I had the pleasure of taking a girls weekend trip to Portland and the nearby Willamette Valley. The purpose of the trip was to celebrate a girlfriend's upcoming wedding and her love for wine. After spending a day in Portland, we rented cars and departed downtown for the open fields of the Willamette Valley for three days and endless bottles of Pinot.
We stayed in the adorable town of McMinnville, in the heart of main street in the 3rd Street Flats. This renovated historic building now houses 4 separate flats, each fully equipped and decorated with every detail in mind. Each flat was a different style, created by local designers and built with ecoconscious materials. So we learn, there was a competition for the design of each flat, and a coffee table book tells the unique story of the thought and theme of each flat. We stayed in the Olio e Aceto, the Pearl, the Retreat. In addition to the contemporary decor, and "show ready" staging, each flat included complimentary Pinot and local chocolates (topped with salt!). And just as they advertise, it was the perfect blend of hotel, b&b and vacation rental.