December 22nd, 2011

We went to see Cavalia last night in Portland and oh, what a wonderful show it is!! I recommend that you see it if you like horses at all and can still get tickets. The beauty and grace were just awesome!

Is Christmas REALLY this Sunday???

December 22nd, 2011

I have no idea how it came to pass that Christmas is only four days away. Besides that, it’s way too close to 2012. Time seems to be accelerating while I seem to be decelerating! Thankfully, I’m ready for Christmas earlier than usual. With no children at home, and no one coming this year, I’ve saved a ton of time, plus no cooking, since I’ll be at a hotel.I got all of my shopping done in beautiful, downtown McMinnville and relaxed afterwards with a lovely glass of Pinot Noir. There’s a long-term guest at the rental, so I am “footloose and fancy-free into January.” I might just have to do this EVERY year!

More changes at Baker Street Vacation Rentals

May 1st, 2011

Getting ready to open the fifth bedroom at Baker Street’s, La Grande Chateau, our full-service vacation rental just in time for Memorial Day! This is a wonderful venue for intimate dinner parties,
bridal showers, small corporate meetings in addition to vacation stays and family reunions!

Spring Weather :)

February 28th, 2011

We are having our usual Oregon rains,  but don’t let that dampen your spirits!!  Come to McMinnville for “Sip!”-a fun weekend of wine tasting, art, music and gourmet food at the Evergreen Air Museum, March 11-13, 2011.

McMinnville Brown Bag Concerts are Back!

June 23rd, 2010

Free concerts on Thursdays at noon on the corner of Davis and Third Streets in the U.S. Bank Plaza. Don’t miss the fun!

The line-up is as follows:

July 8-Oregon Valley Boys

July 15-Molly’s Revenge

July 22-Mike Strickland

July 29-Golden Bough

Aug 5-Rhythm Culture

Aug 12-Mike Fite Trio

Aug 19-Dana Libonati and Ad Lib

Then, head on over to the Farmers’ Market from 1:30- 6:00pm

for wine tasting, food and fun shopping.

Linfield College, Free Oak Grove Concerts

June 20th, 2010

Salsa, jazz and blues sizzle in the summer concert series

Linfield’s Oak Grove will once again welcome talented musicians in its annual summer concert series, co-sponsored by the City of McMinnville Parks & Recreation Department. Click on the links below for more information about the line-up.
July 6 - Aguamiel
“Sizzling, red-hot, 8-piece Caribbean Salsa & Latin. Hot, hot, hot!”

July 13 - Lulu LaFever & The Hot Tamales (pictured above left)
“A big personality with soulful style and sultry Jazz, smoother than black velvet.”

July 27 - Big Monti & The Precious Darlings
“A colossal vocalist and throttling blues delivered at break-neck speed.”

Aug. 3 - Imagine: A Beatles Tribute
“Imagine getting the Fab Four together again!”

Aug. 10 - High Street
“Big band swing with a mix of blues, R&B, Latin, ballads, and old favorites”

Don’t miss these free concerts. A great place to picnic and good for families!

Summer in McMinnville, Finally!

June 18th, 2010

Free Friday concerts begin June 25th at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum!

Concerts begin at 7:00pm and run until 9:30pm. Beer, wine and food will be available for purchase, along with plant sales. Styles include jazz, swing, contemporary, big band, blues and rock’n'roll. For more information on specific groups for eachFriday through August 21st call (503) 434-4185. Guests of Baker Street Inn may borrow B & B (blankets and bug spray) for attending the concerts.

The Farmers’ Market is now open on Thursdays from 1:30 pm-6:30pm on Cowls St. between Second and third Streets, after the free concert at noon – only two blocks from Baker Street Inn and runs through mid-Oct.

And, of course, wine tasting is only a short walk from the doorstep of Baker Street Inn, so come to Oregon to escape excessive heat and see what makes us “so cool!”

June in McMinnville’s Wine Country!

May 31st, 2010

June 5-6 is the Home and Garden Show being held at McMinnville’s Public Market; a blast to visit!  The Market is every Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am-5:00pm and is located just east of Irvine St. between 5th and 7th streets. Organic foods, music, crafts, vintage books, wine tasting and more!

The following weekend June 15-16 is the Brews and BBQs Fest which supports Habitat for Humanity. Come enjoy and help others at the same time! $5.00 entrance fee then buy tokens for food, beer and wine. Live music and related vendor booths.

McMinnville’s 10th Annual Garden Tour, “The Glory of the Garden” is on June 27th from 10:00am to 4:00pm, suggested donation: $10.00. And don’t miss the accompanying Garden Faire which will open at 9:00am on Cowls & 3rd St. (Over 50 vendors with Rare Plants, artwork, structures and accessories!)

Remember, you can walk to these events from Baker Street Inn; high quality and low rate accommodations. Eat, Sleep and love McMinnville!

Spring in McMinnville

April 30th, 2009

Spring in the Willamette Valley often follows the old saying: “April showers bring May flowers.”  This year April was full of showers and the May flowers are already showing.  The weather is starting to warm up (long sleeves instead of full coats!) and we are planting the vegetable garden that we harvest for our guest breakfasts!  It’s an exciting time for innkeepers as well as the vineyard managers in Oregon Wine Country

May -

April 30th, 2009

15 & 16  Fri & Sat – UFO Festival – a small-town festival that started 10 years ago; any excuse for a parade!  Some come for the serious seminars and some for the aluminum foil helmets.  Check out the official website ( ) for more details and make your reservations with us soon!

22 Fri – Give A Little – a charity event for a very worthy local charity I am excited about.  Read about it in my previous post here

28 Thurs – Farmers Market – A vibrant and growing venue to get fresh produce and gifts.  Everything is produced by the seller.  If you’re in McMinnville on Thursday afternoon spend an hour or two just 3 blocks from our Inn and see what the local farms have to offer.