About the property
- House1450 sqft
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay2 - 4 nights
We are a lovely and comfortable 3BR/2.5BA home in a nice downtown neighborhood.
We love this town and this beautiful valley, and we love to make exquisite, French-inspired baked goods. So we've created THE PASTRY RANCH in the heart of McMinnville, the practically perfect small town in the center of Oregon's Willamette Valley wine country. Our beautifully appointed home has leather sofas, premium beds, a flat-screen television, central air and heat, a washing machine and dryer, and even a piano for your use! It is equipped with premium linens, thick comforters, fluffy towels and bath amenities. The kitchen is fully stocked with all of the equipment, dishes, flatware and tools you need to create your own gourmet meals that you'll enjoy on our huge, eight-foot dining room table with upholstered chairs. From our front door you can walk or bike to a dozen excellent wineries, three brewpubs serving hand-crafted beers and pub grub, lively Third Street, and a dozen great restaurants that range from exquisite fine-dining to family-friendly diners. Let us help you plan the perfect wine country getaway, punctuated by great food and wine. Or bake your own in our fully equipped kitchen!
Our house is two stories, spacious and comfortably furnished. Downstairs are the living room, dining room with 8' table and slider to a patio, a powder room, and open kitchen with an island and all of the sheet pans, whisks, mixing bowls, muffin tins and gear you need to bake. Upstairs are master BR with king bed and private bath; a washer/dryer, and 2 more BRs that share a hall bathroom with tub and shower. Outside are a front porch, green lawn and flowers in a lovely, safe residential neighborhood. We're across the street from a railroad track that cuts through town, but rarely hear train noise (and when we do, it's kind of charming). The house has high-speed WiFi, cable TV service with Netflix, and a big collection of books, magazines and DVDs.
Your hosts are Jim, a writer whose books and travel articles you'll find in the house, and Kris, who was once in charge of the McMinnville Downtown Association. We LOVE to show off our town, and know all of the hidden places and great finds. We are always available to you to talk, offer tips, help out, or maybe even join you for a glass of wine if time (and kids) allow. And we love to bake and explore the world of fine pastries and breads. You'll find recipes on our website and delicious treats on your table at the Pastry Ranch. We plan to offer baking classes and demonstrations from professional pastry chefs, as well as wine tastings hosted by our talented local winemakers. Let us serve as your concierges while you're here, and facilitate tours, transfers to Portland and the airport, dinner reservations or amenities like massages or private dining at the house.
We're on the corner of 11th Street; McMinnville's main drag is 3rd Street, about a 10-minute walk away. We're also a short walk from the up-and-coming Granary District, with its brewpubs, wineries, events and coffee shop. (Ask us about the shortcut through the fence to make it an even shorter walk to the Granary.) It's safe and quiet here, and a great neighborhood to walk and enjoy the old Victorian and Craftsmen homes. The streets of McMinnville are in alphabetic order; we're on 11th & Irvine, next is Hembree, then Galloway and so on. Walk 11th to Davis or Cowls and then turn left to enjoy some magnificent old homes. Third Street is our Main Street, and regularly places high in "Best Main Streets of the West" competitions and articles. The house comes with two bikes, with helmets and locks, to cruise around our flat streets. The garage has a ping-pong table that has seen some EPIC battles between friends and family, as well as a fun, homemade cornhole set of boards and bags.
Staying in McMinnville puts you in reach of 250 wineries within a 20-mile radius as the acclaimed Oregon wine scene continues to grow and thrive. We really do make some of the best Pinot Noir in the world, and Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and sparkling wines are starting to get well-deserved notice, too. We can steer you to the tasting rooms of world-famous wineries like Ken Wright Cellars in the town of Carlton, a 10-minute drive away; Domaine Drouhin Oregon with its sweeping views and exquisite, French-influenced wines; and lesser-known gems like Roots Wine Company, Anne Amie Vineyards and Domaine Divio, a new favorite opened by our pal Bruno Corneaux. At the end of July every year is the International Pinot Noir Celebration held on the campus of Linfield College; book early because the whole town fills up. Harvest time in September and October is a fantastic time to visit and watch the crush in action. We can even help you spend a day on the sorting lines at wineries to get your hands on some grapes and watch the winemaking process from up close.
The food scene here is also sensational, and goes hand in hand with winemaking and the whole Oregon culture of fresh, local, hand-crafted and delicious. A weekly Farmer's Market on Cowls Street in McMinnville on Thursday afternoons in the spring and summer brings a raft of fresh, local produce, cheeses, meats and baked goods. Farm stands dot the surrounding countryside and sell their wares directly. The restaurant scene is thriving and chef/owner driven, starting with the acclaimed and James Beard-award winning Nick's Italian Café (now run by Nick's talented daughter, Carmen) on Third Street, and continuing with Thistle, Bistro Maison, the 411 Lounge, La Rambla, Gem, Golden Valley Brewpub, the Barberry and 1882 Grille, Valley Commissary and The Diner. And those are just in McMinnville!
Head to neighboring towns to find exquisite fine-dining at Tina's and Red Hills Market in Dundee; Recipe, The Painted Lady and Jory in Newberg; and The Joel Palmer House in Dayton. And let us direct you to the special-event dinners that wineries host and arrange throughout the year.
Come and visit us soon! We're happy to meet you and share a perfect slice of Oregon.
Jim & Kris Gullo
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- english, french, german, spanish
- Calendar last updated:
- May 18, 2018
About Jim & Kris Gullo
We're Jim and Kris, and we love to show off our town to friends and family. Jim is an author and journalist who has published 10 books and hundreds of articles about travel, food and wine (and possibly one in the airline magazine on the flight that brought you to Oregon). Kris works in a local manufacturing business. We chose this town to raise our two young sons because it is so pleasant, friendly and beautiful. The hills and valley around us are alive with trees, farms, ranches and over 250 wineries. Jim grew up in upstate New York and Pennsylvania, Kris in Montana, and between the two of us we have lived in LA, Manhattan, Hawaii, Seattle and Bainbridge Island, WA. But this is the place for us, and we're thrilled to share it with you.
Jim & Kris Gullo purchased this House in 2017
Why Jim & Kris Gullo chose McMinnville
The Pastry Ranch is a delicious, comfortable home within walking and biking distance of McMinnville's fabulous Third Street. Our kitchen is equipped with everything you need to bake your own delicacies, and you are very likely to find some delicious breads and pastries waiting for you upon arrival. We are two blocks away from the up-and-coming Granary District, with several working wineries with tasting rooms, brewpubs that make their own fine beers and ales on site, restaurants, coffee shop and farm markets with fresh produce and crafts.
Local Services & Businesses
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
We had a wonderful stay!!! We met Jim at the house. He had fresh bread and a few pastries ready for us when arrived! They were delicious!!! He gave us a quick tour of the house and let us in on the neighborhood short cut to a local brewery and restaurant. The house was perfect! There were 8 of us for the first two nights and we had plenty of room! We were all able to sit comfortably around the table to play games. There was a ping pong table set up in the garage which kept the boys entertained. Jim checked on us half way through our visit to make sure we didn't need anything. The visit could not have been better. We would definitely recommend. We plan on staying here again!
Thanks a ton, Jackie. I really enjoyed meeting you and the family, and am so glad to hear that the house was perfect for you. Thanks so much for leaving it so clean and tidy, I really appreciate it. Hope to see you guys back soon in wine country, and you're always welcome to stay with us.
Great base camp
This was a great base camp for us. Good location. Good amenities.
Clean, comfortable and well-appointed
The Pastry Ranch was a great location for us! It was a short walk to beautiful and quaint downtown McMinnville and short drive to hundreds of wonderful wineries. Jim was a terrific host. He was always available to address any questions or concerns and provide suggestions for special events in the area. The delicious home baked goods were an added bonus!! We would definitely recommended the Pastry Ranch to family and friends.
Great house and location
Wonderful house near wine country. Very comfortable for our group of friends. The fresh baked pastries the owners left were delicious too!
Thanks, Meena! You guys were terrific guests, and I so appreciate how clean and tidy you left the house. Come back soon to Oregon wine country!
McMinnville is in the heart of Oregon wine country in the beautiful Willamette Valley, and we are also home to the Evergreen Air & Space Museum that includes Howard Hughes's Spruce Goose airplane, lots of real fighter jets, historic aircraft, spacecraft and rocket boosters, an IMAX theater and a waterpark that launches you from the interior of a 727 airplane into a maze of waterslides. Cool!
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