It’s January. It’s cold pretty much everywhere north of Arizona, and the only thing your future holds for you for months to come is binge watching Netflix shows and cooking casseroles. Well, friends, you’re in luck – McMinnville awaits!
If you’re planning a secret Valentine’s rendezvous for your partner, or a lively wine country GALentine’s trip for your best girlfriends, or if you feel like you’ll quietly lose it if you stay in your own house one more dark night, the heart of Oregon Wine Country is closer than you think. In just one hour from Portland, Salem, or the coast, you could be enjoying life a little more at a comfy flat, a rustic B&B or boutique hotel.
Don’t get me wrong – it’s still chilly in McMinnville. But the number of cozy, entertaining, and fun things to explore will make you forget all about those couch hours you had lined up. I’ll list a handful of potential activities below:
Underground Live Music: Literally. Under. Ground. McMenamin’s Hotel Oregon hosts live music every Friday and Saturday night in their Cellar Bar. Grab a classic cocktail made with their own Edgefield spirits and take in some sweet jams.
Tasty Eats: The restaurant scene in McMinnville is inspired by wine country and food is sourced locally, too. Try Thistle for an intimate meal, Valley Commissary for lunch that will knock your socks off, or Bistro Maison for a taste of France (bonus: it’s a charming turn-of-the-century house!).
Take a Country Drive: Did you hear that? It’s your New Year’s resolution, reminding you that you wanted to take life a little slower this year. Drive through miles of rolling hills covered in vineyards, and stop off at a few wineries for a break and to enjoy the view. Try Yamhill Valley Vineyards, Coeur de Terre, or Maysara for the pause that refreshes (oh, and the outstanding wines).