From the friendliness of the team to the chic interiors topfull with details, this property dishes out a taste of the warmth and beauty of the Willamette Valley, one of the world’s top wine regions.
8/10 – Location
In the heart of downtown McMinnville, a minute from Third Street and all of this quaint town’s offerings. You’ll have more than 200 wineries within a quick drive – from pioneers to family-owned producers – including Domaine Serene, Erath and Durant in the picturesque Dundee Hills.
Meanwhile, tasting rooms such as Elizabeth Chambers, Willamette Valley Vineyards and Eyrie (with some of the oldest vines in the valley) are within a 15-minute stroll from the hotel. Downtown Portland and Oregon beaches are about a one-hour drive.
9/10 – Style & character
You’ll swear that you’ve come upon a historic building, but this luxury lifestyle hotel is newly built from the ground up. Blazing red geranium window boxes and black and white striped awnings dress up the simple but elegant façade, and once inside, this charming 36-room property resembles an inn but with all the creature comforts.
The lobby is a well-designed drawing room with a modern sensibility. Concrete flooring, stained oak and midnight blue wainscoting, plush velvet and leather upholstery, and a bevy of decorative touches bolster this hotel’s distinct style.
8 / 10 Service & facilities
Arrive and be welcomed with a glass of locally-produced bubbly. From partner and general manager Ben Perle to the front desk team and the conscientious doormen, everyone at Atticus is a pro and steps above and beyond the call of duty.
There’s a casual brunch, lunch and dinner restaurant-cum-bar on site. Smoothies and toasts are available from a local café for in-room breakfast or walk down the street to Valley Commissary or Crescent Cafe for a delicious (and filling) morning meal.
Guests can work out in the small fitness centre in 3rd Street Flats, the sister property next door, and bicycles stay parked outside for exploring the town on two wheels. The concierge can help you plan an itinerary and organise transportation. Whether you want to visit biodynamic vineyards or off-the-beaten-path wineries, they’re ready and available to assist. Valet parking is available for a fee.
8 / 10 – Rooms
Choose from a tiny house-inspired micro studio, or if in budget, a luxe suite with a balcony and butler’s pantry. All 36 rooms include fireplaces, Pendleton bathrobes, locally grown nuts, Flag & Wire coffee, Velvet Monkey tea, and the real bonus – wine fridges for storing and cooling your favourite bottles from nearby tasting rooms.
Larger rooms come with bathtubs, and smaller rooms feature walk-in showers – but all provide locally-made bath products. Yummy beds, blackout curtains, and a read from books curated by McMinnville locals make for a restful night’s sleep.
8 / 10 – Food & drink
Open daily from 11am until 10pm, Bless Your Heart Burgers griddles up juicy single and double quarter-ounce patties topped with cheese and all the fixings. Of course, perfectly cooked fries or an order of onion rings are par for the course. The chili cheese dog, ‘Pretty Damn Good’ chicken strips and East Carolina cheesesteak are some other sinful options on the menu. Add a shake or root beer float for the ultimate food coma.
If you prefer an alcoholic beverage with your burger, Bless Your Heart stocks a solid list of local wine and beer, and mixes a lineup of vintage cocktails. Happy Hour is every day from 3pm to 5pm and 9pm to 10pm. Indulge in a burger, fries and a pint for only $10 (£8). Or carry in a bottle from one of the local wineries for a five-cent corkage fee.
For in-room breakfast, McMinnville’s Local Flow Health Bar whips up avocado and banana toasts, Energize and Recover juices, smoothie shakes (there’s even one to cure hangovers – how apropos in wine country), and smoothie bowls with ingredients such as acai, bee pollen, chia seeds and fresh fruit.
8 / 10 – Value for money
Double rooms from $285 (£221) in low season; and from $367 (£284) in high. Breakfast excluded from $20 (£16). Free Wi-Fi.
Access for guests with disabilities?
Yes, the hotel offers Accessible adapted rooms. Inquire when booking.
Atticus welcomes families. Larger rooms and suites can easily accommodate groups. Children will love the burgers and ice cream sundaes at Bless Your Heart.
375 Northeast Ford St, McMinnville, Oregon 97128, United States.
Live McMinnville LLC, co-owned by Erin Stephenson & Brian Shea, successfully launched a boutique lodging company in 2011 as 3rd Street Flats. The 3rd Street Flats brand now has two thriving locations in the heart of Historic Downtown McMinnville, and has earned rave reviews from the media and guests on travel websites. For more info visit www.thirdstreetflats.com.
Odd Fellows Building LLC The OFB LLC is a commercial real estate holding company with various properties in Historic Downtown McMinnville and is currently developing the Atticus Hotel property. Owned by local McMinnville residents Erin Stephenson, Brian Shea, Rob Stephenson and Jeb Bladine, the company is deeply rooted in the Willamette Valley.