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Surprising Discoveries in Oregon's Yamhill County

Find great dining and a giant airplane in McMinnville, one of the liveliest burgs in western Willamette Valley

Long before Oregon Pinot Noir had achieved minor cult status, vintners would routinely meet around the wooden tables at Nick's Italian Cafe in McMinnville to quaff wine, sup garlicky minestrone, and swap news. These days there's a choice of watering holes in what's become the liveliest burg in the westernWillametteValley. Taste away in the historic downtown, then venture to the small town's fringe to see the world's biggest wooden airplane.

At the Evergreen Aviation Museum check out wings like the AT-6 Texan then hit the museum's new tasting room for some Evergreen Vineyards Spruce Goose wine and juice.

GETTING THERE

McMinnville is about 36 miles southwest ofPortland. From I-5, take exit 289 and follow Tualatin- Sherwood Rd., then turn south on State 99W; drive about 25 miles, then turn east on N.E. Third St. to get downtown.

EAT

Bistro Maison Cassoulet to croque monsieur, served in a cozy vintage home. INFO: $$$; closed Mon-Tue;729 N.E. Third St.; 503/474-1888.

Nick's Italian Cafe Prix-fixe dinners served on mismatched plates and paired with an extensive wine list. INFO: $$$; closed Mon;521 N.E. Third St.; 503/434-4471.

Red Fox Bakery Choose from the always-changing chalkboard menu. Come early for artisanal breads, pastries, and pizzas, plus eggs Benedict in the a.m., then return for Spanish tuna salad on multigrain bread for lunch. INFO: $; closed Mon;328 E. Evans St.; 503/434-5098. 

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The McMinnville Downtown Association works to promote and enhance our historic downtown as the economic, social and cultural heart of the community.

Upcoming Events

May

02

Downtown businesses are offering great specials, exclusive previews, trunk shows and drawings.  The Goodwill Ambassadors will be handing out carnations to the first 300 moms, beginning at 1:00 at the US Bank Plaza (3rd and Davis St).

May

04

Monday, May 4, 2015 6:00 - 9:00 pm McMinnville Grand Ballroom 325 NE Third St, McMinnville, Oregon Honoring Tom Tankersley • Man of the Year Jody Christensen • Woman of the Year Zack Geary • Junior Citizen Reid Kimura • Outstanding Young Educator Barbara Boyer• Outstanding Young Farmer Keynote Speaker • Rosemari Davis   $35 in advance or $40 at the door No ...

May

15

Each year in May, downtown McMinnville is "visited" in a cosmic sense. Beings from other galaxies walk the street during the second largest UFO celebration in the country.  Partake in a parade, enjoy live entertainment, watch the pet costume contest and peruse vendor booths over this two day festival. McMenamins Hotel Oregon will also be hosting live speakersm music and more! Visit ...

May

16

2015 Alien Abduction Dash! Saturday, May 16, 2015 Run, dash, crawl and leap to the finish line in this fun and uber exciting fun 1 mile fun run! Registration is $12.00 and begins at 11:30am at the corner of Third and Davis street in downtown McMinnville Race begins at 12:00pm! Race starts and finishes at US Bank Plaza on the corner of 3rd and Davis Street.
US Bank Plaza
US Bank Plaza

May

21

2015 Market opens Thursday, May 21 and runs through Oct. 8. Hours: 1:00pm to 6pmThe Market is set up on NE Cowls between 2nd and 3rd St.
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