McMinnville, or, as we call it, Mac
is the quintessential small college town and centrally located to take advantage of all that the Pacific Northwest has to offer.
Incorporated in 1876 and named after founder William T. Newby’s hometown of McMinnville, Tennessee, “Mac,” as the locals call it, is home to nearly 33,000 people, the thriving and the second largest in the country.
When students get restless on campus, is just a short 15-minute walk north of campus and features shopping, movies, and restaurants serving nearly all world cuisines. Favorites include pizza at , brunch at (serving local and sustainable food) or the flavors of southeast Asia at . If you are in the area, check out our list of local restaurants.
Other entertainment in McMinnville includes:
- Three theatres – the first-run , a second-run theater and the larger than life
- Nearly 250 acres of , including a skate park at Joe Dancer Park and disc golf course at Wortman Park
- Bowling at
- Learning the history of flight and space exploration at the
- The , featuring 10 indoor water slides, four of which start in a Boeing 747 airplane parked on the roof
- Miles of road and path for bike rides and casual runs
- Thursdays are great for strolling downtown to check-out the summer featuring local fresh food
When they want to hit the road and head outside of Mac, students can easily explore the following destinations:
- : 30 minutes southeast
- : 45 minutes west
- : 1 hour north
- : 3 hours east
- : 4 hours southeast
- : 4 hours north
- : 7 hours north
- : 10 hours south
Fun McMinnville Trivia:
- The world’s occurs each May in McMinnville with guest speakers, an alien parade and much more to celebrate a local farming family who caught the presence of a UFO with their camera in 1950.
- The , designed and built by Howard Hughes during World War II resides at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum. Actually made of birch, it is the largest flying boat ever built and has the largest wingspan of any aircraft in history. It was also featured in a recent episode of the TNT show, “Leverage,” which was filmed in Mac.
- Every summer, McMinnville hosts the world’s largest turkey barbeque as part Turkey Rama! In addition to the BBQ, Turkey Rama includes a street fair, carnival rides and 5k fun run!
- Children’s author , whose best known characters include Henry Huggins, Ramona and Beatrice “Beezus” Quimby, Ribsy and Socks, and Ralph S. Mouse was born and raised in McMinnville until she was six years old, when her family moved to Portland.
- In 1983, Helen Hunt starred in the “.” Filmed primarily in McMinnville, the movie is based on the true story about the struggles of a teenage girl who wants to play quarterback for the high school football team. Look out for Dave Hansen, professor Emeritus of Economics and former Dean of Students, cheering in the crowd.
- The world-renowned takes place each summer on Linfield’s campus. The IPNC is a three day event showcasing esteemed chefs and wines from the Pacific Northwest and around the world.