We love this town and this beautiful valley, and we love to make exquisite, French-inspired baked goods. So we've created THE PASTRY RANCH in the heart of McMinnville, the practically perfect small town in the center of Oregon's Willamette Valley wine country. From our front door you can walk or bike to a dozen excellent wineries, three brewpubs serving hand-crafted beers and pub grub, lively Third Street, and a dozen great restaurants that range from exquisite fine-dining to family-friendly diners. Let us help you plan the perfect wine country getaway, punctuated by great food and wine. Or bake your own in our fully equipped kitchen!
Our house is two stories, spacious and comfortably furnished. Downstairs are the living room, dining room with 8' table and slider to a patio, a powder room, and open kitchen with an island and all of the sheet pans, whisks, mixing bowls, muffin tins and gear you need to bake. Upstairs are master BR with king bed and private bath; a washer/dryer, and 2 more BRs that share a hall bathroom with tub and shower. Outside are a front porch, green lawn and flowers in a lovely, safe residential neighborhood. We're across the street from a railroad track that cuts through town, but rarely hear train noise (and when we do, it's kind of charming). The house has high-speed WiFi, cable TV service with Netflix, and a big collection of books, magazines and DVDs.
Your hosts are Jim, a writer whose books and travel articles you'll find in the house, and Kris, who was once in charge of the McMinnville Downtown Association. We LOVE to show off our town, and know all of the hidden places and great finds. We are always available to you to talk, offer tips, help out, or maybe even join you for a glass of wine if time (and kids) allow. And we love to bake and explore the world of fine pastries and breads. You'll find recipes on our website ( and delicious treats on your table at the Pastry Ranch. We plan to offer baking classes and demonstrations from professional pastry chefs, as well as wine tastings hosted by our talented local winemakers. Let us serve as your concierges while you're here, and facilitate tours, transfers to Portland and the airport, dinner reservations or amenities like massages or private dining at the house.
We're on the corner of 11th Street; McMinnville's main drag is 3rd Street, about a 10-minute walk away. We're also a short walk from the up-and-coming Granary District, with its brewpubs, wineries, events and coffee shop. (Ask us about the shortcut through the fence to make it an even shorter walk to the Granary.) It's safe and quiet here, and a great neighborhood to walk and enjoy the old Victorian and Craftsmen homes. The streets of McMinnville are in alphabetic order; we're on 11th & Irvine, next is Hembree, then Galloway and so on. Walk 11th to Davis or Cowls and then turn left to enjoy some magnificent old homes. Third Street is our Main Street, and regularly places high in "Best Main Streets of the West" competitions and articles. The house comes with two bikes, with helmets and locks, to cruise around our flat streets.
Staying in McMinnville puts you in reach of 250 wineries within a 20-mile radius as the acclaimed Oregon wine scene continues to grow and thrive. We really do make some of the best Pinot Noir in the world, and Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and sparkling wines are starting to get well-deserved notice, too. We can steer you to the tasting rooms of world-famous wineries like Ken Wright Cellars in the town of Carlton, a 10-minute drive away; Domaine Drouhin Oregon with its sweeping views and exquisite, French-influenced wines; and lesser-known gems like Roots Wine Company, Anne Amie Vineyards and Domaine Divio, a new favorite opened by our pal Bruno Corneaux. At the end of July every year is the International Pinot Noir Celebration held on the campus of Linfield College; book early because the whole town fills up. Harvest time in September and October is a fantastic time to visit and watch the crush in action. We can even help you spend a day on the sorting lines at wineries to get your hands on some grapes and watch the winemaking process from up close.
The food scene here is also sensational, and goes hand in hand with winemaking and the whole Oregon culture of fresh, local, hand-crafted and delicious. A weekly Farmer's Market on Cowls Street in McMinnville on Thursday afternoons in the spring and summer brings a raft of fresh, local produce, cheeses, meats and baked goods. Farm stands dot the surrounding countryside and sell their wares directly. The restaurant scene is thriving and chef/owner driven, starting with the acclaimed and James Beard-award winning Nick's Italian Café (now run by Nick's talented daughter, Carmen) on Third Street, and continuing with Thistle, Bistro Maison, the 411 Lounge, La Rambla, Gem, Golden Valley Brewpub, the Barberry and 1882 Grille, Valley Commissary and The Diner. And those are just in McMinnville!
Head to neighboring towns to find exquisite fine-dining at Tina's and Red Hills Market in Dundee; Recipe, The Painted Lady and Jory in Newberg; and The Joel Palmer House in Dayton. And let us direct you to the special-event dinners that wineries host and arrange throughout the year.
Come and visit us soon! We're happy to meet you and share a perfect slice of Oregon.+ More