A charming downtown district and a central location near wineries make McMinnville a perfect weekend retreat destination.
With a long day of wine tasting and vineyard touring ahead, the first stop in the morning is for a hearty breakfast and coffee in downtown McMinnville. Find classic American dishes and a warm atmosphere at Community Plate. If you’re just looking for coffee and a pastry to fuel you, Red Fox Bakery has sweet morning treats made with local ingredients.
After that, spend time getting to know downtown. The charming blocks, especially Third Street, are lined with independent shops and small businesses such as Third Street Books and Yamhill Valley Dry Goods. Make your way to McMinnville’s Saturday Market, which is open year-round and showcases local farmers and vendors.
When it’s time to head to wine country, not-to-miss wineries and vineyards include Youngberg Hill and Coeur de Terre Vineyard. Both offer generous tastings with stunning views of vineyards and mountains. If you’re with a group, consider opting for a guided tour. In addition to having a knowledgeable guide show you the ins and outs of winemaking, there’s no arguing over who will serve as the designated driver. Insiders Wine Tour and A Vineyard Wine Tour are both based in McMinnville.
Once you’ve gotten your fill of tastings, head back to town for your dinner reservation. Thistle is a fine dining restaurant with an ever-changing menu based on the seasons. For the adventurous foodies, opt for the Chef’s Whim, a one-of-a-kind menu prepared each night by the chef.
For a lighter breakfast this morning, try Flag and Wire Coffee.
If you’re traveling with a family, kids will enjoy the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum. With airplanes, spacecraft, a 3D theater, indoor educational waterpark and the Spruce Goose on site, families will be entertained for hours.
One of the best parts about touring wine country is that you often don’t have to travel far for a phenomenal glass of wine. In downtown McMinnville, there are eleven tasting rooms within walking distance where you can try wine by the flight. Don’t leave before visiting The Eyrie Vineyards and R. Stuart & Co.
For a casual lunch, Peirano & Daughters market is a popular deli with creative sandwiches, sides and snacks, as well as a popular happy hour.
On your way out of town, hopefully with a few bottles stowed, be sure to stop at a local farm stand, such as Draper Farms or Farmer John’s Produce and Nursery, for a traveling snack of fresh, locally grown produce.