Options available for every traveler

When choosing where to stay in the Yamhill Valley, not only do you have multiple lodging operations to consider, but you have an array of experiences to choose from, too.

Of course, this is wine country, and one of the best complements to a wine vacation is a stay at one of the many bed and breakfast inns in the area. Each offers a unique environment and a personal experience, given that guests, although paying for the privilege, are being invited into the homes of their hosts.

Bed and breakfast inns are scattered throughout the Yamhill Valley, with locations in nearly every community. There are settings for every taste, from vineyard views to urban centers. If the B&B route is one you choose, first decide what type of experience you would like and then use the B&B guide on pages 66-67 to pinpoint your stay selection.

If you prefer hotels and motels, there’s several to choose from. All provide easy access to valley attractions.

The five-story McMenamins Hotel Oregon in the heart of downtown McMinnville offers a unique stay for visitors. The building was constructed in 1905 as a the two-story Hotel Elberton by developers Fenton & Link. McMenamins purchased the building and remodeled it 15 years ago, creating an assortment of B&B-style rooms.

Reliable hotels in McMinnville include the Red Lion Inn & Suites and the Comfort Inn, just down the road from the famed Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum. On the south side of town, less than a mile from Linfield College, is the Guesthouse Inn. If an escape to the hills is your plan, the Spirit Mountain Casino and Lodge offers plenty of lodging and entertainment, along with easy access to the Oregon Coast.

A few miles from the casino, in WIllamina, the historic Wildwood Hotel offers a handful of boutique hotel rooms above the restaurant and bar that has become a go-to for regional musicians.

In Newberg, the Allison Inn & Spa has earned praise for its luxury take on lodging. Visitors with less of a budget looking for comfortable accommodations can check into the Shilo Inn on Highway 99W.

Perhaps the newest trend in Yamhill Valley accommodations is the vacation rental.

Looking down on McMinnville’s downtown are the Third Street Flats.

“What we’re offering is stylish lodging in downtown that has amenities wine country visitors are looking for,” said co-owner Erin Stephenson. The operation adding seven units in 2014 three blocks up from its original four that opened in 2010.

There are plenty more options if you’re looking for a rental, from historic neighborhood homes to cozy country cottages. Vacation rentals are great options whether you are staying for the weekend or a week, allowing you to live like a local during your stay.

The majority of vacation rentals are located in McMinnville, but others can be found in Amity, Carlton, Dundee and Newberg.

There are also a number of options for RV adventurers in the heart of wine county. Willamette Wine Country RV Park and Olde Stone Village RV Parks both offer full amenities for your stay.

Whatever flavor of lodging you choose, just make sure to book in advance. ■

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