Attractions

  • Shopping
  • Hiking
  • Museums
  • Theater
  • Day Trips
Shopping
  • Farmhouse Romance Boutique – This chic shop offers vintage jewelry and home decor as well as clothing, romantic fragrances and candles.
  • Honest Chocolates – Freshness and flavor are the focus of this popular candy store. Made right here in their Carlton kitchen.
  • Republic of Jam – A unique shop offering house-made jams and mustards, cocktail syrups and relishes. Enjoy a flight of handcrafted sweet and savory bites.
  • Rough Cut Soap Co. – The artistic and rustic handmade soaps are made on site in Carlton. Also stocks other American-made products for healthy bodies and conscious minds.
  • The Violet Rose – A small gift shop featuring local artists, fair trade gifts and jewelry. 
  • McMinnville’s Historic Third Street – Find boutiques, wine tasting rooms, hair salons, ice cream and casual to fine dining at this popular hub of Yamhill County.
  • Lafayette Schoolhouse Antique Mall – Eight former classrooms are filled with every variety of antique imaginable. There is a collection of antique furniture in the basement and an adjacent gym filled with European antiques.
  •  Red Ridge Farms – For a different tasting experience, try olive oil from olives grown on a 17-acre farm in the Willamette Valley. Durant Olive Mill at Red Ridge was founded in 2008. There is also a plant nursery and lavender field on the property.
  • Chehalem Flats Farm Market – A fun country shop to visit, the Flats features lavender products, soaps and lotions, and seasonal produce. The market is owned and operated by local farmers and is open Saturdays and Sundays
  • McMinnville Farmer’s Market – Open Thursdays 12 to 6 p.m. from May to October.
Hiking
  • Trappist Abbey Logging Road Forest Loop – A 5.2 mile trail in a beautiful forest setting. 
  • Miller Woods – This 3.5 mile loop near McMinnville features beautiful wild flowers and is best April to September.
  •  Champoeg State Heritage Area – An 8.6 mile loop trail on the south bank of the Willamette River. It is in this park that early settlers voted in 1843 to form the first provincial government in the Pacific Northwest. After your hike, you can tour the park’s visitor center, as well as the Newell House and Pioneer Mothers Log Cabin museums.
  • Vista Balloon Adventures – Float over Yamhill County in a hot air balloon, beginning at dawn from Newberg. Flights are about an hour and conclude with a brunch buffet. Available April to November, based on weather conditions.


Museums
  • Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum – The museum displays military and civilian aircraft and spacecraft and is home to Howard Hughes’ Spruce Goose.
  • Yamhill Valley Heritage Center, operated by Yamhill County Historical Society – The museum is a tribute to Yamhill’s agricultural past, featuring antique farm machinery as well as logging equipment. Events are held throughout the year.
  • The Historic Lafayette Site – The museum is located in two buildings: Poling Memorial Church and Miller Log Cabin. Small artifacts are on display here and a research library allows anyone to explore the history of Yamhill County.
  • Hoover-Minthorn Museum – Located in Newberg, the museum was the home of the 31st President in the late 1800’s. He lived there with his uncle and aunt, the Minthorns.
  • Chachalu Museum and Cultural Center, Grand Ronde – The museum tells the story of the Tribes and Bands of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon. The museum is southeast of McMinnville heading toward the coast.


Theater
  • Gallery Theater – Presents quality performances throughout the year in downtown McMinnville.
Day Trips
  • Columbia River Gorge – Enjoy awe-inspiring views and majestic wilderness hikes, just west of Portland. One of the Pacific Northwest’s greatest natural wonders, the Gorge is home to several of Oregon’s most iconic scenic locations, including the world-famous Multnomah Falls and Vista House.
  • Oregon Coast – Spend a day enjoying the beauty of Oregon’s rugged coastline, visit one of its lighthouses or state parks.
  • Portland – Visit the City of Roses, Oregon’s largest city, and explore its gardens, museums, shopping districts, restaurants and coffee houses. Experience Pioneer Courthouse Square; shop at the famed Powell’s City of Books; delight in the beauty of the International Rose Test Garden; and pick up a treat at the popular Voodoo Doughnut bake shop.
  • Silver Falls State Park – At 9,000 acres, this is Oregon’s largest state park. The north and south forks of Silver Creek tumble to create spectacular waterfalls. The Trail of Ten Falls weaves through a dense, forested landscape for a distance of 7 miles.


Enjoy a Stay in Oregon’s Willamette Valley