’t be disappointed!!
Hotel: CS Vintage House Hotel