By Gerry Frank, For The Oregonian/OregonLive
McMinnville is one of those charming small towns that has the ability of making you feel like you’re in a story book, as is so at the Atticus Hotel (375 N.E. Ford Street, McMinnville; 503-472-1975; atticushotel.com), located in McMinnville’s historic downtown. One of the biggest appeals at this elegant 36-room luxury hotel is its prime access to a plethora of nearby Willamette Valley wineries and restaurants. Although, an even more important standout is their topnotch hospitality which begins with a complimentary glass of bubbly at check-in.
It doesn’t end there folks, the hotels attention to detail is evident in more than their exemplary customer service, but also throughout the carefully and creatively designed and decorated rooms, luxury linens and toiletries (the Pendleton bathrobes are a nice touch), and locally-sourced artwork and product offerings. Added conveniences like Tesla charging stations, a business center, fitness room and the hotels drawing room which offers private dining make staying here a no brainer. The hotel’s Dutch-style bicycles and curated itineraries (booked with the concierge) make it easy to plan a day of exploration while complimentary wine tastings and in-room tubs and fireplaces make it easy to unwind at the end of the day.
No matter your preference, the folks at Atticus are sure to help meet your needs.
This last spring, The Red Hills Kitchen (530 N.E. 4th street, McMinnville; 503-883-9199; redhillskitchen.com), sister property to Dundee’s popular Red Hills Market (155 S.W. 7th Street, Dundee; 971-8328414; redhillsmarket.com), opened its doors inside the Atticus Hotel and it’s been a perfect match ever since.
Breakfast offers a little bit of everything whether you’re craving a whole bucket of mini doughnuts, biscuits and gravy, or something on the lighter side such as avocado or house-smoked salmon toast; mimosas, bloody Mary’s and Oregon bubbly available too. But if you ask me, you can’t go wrong with the Red Hills Market whiskey peppercorn bacon with toast and a glass of OJ.
Lunch offerings include sandwiches and pork tacos, a signature burger served with delicious truffle fries, a variety of fresh crisp salads, chowder and shareable plates like the meat and cheese board, calamari and oysters on the half shell. Dinner is a play on lunch, but with savory additions like grilled tenderloin, dry aged ribeye, smoked lamb, a Josper roasted chicken and much more.
Every Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Red Hills hosts a special “local’s night” where guests can enjoy a 3-course menu which includes an appetizer or salad, main course and most importantly – dessert for just $35.
Restaurant hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.