Our 36-Hour Guide to McMinnville

The picturesque, friendly, and walkable town of McMinnville is a great place to stay on your next visit to the Willamette Valley. With accommodations to match any budget and a handful of truly world class dining options, “Mac” as it’s referred to by locals, makes for a memorable visit.

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Multiple Michelin-starred chef Michael Lightner has cultivated an ever-changing, multi-course tasting menu that brims with the natural bounty of the Pacific Northwest. The wine program, led by Ron Acierto, is full of surprises and the care and attention with which he invests each pairing is something to behold.


Small and soulful, Thistle has long been a favorite restaurant of every Evening Land team member. After a long day of wine tasting, a cocktail can be just the change of pace one’s palate needs. There is no finer establishment for expertly crafted cocktails than Thistle.

Red Hills Kitchen

Nestled on the ground floor of the Atticus Hotel, Red Hills Kitchen offers delicious and reliable breakfast, lunch, and dinner options for hotel guests and the general public. With a bit of outdoor seating, a concise yet impressive wine list, and a knack for simple, delicious fare, Red Hills Kitchen is a can’t miss spot.

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Tributary Hotel

This exclusive 8-suite hotel sits atop Okta restaurant. The ambitious and all-inclusive inn and restaurant remind us of great European temples to hospitality and gastronomy like Maison Troisgros in Burgundy, France or Fäviken in Sweden. For the pinnacle of hospitality and a spare-no-expense experience, Tributary is the place to stay.


McMinnville’s first boutique hotel, The Atticus boasts a friendly and competent staff, spacious rooms, and very comfortable beds. There’s plenty of attention to detail at The Atticus and it’s a great jumping off point for adventures across the valley, or simply a stroll along 3rd Street in McMinnville.

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HiFi Wine Bar

As a team, we spend more time and money at McMinnville’s HiFi Wine Bar than is prudent. A very knowledgeable staff, an exquisite wine list, an unbelievable vinyl selection, and a fun billiards table make HiFi a “must visit.” And whether you need a little nosh or a proper meal, the concise menu only enhances all the wonderful wines on offer. Let your bartender know that Evening Land sent you!

Need assistance with a McMinnville itinerary for your next visit to Oregon? Contact A.J. McCafferty at oregonhospitality@elvwines.com. To book your visit at our Dundee-based tasting room, click here.