Living in McMinnville Oregon


Lisa Baker

I have lived in Yamhill county for 20 years and have bought and sold hundreds of homes for my clients. On this page, you will find many of the things that I love about this area and that makes it such a wonderful place to live.

about McMinnville Oregon

McMinnville Oregon is a small town surrounded by cultivated fields and nurseries, dotted with extensive parks and sports fields, wound through with rivers and streams and filled with swaths of well-kept neighborhoods. While McMinnville is the closest thing to Mayberry you can get, it’s not a hick town. No, here you can find the finer things in abundance. Live theater, a highly ranked private college, vineyards, wine tasting, an established arts community and a healthy business climate.At its center, a canopy of lighted trees frames an award-winning downtown that offers fine cuisine — authentic French, Italian, Creole and Spanish — cafes and boutiques, sculpture and hanging flower baskets. The evenings bring antique car cruises, diners sitting outside with glasses of wine, and theater-goers wandering the sidewalks after a show.Big town elements are here, too. A library and a swimming pool — both near downtown –hotels and bed & breakfast inns, big box stores, fast food and department stores, and an 8-plex movie theater. Oh, and bowling. And golf. And the county fairgrounds.Sold yet?

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vine & dine

Vineyards and Wineries

The McMinnville foothills west of town boast some of the best wine soil anywhere. Protected from extreme weather by the Coast Range, fruit on these vines spends more time ripening on the vine, and greater flavor results. Another plus: easy access. Try Youngberg Hill’s pinot noir, a 15 minute drive from downtown, and Yamhill Valley Vineyard’s riesling, a 10 minute drive. Or stay downtown and try a flight at Elizabeth Chambers Cellar.

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The Eyrie Vineyards

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Yamhill Valley Vineyards

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Youngberg Hill Inn & Winery


McMinnville is a foodie mecca in the midst of agricultural land, boasting its own harvest brought to the table in both casual fare and formal dining. The Grain Station, in the granary district, is both brewery, serving its own craft beers, and casual restaurant. Golden Valley, also a brewery/restaurant hybrid, offers a slightly more upscale atmosphere and menu. Best of the downtown is Nick’s Italian Cafe, serving local wine and perfectly prepared Italian selections in a candle-lit setting. On the faster food side, there is Alf’s, which provides hamburgers and ice cream and the company of an actual resident monkey.

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Bistro Maison

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La Rambla

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McMenamins Pub at Hotel Oregon

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Nick’s Italian Cafe

events & activities

There’s no need to leave town to find things to do. The city offers two golf courses, three movie theaters — one an 8-plex, one a vintage and the third a pizza/movie combo, the Yamhill County Fair, the famous UFO Festival and parade (aliens welcome), the Turkey Rama festival, the Wine & Food Classic, also known as Sip, Evergreen Air and Space Museum and Wings and Waves Waterpark.

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Evergreen Air and Space Museum

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Evergreen Wind and Waves Water Park

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McMinnville Wine and Food Classic

Mack Theater

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UFO Festival

McMinnville Oregon map

homes for sale

Single Family Homes in McMinnville Oregon

other property types

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Lisa Baker - Principal Broker | Realtor

Lisa Baker

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