Bed and Breakfast inns are fine lodging options, but sometimes what you really want is a bed and dinner that you don’t have to get in a car and drive around looking for. Fortunately, bed and dinner options are growing as small homes and cottages near popular restaurants are increasingly available to rent for a night or two. Here’s a sampling of 8 in the Pacific Northwest:
Kuza Garden Cabin
A 350-square-foot cottage nicely obscured behind the spectacular contemporary Japanese pub and izakaya, Yakuza, Kuza has a queen-sized bed and a full bath, and a living room featuring contemporary furnishings. It also has a fully equipped (albeit tiny) kitchen you won’t really need since you’re literally just steps away from the fabulous restaurant’s dining room. The Bed & Dinner package includes lodging plus a 3-course dinner for two with drinks and/or wine pairings at either Yakuza or next door’s DOC (local, fresh Italian-inspired fine dining). This sweet little boxcar style cabin, located just a couple blocks north of the Alberta Arts District in Northeast Portland, is also just steps away from a Japanese-inspired garden, tucked behind Yakuza. Highlights of the lush private garden space include an outdoor hot tub and cold-water plunge tub and shower.
Windsor Court Cottage
This 1926, one-story, 2-bedroom cottage is adjacent to Mt Tabor Park, which holds Portland’s water reservoirs and miles of forested trails for hiking and running. Cyclists love to challenge themselves on the hilly roads that intersect it. The cottage has off-street parking, a modern fully-equipped kitchen, Bosch energy efficient washer and dryer, flat screen television with cable and a DVD player, and high-speed wireless internet. It also has an arbor covered patio and garden space with seasonal organic fruit, vegetables and herbs that guests are free to enjoy. But some of the Tabor area’s best restaurants are just a few blocks away, including Tabor Tavern, perhaps Southeast Portland’s best neighborhood gastropub.
Oregon Wine Cottage
Unlike most other retreats, this one allows for one night minimum stays. Located in downtown McMinnville, Oregon, the epicenter of Willamette Valley wine country, the 2 bedroom, 2 bath cottage is within walking distance of several noteworthy restaurants, wine bars and boutiques. Built in 1949, it features hardwood floors, leaded windows, and ambience to match. Each room has a king bed, one bathroom has a deep soaking tub for two and a separate shower; the other bathroom has a luxurious shower for two. Hair dryers, linens, and towels are provided. It also has a full service kitchen with granite counters, a gas stove and quality service ware and cookware. Other amenities include Internet, cable, driveway parking, and breakfast—without strangers.
Auberge de Seattle; French Country Inn, Woodinville, Washington Wine Country
This full service inn is charming, intimate, luxurious and relaxing—the ultimate no-fly French getaway located less than an hour northeast of Seattle and under 15 minutes from about 100 wineries in Woodinville. Relax in a comfortable luxury suite on five wooded acres with a private entrance and patio. Take a French cooking class in their open, flowing French “cuisine” kitchen, or place your order for a fully catered Prix Fix dinner or a light supper (they source most of their fresh ingredients from their own garden). Packages include a French cooking class and dinner. Overnights also include a hearty French continental breakfast, but you can also order a full French gourmet breakfast.
Zest (the 9th Flat), Third Street Flats
Located in the Odd Fellows Lodge, also in the center of McMinnville, this 700 sq. ft. urban retreat pops with fun and vibrant colors in an eclectic mix of contemporary and classic art, furniture and warm mahogany cork floors. The 2-bedroom (also 2 king beds), 1 bath retreat is perfect for two couples traveling in Wine Country together. There’s a spacious fully equipped kitchen and dining space, although you won’t need it with Nick’s Italian Café and McMennamins Hotel Oregon just steps away.
Secret Garden Studio in Capitol Hill
An Ikea chic, light-filled, contemporary décor studio-cottage, located in one of the most coveted neighborhoods in Seattle. This cottage has a private entry, off-street parking, and easy access to public transit. For dinner, you only need to walk or roll one block to find three Capitol Hill restaurants, including Vietnamese favorite, Monsoon (look for menus in the studio info binder). Besides a kitchenette (microwave cooking), you get a full-size bed, free Wi-Fi, TV, and a DVD player (there’s an indie video rental store nearby), bathroom with a toilet and shower—shampoo, conditioner and body wash included.
This thoroughly hip, modern, and eco-friendly urban retreat is also notably dog friendly. The 2,100 sq. ft. LEED®-certified home (the most rigorous and internationally recognized standard for the design and construction of energy-efficient and sustainably built homes) features solar power and a groovy Mid-Century modern décor. There are three spacious bedrooms (king and queen size beds featuring bamboo and cotton bedding and hypoallergenic comforters), 2.5 baths, a full, well-appointed gourmet kitchen, a dining room and living room, and heated concrete floors. There’s free broadband internet, an eco-friendly fireplace, LCD-flatscreen television (and DVD player), and a laundry room. Several excellent restaurants are just a few blocks away.
The Full Moon Cottage, West Seattle
This comfortable contemporary urban cottage is located just blocks from the West Seattle junction and several excellent West Seattle restaurants. The 2-bedroom house is a budget dream, sleeping up to six people with queen-sized beds in the master bedroom and a second bedroom. There’s also a semi-private, curtained sleeping area with bunk beds making this a truly affordable option for families. The small kitchen is functional, but with so many good restaurants nearby, really, why bother. The vibrantly decorated house has a combined open living/dining space, a fireplace, a washer/dryer, wireless high-speed internet, cable television, and off-street parking for two cars. California Avenue, which is just around the corner, is the heart of a neighborhood full of great restaurants, coffee shops, shopping, grocery stores, and nightlife.
Jo Ostgarden is a freelance journalist who has traveled around the world by plane, train, thumb, bicycle and automobile. She bicycled across Canada, the Pacific Coast Highway from Oregon to British Columbia and throughout 14 countries abroad. Additionally, she’s an enthusiastic longtime backpacker who calls the Grand Canyon her own personal energy spot. She’s also expert on travel in the Pacific Northwest, Hawaii and Ireland. She edited and re-wrote the final edition of Best Places Northwest Travel Guide, and has written about travel, health, nutrition and endurance sports gear for dozens of magazines and newspapers, including Bicycling Magazine.