Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Inn at the 5th... a sweet spot in Eugene's "Fifth Street Public Market!"
No matter where we travel, the first thing we do is find lodging and figure out which restaurant serves the best food in town. Nine times out of ten, we end up at a boutique hotel in the middle of a downtown somewhere. We love to roll up in our car and never have to see it again until it's time to go home! The point, boutique hotels are usually located in the perfect spots in town. They are usually close to shopping, next to some sort of public transportation, have a connection to a spa very close by and most importantly, there is a restaurant or many restaurants physically attached to the hotel. Inn at the 5th in downtown Eugene has that perfect location and surrounds itself with everything you'll ever need to enjoy your boutique hotel stay. It can be found at the Fifth Street Public Market!
When I was invited to be a guest a few nights ago at Inn at the 5th, I jumped at the chance to go. I have been an inn inspector for our state B & B organization for a few years now and I am the Travel Oregon Willamette Valley Ask Oregon Ambassador so I loved that I would have a chance to check out this new hotel! What a perfect spot and what a perfect place for my guest room to be and right outside my door just across a beautiful courtyard was LaVelle Vineyards Tasting Room. The wine was divine and the company even better and a true local hangout to taste the best wine in the Southern Willamette Valley.
A great tour of the hotel came next with some history of the region and the city of Eugene then we were off to dinner!
I have only been to Marche' once before for lunch so having dinner there was pretty amazing. It all began with an aperitif that was delicious and was followed with tastes of sparkling wine a few more reds and some whites that carried us through a menu that included Dungeness Crab Cakes, Steak Tartare, Roasted Beet & Orange Salad, Wood Oven-Roasted Steelhead, Rabbit Fricassee made with venison sausage, black truffles and roasted winter vegetables and then there was dessert...
...a Bittersweet Chocolate Tart turned in to a taste of four sweets instead of one. In addition to the tart, we enjoyed Creme Brûlée, Ice Cream made with a Nut Brittle Cookie and some little delicious cake thingy I devoured but can not remember the name of. Oh, and this sweet cup of coffee with cream, my perfect ending!
With a full belly a satiated appetite and one more little night cap that included an Organic Cherry Manhattan at a little bar across the street called the Granery, we went up to our room and snoozed till morning.
Room service for breakfast, a spa treatment for moi at Gervais Salon and Day Spa and such a relaxing and lovely stay, I didn't really want to leave!
Inn at the 5th... you certainly found the sweetest spot to plant yourself. You have made a boutique hotel in Eugene a destination for guests yearning to be pampered and spoiled from your amenities to your art to your concierge and beyond!
I am looking forward to the little surprises that are coming for Inn at the 5th. The summer concerts, the extra fine touches that will grace this boutique hotel along with the already very thoughtful touches that will make it even sweeter!
My thanks to Inn at the 5th and Maxwell PR for the invite. Elements of my trip were hosted and arranged by Inn at the 5th, Marche', and Gervais Lifestyle Salon and Spa and my lodging was provided by Inn at the 5th.