Most people know of a special little place where they can escape for a few hours to enjoy great food, local vintage wine, and admire beautiful works of art. In Baker City, Oregon, that place is called Earth & Vine.
Earth & Vine is a beautifully decorated wine bar and art gallery that is located at 2001 Washington Avenue in the historic district of downtown Baker City.
On July 13, Owner Mary Stevenson took me on a special tour inside Earth & Vine and talked about her business and some of the artwork she has on display.
Stevenson has operated Earth & Vine for 3-½ years and was the recipient of the 2010 Entrepreneur of the Year award from the Baker County Chamber of Commerce.
The physical location of Earth & Vine has also seen a number of small businesses come and go before its arrival. In the past, the location has been a woman’s hat shop, a framing gallery and a professional office space.
The original windows that were part of the location were very large and wide, but when it became a professional office, the windows were switched with smaller ones that were tinted and very dark.
However, after Stevenson decided to move her business into the space, she replaced all of the small windows with the original larger ones.
The large windows now provide a magnificent amount of natural light, which attract customers who enjoy watching the weather while sipping wine, eating lunch and/or admiring original pieces of art.
The art that is currently on display inside Earth & Vine consits mostly of glass pieces, batik paintings, artistic photographs and metal sculptures created by Oregonian artists who live in Baker City, La Grande or Ontario.
Some of the artists include Batik artists Denise Stone and Sue Orlaske, glass artists Cassidy Pennington and E'J Weber, photographer Carol Coble and metal artist Patricia Young.
In addition to representing the work of local and regional artists, Earth & Vine also proudly offers a nice selection of beer and wine made near Baker City.
One such winery is in the Keating Valley area in Baker County. Earth & Vine is carrying the first release of their new wine labeled “Mother Lode”, which comes in pinot, rosé, and reserve flavors.
Earth & Vine also carries a selection of wines that are from local wineries in Cove, Oregon and Caldwell, Idaho.
If your stomach is growling for some hearty sustenance, Earth & Vine offers a wide selection of gourmet sandwiches and salads with daily lunch and diner specials. It also has a nice brunch that is available on the weekends, including live music from local musicians on Friday nights.
Also, if you have a sweet tooth, you can satisfy it at Earth & Vine by eating a delicious slice of regular cake or cheese cake that is made by Sweet Wife Baking, which is a bakery located in Baker City.
On the surface, Earth & Vine might seem like a typical wine bar, art gallery and café all rolled into one. However, after spending some time talking to Stevenson about all she does as an entrepreneur to support local area wineries, artists, musicians and connoisseurs, you start to realize how important and special Earth & Vine is to Baker City.
However, don't just take my word for it. Watch and listen as Stevenson talks about Earth & Vine on a video clip that I recorded during my tour. See the amazing art pieces that are on display and learn more about this charming and quant little place that truly represents the heart and soul of creativity, wine and food.
Please click on the link below to watch my 5-minute video clip on YouTube.
A Peak Inside Earth & Vine