Tiny Travels: Put a bird (or several) on it at this great winery

Most visitors head straight for the tasting room at Winter’s Hill Estate Winery, a boutique family operation set in a protected hill deep in the Red Hills viticulture area. But today, I’m headed with owner Emily Gladhart past the din and churn of a just-started harvest into the woods: A native oak savanna flush with…

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BC Living: Wine Down With a Weekend Getaway to McMinnville

“You don’t know anyone there, yet you feel like you know everyone.  This is the overall vibe of McMinnville, a 1900s throwback town bursting with personality—and great Pinot. Nestled in the heart of Oregon wine country, McMinnville is home to over 35,000 warmhearted characters from all walks of life, and over 200 award-winning wineries that…

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Tiny Travels: 7 Ways a Tiny Wine Country Town is Saving Summer

Small towns slay the sweaty summer doldrums. Don’t believe me? In Oregon wine country, it’s actually possible to fill all those late sunsets with every kind of party and none of the hassle. With a scene set for late-night strolls, nightlife that is just happening enough, and spaces meant to maximize the easy living of…

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A Day in the Life: McMinnville Farmers Market

  It’s Wednesday morning at 7:30am, the day is already heating up and the air is full of the smell of warm grass. My employee and I are filling wash tubs in the still-chilly barn and counting out twist ties, preparing to start harvest for the McMinnville Farmers Market the following day. We pick huge…

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McMinnville: Best Small Towns in Oregon to Visit

Enjoy the summertime pull of Oregon’s small towns – McMinnville made the list!  Thanks, Thrillist, for the mention. “McMinnville’s well-preserved brick structures built between 1885 and 1912 add an element of small-town charm not found elsewhere. And the Historic District will be your go-to for all of your said charm finding needs…” Read the full…

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Where Will You Be on August 21?

On the morning of August 21 at 10:20am, you’d better be ready for a trip to the dark side.  Oregon will be treated to a once in several-lifetimes event – a total solar eclipse.  During this rare event, the eclipse can be seen through the entirety of North America, which it will travel through in…

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Tiny Travels: Southwest McMinnville is a day date sweet spot

Date nights are overrated. The dinner prep for the kids, the meticulous primping, the guilt of staying out somewhere even though it’s 8:37 p.m. and I am begging to go home already. You know what’s better? Day dates. Actually doing something with long-term partners that doesn’t involve sitting. Working alongside each other. Being out together,…

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Tiny Travels: The best travel guide in Oregon wine country has four legs

Most horses can sense your relative ease or total incompetence and will carry you accordingly, but Gracie isn’t one of those horses. A chestnut-colored, flat-shod Tennessee walking horse who has been carrying visitors into the Dundee Hills AVA for over a decade, she’s got the breed’s trademark calm, its sure-footed legs and smooth stride. In other…

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