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Things to Do in McMinnville, Oregon

McMinnville Local Area Visitors Guide

Thursday, April 18, 2024

About McMinnville, OR
The Erin Hanson Gallery is nestled in the heart of Willamette Valley Wine Country and surrounded by over 220 top-of-the-line wineries. The area is a hot destination renowned for its Pinot Noir, stunning vistas, delectable culinary adventures, and luxurious resorts and spas.

Scroll down for our local area and travel recommendations.
Updated: April 2024

W H A T  t o  E A T

Earth & Sea (Carlton) | Locally sourced, seasonal ingredients and a comfortable yet elevated atmosphere. 

ōkta | Helmed by executive chef Matthew Lightner, formerly of two-star Michelin Atera in New York City, ōkta offers a highly progressive tasting menu that draws inspiration from the bounty of the Valley and the cadence of its micro-seasons. Book in advance. Contact for assistance as needed. 

Thistle | Chic American bistro & cocktail bar with à la carte menu or chef's tasting (wine pairing optional). Reservations recommended.

Pinch | Pinch offers playful cuisine in an informal, cozy atmosphere. The menu intentionally focuses on the seasons. Reservations are recommended.

Hayward & Honey Pie Pizza at Mac Market | Locally sourced, seasonal ingredients and an ever-changing menu. Stop by the store section and stock up on dips and fresh-made bread to nibble while out wine tasting. Reservations are recommended for dinner at Hayward

La Rambla | Spanish restaurant & bar offering tapas, paella & an extensive wine list in an 1884 brick building (try the fried artichoke hearts).

Grain Station Brew Works | Elevated bar food with an extensive bar menu. Kid and family-friendly. 

Pura Vida Cucina | Latin-inspired dining and drinks (as for extra pepita sauce, you won't be sorry)

Golden Valley Brewery | Ranch-to-Table. Be sure to add the cobbler to your order. 

Vadnay Chocolate Shop | Located right next to one of our favorite tasting rooms (Chris James) on 3rd Street, Vadnay Chocolate Shop is a must-visit. Simple, pure chocolate -- "bean to bar" as they put it, will have you dreaming of chocolate. 

Special Date Night Recommendation! 
The Painted Lady in Newberg | Lavish French-influenced fare and an immaculate wine selection. 

Nearby & Recommended:

the Common Cup (in Amity) | Breakfast & Brunch (try the cinnamon roll waffle!)

Jory at The Allison (in Newberg) | Refreshing and elegant. Be sure to walk the grounds before or after your dining experience.

Brick Hall 1886 (Dayton)| Join us at the table for a menu of seasonal, handcrafted share plates complimented by a thoughtfully curated wine list. We proudly work with a passionate network of local farmers, ranchers, fishers, foragers, winemakers, and food artisans. We believe in sourcing the best ingredients and preparing them simply and with care. 

Brick Hall(pictured), Dayton, Oregon

Ruddick/WoodRuddick/Wood (pictured above) is well-known for its ever-changing, locally sourced meals and drinks. (Newberg)

Helmed by Chef Matthew Lightner, ōkta is a seasonal progressive culinary experience that brings forth the hidden beauty of the Pacific Northwest, the Willamette Valley region, and McMinnville as it continuously reinvents itself.

W H E R E  t o  S T A Y

Youngberg Hill Vineyards & Inn

Douglas on Third 

Atticus Hotel (use the code "gallery" for a special 20% off)

The Allison (Newberg)

The Silo Suites Bed & Breakfast @ Abbey Road Farm

Eve West Vineyard Estate (an Airbnb option that is perfect for large parties)

Atticus Hotel


Wine tasting

W H A T  t o  D O

Visit the Gallery/Studio of the Nation's Top Contemporary Impressionist at The Erin Hanson Gallery 

Wine Tasting

Food + Wine Pairings at Brooks Winery | Brooks Winery Events

Hiking & Nature

Take a Jaunt to the Coast (Cannon Beach, Neskowin & Arch Cape recommended)

Historic Downtown McMinnville 

Carriage Ride through Town (Frankie is out and about most Saturdays and Sundays throughout the warmer months)

Evergreen Space Museum (home of the Spruce Goose)

Cheese Tasting in Tillamook

Evergreen Space Museum

Wine tasting

Sunburst through the trees

Tillamook factory

Travel & Transport 
R E C O M M E N D A T I O N S 

Local Airports
Portland International Airport (1 hour away)
Salem Municipal Airport (45 minutes away)
McMinnville Municipal Airport (10 minutes away)

About Erin

ERIN HANSON has been painting in oils since she was 8 years old. As a teenager, she apprenticed at a mural studio where she worked on 40-foot-long paintings while selling art commissions on the side. After being told it was too hard to make a living as an artist, she got her degree in Bioengineering from UC Berkeley. Afterward, Erin became a rock climber at Red Rock Canyon, Nevada. Inspired by the colorful scenery she was climbing, she decided to return to her love of painting and create one new painting every week.

She has stuck to that decision, becoming one of the most prolific artists in history, with over 3,000 oil paintings sold to eager collectors. Erin Hanson’s style is known as "Open Impressionism" and is taught in art schools worldwide. With millions of followers, Hanson has become an iconic, driving force in the rebirth of impressionism, inspiring thousands of other artists to pick up the brush.