The Atticus Hotel has grown from the roots of our community in McMinnville, Oregon. Partners Erin Stephenson & Brian Shea started chasing the dream of creating a small, independently owned and operated luxury hotel in their hometown with the launch of a boutique lodging company in 2010. Their first brand, 3rd Street Flats—a fusion lodging concept blending the best aspects of hotels, B&Bs and vacation rentals—won rave reviews from guests out of the gate, and now has two locations in Historic Downtown McMinnville.
The success of 3rd Street Flats gave Erin & Brian the confidence to turn their attention full-time to bringing their long-held hotel dream to life. Armed with a vision for a luxury hotel with an independent vibe, locavore sensibilities, high design aesthetics and a level of service reflective of the spirit of generosity that flows through their community, they set to work to create the Atticus Hotel.
Fueled by a passion for their community and a desire to help guests feel an authentic connection to McMinnville, Erin & Brian flipped the lens on the hotel experience, re-thinking common tropes and expectations. After seven years of listening to all the things their guests loved about 3rd Street Flats, they felt uniquely poised to bring all the best aspects of their current brand into the Atticus, creating a new twist on a luxury lifestyle hotel.
As a part of that journey, Erin & Brian expanded their team to bring on long-time friend and advisor Ben Perle as partner and General Manager of the hotel, helping them execute their collective vision. Ben’s long career in hospitality has given him the chance to take the helm at properties in his native France as well as Oregon–where he’s lived for the last twenty years–leading some of the state’s top luxury hotels, and bringing years of experience to the operation of the Atticus Hotel.
Opening in the spring of 2018, the Atticus Hotel tells the story of what it is to be a part of Oregon Wine Country. With a location in the heart of one of Oregon’s most iconic historic towns, an emphasis on featuring local artisans, and a deep seeded knowledge that true luxury is defined by the intent behind every decision, guests at the Atticus Hotel enjoy the best of a wine country lifestyle. Erin, Brian & Ben wouldn’t have it any other way.