There's a reason this B & B is so highly rated. Let's start with the accommodations. This charming older home is just 5 very short blocks from 3rd Street, the "Main Street" of McMinnville. Since it was warm and sunny the day we arrived, we had a very easy walk to shops and restaurants. After that, we had a miniscule drive for dinner (it was pouring and cold -- we knew we were in Oregon).
Our room (Portofino) was adequate for a three night stay. The queen size mattress was firm but not too firm and the room was quiet. The main house has four guestrooms on the second floor and I'm sure all were quiet. Since we've just been through a kitchen remodel, we were very impressed with the bathroom's tilework and materials as well as its cleanliness. The shower was fantastic and the towels, etc. were great.
There is a coffee / tea room for the use of the guests. Liz makes sure coffee is available in the morning and hot water is available all day along with an assortment of whole leaf teas. Bottled, filtered water is in the refrigerator.
Liz is an expert on things to do and had lots of suggestions based on our interests as well as those of the other guests. No need to do research ahead of time. Liz has already done it for you. Liz was also happy to make dinner and wine tour reservations for us. I'm used to being the "goto" person for everyone else and it was delightful to be on the receiving end for a change.
Now for Jacques. Great Gallic sense of humor and a chef extraordinaire! If you need to be in control of exactly what you eat for breakfast, this may not be the place for you because Jacques prepares his specialities and you get to enjoy them. However, if you have any food allergies or avoidances, they absolutely will note them and make sure you don't get any bad surprises. After that, all the surprises are wonderful. Every morning had some sort of sweet (loved the lemon tart), some lovely fruit concoction, some sort of bread, and some sort of egg dish. These were not ordinary egg dishes: eggs cocotte served with shaved truffles and a smidge of truffle oil, asparagus frittata made from an ostrich egg, and something called a volcano our first morning. Almost everything is homemade including the croissants and the most delicious orange marmalade I've ever eaten. Orange juice -- fresh squeezed, bien sur. Yum, yum. It's a good thing we had some stairs to climb although I highly doubt that those few stairs came close to using up very much of the calories (but it was sooooo worth it).
There are two set times for breakfast: 8:30 and 10 am. Everything was so low key and laid back that it was fine for us to have a late, relaxed breakfast at 10 am.
Liz said they owned the house next door which had two guestrooms, one on the ground level. If stairs are an issue, you might consider that room because this is such a great place to stay.
Thanks so much, Liz and Jacques. We had a wonderful mini-vacation.
- Also Known As:
- A' Tuscan Estate Bed And Breakfast McMinnville, Oregon