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The luxury boutique establishment adds to the Yamhill County seat's plethora of attractions.

COURTESY: HALEY SWINTH - A brand-new build that matches the historic character of downtown McMinnville, the Atticus Hotel opened this month as a luxury yet inviting hotspot for wine country visitors.Next time you're in the mood for a weekend of wine tasting, you'll have one more lodging option in downtown McMinnville.

Positioned as a luxury boutique hotel with a breezy, homegrown aesthetic, the Atticus Hotel opened earlier this year in historic downtown McMinnville, just blocks away from McMenamins' Hotel Oregon.

The downtown area of the city — about 25 miles down Highway 47 from Forest Grove — boasts a growing cluster of inviting tasting rooms, fun boutiques, award-winning restaurants, historic buildings and vibrant public art.

The four-story, 36-room Atticus Hotel is anchored by an onsite restaurant and bar that should draw many Portland fans of chef John Gorham's dining empire, including Toro Bravo, Tasty n Sons, Tasty n Alder and Mediterranean Exploration Company.

Gorham's newest venture, Bless Your Heart Burgers, focuses on classic Americana cheeseburgers and fries, inspired by Gorham and chef Drew Sprouse's home states of North and South Carolina. The McMinnville restaurant will be the second Bless Your Heart to open, and the first one outside downtown Portland.

TRIBUNE PHOTO: JENNIFER ANDERSON - Ben Perle is general manager and one of three developers on the Atticus Hotel project.And it's not just all burgers. As a hotel restaurant, Bless Your Heart will also serve up crowd-pleasing pancakes, granola, fried chicken breakfast sandwiches, soft-serve ice cream and Gorham's signature radicchio salad.

This being wine country, the bar program will feature a rotation of local Willamette Valley wines on draft, as well as a strong whisky program, throwback slushies and draft cocktails with fun and playful riffs on the classics.

Beyond eats, the hotel will be a showcase for locally made products and art. Other amenities include Dutch-style bikes, Tesla and electric car charging stations and fireplaces

The Atticus is the local second project by developers Erin Stephenson, Brian Shea, Rob Stephenson and Jeb Bladine.

The trio also run Third Street Flats.TRIBUNE PHOTO: JENNIFER ANDERSON - The irreverent Bless Your Heart Burgers (by John Gorham of the Tasty n Sons empire) anchors the Atticus Hotel as a casual, fun dining option. Also come for the whiskey cocktails and a Tasty n Sons-inspired brunch items.


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