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Things to Do in McMinnville, Oregon

McMinnville Local Area Visitors Guide

Monday, September 6, 2021

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: October 2023

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.

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. 

La Rambla | Spanish restaurant & bar offering tapas, paella & a large 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. 

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

Nearby and 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.

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.

Alchemist's Jam

Stop by for a jam tasting at Alchemist's Jam (pastries available Thursday - Sunday)

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)


Erin Hanson ArtistERIN HANSON has been painting in oils since she was 8 years old. As a young artist, she worked at a mural studio creating 40-foot-tall paintings on canvas, while selling art commissions on the side. After getting a degree in Bioengineering from UC Berkeley, Erin became a rock climber at Red Rock Canyon, Nevada. Inspired by the colorful scenery she was climbing, she decided to paint one painting every week for the rest of her life. She has stuck to that decision ever since, becoming one of the most prolific artists in history. Erin Hanson's style is known as "Open Impressionism" and is now taught in art schools worldwide. With thousands of collectors eagerly anticipating her work and millions of followers online, Hanson has become an iconic, driving force in the rebirth of contemporary impressionism.

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