July in McMinnville: Aquilon Music Festival

It doesn’t get better than this: Opera at an affordable price. Many Oregon towns have music festivals that by this point need no introduction, but here’s a new one for you: The Aquilon Music Festival. You’ll find it in Oregon wine country this summer.

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Tiny Travels: Drive Time

Want a tiny trip with big impact? These are my favorite quick drives to awaken the wanderer’s spirit and get the lay of the land around McMinnville.

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McMinnville: We’ve Got a Show For You

Our wineries and restaurants alone merit a trip. But, having lived here since 1997, I can attest to something: McMinnville’s artistic and cultural life is exploding in a way that our wine and culinary scene did about 15 years ago. Something special is happening here.

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Red Hills Kitchen: Great food with a dash of kindness

What can you expect from Red Hills Kitchen? Jody Kropf, executive chef and owner, says: “In a nutshell, great food with amazing wine and kindness. I want people to feel community, warmth, love, all the best wines, everything and also the feel like this where they can hang out.”

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Downtown McMinnville: Never far from a great beer

Rick Allen is proud of his work. “We brew German beers,” he says, sitting in his small taproom. “and we want to be the best brewer of German-style beer in the country.” He’s a success. Heater Allen Brewing has been making great German beers since 2007. His Pilsner is considered by many to be the…

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