Bed and breakfast in early planning stages, will utilize Northwest elements in theme

So far there haven’t been any challenges, but Tavis Hill is hesitant to determine when his new bed and breakfast will be open for business.

Located in the Dundee hills, Hill and his wife Megan purchased a 4,000-square-foot home on 10 acres.

“When we bought the property we were open to what we wanted to do,” he said. “We knew we wanted to be a part of the community, but not sure as what.”by: GARY ALLEN - Looking to the future - Tucked away in the Dundee hills, Tavis Hill and wife Megan are putting together plans for their new bed and breakfast, with tentative hopes to open next summer. Hill said the inn, after extensive remodeling, will feature a Northwest theme, showcasing elements unique to the area.

He said they mulled over their possibilities, including a restaurant, and eventually landed on a bed and breakfast. The idea came about after hearing time and time again that during peak wine harvest season, there aren’t enough accommodations in the area for visitors.

“It just kind of made (sense),” Hill said.

At this point, the new inn doesn’t have an official name. He said they are tossing out ideas like the Toast Inn and Toast to the Red Hills.

“We’re working on constantly shifting names right now simply because it’s very early in the process,” Hill said. “We need a working title, but as far as what it will end up being, some variation of that.”

What he said is most exciting at this stage is they just finalized the team which will work on remodeling the house structure as well as the aesthetics. The team includes Elite Development Northwest — a female duo who has won Street of Dreams Best in Show twice.

“I think it’s going to be nice to have two women on our team instead of men who can dominate a team,” he said. “It’s exciting to have people from two different sides of the spectrum.”

He added that the concept was Tuscan themed, but that is going to change.

“We have friends in the immediate vicinity and they do (the Tuscan theme) so well, it’s not something we really care to also be,” Hill said. “We want to do something that isn’t a copycat, that’s unique, that we can add to and not be in direct competition. Our word for it is rustic contemporary.”

Rustic contemporary utilizes clean lines, he said, and a lot of Northwest “rusticness.”

“We just want to represent this area as accurately as we can,” he said.

Tentatively slated to open next summer, Hill said the inn will have eight bedrooms available to rent, and three to four rooms for themselves.

“It’s going to be fairly sizeable,” he said.

As for the breakfast aspect, he said he plans to do the majority of the cooking.

“But there are a lot of places around here. If they want to come in, we’re open to it,” Hill said. “What’s great is (the locals have) such an entrepreneurial spirit and such a collaborative spirit.”

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