Our Day Out

I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving! We had a wonderful time. It was so nice to have Ryan's family visiting from Seattle and Chicago. I've got TONS to share with you, 'cause we've been really busy around here. Today, though, I thought I'd show you some pictures I took last Wednesday.

Last Wednesday, Ryan, his mother (Terre) and I took a little daytrip to Carlton and McMinnville, two lovely little towns in the Yamhill Wine Country. We visited a few wineries, stopped in at a barn sale, had lunch at the wonderful La Rambla, and strolled down 3rd Street in downtown McMinnville.

Our first wine stop was the Carlton Winemakers Studio, followed by Cana's Feast Winery. They're situated on the same hill (how convenient!) and both offer a variety of very different wines. Ryan and Terre tasted, while I soaked up the scenery.

After two rounds of tasting, we headed over to McMinnville for lunch. On the way, I spied a sign for a barn sale, so we did a quick turn around to check it out. It was a new enterprise and I sincerely hope they do well. The barn is being restored and wears a fresh coat of red paint. What would've once been horse stalls are now vendor stalls. The interior is lit with strings of large patio lights, the effect which is very charming. (The lovely little vignette in the first photo was on the barn's porch.) I came away with a vintage brooch, which I've already worn twice, and a picture frame made of reclaimed wood - good stop!

When we finally made it to McMinnville, we made a bee-line to La Rambla. Ryan and I first ate there three years ago, and loved it. As you can see from the 2nd picture, the space is just beautiful. Normally, taxidermy freaks me out, but their peacock is magnificent! And, not only is the decor delicious, so is the food!

We finished the trip with a stroll down 3rd St, which has lots of cute little shops. It's got a real 1950's charm, and it's clear the town has worked hard to restore/preserve their quaint little strip. Mes Amis, had the most beautiful window. Isn't that gown incredible?!

After staring into all of the shop windows, we visited Willamette Valley Vineyards' Wine Center. They had this really amazing table... It was at least 20 feet long (maybe longer), and was built from wood which had been an Amish barn in a former life. You could still see some of the square pegs used to hold the original structure together. Why didn't I take a picture? It was SO cool.

What a beautiful day! Good company, great food, a bottle of wine from each stop, and a couple of little treasures for me...



  1. The dress in the window of Mes Amis looks amazing.
    Hi Melissa -
    You have two books on your list that are on my book loves of my life list - Winnie the Pooh and The Woman in White.
    Thank you for your lovely comment on my apron over at the Tie One On Peppermint Gallery - the apron is going to be in a giveaway on December 15th -
    Your blog is very fun - keep it up!
    Annette aka Slow Sewing on flickr


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