The McMinnville AVA: A detective mystery

It 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 streets it’s the stuff dreams are made of: Sloping hills ripe for trodding,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Recipe for a Family Spring Breakation in Oregon Wine Country

This 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 weather. I’ve tweaked the recipe a bit over…

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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…

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McMinnville Tiny Travels

For 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 reason it’s worth conflating your best friends with what could…

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McMinnville Tiny Travels

Wine 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 want to live in the moment and plan for the life to come,…

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Atticus Hotel Plans Unveiled

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 in historic downtown McMinnville in May 2017, with an official opening in Spring 2018. The 36-room…

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McMinnville Tiny Travels

Strolling 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 old razzle dazzle, just because. I can only…

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