New lodgings add comfort to top Northwest wine-country destinations
Three of the Northwest’s most-popular wine destinations are a little cooler this summer, thanks to the opening of these appealing new properties.
In Richland, the 82-room LODGE AT COLUMBIA POINT brings boutique lodging to the Tri-Cities. A pool, a veranda overlooking Columbia Point Marina and complimentary wine tastings on weekend evenings encourage guests to linger in the common areas, while rooms feature a patio or balcony, with some offering soaking tubs. In addition to Northwest cuisine in its own restaurant, Drumheller’s, the hotel’s waterfront neighbors include Anthony’s at Columbia Point and locally owned Lu Lu Craft Bar + Kitchen.
In historic downtown McMinnville, Oregon, the 36-room ATTICUS HOTEL brings hip touches to Willamette Valley’s wine country. Guests check in at an espresso bar, and the eclectic design of its studios and suites blend modern inﬂuences with those from the late 19th century when most neighboring buildings were built. Its luxury bunkhouse offers a unique option for groups, with amenities including stylish bunk beds built into a wall.
About 10 minutes north of downtown Walla Walla, ERITAGE RESORT, set to open in July, offers a wine-country respite among 300 acres of wheat and vineyard plantings, with dramatic views of the Blue Mountains. The venture, headed by Va Piano winery founder Justin Wylie, a fourth-generation Walla Walla resident, consists of 10 luxury suites, with 10 new villas in the plans. The resort and onsite restaurant, open to non-resort guests for dinner, is managed by the group behind Seattle’s El Gaucho, Miller’s Guild and other restaurants, so you can expect awesome dining.