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While most travelers come to the Willamette Valley for its wineries, you’ll still find plenty of charming boutiques to explore in the small towns that fill the area. The tree-lined Third Street in downtown McMinnville is a slice of Americana, brimming with independent boutiques and bookstores, cafes and farm-to-table restaurants, and art galleries and wine shops. If you pop into local favorite Mes Amies for designer shoes, scarves or the perfect dress, you may run into one of many area’s resident food writers or the co-owner of the cozy R. Stuart Co. Winery and Bar, located just two doors down. R. Stuart is the perfect spot for a snack and a glass of their bright cherry Oregon pinot noir.
After some wine and cheese, it’s time for art. The galleries on Third Street spotlight local artists—you can find landscapes painted on barrel staves and vibrant pastels of lavender fields by local plein air artists. Take a break from shopping to taste treats handcrafted by a local chocolate maker, salami crafter or artisan jam maker, followed by cocktails on the rooftop of the valley’s Hotel Oregon.
Art collectors will want to visit the nearby Lawrence Gallery in Sheridan, which showcases some of the finest art in the Pacific Northwest and represents more than 150 nationally recognized artists ranging from painters to sculptors.