Anybody who has been to Amsterdam or most big cities in Europe knows about Dutch bikes. The urban cruisers are perfect for touring the local scenery, which is precisely why we have a fleet here and some fine recommendations for your own Atticus Hotel Dutch Bike Adventure.
The style of bike was born from the flat countryside of the Netherlands. Oregon may be known for its topography—not to mention the many hilly vineyards within a stone’s throw of McMinnville—but our immediate surroundings are quite flat. Which makes the many local streets, avenues and trails prime real estate for a two-wheeled trek. We’ve compiled a few local routes for you to explore via one of our well-appointed loaner bikes.
The Eyrie Vineyards
Distance from hotel: 0.5 miles
Take in some local winemaking history by cruising over to one of the oldest labels in the state. Eyrie crafts beautiful wines, from graceful Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris to zippy Melon de Bourgogne and refreshing Pinot Blanc. And they’ve been at it since 1965.
Fifth Street and Alpine Avenue is a bike-friendly route and affords great stops along the way like the Granary District, Flag & Wire Coffee, the Brittan Vineyards tasting room, and Valley Commissary. The more adventurous can elect to continue on Lafayette Avenue to Wortman Park for some afternoon disc golf.
Walnut City Wineworks
Distance from hotel: 0.7 miles
This easy outing is essentially a straight shot down Evans Street to one of McMinnville’s most vibrant winemaking facilities. On your way out, stop by Community Plate for a snack and a cup of coffee or latte. The ride is mostly residential and quite peaceful, removed from the bustle of the nearby highway.
The tasting room and wine bar feature a broad list of by-the-glass pours, wine flights, and draft beer and cider. Walnut City Wineworks also offers a tasty small plate menu and frequently plays host to area food trucks. This is a great way to experience more than just Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, as the label produces a wide array of wines, from sparkling to Dolcetto.
Distance from hotel: 0.7 miles
Linfield is our town’s main institution and the home of a slew of treasures, from a wine studies program to a football team with the longest winning spree in the history of the sport. Better still, it’s set on a lovely, park-like setting just beyond downtown.
As you head to campus, stop by Peirano & Daughters for some Old World lunch fixings and Third Street Books for some reading material. R. Stuart is a convenient stop for a bottle of wine, which stores beautifully in the Dutch bikes’ custom wine boxes. Once you reach Linfield, set up shop on the school’s beautiful grounds, flanked by old-growth oak trees and eye-catching architecture.
These are but a few options for you. Our friendly concierge at the Welcome Bar can help you plan other Dutch Bike adventures. We also have a tandem Dutch Bike available to ride, customized by local artist Mitch Horning. It wears the slogan “Tandem Acts of Kindness” and is the perfect transport for you and your significant other as you take in our incredible McMinnville surroundings