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Unique Inns Adds Four New Members; Expands Presence in Washington and California

PORTLAND, Ore. (Feb.20, 2008) — Unique Inns, one of North America's first bed and breakfast innkeeping organizations, today announced the addition of four new member inns, two in California and two in Washington. The new members include the Tallman Hotel and 1801 First Inn, located in Northern California wine country; the Inn at El Gaucho in downtown Seattle; and the Inn at Ship Bay on Washington's Orcas Island.

"All of our members operate in the upscale or luxury segment and are selected based on the inn's one-of-a-kind location, style and guest experiences," said Rose Allen, executive director of Unique Inns. "Many of our innkeepers actively participate in the vibrant and varied food scenes sweeping North America. Most have been recognized for offering guests superb travel and dining experiences and award-winning wine collections," she added.

Northern California Inns Include Tallman Hotel and 1801 First Inn

An incredible find in the hinterlands of Northern California, the Tallman Hotel in Upper
Lake has been lovingly restored to reflect the elegance of its past life. The 1890's main building is surrounded with beautiful gardens and contemporary touches — a pool and hot tub, newly constructed suites and garden rooms with Japanese Ofuro soaking tubs. Interiors feature Eastlake-style handcrafted furniture, hand-painted murals and artwork depicting local flora and fauna. Guests are transported back in time, but geo-exchange heating and cooling systems, solar panels and modern amenities all produce a comfortable, state-of-the-art, eco-friendly environment. The Tallman has 13 guestrooms and four suites — all with balconies. Some rooms feature restored antique plumbing fixtures or Japanese teak Ofuro soaking tubs. The hotel is central to the wineries, boating, hiking and other outdoor activities of the Clear Lake region is located about 2.5 hours from both San Francisco and Sacramento.

The 1801 First Inn sits in the heart of downtown Napa and minutes from internationally renowned wineries and activities such as golf, hiking, cycling and balloon rides. The inn has five suites, two cottages and a Carriage House; all are outfitted with fireplaces and spa tubs. Stylish décor, stunning courtyard gardens and outstanding service help to provide an experience of relaxed sophistication at 1801 First Inn. The inn is situated just a few blocks from Oxbow Public Market; the Napa Valley Opera House; Copia, the non-profit discovery center for wine, food and the arts; and some of the most innovative restaurants in the country.

New Additions in Washington Include Seattle's Inn at El Gaucho and Orcas Island's Inn at Ship Bay

The Inn at El Gaucho is located in the heart of downtown Seattle's ultra-hip Belltown district and close to Pike Place Market, the Space Needle, Seattle Aquarium and downtown shopping. The inn's luxury suites offer sweeping views of Elliott Bay, Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound, the hotel atrium, or city lights from the bustling energy of Belltown. Paul Mackay, restaurateur and founder of Seattle's El Gaucho® Steakhouse, had a unique opportunity to create the ultimate small inn above his renowned restaurant. The inn offers 18 junior luxury suites where guests enjoy pillow-top queen mattresses with featherbeds and comforters. Bathrooms feature either bathtubs or showers fitted with rain showerheads.

Inn at Ship Bay is centrally located in the beautiful Crow Valley on Washington's Orcas Island. The Inn is built around the historic 1869 Adam's farmhouse in the center of heirloom plum, pear and apple orchards. Since taking over the inn in 2003, Proprietors Mary Anna and Geddes Martin have created a destination with one of the Island's finest restaurants featuring Geddes' culinary talents. Experiences at the inn reflect the Martins' care for the land, their guests and for culinary excellence. Island activities include whale watching, sailing, hiking, kayaking, horseback riding, bicycling, and art/pottery galleries. The inn's accommodations include 10 rooms and one suite with a jetted tub providing a relaxed Northwest-style experience. The inn is located about 85 miles from Seattle and 90 miles from Vancouver, B.C., and is accessible by ferry, floatplane and fixed-wheel airplane.

About Unique Inns
Established in 1982, Unique Inns is one of North America's first bed and breakfast innkeeping organizations. The non-profit fraternal organization was originally formed by 11 innkeepers in Oregon and Washington, and now includes approximately 45 members throughout British Columbia, Washington, Oregon and California.

Every member inn is operated by experienced innkeepers, who are committed to providing guests with genuine hospitality, generous amenities, and world-class accommodations. Innkeepers also specialize in providing off-the-beaten-path travel experiences. From customized fine dining and wine-tasting events to shopping, wilderness adventure and some of the most spectacular sightseeing tours in the world, Unique Inns' members are experts at packaging their best regional offerings to create memorable travel experiences.

During its recent 25th anniversary celebration, the organization agreed to expand its current geographic reach beyond California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia, and will now consider potential new members located in Idaho, Montana and Alaska.

More information on the Unique Inns' organization and individual member inns is available online at www.uniqueinns.com.

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