I've got mixed emotions about writing this review. On the one hand, I want to share an incredible experience with others. On the other, I don't want the secret of this beauty get out. Bottom line: You won't be disappointed.
I'll start by pointing out that I'm really not much of a B&B guy. Have always found it odd to show up at a stranger's home, knock on the door, spend the night, then expect them to fix me breakfast. The intimacy of being invited into the home sets the B&B experience way apart from that of a hotel. So, my background for comparison here is not as vast as most people writing about the Boreas Inn. As a high-level Hilton Rewards member, tho, I can only say I wish all my hotel stays were this good, even with my perks.
I made the reservation at the last minute due to the fact that I changed plans and decided to head to Long Beach instead of the Oregon Coast. After searching (including reading TripAdvisor reviews), I decided on the Boreas. Within a couple of hours, I had received an email from them asking about my plans and how they could help in any way such as dinner reservations. I don't get that level of attention from private hotel concierges. After a couple of email exchanges, I had the basics of a plan and was on my way. I even remarked that if the Boreas was as good as the tone of the email conversation, the place would be fantastic. I wasn't wrong. The same level of service and attention to detail was present in every aspect of the weekend. If they don't ask you about something before you think of it, just ask away and you'll have your question answered and worked out in no time.
On arrival, it was very nice to meet Susie and Bill. Not all B&B's work like this. Nothing worse than walking into someone's home and having to figure things out all by yourself. We were given a great tour and explanation of the Inn and grounds, settled in, then headed out for an amazing sunset.
Our room was The Hideaway. True to its name, it seems to be a converted attic or storage space off of the main portion of the second floor. The room was quite spacious, had a day bed for my teen son, an alcove area for dressing, and a private bath. The bath itself was smaller than it seemed; they have done a wonderful job in the layout. Having a glass shower enclosure opens the room up nicely to give it a much more spacious feel. Everything was clean, the provided toiletries were excellent, and the bed was wonderfully comfortable. Over-sized pillows, throws, and comforter made it seem more like a fluffy, feather play area than a bed. Falling asleep was a breeze and I awoke feeling refreshed. I should also note that I have some pretty severe chronic back issues and I didn't have any pain at all in the mornings. My back was well rested, relaxed, and healed from the outings of the previous day.
All in all, an amazing first 'B' in B&B. The second, if you can believe it, was even better.
I have no idea how Bill and Susie acquired their cooking skills. But, I am ever so thankful that they did. In terms of the quality, taste and presentation, I can honestly say that the two breakfasts I enjoyed at the Inn were the best I have ever had. I won't give away any numbers in terms of age, but I will say that many chickens have provided eggs for me during my years. Any attempt by me to recreate the meals from memory and describe them as they should be would fall short and not do them justice.
What I will say, tho, is that this was gourmet cooking at its finest. From the coffee, to the freshly baked pastries and breakfast cakes, to the incredibly prepared fruit, and finally to the fantastic main course, the breakfasts were both worthy of being featured in any magazine or television program. By the time the initial offerings are finished, you feel as if there couldn't possibly be more, yet there is. I still cannot say if the main course complemented the fruit and pastries, or if it was the other way around.
In terms of pricing, the Boreas seems completely reasonable for all it offers. I suspect the price range does put the Inn out of reach of some travelers, but if you consider all you do get in terms of service (when was the last time you vacationed and didn't make at least one restaurant mistake?), comfort, and dining, then pricing starts to look quite different. We enjoyed six gourmet breakfasts that would easily be valued at $30 each just about anywhere you would look. If you think of it that way, our rooms were in the $100 per night category. More than reasonable given the coastal location during the summer season.
The only suggestion I can think of to make would be for Bill and Susie to invest in a Keurig, or similar, one-cup brewer for late evening teas and decaf coffee. They do have a quick heating pot for use that works quite well, but I love the convenience and simplicity of the single-cup machines.
In sum, I can't possibly imagine a scenario where you would be disappointed with the Boreas. It just can't happen.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Boreas Inn offers ocean-side peace, luxury and intimacy paired with award-winning breakfast cuisine in a resort-style setting. Boreas is class without pretense! Five exquisite guest rooms, all private baths, one with spa. Very private spa by the dunes offers the best hot tub experience on the coast! Full concierge service. One stay at Boreas and you will never want to go home again! ... more less