Guidebook for Willamina Area & Surrounding Spots

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Guidebook for Willamina Area & Surrounding Spots

Food Scene
The wine industry here has attracted some good chefs to our area. You won't be disappointed in the food scene!
If you want great salmon (or other food) and a nice atmosphere, go to the Barberry. They have a happy hour menu as well.
The Barberry
645 NE 3rd St
If you want great salmon (or other food) and a nice atmosphere, go to the Barberry. They have a happy hour menu as well.
Try an outing to and near Dundee, Oregon--Start with lunch at Redhills Market for an open face roast beef sandwich with blue cheese--sometimes we drive there just for that meal (and a macaroon!) . Or you can take your sandwich across the road to the Methvin winery to eat, or walk to the Zerba wine bar nearby. There are other wine bars within walking distance, and not all Pinot Noir. (I prefer big reds). Make it a day trip and include the nearby Olive Farm and Domaine Serene Winery (a must see). There are many other wineries in that same area to make it a full day. End off eating dinner on 3rd Street in McMinnville on your way back to the MerryOtts.
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Red Hills Market
155 Southwest 7th Street
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Try an outing to and near Dundee, Oregon--Start with lunch at Redhills Market for an open face roast beef sandwich with blue cheese--sometimes we drive there just for that meal (and a macaroon!) . Or you can take your sandwich across the road to the Methvin winery to eat, or walk to the Zerba wine bar nearby. There are other wine bars within walking distance, and not all Pinot Noir. (I prefer big reds). Make it a day trip and include the nearby Olive Farm and Domaine Serene Winery (a must see). There are many other wineries in that same area to make it a full day. End off eating dinner on 3rd Street in McMinnville on your way back to the MerryOtts.
Yum. Nice atmosphere. In warm weather, try to get seated for lunch outside. Good wine selection. We go there for special occasion dinners. I love the stuffed pork chop.
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Bistro Maison
729 Northeast 3rd Street
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Yum. Nice atmosphere. In warm weather, try to get seated for lunch outside. Good wine selection. We go there for special occasion dinners. I love the stuffed pork chop.
Signs say Fort Hill Public House, about a 10 minute drive (toward Spirit Mountain Casino/Oregon Coast). This restaurant has a modern rustic design, a bar with TVs, and a back room with pool and a stage with bands during good-weather. The food (American comfort) is good, and I hear they have great home made desserts (which I'm trying to avoid!). We take the back roads on our bicycles or on the motorcycle (Willamina Creek to Fort Hill Road which is before the Hampton Lumber on the way to town. ) This is our new favorite local place.
Fort Hill Restaurant
8655 Fort Hill Rd
Signs say Fort Hill Public House, about a 10 minute drive (toward Spirit Mountain Casino/Oregon Coast). This restaurant has a modern rustic design, a bar with TVs, and a back room with pool and a stage with bands during good-weather. The food (American comfort) is good, and I hear they have great home made desserts (which I'm trying to avoid!). We take the back roads on our bicycles or on the motorcycle (Willamina Creek to Fort Hill Road which is before the Hampton Lumber on the way to town. ) This is our new favorite local place.
It started in 1996, a little run-down beachfront building turned into the only beachfront brewpub in the Pacific Northwest. Experience tantalizing beer cuisine (I am not a beer drinker but found many on the sampler tray that I liked a lot), brewery tours and, the most incredible beach patio experience around. Gaze at Oregon’s largest Haystack Rock. Watch the surfers. See the sun set. Maybe you'll see lorry boats coming and going. You'll for sure see trucks and cars driving right down to the beach, often getting stuck and having fun pulling each other out! Entertainment includes watching others climb up the big sand hill and running (or rolling!) back down, or the sense of accomplishment when you experience it first hand. We've often seen whale when at the top. This is our favorite beach area in Oregon.
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Pelican Brewing – Pacific City
33180 Cape Kiwanda Drive
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It started in 1996, a little run-down beachfront building turned into the only beachfront brewpub in the Pacific Northwest. Experience tantalizing beer cuisine (I am not a beer drinker but found many on the sampler tray that I liked a lot), brewery tours and, the most incredible beach patio experience around. Gaze at Oregon’s largest Haystack Rock. Watch the surfers. See the sun set. Maybe you'll see lorry boats coming and going. You'll for sure see trucks and cars driving right down to the beach, often getting stuck and having fun pulling each other out! Entertainment includes watching others climb up the big sand hill and running (or rolling!) back down, or the sense of accomplishment when you experience it first hand. We've often seen whale when at the top. This is our favorite beach area in Oregon.
Want to experience small town family dining? Go to Coyote Joe's. And be sure to go early so you can have a freshly made maple bar--the best! Small town America all the way!
Coyote Joe's
142 NE Main St
Want to experience small town family dining? Go to Coyote Joe's. And be sure to go early so you can have a freshly made maple bar--the best! Small town America all the way!
Entertainment & Activities
Within a 30 minute drive or so, there are some favorite spots. Enjoy!
Carlton, Oregon--Nearby entertainment in a quaint setting in a small town with many other wine bars and more. Worth an evening trip. (Don't miss the wine bar next door with chocolate pairing. Oh ya!). Call ahead for the schedule.
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The Horse Radish
211 West Main Street
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Carlton, Oregon--Nearby entertainment in a quaint setting in a small town with many other wine bars and more. Worth an evening trip. (Don't miss the wine bar next door with chocolate pairing. Oh ya!). Call ahead for the schedule.
Great sport (fastest growing sport in America). Easy to learn. Easy for all ages. Only about 35 minutes from the Owl's Loft, on the way to Salem. Located across from the Dallas Aquatic Center where you can swim (by appointment only as of this update).
Dallas Pickleball Courts
1001-1099 SE Barberry Ave
Great sport (fastest growing sport in America). Easy to learn. Easy for all ages. Only about 35 minutes from the Owl's Loft, on the way to Salem. Located across from the Dallas Aquatic Center where you can swim (by appointment only as of this update).
About a 25 minute drive in the direction of Salem from the Owl's Loft, this is a nice course with friendly players. If you go on Sunday afternoons around 3pm and play 'till dinner, ask the players where everyone is eating dinner. Nice folks!
Cross Creek Golf Course
13935 OR-22
About a 25 minute drive in the direction of Salem from the Owl's Loft, this is a nice course with friendly players. If you go on Sunday afternoons around 3pm and play 'till dinner, ask the players where everyone is eating dinner. Nice folks!
This SMALL outdoor public pool is nice for young kids, and for those who want to be in the sun. And the ice cream cones a block away....worth the trip.
Carlton Swimming Pool
225 W Grant St
This SMALL outdoor public pool is nice for young kids, and for those who want to be in the sun. And the ice cream cones a block away....worth the trip.
Only a 10 minute drive from the Loft (on the way to Lincoln City), the Casino is full of not just slots. There is a play center for children, bingo, entertainment, and 24/7 food available! Legends is where we often eat there as it is quiet and nice. But the buffet...yep. You won't leave hungry or disappointed.
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Spirit Mountain
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Only a 10 minute drive from the Loft (on the way to Lincoln City), the Casino is full of not just slots. There is a play center for children, bingo, entertainment, and 24/7 food available! Legends is where we often eat there as it is quiet and nice. But the buffet...yep. You won't leave hungry or disappointed.
About a 30 minute trip to McMinnville--a must see. This is the new home of the famous Spruce Goose and more. Plan a whole afternoon. You can even enter a pool through an airplane on the roof! There is an IMax theater, a couple museums, an outdoor playground and more. Check it out!
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Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum
500 Northeast Captain Michael King Smith Way
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About a 30 minute trip to McMinnville--a must see. This is the new home of the famous Spruce Goose and more. Plan a whole afternoon. You can even enter a pool through an airplane on the roof! There is an IMax theater, a couple museums, an outdoor playground and more. Check it out!
About an hour away--but worth the trip, especially if you have kids. Make sure they are open, and taste the ice cream!
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Tillamook Creamery
4165 U.S. 101
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About an hour away--but worth the trip, especially if you have kids. Make sure they are open, and taste the ice cream!
Pickleball anyone? Swim? About a 30 minute drive away, you'll find dedicated Pickleball courts at the Lower Park and indoor swimming at the McMinnville Aquatic Center campus. Google to find the address and hours.
McMinnville Parks and Recreation Department
230 Northeast 2nd Street
Pickleball anyone? Swim? About a 30 minute drive away, you'll find dedicated Pickleball courts at the Lower Park and indoor swimming at the McMinnville Aquatic Center campus. Google to find the address and hours.
Arts & Culture
Lincoln City is a great place to experience. It is about 45 minutes away, past Spirit Mountain Casino and Otis Cafe and Devil's Lake (where you can rent boats, etc). During many months of the year, some of the glass blowing shops in Lincoln City make glass floats that are dropped on the beaches for guests to find and keep. You can watch the artists make them as well. Kite flying is a big hit at Lincoln City. And good clam chowder at many places like Moes.
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Lincoln City
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Lincoln City is a great place to experience. It is about 45 minutes away, past Spirit Mountain Casino and Otis Cafe and Devil's Lake (where you can rent boats, etc). During many months of the year, some of the glass blowing shops in Lincoln City make glass floats that are dropped on the beaches for guests to find and keep. You can watch the artists make them as well. Kite flying is a big hit at Lincoln City. And good clam chowder at many places like Moes.
In Willamina's oldest church building, learn about early logging pioneering and farming. Timbertown USA!
Willamina Historical Museum
188 NE D St
In Willamina's oldest church building, learn about early logging pioneering and farming. Timbertown USA!
You are in lumber country. See equipment people used to use, appreciate how easy we have it! They also have regular events like live bands and activities. It is about a 15 minute drive from our place.
Yamhill Valley Heritage Center - Yamhill County Historical Society
11275 SW Durham Ln
You are in lumber country. See equipment people used to use, appreciate how easy we have it! They also have regular events like live bands and activities. It is about a 15 minute drive from our place.
Drinks & Nightlife
In McMinnville, you'll find food and entertainment at McMenamins. Visit the cellar and the outside roof top bar, and other queer things. Worth a meal there and visit down town McMinnville!
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McMenamins Hotel Oregon
310 Northeast Evans Street
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In McMinnville, you'll find food and entertainment at McMenamins. Visit the cellar and the outside roof top bar, and other queer things. Worth a meal there and visit down town McMinnville!
In Willamina, Wildwood has food and entertainment. Visit their web site to learn about when they have different bands (and when they are open). Open Mic night on Sundays. Experience small town America.
Wildwood Hotel
150 Northeast Main Street
In Willamina, Wildwood has food and entertainment. Visit their web site to learn about when they have different bands (and when they are open). Open Mic night on Sundays. Experience small town America.
This is one of our favorite wineries. New outdoor seating area. This is not the winery to go to for the views. But if you want to buy good wine at a good price point....take your wallet.
Zerba Cellars
810 Oregon 99W
This is one of our favorite wineries. New outdoor seating area. This is not the winery to go to for the views. But if you want to buy good wine at a good price point....take your wallet.
Parks & Nature
We are surrounded by beauty on our hill and close beyond. This section shares with you some of our favorite spots, but there are many more! If you are with us in the spring, google how to find our Niagra Falls!
In Salem, nice walking / hiking trails. Beautiful Oregon. Camera buffs--worth hauling your camera. Water falls. Forest. Just....Oregon at it's best.
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Silver Falls State Park
20024 Silver Falls Highway Southeast
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In Salem, nice walking / hiking trails. Beautiful Oregon. Camera buffs--worth hauling your camera. Water falls. Forest. Just....Oregon at it's best.
About a mile away, this quaint park with it's stream running through it is a great nearby piece of nature. Take a left at the bottom of our driveway, then a right onto Silverado, then watch for the signs to the park on the left. (It is before Buck Hollow Road so if you see that road, you've gone too far).
Blackwell County Park
About a mile away, this quaint park with it's stream running through it is a great nearby piece of nature. Take a left at the bottom of our driveway, then a right onto Silverado, then watch for the signs to the park on the left. (It is before Buck Hollow Road so if you see that road, you've gone too far).
Trails Galore--under 15 minutes away. This nearby Oregon experience is for those who like to walk, hike, and and bike. Feel the beauty of Oregon by being surrounded by thick woods that are filled with ferns and wild life. Take a left at the bottom of our driveway, then a right onto Willamina Creek. Drive just under 5 miles. Take the first left onto Coast Creek. Drive for a few miles, stay right onto Gilbert Creek for about 2 more miles, then a right at the OHV Whipup Flat Motorcycle Trail head sign (taking you onto Bald Mountain Road (a dirt/gravel road that any car should be able to handle June-Oct or so). Drive all the way up to the top where you'll find a big parking area with trail heads everywhere you look. Find a trail and enjoy the serenity of Oregon. (Wear shoes/boots that can get dirty, and that ideally have grip). There are trails that can be done by all ages, especially the one to the far right as you drive into to the parking area. Keep pets on leashes.
Whipup Flat OHV Staging Area
Trails Galore--under 15 minutes away. This nearby Oregon experience is for those who like to walk, hike, and and bike. Feel the beauty of Oregon by being surrounded by thick woods that are filled with ferns and wild life. Take a left at the bottom of our driveway, then a right onto Willamina Creek. Drive just under 5 miles. Take the first left onto Coast Creek. Drive for a few miles, stay right onto Gilbert Creek for about 2 more miles, then a right at the OHV Whipup Flat Motorcycle Trail head sign (taking you onto Bald Mountain Road (a dirt/gravel road that any car should be able to handle June-Oct or so). Drive all the way up to the top where you'll find a big parking area with trail heads everywhere you look. Find a trail and enjoy the serenity of Oregon. (Wear shoes/boots that can get dirty, and that ideally have grip). There are trails that can be done by all ages, especially the one to the far right as you drive into to the parking area. Keep pets on leashes.
I think this is under an hour away. Be sure to look up the best season for visiting and get exact directions. It is a nice hike (so I've heard).
Oregon’s Niagara Falls trailhead
I think this is under an hour away. Be sure to look up the best season for visiting and get exact directions. It is a nice hike (so I've heard).
A nice little fishing pond, surrounded by a walking path that dogs and people both enjoy. If you have a dog, or want to fish, this is a great little small town fishing hole.
Hampton Park - Huddleston Pond
A nice little fishing pond, surrounded by a walking path that dogs and people both enjoy. If you have a dog, or want to fish, this is a great little small town fishing hole.
History...and beauty of the land. Take one of many trails for hiking.
Fort Yamhill State Heritage Area
History...and beauty of the land. Take one of many trails for hiking.
Everything Else
A taste of Oregon in many ways--You drive up a hill then onto a dirt road and keep going -- I thought I was lost! You'll pass acres of Christmas trees. Then at the top of the hill a rustic winery out in the middle of no where appears. Grape vines outside the window. A great find in Sheridan Oregon just minutes away! During some seasons they have Fri soup nights--worth a trip no matter the season. Oh, and I like their MacCuvee--a nice blend of Pinot's. Very family friendly type environment. Call first. They do weddings, etc.
J Wrigley Vineyards
19390 Cherry Hill Road
A taste of Oregon in many ways--You drive up a hill then onto a dirt road and keep going -- I thought I was lost! You'll pass acres of Christmas trees. Then at the top of the hill a rustic winery out in the middle of no where appears. Grape vines outside the window. A great find in Sheridan Oregon just minutes away! During some seasons they have Fri soup nights--worth a trip no matter the season. Oh, and I like their MacCuvee--a nice blend of Pinot's. Very family friendly type environment. Call first. They do weddings, etc.
Indoor pool. Great park for kids. Tennis and Pickleball Courts in the Lower Park.
McMinnville Aquatic Center
138 Northwest Park Drive
Indoor pool. Great park for kids. Tennis and Pickleball Courts in the Lower Park.
Indoor pool with a lazy river, hot tub, a warm pool. Our grand kids love this pool. Near the pickleball courts. Only about 35 minutes from the Owl's Loft, on the way to Salem. (Wineries on the route).
Dallas Aquatic Center
1005 SE Lacreole Dr
Indoor pool with a lazy river, hot tub, a warm pool. Our grand kids love this pool. Near the pickleball courts. Only about 35 minutes from the Owl's Loft, on the way to Salem. (Wineries on the route).
On your way to our hill (but near town), you'll see one of the biggest lumber mills in the U.S. Check it out! You might even get lucky and get a tour.
Hampton Lumber Mills
1000 Willamina Creek Road
On your way to our hill (but near town), you'll see one of the biggest lumber mills in the U.S. Check it out! You might even get lucky and get a tour.
Groceries
It's close! 3.6 miles away with the basics. And you can pick up the local newsletter, The Bulletin, full of what is happening in TimberTown USA!
Willamina IGA
358 Northwest B Street
It's close! 3.6 miles away with the basics. And you can pick up the local newsletter, The Bulletin, full of what is happening in TimberTown USA!
About an hours drive from us, you'll pass over the bridge into Salem and drive by the water front park (where you can walk or ride a bike on their trails, or maybe secure a ride on their sternwheeler boat. Trader Joe's is a good market with very nice prices and food. I go almost each week, though there are closer markets!
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Trader Joe's
4450 Commercial Street Southeast
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About an hours drive from us, you'll pass over the bridge into Salem and drive by the water front park (where you can walk or ride a bike on their trails, or maybe secure a ride on their sternwheeler boat. Trader Joe's is a good market with very nice prices and food. I go almost each week, though there are closer markets!
Harvest Fresh Grocery and Deli offers a lot of healthy choices. In McMinnville, about 25 minutes from our hill.
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Harvest Fresh Grocery & Deli
251 Northeast 3rd Street
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Harvest Fresh Grocery and Deli offers a lot of healthy choices. In McMinnville, about 25 minutes from our hill.