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McMinnville's main street named 2nd best in US

Many Oregonians know about the charming allure of downtown McMinnville, the small town in Oregon's bucolic Willamette Valley. Now, the rest of the country does, too.
Mcminnville second best main street in Parade

McMinnville, Ore. – Many Oregonians know about the charming allure of downtown McMinnville, the small town in Oregon's bucolic Willamette Valley. Now, the rest of the country does, too.

Parade Magazine named McMinnville the second best main street in America.

The magazine, an insert in many Sunday newspapers, noted the nine tasting rooms, local brewery and cute shops on McMinnville's main drag as part of what makes this wine country spot so special.

Parade also noted the town's impressive resurgence, from an economically struggling community to a bustling hub for wine lovers, tourists and friendly residents.

"During the town's resurgence, 15 blocks were added to the National Register of Historic Places, many lined with the brick buildings that replaced the first structures built by settlers who arrived on the Oregon Trail," the magazine said.

Collierville, Tennesee, took top honors. The town's train depot, yoga studio and free gazebo concerts elevated Collierville to the top of Parade Magazine's list.

But maybe it's better that McMinnville didn't come out on top. Taking second place might keep some of the far-flung tourists away, preserving the charms of McMinnville for its residents and Oregon day-trippers that love the little town.