Amity is a little farming town in Yamhill County- about an hour SW of Portland. It came into being in 1880- so it's been around quite awhile. It's pretty small, though- the population was only 1,478 at the 2000 census. It is right off of highway 99W going west out of Portland about an hour... McMinnville is to the north and Sheridan is to the west. The way it got its name is kind of interesting. It was the middle ground between two families who were feuding about where to put the school. They ended up putting it here- and called the town Amity which means friendship.
In Amity, about 59% of adults are married- in fact it is. Amity is considered a really good city for married couples and families. Households are bigger than average- there are lots of children that live in Amity- especially babies and pre-school kids. So if you want to raise your family out in the country, and would like a place that is kid friendly and kid oriented, Amity is a good place to live! Also, about 70% of housing units in Amity are owner-occupied- which is a pretty good ratio.
Things to do
Aviation Museum ~ the Spruce Goose is an aircraft designed and built by Howard Hughes's Hughes Aircraft company. Its first and only flight was in 1947. Hughes himself detested the nickname " Spruce Goose". The nickname arose as a way of mocking the Hercules project due to Hughes' alleged misuse of government funding to build the aircraft. The Hercules is the largest flying boat , and still holds the record for the largest wingspan of any aircraft ever. Only one was ever built. http://www.sprucegoose.org/
McMinnville Aquatic Center ~ "A Pool for Everybody" two indoor pools, a spa and a weight room, a variety of progressive aquatic classes and fitness opportunities including swim lessons for children and adults, water based and low-impact fitness programs, public and family swims, lap swims, special events and special birthday party programming.
A diving board, rope-swing, small slide for youngsters and water basketball hoop are offered to expand the fun. A handicap lift is available to assist those who are physically challenged. The Aquatic Center is also available for private family, team or business related rentals.
For competitive swimmers, the Aquatic Center is home to the year-round McMinnville Swim Club and the McMinnville High School Grizzly swim teams. http://www.ci.mcminnville.or.us/city/departments/aquatic-center/
Turkey Rama ~ McMinnville's big event, Turkey Rama, will be held Thursday through Saturday, July 7 though 9. Downtown streets will be filled with booths and entertainment all three days. The Biggest Turkey lip-sinc contest will be Friday, July 8. The famous turkey barbecue is scheduled Saturday, July 9, in Wortman Park. http://www.yamhillvalley.org/news/story.cfm?story_no=295
Bald Peak State Park ~ Experience a stunning view of the Willamette Valley and five snowcapped Cascade peaks on a clear day ( Mt. St. Helens , Mt. Ranier and Mt. Adams in Washington , and Mt. Hood and Mt. Jefferson in Oregon ). http://www.oregonstateparks.org/park_110.php
Maude Williams State Park
Siuslaw National Forest ~ The Siuslaw National Forest goes along Oregon's Coast Mountain from Tillamook to Coos Bay. Dense Douglas-fir forests complemented by lush, green vegetation along with miles of sand dunes are what the Siuslaw is all about. This wide range of habitats, many of them transitional, makes this a terrific forest for wildlife, from tiny tide pool creatures to stately Roosevelt elk.
Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area is inset into the forest just north of Coos Bay. Oregon Dunes is the largest expanse of coastal sand dunes in North America. Besides providing the finest beaches in Oregon, Oregon Dunes has 30 lakes, several hiking trails, and some of most mind-blowing ocean scenery anywhere.
At 4,097 feet, Mary's Peak is the highest point in the forest. On a clear day the view is spectacular, stretching from the ocean to the Cascade Range.
When visiting the Siuslaw you will find that the coastal weather is moody. While this is really a four-season destination, the winter can blast you with rain and wind. One winter day may bring a violent storm with rain by the bucketful's, the following day may be clear, calm and sunny. Summer fog is common and temperatures remain mild year round. Click here to learn even more
Amity Vineyards ~ recognized as one of the premier Pinot noir producing areas in the world - rivaling the best in Burgundy. Amity Vineyards helped establish the area's reputation for world class Pinot noir as early as 1985.
Annual Pancake Breakfast (over 40 years) Amity's annual pancake breakfast will be held July 24. In addition to plates loaded with pancakes, the Sunday morning event features square dancing and an antique car show.
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Small Town Festivals: shows all the different festivals and fairs that are around Amity