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Oregon's Favorite Main Street

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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.


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.


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.

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

Upcoming Events



Come join us for an informative talk about initiatives affecting the downtown over breakfast! 





Please spread the health: The SNACK Program, Yamhill County Health Department, and Oregon Oral Health Coalition are co-hosting Toothtastic Vax-A-Palooza, a dental screening and immunization clinic for kids and families in Yamhill County. The event will take place on Friday October 28th from 2-7 PM at the Public Health Department (412 NE Ford Street). This is a great opportunity to get up to date on ...



"Night at the Museum" Halloween Trick or Treat at the Yamhill Valley Heritage Center Museum! Trick or Treat at the museum where history comes alive!  (Not super scary, but children must be accompanied by an adult.) FREE admission with food donation to YCAP.  For more information please visit: or call 503-434-0490 Yamhill Valley heritage Center 11275 ...



What would Halloween be without costumes and treats?!



The Yamhill County Historical Society presents a special Veteran's Day display.  Come Tour a special exhibit honoring the Veterans of Yamhill county and our community!  November 11th & 12th from 10 am - 3pm.  Free admission! Donations gratefully accepted.  For more Information, please visit: or call: 971-570-2664



Saturday and Sunday, November 19 and 20

11 am to 5 pm



Doors open at 5:30 pm, Music at 6:30 pm

Saturday, November 19



Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 25, 26 & 27

11am to 5 pm



Start the holiday off right with Santa's Parade in downtown McMinnville!



Support your local businesses by participating in Small Business Saturday! Head downtown on Saturday, November 28th to check out some great deals and sales.



Course: Verbal excellence (Leading - Persuading - Defusing)

When: 12/09/16 8:00am - 4:00pm

Where: Riley Hall, room 201 at Linfield College

Cost: $99

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