McMinnville is a small Oregon town surrounded by cultivated fields and nurseries, dotted with extensive parks and sports fields, wound through with rivers and streams and filled with swaths of well-kept neighborhoods. While McMinnville is the closest thing to Mayberry you can get, it’s not a hick town. No, here you can find the finer things in abundance. Live theater, a highly ranked college, vineyards, wine tasting, an established arts community and a healthy business climate.
At its center, a canopy of lighted trees frames an award-winning downtown that offers fine cuisine -- authentic French, Italian, Creole and Spanish -- cafes and boutiques, sculpture and flower baskets. The evenings bring antique car cruises, diners sitting outside with glasses of wine, and theater-goers wandering the sidewalks after a show.
Big town elements are here, too. A library and a swimming pool -- both near downtown --hotels and bed & breakfast inns, big box stores, fast food and department stores, and an 8-plex movie theater. Oh, and bowling. And golf. And the county fairgrounds.