McMinnville, Oregon, is the perfect destination for anyone who loves wine and nature. Gently sloping hills give way to grape-studded land in this picture-perfect town, named for one of the Oregon Trail pioneers. Its location at the confluence of the North and South forks of the Yamhill River - just 35 miles southwest of Portland - makes it an ideal wine-growing destination. With 10 wineries and three vineyards in the local AVA, it's a top-draw for wine lovers from around the world. Any of our McMinnville vacation rentals would be a great base from which to explore this growing wine region.
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Wine is king in McMinnville, and when you include the surrounding hillsides of Oregon Wine Country, you'll have to make a weekend out of sipping and sampling. Two of the town's best wineries are Coeur de Terre and Yamhill Valley Vineyards. The former is a family-run winery known for its stellar estate-grown pinot noir; the latter, a 150-acre estate with award-winning pinot noir and pinot gris.
McMinnville is in the heart of the Willamette Valley, and is a great base from which to explore the entire region, from Newberg and Carlton to Dundee and Yamhill. The surrounding towns boast dozens of additional wineries for your imbibing pleasure, as well as myriad restaurants headed by star chefs crafting award-winning cuisine.
If wine is not your thing, head to the Evergreen Air & Space Museum. This expansive complex celebrates our nation's aviation and space history, and our war veterans as well. Guests can explore the interior of two planes, the Spruce Goose and the Flying Fortress, a B-17 bomber. After a day touring the museum, the kids will love the Wings and Waves Waterpark, situated inside the museum, which boasts 10 challenging waterslides.
Take a jaunt downtown from your McMinnville lodging to admire the more than 19 pieces of public art on display throughout the historic district, courtesy of the McMinnville Downtown Association Committee for Public Art. The Yamhill County Historical Society boasts two buildings featuring historical artifacts, from vintage farm equipment and quilts to Native-American baskets and stools.
Local boutiques and farm stands abound throughout the town, and offer plenty of goods. Grab a picnic and head to one of the area parks for a day of relaxation. City Park houses the McMinnville Aquatic Center and is the town's first green space. Joe Dancer Park boasts 100 acres of playground as well as wetland trails and a skate park. At the end of a fun-filled but exhausting day, you know you're in good hands at one of our McMinnville vacation rentals.
Wine and nature collide in this lovely town, and our McMinnville, OR rentals will make sure your stay is a memorable one!