Pura Vida chef and owner Ricardo Antunez stands in front of the restaurant bar.

Rooted in McMinnville: Ricardo Antúnez

Pura Vida Cocina has been around for seven years at its 313 NW Third St. location. It originally shared a storefront with a small art gallery, then eventually expanded to the full available space. Throughout that time, chef and owner, Ricardo Antúnez has developed a menu that delivers Central American foods with a style all his own.

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Outdoor entrance to Tequila grill. You can see signage requiring social distancing and mask requirements. In the background, you there's a large patio space with much tent cover.

Winter outdoor dining? We’re in!

As we begin to yearn for last summer’s epic outdoor dining scene, restaurants have responded by raising dining tents throughout McMinnville, putting a halt to our languishing and keeping the monotony of a COVID winter at bay.

Luckily, we Oregonians are of the hardy sort, and outdoor dining in the winter has become an adventure that we are willing to try out. Here are some places to enjoy a meal out this weekend.

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Rooted in McMinnville: Gallery Theater’s Cathy Willoughby

Two small floor lamps cast a lonely pool of light near the front of the Gallery Theater stage. No one has uttered lines from that spot since the cast of “Noises Off” shouted “BLACKOUT” on March 1.
Sitting high in this otherwise empty McMinnville auditorium nearly 11 months later, Cathy Willoughby looks down to the light and explains how a community theater group meets its mission when gathering actors on a stage and patrons in seats is not possible.

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Small figurines, "The Tiny Travelers", picnic and climb atop a smoothie bowl full of bananas, strawberries, blueberries and granola.

Tiny Travels: Take a Wellness Reset in McMinnville

New Year, new place? If one of the great benefits of travel is how it resets the mind with new perspectives and habits, a quick trip might be the best way to kick off a new wellness routine. With a fresh motivation to focus on physical and mental health, the Tiny Travelers set out to deliver a choose-your-own wellness itinerary for a day trip or overnight to McMinnville.

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Chef Kyle Chriestenson stands in front of a commercial range in Red Hills Kitchen.

Rooted in McMinnville: Red Hills Kitchen’s Kyle Chriestenson

It’s quiet inside Red Hills Kitchen. The downtown McMinnville restaurant is closed this day and chef Kyle Chriestenson is spending his morning planning menus and reviewing food supplies for the days to come. Like most restaurants, business is down right now due to the pandemic. Still, Kyle remains upbeat.

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12 Days of McMinnville Christmas Holiday Song

This year, for our annual holiday gift guide, the Tiny Travelers are showcasing the best gifts from local stores and producers to send to all of the far-flung friends and family you haven’t been able to visit during the past year. We at Visit McMinnville wish you health and happiness this holiday season and for 2021, too!

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Winter on Third

We can’t guarantee snow, but practically everything else you’d want for a picture postcard holiday can be found in downtown McMinnville the next few weeks.

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Forget Black Friday: Score some local art instead

“Art is food for the soul for artists, as well as for the supporters of local small businesses in our community,” says Currents Gallery’s Marlene Eichner. With the holidays upon us, keep those thoughts in mind when shopping for gifts — locally, of course.

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