75 Things to Do in McMinnville, Oregon

Our nearby neighbor McMinnville is the seat of the county - and the talk of the town! Here are 75 things to do, see, eat, drink, and shop in the area:


1. See a local performance at Gallery Theater

2. Tour Linfield and watch a game or performance

3. Take the little ones to Story Time at the McMinnville Public Library

4. Have teens? Join Teen Gaming Night on the first Friday of each month

5. Explore nature a mere 5 minutes out of town at Ed Grenfell Park

6. Visit Oregon’s Favorite Main Street, which, ironically, is actually on Third Street

7. See Howard Hughes’ Spruce Goose at Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum, and while you’re there, be sure to check out the IMAX Theater and Waterpark

8. If you are around in May, be sure to check out the annual UFO Festival

9. Thursdays from May to October you can find a plethora of local vendors at the Farmers Market

10. July through September, after Farmers Market, head further down Third Street for free Concerts on the Plaza

11. Check out the fantastic wooden structures of City Park

12. Or go for a dive at the nearby Aquatic Center

13. Join the Art and Wine Walk on the third Saturday of every month

14. Find out just how much of turkey you are at the annual Turkey Rama Festival

15. Learn more about the 100+ years of history on a walking tour of downtown

16. Watch the latest blockbuster at Moonlight Theater

17. Rent a bicycle and tootle around a bit

18. Visit us in July for the International Pinot Noir Celebration

19. Take a pottery lesson at Jack Potter Art Lounge

20. Spend the holiday season with us and enjoy the Parade and Tree Lighting Festival

21. Drop by in August to go to Oregon’s Oldest Fair

22. See some cool classic cars at Drag the Gut

23. Learn more about local history at the Heritage Museum

24. Go for a hike near the airport at Galen McBee

25. Learn more about local ancient geology at Erratic Rock

26. Go on a wine tour by helicopter with Konect Aviation

27. Get wet in the fountains at Discovery Meadows

28. Take a jewelry making class at Jack of All Beads

29. Watch local artists perform at Mac Stage 


1. Enjoy fine dining farm-to-fork at Thistle

2. Get a drink at The Oak

3. Try a Latin meal from Pura Vida

4. Indulge in a scoop (or two) from Serendipity Ice Cream

5. Partake in tapas at La Rambla

6. Have a taste of New Orleans at Gem

7. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a pastry from Red Fox Bakery

8. Eat some amazing BBQ at Ribslayer

9. Enjoy a freshly made sandwich and soup at The Sage

10. Visit one of the many wineries in the area

11. Spend a meal at 1882 Grille, featured in Sunset Magazine

12. Munch on some yummy pizza from 3rd Street Pizza (P.S. Mondays & Tuesdays are Dollar-Slice Days)

13. Find an afternoon pick-me-up at Union Block

14. Or if tea is more your style, check out Velvet Monkey

15. Sample some local brews at Grain Station

16. Enjoy some local produce from Harvest Fresh

17. Get Mexican at Los Molcajetes

18. Embrace weird at McMenamins Hotel Oregon restaurant and bar

19. Chill out at Nick’s Italian Café

20. Grab a pint at Golden Valley

21. Eat hearty at The 411

22. End your day bitterly at The Bitter Monk

23. Join the community at Community Plate

24. Have a real live monkey watch you eat at Alf’s

25. Indulge in carbs at Great Harvest Bread Co

26. Enjoy breakfast at WildWoodCrescent Café, or Morning Thunder - you can’t go wrong!


1. Find all the yarn you could ever dream of at Oregon Kitting Co

2. Buy a bunch of flowers at Poseyland

3. Experience the charm of Third Street Books

4. Bring back something for everyone from Third Street Oil & Vinegar

5. Check out the local cycling culture at Tommy’s

6. Purchase something sparkly for her from Accessory Appeal

7. See some of the cutest clothes around at Cupcake Couture

8. Buy local at Yamhill Valley Dry Goods

9. Indulge your music snobbery with some vinyl from The Vortex

10. Visit “McMinnville’s Back Yard” in the Granary District

11. Find cute curios at Heavens to Betsy

12. Bring your inner child to life at Hopscotch Toys

13. Make your home a little more beautiful with finds from La Bella Casa

14. Be sure to stop by The Merri Artist for all your art supply dreams come true

15. Purchase some feminine fineries at Mes Amies

16. Bring home a taste of the Pacific Northwest from NW Food & Gifts

17. See more fabric than you could dream of at Boersma’s

18. Enjoy the eclectic offerings of Found Objects

19. Get some sweet deals from Real Deals on Home Décor

20. Find all your garden needs (and more!) at Incahoots

Just make sure that wherever you end up shopping, you bring your own reusable bags with you.

*Square Deal Construction Company does not necessarily endorse these companies.

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65 Things to Do in Newberg, Oregon

We love our Newberg hometown! Here are some of our favorite things to do, see, eat, drink, and shop in the area:


1.       Visit Champoeg State Park & Heritage Area and the Newell House Museum and the Pioneer Mothers Memorial Cabin Museum

2.       Tour the Hoover-Minthorn House where President Hoover grew up & play disc golf in the adjacent Herbert Hoover Park

3.       Hike a local trail

4.       Take flight with Precision Helicopters

5.       Relax at the Allison Inn and Spa

6.       Float away with Vista Balloon Adventures

7.       Stop by the Newberg Farmer’s Market (runs July 12th through September 27th)

8.       Ride horseback through wine country

9.       Take part in a First Friday Art Walk

10.   Ride a bike around town

11.   Tour the facilities at George Fox University

12.   Catch the latest summer blockbusters at the 99 West Drive-In

13.   Visit Wayward Winds Lavender farm

14.   Learn to fish for smallmouth bass on the Willamette

15.   Check out the Camellia Festival that happens every April at the Cultural Center

16.   Take a boat out at Rogers Landing and watch the Power Boat Races on Memorial Weekend

17.   Take advantage of all that the Chehalem Cultural Center has to offer

18.   Play 18-holes at Chehalem Glenn Golf Club

19.   Attend a concert at George Fox University

20.   Go to the Old Fashioned Festival held every July

21.   Learn more about local history at the Newberg Public Library

22.   Hanging out downtown on Tuesdays in July and August and listen to some local music

23.   Experience what the Willamette Valley calls "filberts" at Willamette Hazelnut

24.   Look and feel your best after a visit to Luminous Boutique Spa

25.   Get a massage from Open Hands Massage Therapy

26.   Learn more about mushrooms in February at the Oregon Truffle Festival

27.   Watch a movie at the Historic Cameo Theater

28.   Come to Newberg in July and go to the Willamette Valley Lavender Festival

29.   Watch a performance of Shakespeare in a park venue

30.   Take a ride on the Trolley

31.   Catch a football game at George Fox

32.   Check out the events at the Water Oasis

Eat & Drink:

1.       Eat a delicious meal at the Painted Lady

2.       Go wine tasting at one of the dozens of local wineries

3.       If you're more of a beer drinker, check out Chehalem Valley Brewing Co. and Wolves & People Farmhouse Brewery

4.       Sample some treats from Newberg Bakery

5.       Fill your belly with pizza from Ye Olde Pizza & Pub

6.       Experience the feel of a classic diner at Jem 100

7.       Grab some grub at this auto dealer-turned restaurant

8.       Get one of the best cinnamon rolls you’ve ever had at Coffee Cat

9.       Experience fresh seafood from Northwest

10.   Visit the first coffee house in Newberg and try their fantastic in-house roast

11.   Eat some BBQ from Bert’s Chuckwagon

12.   Brunch at Ruddick/Wood

13.   Drive through Caravan for an afternoon pick-me-up

14.   Spend the evening at Barley and Vine

15.   Indulge in some handmade treats at Honest Chocolates

16.   Find the Wetmore Dogs cart along 1st street

17.   Devour a sandwich on locally made bread at Sandwich Express

18.   Experience the most delicious tacos at Pastorcillos food cart

19.   Treat your sweet tooth to some locally churned ice cream at CREAM

20.   Get local produce from Ray’s

21.   Have some sushi and sashimi at Ichi


1.       Buy some books and brew at Chapters

2.       Peruse the unique boutique offerings at Pulp & Circumstance

3.       Shop vintage at Velour

4.       See the countryhouse finds at Gypsy Crossing

5.       Pick up some new décor for your walls at Art Elements

6.       Grab a bottle of locally made wine from Valley Wine Merchants

7.       Find some treasures at Lucky Finds

8.       Stop and smell the roses at Showcase of Flowers

9.       Learn to play an instrument at Newberg Music Center

10.   Go antiquing at Wine Country Antique Mall

11.   Bring back a treat for your furry creatures at home

12.   Be thrifty at Newberg Thrift Shop

*Square Deal Construction Company does not necessarily endorse these companies.

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