Tiny Travels: In the deep grey of Winter, poet Mary Oliver is all the travel inspiration you need

Here’s something we don’t talk about enough as inspiration for making a travel a part of our everyday life: Poetry. The right, perfectly timed poem can set me on my way like nothing else.

I was reminded of this recently when I had one of those sweet Oregon winter moments when a flock of Canada Dusky … [Read more] Why McMinnville Makes For The Perfect Getaway

From “An easy hour’s drive south of Portland will lead you to an impossibly charming town – Third Street is so picturesque, it could easily double as a movie backdrop – that also boasts big city perks and amenities.”

Read Katie Chang’s recommendation for a full weekend of wine country exploration here!

Tiny Travels: McMinnville has much to sing about while shopping for holiday magic

When I think about Christmas in McMinnville it feels like opening an advent calendar, each little window a surprise tableaux of tiny festivities – a lit candle, a perfectly hung wreath, a shopkeeper reaching across a counter with a just-wrapped package, people snug in their winter coats, a simple child’s toy framed with a sprig … [Read more]

McMinnville Named Best US Foodie Destination by

“Third Street is a rich snapshot of the valley’s fresh flavors and culinary expertise. Our favorite McMinnville eateries share this thoroughfare with many of the region’s top wineries.”

Thanks,!  Read the full writeup, with suggestions for great places to experience McMinnville’s foodie culture, right here.

Tiny Travels: The Five People You Meet in McMinnville

I say it every time I meet someone new in this small wine country town with a name that sounds like it’s from a different century:

There are only five people to meet in McMinnville.

I say five people not to minimize the contributions of the thousands that live here but to show the impact of small … [Read more]

Farm to Table the Whole Year Round

As the days shorten and grow cooler and the flames of fall color light up the hills around us, we are still keeping busy at Even Pull Farm. Our fields are full of hearty greens, leeks, root veggies, and lettuces in beautiful shades of green, blue, purple, and red. We spend our days on a … [Read more]

Tiny Travels: The wine country detective gets the dirt on Terroir

Tiny Travels McMinnvilleThere are some searches that take over a man. Some ideas that grab him by the neck and don’t let go. For me, it’s always been that elusive culprit that goes by the street name of Terroir. He’s there lurking in the diurnal shifts of … [Read more]

Vancouver Sun: Oregon Road Trip – Take the Slow Road

“With 200 wineries within a 30-minute drive it’s tough to decide on where to taste… As we gazed over acres of vineyards, heard nothing but songbirds, and tucked into our picnic with a gorgeous Pinot noir, all was right with the world.”

Thanks to Jane Mundy at the Vancouver Sun for this fun piece on taking your … [Read more]

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 … [Read more]

Tiny Travels: In Oregon’s foodie capital, second is the best place to be

tiny travels mcminnville oregonWhen I read on my computer screen that Bounty of the County, Susan Sokol Blosser’s fundraiser for the Yamhill Enrichment Society, got named second best general food festival in the United States, I cheered. I texted … [Read more]

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 personalityand 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 … [Read more]

Food & Wine Magazine: Where to Eat & Drink in the Willamette Valley

“Drive … to McMinnville, Willamette’s most bustling wine town…”

We couldn’t agree more!  Check out Ray Isle’s full suggested itinerary and McMinnville spots not to miss at his piece in Food & Wine here.

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

Live Music in McMinnville OregonSmall 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 … [Read more]

A Day in the Life: McMinnville Farmers Market


McMinnville Farmers MarketIt’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 … [Read more]

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 … [Read more]

Where Will You Be on August 21?

Eclipse Path McMinnville OregonOn 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 … [Read more]

Tiny Travels: Southwest McMinnville is a day date sweet spot

Tiny Travels SW McMinnville OregonDate 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 … [Read more]

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

Tiny Travels McMinnville OregonMost 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 … [Read more]

The McMinnville AVA: A detective mystery

Tiny Travels McMinnville OregonIt just so happens I’m in the travel detective business. It’s bad business to have an American Viticulture Area (AVA) right in your backyard that you don’t know. It’s like a clue hiding in plain sight.  From what I’m hearing on the … [Read more]

Planning a Dreamy Wine Country Wedding in McMinnville Oregon

If you’re looking for a romantic setting for a wedding, then one in wine country makes perfect sense. I’m planning my wedding abroad in the fall but being so far away from where all your wedding vendors are can sometimes lead to missing out on learning about the little details. I spent the day with … [Read more]

McMinnville featured in Sunset Magazine

“Even serious enophiles describe Oregon wines with one word: Willamette. And one grape: Pinot Noir. It’s understandable. The Pinots produced in places like McMinn­ville and Dundee are among the very best in the world. The beauty of the Willamette Valley is that you can get lost on the backcountry roads but always find a good … [Read more]

Family Winemakers Tasting Loop: Tasting for a Cause

Special tasting experiences where the fees are donated 100% to a local charity

Willamette Valley, Oregon: Who are we and what is this tasting loop? We are a small group of wineries where the family are both the owners and the winemakers, who have joined together to offer special ‘in the loop’ tasting experiences to benefit charity. … [Read more]

Recipe for a Family Spring Breakation in Oregon Wine Country

TinyTravelsMarch17This recipe has been in my family since my kids started going to school. I tend to whip it out a few days before the fortuitous calamity of Spring Break takes hold: one week of no-school, with its free-form days, lingering cabin fever and dreary, unpredictable Oregon … [Read more]

Travel and Art: Connecting to the Larger Whole

Art is often thought of as stationary – paintings, sculptures, statues.  But of course, it is often much more experiential (think literary readings, dance, or live theater), and can be more of a direct interaction between the artist and the individual experiencing the art.

Travel and art share a lot in common.  Traveling to a new … [Read more]

McMinnville Wineries Featured in

Local faves R. Stuart & Co. Winery and Wine Bar, Goodfellow Family Cellars, and more are highlighted in Forbes by Brian Freedman, who writes that he visited Oregon recently “to explore the wines of the Willamette Valley, and in particular those being produced in McMinnville. I … [Read more]

McMinnville’s 3rd Street: Best Main Street in the West by Sunset Magazine

McMinnville’s 3rd Street is Sunset Magazine‘s “Best Main Street in the West!”  McMinnville received a callout in the February issue of Sunset, as well as on the Sunset website, which features Visit McMinnville’s submitted video.  

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Tiny Travels McMinnville OregonFor a Galentine’s Day retreat in Oregon wine country, these places shine

The first rule of Galentine’s Day is you have to talk about Galentine’s Day. As in, what the heck is it, why should I participate in this made-up holiday, and what’s the real … [Read more]

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Local Flow McMinnville OregonWine country detox: If health is your goal and travel your game, try these places

Health and travel. Could there be any more mutually exclusive pursuits? It’s like saying you want to pray to Bachhus and Panacea at the same time, you … [Read more]

Atticus Hotel Plans Unveiled

Atticus Hotel McMinnville Oregon Drawing by Nathan Cooprider LLC

Locally-Owned, Oregon-Inspired Luxury Hotel to be Built in Downtown McMinnville
36-Room, full-service hotel set to open in Spring 2018

McMinnville, Ore. (January 24, 2017) The Atticus Hotel, a new locally-owned, Oregon inspired luxury hotel, is set to break ground … [Read more]

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Tiny Travels McMinnvilleStrolling solves everything

Walking through McMinnville at this time of year is like strolling a tunnel of love and light. Everything’s all sparkly, dark and sweet, and there is this feeling in the air that everyone around you has made it their task to give it the … [Read more]

Unwind in Wine Country: A Spa Day in McMinnville

Urban Bliss Salon Spa McMinnville Oregon Urbanbliss Salon Spa

Vacationing in McMinnville?  Start your day with wine tasting, and end it with a relaxing pedicure with friends.  Are you sore from logging too many miles on your road bike? There’s nothing quite like a deep … [Read more]

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Tiny Travels Gallery at Ten Oaks McMinnville OregonThe best place to go in McMinnville after the election

This is my gift to you: a story about a place where you can spend time with an artist’s view of our world. In what feels like a season … [Read more]

5 Ways to Discover Willamette Valley Wine Country by The Oregonian

The Eyrie Vineyards tasting room and winery in McMinnville as featured in this piece by The Oregonian:

“Where history was made: The Eyrie Vineyards. This is where it all began…” – Read the full article here!

12 Places to Stay in Wine Country by The Oregonian

The Joseph Mattey House, 3rd Street Flats, Youngberg Hill Inn, and McMenamins Hotel Oregon were all featured in this great piece by The Oregonian:

“There is no shortage of beautiful places to stay in Oregon wine country. Dozens of B&Bs dot the hills of Willamette Valley, classy hotels rule the cities, … [Read more]

Smack in the Middle: Strolling McMinnville is a trip through the heart of wine country

The Oregon Wine Press features McMinnville as the heart of Oregon Wine Country in this piece by Ryan Stevens:

“Wine aficionados, beer lovers and foodies alike have discovered a farm-to-table pilgrimage destination in McMinnville. Home to a bounty of tasting rooms and wine bars, serious breweries — yes, there are three — gourmet restaurants and … [Read more]

McMinnville Wine Walk: Activities for Thanksgiving Weekend by Statesman Journal

Thanks to the Statesman Journal for featuring Ellen Brittan of Brittan Vineyards, who suggests checking out the McMinnville Wine Walk:

“We just launched the McMinnville wine walk, where you get a passport from a participating vineyard or, and it gives you a map and the opportunity to walk and try various wineries … [Read more]

Oregon’s Willamette Valley Wins Wine Enthusiast’s Wine Star Award for “Wine Region of the Year”

Portland, Ore. (November 10, 2016) – Today, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, an esteemed, internationally-recognized wine publication for oenophiles, announced Oregon’s Willamette Valley as its 2016 Wine Region of the Year for its annual Wine Star Awards.

The Wine Star Awards are viewed as some of the most influential in the wine industry.  Each year since 2000, the … [Read more]

Thanksgiving Weekend in the Heart of Oregon Wine Country

Thanksgiving Weekend is a special time in McMinnville.  Wineries open their doors with special wines and offerings, restaurants offer seasonal dishes, retail shops celebrate the season, and did we mention the day-after-Thanksgiving parade with Santa?

Below are McMinnville area winery events during Thanksgiving Weekend (for more details on events and special offerings, click on the … [Read more]

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McMinnville Oregon Tiny Travels Oak Savanna

The perfect time to hike an Oregon oak savanna is now

The landscapes of postcards and the landscapes of the heart are not always one in the same.

This idea took hold of me this year just as the … [Read more]

Willamette Valley Nominated for Wine Enthusiast Award

Willamette Valley Wine Enthusiast Star Award

Oregon’s Willamette Valley Nominated for Wine Enthusiast’s Prestigious 2016 Wine Star Award for “Wine Region of the Year”

Portland, Ore. – Just over fifty years ago, David Lett, founder of The Eyrie Vineyards, planted the Willamette Valley’s first Pinot noir. Others soon … [Read more]

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McMinnville Oregon Tiny TravelsWith small town baked goods, a delicate dance in scarcity

When you live in a place long enough, perhaps you, too might start to set your watch by an intimate knowledge of when your favorite dessert is made.  

It’s been the … [Read more]

12th Annual Oregon Truffle Festival in McMinnville – January 2017


The premiere celebration of native truffles in the U.S. will host Harold McGee and … [Read more]

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McMinnville Tiny TravelsConfessions of a Closet Cruise Director

There’s this thing that happens when people visit my family in McMinnville. The second I learn someone I know is coming to town it is as if invisible hands have tied a short navy scarf around my neck and I … [Read more]

McMinnville Wine Walk on

Thanks to Erin from for checking out the McMinnville Wine Walk:

“I was blown away by how many tasting rooms there are. They’ve got more than 20 all within walking distance of the downtown area. Turns out my preconceived notion that tasting rooms are boring and not that pretty is very wrong…”  … [Read more]

Mixing with Wine: Wine Cocktails that Go Beyond the Spritzer by Portland Mercury

Lush Life: Mixing with Wine – Wine Cocktails that Go Beyond the Spritzer

MJ Skegg of the Portland Mercury touts that:

“…wine cocktails can taste as complex as those made with hard liquor—even the derided spritzer has its place (it’s widespread in hot European countries). Wine purists who cry that such concoctions degrade the integrity of the … [Read more]

McMinnville Wine Walk App Now Live!

Wine Walk McMinnville OregonLast month, the city of McMinnville, Oregon launched their Wine Walk Passport, a new way for visitors to track their McMinnville winery tastings. As of mid-July, wine lovers will be able to download the Wine Walk smartphone app on both iPhone and Android … [Read more]

Long Weekend in Oregon Wine Country – 3 Days of Food & Wine in McMinnville

Summertime and the livin’ is easy – or at least, a little more lax than normal, especially in McMinnville, the heart of Oregon wine country.  Skip out of that Friday staff meeting, make your lodging reservations, and hit the road.  McMinnville’s fine dining, award winning wineries, and fantastic shopping along … [Read more]

10 Small Cities with World-Class Food Scenes by

10 Small Cities with World-Class Food Scenes

Andy Kryza of names McMinnville, Oregon one of his fave food scenes in the US:

“The cities on this list — all with populations of fewer than 100,000 — prove that you don’t need silly things like “public transit” and “the need to lock your door at night” … [Read more]

Top 7 Summer Events Not to Miss in McMinnville, Oregon

Things to do in McMinnville this Summer. You won’t want to miss these top McMinnville Events!

Summer in the Heart of Oregon Wine Country means just one thing: it’s time to hop in the car and get down to McMinnville, Oregon (less than an hour SW of Portland)! You’ll find plenty of things to do including delectable … [Read more]

Bounty of Yamhill County: Eat, Drink & Celebrate with McMinnville Wineries, Restaurants & Farms

Bounty of Yamhill County (BOYC) is more than just a three-day food and wine show — it’s a culinary celebration of our vibrant community of famous wineries, celebrated chefs, and sustainable family farms in the McMinnville, Oregon area happening every August.  In 2015, Bounty of Yamhill County placed #2 in USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ … [Read more]

Why Are You Waiting in Line for Brunch? McMinnville Restaurants Serve Up Weekend Brunch

Brunching in the Pacific NW is basically a new sporting event, if you’ve ever had to face the throngs of crowds that gather early on weekend mornings at restaurants in cities like Portland and Seattle. But we all know that a game of patience is not easily played on an uncaffeinated brain or empty stomach. … [Read more]

5 Wine Regions Worth a Trip This Spring by Food & Wine Magazine

Explore The Recently-Launched Willamette Valley to Walla Walla Wine Trail

Rachel Signer of Food & Wine Magazine recommends her top spots and events in McMinnville, Oregon:

“Consider timing your trip to Oregon to coincide with the International Pinot Noir Celebration, which takes place at the end of July in the heart of Oregon’s Willamette Valley, the … [Read more]

14 Standout Restaurants in Willamette Valley Wine Country

Standout Restaurants in Willamette Valley Wine Country

Mattie John Bamman recommends his top picks for outstanding places to eat in McMinnville and the surrounding area.  Congrats to the restaurants in McMinnville who made this list!

“With one of the greatest fine wine regions in the world less than an hour away, it’d be kinda lame to ignore it, … [Read more]

Top Drinks in McMinnville That Aren’t Wine

There’s no question that McMinnville Oregon is a destination for wine lovers looking to situate themselves in the middle of Pinot noir paradise, but can one live on wine alone? (Answer: of course!) But, for those in need of a change of pace, McMinnville has some other top drinks that aren’t of the wine kind:

Craft Cocktails & … [Read more]

Sip! McMinnville Food & Wine Classic. A Wine Tasting Event Extravaganza

Sip! McMinnville Food & Wine Classic Now over twenty years running, Sip! Wine and Food Classic draws over 100 wineries, breweries, distilleries, food vendors, artists, craftspeople and makers from all over Oregon under one grand roof at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum. We all know McMinnville, Oregon is in the … [Read more]

Two-days in McMinnville, Oregon featured by the Bulletin of Bend, Oregon

Wineries, aircraft and “Oregon’s favorite main street”

John Gottberg Anderson takes a two-day road trip leaving the outdoor adventure town of Bend, Oregon for the verdant wine country of McMinnville, Oregon. Follow his itinerary for his top picks for places to stay, eat and wine taste in McMinnville in this article: Northwest Travel: Exploring McMinnville

“Here’s how I … [Read more]

6 Things to Do in McMinnville When It Rains

One thing every Oregonian (and visitor to Oregon) should know – we never let a little liquid sunshine get us down!  Spring is a lovely time of year to visit McMinnville, Oregon and with so many things to do in McMinnville like events, shopping, wine tasting, and other activities you certainly won’t find yourself twiddling your … [Read more]

McMinnville’s Restaurants Offer Dining Options for Everyone

McMinnville Restaurants, A Delicious Dining Destination

Most people think of McMinnville as an incredible destination for wine tasting in Oregon – and it certainly is!  But the city is also an outstanding hub for some of Oregon’s best restaurants. It’s no secret that people visit McMinnville just to eat (and drink our famous pinot!) No matter what you’re hungry … [Read more]

9 Reasons Why McMinnville Will Be Your Favorite Oregon Wine Country Getaway

  1. Wine Tasting Two-Step  – Stroll, skip and sip at 18 different wineries and wine tasting rooms in downtown McMinnville on foot.
  2. Oregon’s Only Indoor Waterpark – Accelerate down waterslides built around a parked Boeing 747 jumbo jet.
  3. Award-Winning Historic Downtown – Voted America’s Best Main Street, McMinnville’s darling downtown beat out more than 2,000 nominated main streets from across … [Read more]

1859 Magazine Spends 72 Glorious Hours in McMinnville, Oregon

Is 72 hours in McMinnville long enough to get a taste of this charmer of a town? Never. 1859 magazine explores for three days in McMinnville, Oregon and get more things to do than they bargained for.

“Named after the Tennessee hometown of its founder, William T. Newby, McMinnville has become known for UFOs, food and wine. … [Read more]

McMinnville is an Awesome Cycling Destination

We’re definitely not the only ones who think road cycling around Oregon wine country for a weekend in McMinnville is pretty awesome. The Cycle Oregon blog rolls through McMinnville, Oregon for a weekend in wine country and tells you why multiple visits are looking to be all but mandatory.

“McMinnville and the surrounding area is a great … [Read more]

McMinnville Oregon Gets Top 5 for America’s Great Streets on the Great Places in America List

A day spent strolling through McMinnville’s historic main street in downtown (known as Third Street) has been described as “magical”. So it comes as no surprise that the city of McMinnville’s Third Street made the top five great streets in America list, which is one more accolade to add to its long list of reasons why McMinnville is a charming town to visit for … [Read more]

McMinnville Featured by Zagat in “8 Reasons to Drive to Oregon’s Wine Country” Article

Zagat, the notable restaurant review source, names several McMinnville restaurants and a small-batch craft distillery in their list of “8 Reasons to Drive to Oregon’s Wine Country” article.

Nick’s Italian Cafe – “Go there in winter to get chanterelles, razor clams and a large selection of salumi created in-house under their label Fino … [Read more]

McMinnville Oregon Named One of the Best Small Towns to Live In by Sunset Magazine

McMinnville, Oregon was featured as a runner-up of the best “medium-sized” towns in the West to live in by Sunset Magazine.

“It’s the gateway to the Willamette Valley wine country. But McMinnville, about 50 miles southwest of Portland, has even more going for it than prize-winning Pinot Noirs. (Linfield College here plays host to the renowned International Pinot Noir Celebration.) Along … [Read more]

3 McMinnville Restaurants to Check Off Your Foodie Bucket List

McMinnville Restaurants Featured in “18 Restaurants You Have To Visit in Oregon Before You Die” Article

Not one, but three McMinnville restaurants made the bucket list of places you must eat before you die. Make plans to dine at Community Plate,  Pura Vida Cocina, and Thistle — The Oregonian crowned Thistle as restaurant of the … [Read more]

McMinnville a Perfect Hub for Your Travels

McMinnville serves as terrific home base for area travels in Oregon’s beautiful Willamette Valley. Here’s what you can find in each direction:

West: The Oregon Coast offers breathtaking vistas of pounding waves, talented artists and even pods of gray whales when the timing is right.
North: Oregon’s largest city, Portland can be found in about an hour’s … [Read more]

Tasting Room Tips for Visitors

No visit to McMinnville would be complete without stopping in to at least one winery tasting room. After all, there are dozens to choose from, so you’ll never know what you’ll find. Check out our wineries page to acquaint yourself with some of the options, or start by learning more about the different … [Read more]

McMinnville Celebrations You Can Explore

If the places to explore, drink wine and fine-dine on a daily basis in McMinnville, Oregon aren’t enough to keep you busy for days, there also are dozens of community events that happen throughout the year.

Most people know about the UFO festival that happens in May, but here are some other fun … [Read more]