McMinnville Journals

Planes, Trains, UFOs & Historic McMinnville

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A travel journal to McMinnville by Migin

Glimpses of Architecture Photo, McMinnville, Oregon More Photos
Quote: McMinnville’s well-preserved Historic District is a delight to visit, with pleasing architecture, interesting shops, and places to eat. Not a living museum, this is a working town with charm. Nearby attractions include the largest wooden plane ever constructed.

Planes, Trains, UFOs & Historic McMinnville

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Overview

Glimpses of Architecture Photo, McMinnville, Oregon
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McMinnville is a town like a movie set, its center seemingly stuck in time. Feeling its historical identity threatened, as many places have, it grasped, refusing to let go. This historicalness is its identity: welcome to Historical McMinnville. Downtown streets are lined with buildings all constructed at relatively the same time period, a not infrequent feature of places once frontiers. Here it was mostly from the mid-1800s through early 1900s. What is unusual is for this much architecture to be spared the modern world’s intrusive steel and glass curtain-walled office buildings, or drab strip malls. The National Trust for Historic Preservation has recognized McMinnville for this achievem...Read More

Serendipity

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Restaurant | "Serendipity Ice Cream "

Serendipity Photo, McMinnville, Oregon
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Serendipity is an old-fashioned kind of a word, one that seems to have fallen out of favor. Simply, it means: to make a fortunate discovery, one that you weren't expecting. Serendipity Ice Cream is an old-fashioned kind of place and one that, for me, was a fortunate discovery I hadn‘t anticipated. Once the entrance and lobby of Cook’s Hotel, it has been renovated and decorated to a facsimile of Victorian opulence, replete with red-brocade-like wallpaper, globe-shaped wall sconces, and a player piano. It fits in well with the other late-1800s architecture of the area. Apparent Dichotomy -- The piano plays a surprising repert...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 16, 2004

Serendipity
502 NE 3rd Street
McMinnville, Oregon 97128
(503) 474-9189

McMenamins Hotel Oregon Pub

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Restaurant

McMenamins Hotel Oregon Pub Photo, McMinnville, Oregon
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A visit to any McMenamins is guaranteed to be a unique experience, because each has a unique personality, and I do mean personality -- which goes way beyond the beer and food. The brewing brothers buy under-used, mostly long empty, sometimes even derelict, properties; many historically and/or architecturally important; renovate, refurbish and reopen … the edifice and location, in part, dictate the usage, but there will always be at least one pub. The Hotel Oregon includes: pub, rooftop (with great views) and cellar bars, a hotel with 42 antique-filled rooms and the ha...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 16, 2004

McMenamins Hotel Oregon Pub
310 NE Evans Street
McMinnville, Oregon
(503) 472-8427

Evergreen Aviation Museum

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Attraction | "The Evergreen Aviation Museum"

Evergreen Aviation Museum Photo, McMinnville, Oregon
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This enormous building houses the Evergreen Aviation Museum and one of the great oddities of aviation: Howard Hughes' huge wooden plane the press dubbed "Spruce Goose." The HK-1 Hughes Flying Boat (later re-designated the H-4 Hercules, when Henry Kaisar withdrew from the project), to give it its proper name, has a wingspan of 320 feet; is 218 feet 6¼ inches long; 79 feet 3 3/8 inches tall, a total wing surface area of 11,430 square feet, and weighs in at 300,000 pounds. Yes, it's really large. Entire villages could shelter beneath its wings. There was a single flight, the 2nd of November 1947, having already outlived its inte...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 16, 2004

Evergreen Aviation Museum
500 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way
McMinnville, Oregon 97128
(503) 434-4180

Mack Theater

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Attraction

Mack Theater Photo, McMinnville, Oregon
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While it is true that Mac or Mack is a common nickname for people and things named Mc something or Mac something, The Mack Theater is not named for the town of McMinnville. The name is from the first two and the last two letters of the last name of the couple who founded it: Mattecheck. Longtime movie-theater owners Matty and Bob added the Mack to McMinnville’s choices of things to do on a night out in 1941 when they opened the Art Deco-styled movie house. In its early days, the Mack was a premiere venue with state-of-the-art sound and projection systems, and heati...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 16, 2004

Mack Theater
510 North East 3rd Street
McMinnville, Oregon
(503) 472-6225