Surprising discoveries in Oregon's Yamhill County

Find great dining and a giant airplane in McMinnville, one of the liveliest burgs in western Willamette Valley

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  • Inside McMinnville's former power plant, Panther Creek Cellars' tasting room has an industrial-chic allure.

    Yamhill winery

    Andrea Gomez

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SIP

NW Wine Bar Try wines from near and far by the sip, the flight, the glass, or the bottle, and savor small plates in this roomy, stylish enoteca. INFO: Tasting fee varies; 326 N. Davis St.; 503/435-1295.

Panther Creek Cellars One of a handful of wineries with tasting rooms right in town, Panther Creek is known for its superb Pinot Noir. INFO: Closed Mon-Tue; $5 tasting fee; 455 N.E. Irvine St.; 503/472-8080.

SHOP

Found Objects Every corner of this boutique is filled with an eclectic mix of antique and new gifts and home accessories. The prices are as appealing as the goods. INFO: 512 N.E. Third St.; 503/474-3711.

EXPLORE

Evergreen Aviation Museum A soaring gallery filled with historic aircraft, from a Russian space capsule and sporty home-builts to the massive Spruce Goose. INFO: $12; 500 N.E. Captain Michael King Smith Way (off State 18); 503/434-4180.

STAY OVERNIGHT

Hotel Oregon This McMenamin brothers' property gets much of the credit for pumping up the volume in downtown McMinnville. The renovated 1905 hotel offers 42 rooms, most with shared baths. Enjoy a drink or a meal in the open-air rooftop bar, the cellar bar, or the main-floor pub, with its view of Third Street passersby. INFO: Rooms from $50; www.mcmenamins.com; 888/472-8427.

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