Since 1886, the Cook’s Hotel building has stood on Third Street on the center of McMinnville’s picturesque downtown. Although no longer offering lodging, the building now serves up hospitality of a different sort.
In 2000, the Cook’s Hotel lobby was painstakingly renovated to its original turn-of-the-century charm and Serendipity Ice Cream opened for business. Surrounded by stained glass, polished hardwood floors, etched glass chandeliers and a rollicking old player piano, workers serve up Oregon-made ice cream, handmade waffle cones, glass-bottled sodas, candy, scratch-baked cookies, and more!
In 2019 Serendipity was put on the Oregon Ice Cream Trail map and named one of 10 stops on the trail as a must-try! “This trail showcases the best ice cream you’ll find anywhere in the world!” said Josh Thomas of the Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council. These tempting treats offered with good old-fashioned customer service do a splendid job of bringing back favorite childhood memories to older Serendipity patrons and creating new memories for younger customers.