There are many different ways to travel, and many different roles we play in our own adventures. Sometimes we play the more passive part of the audience, simply absorbing what’s before us, and other times we play the part of the protagonist, actively engaged in experiencing something new. As a traveler I tend towards the latter, always seeking out experiences that fully engage my senses and help me have a deeper understanding of the place I’m visiting.
The Atticus Hotel is starting to feel like a virtual reality experience. For the past eighteen months, we’ve worked closely with our architect, Nathan Cooprider, pouring over schematic designs, which eventually entered the design development process and re-emerged as a complete set of construction plans. During that time we walked the hallways a thousand times on paper, opening doors and entering rooms in our minds, all the time imagining how a guest would experience every detail […]
It’s so important in life to understand what you know, but far more important still to understand what you do not.
When we first started dreaming about the Atticus Hotel in earnest, the vision of a meaningful and creative luxury hotel always included an unforgettable restaurant and bar. In the hazy mist of dream and imagination this restaurant was a part of the heart and soul of the hotel—a vibrant place, serving unforgettable food & drinks, where guests mixed […]
by Erin Stephenson
Over the past several months we’ve been using our Journal entries to share information with our community about what’s happening inside the creation of the Atticus Hotel. Our posts are always in one of three categories:
- the build (updates on construction and project developments);
- McMinnville (notes about our hometown);
- and the team (introducing the people behind the scenes who are making this wine country hotel happen).
Up until now our ‘team’ journal entries have been focused on the folks […]
So many important elements lie just below the surface. Over the past six weeks, we’ve watched the Atticus Hotel construction site take on a life of its own, developing a carefully calibrated daily rhythm as McMinnville’s newest hotel starts to take shape before our eyes. Watching the site from afar we have witnessed holes being dug, filled and then seemingly dug all over again, as utilities are buried and the site is compacted to prepare for the […]
The Chief Translator of Our Brand
Some relationships are truly symbiotic. Over the course of the Atticus Hotel project, I’ve witnessed the incredible interconnectivity between architect and interior designer, and the way in which the two must articulate a shared vision—one that each interprets through their own form of expression. Together they must see something that does not exist, yet have the same image burned on the inside of their eyelids. It’s a beautiful process to behold.
Prior to […]
Yesterday the lights turned on. Not at the Atticus Hotel of course—we’re still many months away from that milestone—but just a block away at the new traffic signals on 5th Street, where transportation bond dollars have funded the redevelopment of McMinnville’s road infrastructure, making it easier for locals and visitors to navigate downtown McMinnville by car, foot or bike. The redevelopment of 5th Street is an important part of the city’s overall plan to link downtown McMinnville […]
Sometimes you just have to pause to celebrate for a minute, and for the team behind the Atticus Hotel, today marks one of those moments. For the last two+ years we’ve been working full time on this project, and we’ve kept our sights trained on three major milestones: securing financing; breaking ground; and opening the hotel. Someone cue Kool & the Gang, because this morning we hit our second major milestone when our general contractor, R&H […]
There is a running joke within our project that the Atticus Hotel has been planned from the corner booth downstairs at McMenamin’s Hotel Oregon, which happens to be one of my favorite places. “My booth” is all the way in the back on the Third Street side of the restaurant with a view of the Mack Theater. I’ve been coming here several times a week for the last year and a half, seeking quiet time and some […]
Over a year and a half ago I attended an awards ceremony to watch Historic Downtown McMinnville’s Third Street be named as one of the Top 5 Great Streets in America by the American Planning Association. It was wonderful to watch our beautiful little town receive top nationwide recognition, and the council chambers at the Kent Taylor Civic Center were packed with well wishers and smiling McMinnvillians of all stripes. After the ceremony was over Cassie […]