Nestled in the heart of Oregon wine country thrives the bucolic town of McMinnville, about 35 miles southwest of Portland. Historic downtown Third Street is dubbed “Oregon’s Favorite Main Street” for good reason. Third Street offers something for tourists and residents alike.
Spend a day ambling along sun-dappled sidewalks, admiring the maple trees leafed out in their summer glory as well as attractive store fronts. It’s easy to wile away the hours discovering Third Street’s gems.
In every large American city, it’s easy to find the top tourist attractions. But to get the true texture of a city, you may need to do a little digging.
Not far from Portland is a healthy town and one that Jack Kerouac hailed from. That town is called Eugene! On my Pacific Northwest road trip, we were told to stop in Eugene on our way home. Good thing we listened as there was much to grub on and I’m going to share all the info with you now!
Most residents of Portland couldn’t tell you the best coffee in St. John’s. In fact, the old working-class neighborhood at the mouth of the Columbia feels like its own small town. Edged at the confluence of two rivers and popular with students from nearby University of Portland, St. John’s has a sleepy, uncommercial, workaday feel. Discovering this old Portland community can provide a day of active fun for the whole family.