The Ultimate Things to do in McMinnville, OR, this Summer

One of the best Things to do in McMinnville is wine tasting at Youngberg Hill

Summertime in the Willamette Valley is like heaven on earth! The beautiful days full of sunshine and delicious wine tastings are hard to beat. There are so many things to do in McMinnville, where you’ll find a charming blend of cultural richness, culinary delights, and scenic beauty. This makes it an excellent destination for romantic getaways, girls’ trips, or wellness retreats, especially during the summer when the region is at its most vibrant. 

One of the best places to start is on the historic Third Street in downtown McMinnville. where you’ll find a lovely collection of shops, restaurants, and tasting rooms. This area is a mix of longtime locals, coeds, tourists, farmers, and winemakers—all a warm and welcoming bunch eager to meet visitors and, of course, chat about wine! It’s no surprise that wine tasting is always at the top of the list for best things to do in McMinnville. 

One of the ultimate stops for wine tasting in the McMinnville area is Youngberg Hill Winery, a beautiful 10-minute scenic drive from downtown. Our stunning hilltop location is an unforgettable backdrop as you sip and swirl our estate-grown white and red wines. We also have overnight accommodations for those hoping to make a longer excursion to explore the valley! Check out our summer availability and make a reservation today! 

One of the best Things to do in McMinnville is explore our beautiful vineyard on a tour

Our Favorite Things to do in McMinnville, OR

If you’re planning a trip to Oregon’s wine country in the Willamette Valley, there are so many exciting activities and things to do in McMinnville to add to your itinerary. The picturesque downtown area provides an ideal setting for a romantic getaway for couples, a fun trip with friends, or even a personal retreat to unwind and recharge.

Here are the best things to do in McMinnville this summer: 

  1. Wine Tastings and Private Tours: McMinnville’s location in the heart of Oregon Wine Country makes it no surprise that wine tasting will be at the top of the list! Hundreds of wineries in this area are growing fantastic pinot noir and more. Book a private tour with transportation and insider perks if you’d like to take the guesswork out of your wine tastings. 
  2. Evergreen Aviation Museum: This aviation and air museum is ranked number one on TripAdvisor for the best things to do in McMinnville, and it’s definitely worth a visit. You can explore the exhibits and interactive displays, and make sure not to miss the infamous plane, the Spruce Goose, along with many other impressive examples of the aviation industry.
  3. McMinnville Restaurants, Breweries, and Cafes: The Willamette Valley is all about local farm produce, proteins, and products, and the restaurants in McMinnville never fail to impress even the most discerning diners. The culinary talent in this area is unparalleled as chefs are moving closer to where their ingredients are grown for the freshest food. Be sure to make a reservation at Okta, the Joel Palmer House, and Bistro Maison
  4. Local Boutiques and Shops: The six-block stretch of Third Street is the ideal destination for small-town shopping. The tree-lined street is home to a beautiful selection of charming boutiques and specialty shops. The Lafayette School House Antique Mall is an excellent stop if you prefer vintage items.
  5. Hiking and Biking Trails: Our area offers a perfect haven for outdoor enthusiasts. You can explore the mountains, hike through forests brimming with waterfalls, or spend a beautiful day on the Oregon coast. If you’re in McMinnville, we highly recommend visiting the city’s numerous parks and green spaces. You can participate in guided bike tours or opt for self-guided rentals to embark on your adventures.
  6. Special Annual Events: Youngberg Hill Winery is one of the best places for live music, special curated events, or mimosa Sunday! As a guest at our Inn, you’ll be in the ideal space to get involved and enjoy the fun. 
  7. The McMinnville Farmers Market: This outdoor market is such a lovely outing during the summer with ideal weather, live music, welcoming vendors, and a small town spirit that really makes your time downtown. 
  8. Downtime at our Willamette Bed and Breakfast: One of the ultimate things to do in McMinnville is relax! And there’s no better place to do that this summer than on the deck of our luxurious B&B with a glass of wine in hand and the stunning view that stretches for miles before you. 
One of the best Things to do in McMinnville is stay at our Willamette Valley bed and breakfast

Stay at the Best Willamette Valley Bed and Breakfast

After you’ve explored all of the best things to do in McMinnville, you’ll be ready to relax and refresh at our luxurious bed and breakfast in the Willamette Valley. Our hilltop location is impressive, and you really have to see this view for yourself to appreciate the breadth and beauty you’ll take in from the private balconies or windows of your guest suite. When guests arrive, the first word uttered is often “Wow!”

Inside our Inn, you’ll be welcomed by our Innkeepers and hospitality professionals, whose main goal is your comfort from the moment you check in until the minute you drive away. With only nine guest rooms, the options are spacious, and you’ll have the ultimate privacy during your stay. Our tasting room is just steps away from your room, so wine tasting is a must during your stay! 

The interior design of our Inn is inspired by the great outdoors, with exposed wood, clean slate, and neutral tones complemented by vibrant pops of color. Our decor also features artfully repurposed wine barrels as a lovely reminder of the working winery surrounding our Willamette Valley Bed and Breakfast. Start planning your next getaway and book your room today!

Member Only Sunday

This Sunday, April 21st, our tasting room will be closed to the general public for a member-only event. non-club members are welcome to join us for $50 per person.