Willamette Valley Retreat with Wine Researcher & Anthropologist Deborah Heath

Participants are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

What happens when you join Lewis & Clark curiosity, the best Pinot you have ever tasted, the beauty of the Willamette Valley, and the vibe of McMenamins, with the passion and innovation of LC faculty and alumni? It’s a retreat like you have never taken before!

Go “back to school” with a glass of wine in one hand or a pint of beer in the other (or both). Relax, unwind, learn, and enjoy the company of friends you have yet to meet.

Dates: Afternoon of Thursday, August 26th through the morning of Sunday, August 29th, 2021. 

Included: Three nights lodging; breakfast each morning, two lunches, two special dinners, and happy hour; wine-tasting fees; transportation to wineries and meals. A variety of educational sessions.


  • $1,590 per person in a double room
  • $1,956 per person in a single room

Priceless - Good company and conversations at meals and wine-tasting with alumni experts, current & retired faculty, and fellow parents and alumni.


  • Uncork insights into the Oregon wine industry with wine researcher and Anthropologist (and recently retired Lewis & Clark professor) Deborah Heath. She’ll guide us on a journey for our body, mind, and spirit as we hear from local experts about their passion and craft.
  • Enjoy wine-tasting experiences in small groups curated by Carrie Wynkoop ’99, owner of Cellar 503 recently featured in Forbes for organizing Pour Oregon. Linger, enjoy lunch, celebrate with dinner, and take in all the beauty and abundance the region has to offer.
  • Pause and enjoy everything from relaxing in the outdoor soaking pool, indulging in a treatment at Ruby’s spa, or discovering the unique and historical artwork found throughout the Grand Lodge property. Perhaps you’ll even meet the Lavender Lady, whose spirit is said to dance through the halls late at night.
  • Sip your favorite pinot or Oregon craft beer with Lewis & Clark faculty, alumni, and parents on a perfect summer night and hear from LC President Wim Wiewel.

Tentative Schedule (may be modified as itinerary evolves):

Thursday 8/26

  • Morning and early afternoon - See Suggested Activities Below
  • 3:00 pm - Check-in, explore grounds, enjoy one of many bars, restaurants, activities
  • 5:00 pm - Kick-off Session - Panel Discussion regarding Willamette Valley Wine. Moderated by Wine Researcher and Anthropologist Deborah Heath, featuring the founder of Cellar 503 Carrie Wynkoop, and other local experts and alumni vintners
  • 6:30 pm - Welcome Dinner 
  • 8:30 pm - Evening activities at the Grand Lodge

Friday 8/27

  • 7:30 am to 9:30 am - Breakfast Available
  • 9:00 am - Andrew Beckham, “Amphora: Art & Wine”
  • 10:00 am - Carrie Wynkoop & Panelists “Climate Change and Impact on Wine in Willamette Valley”
  • 10:00 am - Educational session TBD
  • 11:00 am - Deborah Heath, “Biodynamic Wine” (and tasting) 
  • Noon - Vans depart in small groups (8 to 12) to wineries
  • 11:30 am to 1:00 pm - Lunch available at the Grand Lodge
  • 2:30 pm - Visit to 2nd winery
  • 4:30 pm - Return to the Grand Lodge
  • Evening - Dinner on your own. Great local restaurants to explore in Yamhill and Washington County, or at the Grand Lodge. We will have some small group reservations available to sign-up for those interested
  • Late Night - Enjoy the bars and activities at the Grand Lodge

Saturday 8/28

  • 7:30 am to 9:30 am - Breakfast Available 
  • 9:00 am - Michael Alberty & Daena Goldsmith, Associate Dean of Lewis & Clark, “An Interview with Wine Writer for The Oregonian newspaper”.
  • 10:00 am - TBD, “Migrant workers and Wine production in Willamette Valley”
  • 10:00 am - Jerusha Detweiler-Bedell, Professor of Psychology, and Director of Center for Community and Global Health, “Mental Health and Wellness coming out of a Pandemic”
  • 11:00 am - Brian Detweiler-Bedell, Professor of Psychology, Director of the Bates Center for Entrepreneurship and Leadership, and Co-Owner of Portland brewery West Coast Grocery Company “Four Brewing Traditions: History and Tasting of Pilsner, Saison, Stout, and IPA”
  • 11:30 am to 1:00 pm - Lunch available at the Grand Lodge
  • 1:00 pm - Visit to 3rd local winery
  • 3:00 pm - Visit to 4th local winery
  • 7:00 pm - Transportation to special Farewell Dinner off-site at a local winery
  • Late Night - Enjoy the bars and activities at the Grand Lodge

Sunday 8/29

  • Morning - Breakfast available at all restaurants on-site serving breakfast.
  • 11:00 am - Check-out
  • Upon Departure - See Suggested Activities Below

Register here!

Suggested Activities:

From Portland to the Grand Lodge:

  • Side-trip to the Oregon Coast (suggested itinerary tba)
  • On the way from Portland visit Beckham Estates (details tba)
  • On the way from Portland visit Rex Hill Winery (details tba)

From the Grand Lodge to Portland:

  • On the way to Portland visit Rex Hill Winery (details tba)
  • On the way to Portland visit Beckham Estates (details tba)
  • Side-trip to the Oregon Coast (suggested itinerary tba)

Educational Sessions:

The program is still being developed, but here are some examples of topics under consideration. A number of these or related topics of interest will be offered.

  • Oregon Wine 101
  • Impacts of climate change on the region’s wine
  • Economics of wine, somewhere between delicious and fine wine
  • Other related wine topics, relevant to the region.
  • A liberal arts major turned wine-maker


McMenamins Grand Lodge is a 3-star hotel located in Forest Grove, OR. This funky former Masonic & Eastern Star property is peppered with unique rooms, restaurants, a spa, and free outdoor music on Thursdays and Fridays in the summertime. Located in the heart of Oregon’s wine country, guests have the option to rejuvenate at the saltwater soaking pool, get a massage at Ruby’s spa, or discover nearby Hagg Lake for fishing and boat rentals. To top it off, it’s just an hour’s drive from the Grand Lodge to the Oregon coast.

Questions, contact Andrew McPheeters, Associate Vice President of Alumni and Parent Engagement at: mcpheete@lclark.edu or 503-768-7936.

Keynote Speaker: Professor Deborah Heath, anthropologist, and wine researcher.