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McMinnville • atticushotel.com
The Willamette Valley’s newest hotel, the Atticus, officially opened April 1, 2018. The 36-room luxury hotel in downtown McMinnville, is fit with a hidden drawing room, original art and furnishings from local craftsmen, plus a house restaurant in Red Hills Kitchen, Atticus offers an immersive wine country experience for residents and tourists alike.
Inside, the hotel promises an immediate nod to the past with a display modeling a nutcase featured at the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition in Seattle. The wooden archway is filled with the Yamhill Valley’s once-prized crop, walnuts, with a nod to the town’s former nickname, “Walnut City.” Details like this await around every corner.
Rooms include fireplaces and custom Pendleton robes. Guests are encouraged to check out loaner items, ranging from Dutch-style bikes, Atari game consoles and Marshall Bluetooth stereo systems. For large groups, Atticus offers a truly unique experience in the Luxury Bunkroom — fit with built-in bunk beds and storage cubbies for up to six people — and the 1,500-square-foot Penthouse.
The hotel is co-owned by Erin Stephenson, Brian Shea and Ben Perle, the same three who created and oversee Third Street Flats, also in McMinnville.
The Vintages Trailer Resort
Dayton • the-vintages.com
The Vintages Trailer Resort, outside Dayton, features 33 postcard-perfect trailers in 21 different styles within the 14-acre Willamette Wine Country RV Park. Each camper comes with the use of two vintage-style bikes, a mini propane barbecue and colorful outdoor furniture. They’re also equipped with hi-speed Internet, Roku streaming sticks, air conditioning, heat, a refrigerator, microwave, a coffee system and luxury linens — not every trailer has its own bathroom; the few that do not are located closest to the park’s well-maintained restroom and shower facilities.
Other on-site amenities include the Willamette Wine Country General Store, where vacationers can pick up premium wines, beer and refreshments, such as a s’mores-making kit, an outdoor pool, hot tub, laundry services and adjacent dog park for those staying in one of nine pet-friendly Shasta trailers.
Abbey Road Farm Silo Suites
Carlton • abbeyroadfarm.com
Outside Carlton, Abbey Road Farm’s Silo Suites B&B is housed in three grain silos; two were working silos on the property with a third added to complete the project. Five suites are appointed with foam-topped beds, Jacuzzi tubs, luxurious bedding and ambient floor heating. The suites also boast a grand entry and sitting area with a wet bar. Breakfasts are prepared by the on-site innkeepers, the Wilderness Hunters.
New Abbey Road owners Daniel and Sandi Wilkens, also proprietors of Quaintrelle restaurant in Portland, are converting the farmable acreage into a produce farm and vineyard. The couple will focus on lesser-known grapes, in addition to Pinot Noir.
McMenamins Hotel Oregon
McMinnville • mcmenamins.com
Built in 1905, and once home to a restaurant and lounge, banquet hall, Greyhound bus depot, Western Union, soda fountain and beauty parlor, the four-story McMinnville icon, Hotel Oregon, assures a unique sojourn in the Willamette Valley with 42 guest rooms — and pets for a fee.
Whether guests lounge in the popular pub on the main floor, the Rooftop Bar, or the Cellar Bar, they are surrounded by the art-infused, whimsical world of McMenamins. Regular live music makes the hotel a lively place, not to mention the hotel’s UFO Festival, which happens each May.
Willamina • wildwoodhotelnw.com
Built at the turn of the century as the Commercial Hotel when Willamina was in its early stages, what is now Wildwood Hotel hosted men who’d ventured west to join the logging industry or work in the town’s flourishing brick plant — eventually it became an informal brothel. The hotel, built as a three-and-a-half-story building, was reduced to two stories in a fire that swept through downtown in the 1930s.
Wildwood’s main floor has been operated under various names through the years as the upstairs evolved into apartments. In 2004, two homegrown siblings, Meredith Kendall and Katie Kendall Vinson, purchased the hotel after much success in their McMinnville eatery, WildWood Café. The hotel rooms were revived, and Wildwood Hotel opened in January 2005. Additionally, the sisters continue to honor the pioneering spirit of the hotel by regularly hosting musicians and the Wildwood MusicFest and Campout in late July.