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Tiny Travels: Follow Your New Birding Obsession to McMinnville

In McMinnville, birding destinations abound, from city parks tucked away near major thoroughfares to vineyard stops to state recreation sites to a national wildlife refuge. And now – the winter months – is the time to pick a fair-weather day and explore, since so many migrating species use the Willamette Valley for their seasonal sojourn.

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Make out in McMinnville: 5 cozy nooks to snuggle with your sweetheart

Are you stressing about creating the perfect experience for Valentine’s Day? Maybe it’s because you’re trying to impress a new flame, preparing to pop the question, or maybe you’re looking to liven things up with your longtime sweetie. Either way, if you’re reading this, you’re already ahead of the game because it means that you’re considering whisking your lover away to McMinnville, the heart of Oregon’s wine country.

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Troon Winery: Southern Oregon Tastes in McMinnville

Troon Winery is one of the newest additions to Third Street, McMinnville’s downtown culinary walk of fame. On a street dotted with great restaurants, local winery tasting rooms, shops, and taprooms, Troon brings something new to the sidewalk landscape. In this region famous for its Pinot Noir wines, Troon introduces wines reflecting the classic styles of Southern France – Grenache, Syrah, Viognier, Roussane, and more –produced from biodynamically farmed grapes from Southern Oregon’s Applegate Valley.

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Bierly Brewing: Inspired Beer Without the Gluten

There’s a new brewery in downtown McMinnville but it’s not a typical micropub. It’s Bierly Brewing, a Third Street operation producing gluten-free beers and food for an enthusiastic clientele. It’s a daring business direction that’s paying off; Amelia and JP Bierly are ramping up production to meet demand from customers throughout the Willamette Valley.

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