With the approach of our 5th wedding anniversary, my wife and I decide to indulge our love of wine and experience Oregon's famed Willamette Valley. After reviewing the various B&Bs discussed here on Trip Advisor, we opted to stay at the RR Thompson house in Carlton because of its proximity within the wine growing region, its recent renovation, and a nightly rate that was among the most competitive we could find. Having never stayed at a bed and breakfast before, we were a little skeptical of the idea of 'staying a stranger's house', but with few true hotel options in the area we decided to take the plunge.
Thankfully, our initial venture into the bed and breakfast world proved to be quite positive. For starters, we booked the Magnolia Room prior to our arrival. It was the least expensive room on the property, but seemed quite nice. This was confirmed upon arrival. It is located on the third floor of the house and has the feel of a European style hotel room. This is to say that it was decorated quite nicely, but definitely cozy in its size. However, given the small amount of time we planned to spend in the room, it was more than sufficient for our needs. But as luck would have it, we were the only guests staying at RR Thompson for the duration of our stay and the owner offered to let us stay in the Rose Suit at the same rate we were charged for the Magnolia Room! This is certainly not something they had to do and spoke volumes about the nature of owners.
Comparatively speaking, the Rose Suit was about three times the size of the Magnolia Room and comprised about half of the second floor of the property. To be sure, this was the home's signature offering and was every bit as spacious and lovely as the pictures shown on their website (www.rrthompsonhouse.com). Complete with satellite tv, a writing desk and chair, and two sitting areas, you really get the feel of what it must have been like to have been the house's original owners. With nighttime temperatures dipping into the lower 40s during our stay, the roomy became a bit colder than desired on our first night. But upon informing our hosts of this issue, they promptly added a space heater to the room that solved the problem. This was just one of numerous gestures from the owners aimed at making our stay as comfortable as possible.
Somewhat unsurprisingly for a house of its age, the bathroom in the Rose Suit was considerably smaller than the room itself as it had originally been a closet. As such, it's really more of a one-person bathroom setup. Knowing this to be the case, though, the owners have installed a separate sink and faucet just outside the bathroom entrance to provide some semblance dual access. All that said, the bathroom has been remodeled to include a very nice tiled shower and bath tub, pedestal sink, with a matching tile floor. Certainly more than enough to be comfortable, just a little less in size than would be implied by the scale of the bedroom. And like the rest of the house, it is kept impeccably clean at all times.
While this was our first B&B experience, I find it hard to believe that we could have found a place with a better breakfast. Done in a European style, the morning meal always included a fruit/cheese/ meat course along with the selection for the day. Coffee, tea, and juice were available in abundance along with freshly baked bread. Whether it was an omelet, crepes, or something in between, the food was fabulous and served as the perfect prelude to our days spent sipping the local vintages. As we were the only guests on the property, our hosts provided us with the morning menu the night prior and asked if we'd like to having something else or if we had any special requirements. I suspect this would have been the case had we not been alone, but it certainly made our stay all the more personal. In fact, upon learning that my wife and I were celebrating our anniversary, our hosts graciously baked us a wonderful cake to celebrate the occasion. Needless to say, we enjoyed snacking on their gift for the rest of our trip.
All in all, the RR Thompson house was all that we hoped it could be, while the owners were even more. Its location within the Willamette Valley is an ideal base from which to sample the region's wines and there are excellent dining options within a short walk of the property as well. I would recommend a stay here to anyone looking for a relaxing experience in a beautiful setting with caring, gracious hosts.
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