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Unique Inns Adds Six New Members; Expands Territory for the First Time in 20 YearsExpansion into Idaho Brings Two New Inns; Other Growth Includes British Columbia, Oregon and Two Inns in California
PORTLAND, Ore. (May 28, 2008) — Unique Inns, one of North America's first bed and breakfast innkeeping organizations, today announced the addition of six new member inns, two each in California and Idaho, and one each in British Columbia and Oregon. The two new members in Idaho represent the organization's first territory expansion in more than 20 years.
"This a very exciting time for our organization," said Rose Allen, executive director of Unique Inns. "Our guests appreciate knowing they can expect a high standard of hospitality at each destination while experiencing an extraordinarily unique stay at each inn. We are thrilled to be able to expand our membership and offer additional opportunities and experiences for our guests."
The new members bring the total membership of Unique Inns to 43 inns stretching along the western border of North America with members located in British Columbia (five inns), Washington (six), Idaho (two), Oregon (11) and California (19). Each inn operates in the upscale or luxury segment and is selected based on the inn's one-of-a-kind location, style and guest experiences.
The Lodge at Sandpoint and River Dance Lodge Join in Idaho
Unique Inns' expansion into Idaho includes two new member inns, the Lodge at Sandpoint and River Dance Lodge in Kooskia.
The Lodge at Sandpoint is a boutique waterfront hotel located amidst the lakes and mountains in Idaho's beautiful panhandle. The magnificent getaway resort sits just outside Sandpoint overlooking Lake Pend Oreille and the Selkirk Mountains. The property boasts 14 lodge rooms, nine suites, two cottages and a three-bedroom home, most with lake views. The architecture reflects the logging heritage of the area with massive open beams in the boutique hotel's common rooms. Guestroom amenities include private decks and patios, fireplaces, wireless Internet, televisions with DVD players, wet bars and in-room massage services. Shared amenities include an outdoor whirlpool tub and workout room. Guests enjoy access to the resort's docks, boating and bicycles. The Lodge is filled with stained glass windows, art, antiques and books — all designed to create a comfortable place to rest, relax and have fun.
In the midst of the mountain ranges and wild rivers between Lewiston, Idaho, and
Missoula, Mont., is River Dance Lodge — a collection of custom-built log cabins and a restaurant that serve as a base camp for wilderness experiences. Renowned for their outdoor adventures, the innkeepers assure their guests an unforgettable experience by offering rafting, kayaking, mountain biking, horseback riding and more. The inn offers eight two- and three-bedroom cabins with fireplaces and private outdoor hot tubs. Guests have access to wireless Internet in the main lodge, massage services, bicycles, kayaks, float tubes and guided rafting and fly fishing. Surrounded by natural beauty, accommodations offer solitude and quiet, punctuated by the flowing Clearwater River.
British Columbia's West End Guest House: Intimate Setting in a Dynamic City
The eight-room West End Guest House is a classic bed-and-breakfast boutique inn that provides intimate accommodations within Vancouver's dynamic center. Most rooms are equipped with Casablanca ceiling fans or opening skylights; some have fireplaces. Guest rooms have brass beds with goose-down duvets, feather pillows and fine cotton linens. In-room amenities include terry bathrobes, phones, wireless Internet and televisions with DVD players. The inn's two-bedroom suite, located next door to the West End Guest House in a small condominium building, is perfect for two couples or a family. Breakfasts are a five- or six-course event served family style. The inn's well-stocked complimentary pantry is available 24 hours a day. Guests enjoy sherry served in the parlour; iced tea is served on the sundeck on summer afternoons. Guests have complimentary use of the inn's bicycles, or can find restful spaces in the inn's parlour with its fireplace, on the verandah or sundeck, and in the intimate garden.
Oregon's Overleaf Lodge is an Oceanfront Haven
Overleaf Lodge sits above Oregon's rugged Central Coast, one mile north of Yachats
(Yah' hots), with pounding surf and tide pools just steps away. One of the largest Unique Inns, the Lodge's 50 guest rooms and four suites offer spectacular ocean views, many from private hot tubs. In-room amenities include phones, wireless Internet and televisions. Guests can enjoy a full-service spa, indoor whirlpool tubs, workout room, steam room and sauna. Just outside the Lodge is Oregon's historic Yachats 804 Trail, which follows the path of the Chinook Indians and other early settlers. Today, this footpath is part of the Oregon Coast Trail system and provides great places for whale watching, tide pooling, birding and hiking. After a day of exploring, guests relax in front of the lobby's handcrafted stone fireplace, surrounded by the artwork of Oregon artists.
Two New Members in California: The Avalon Hotel and Pelican Inn
Catalina Island's premier boutique inn — The Avalon Hotel — is located on the site of a former gentlemen's club. Constructed with meticulous detail, The Avalon Hotel has a distinctively California-craftsman's style. Inspired by renowned American architects Greene and Greene, the
owners have incorporated hand-crafted mahogany, etched slate, stained glass and hand-made tiles
into their classically designed building. There are 15 rooms at The Avalon featuring local artwork;
many overlook the scenic harbor. Guest rooms include telephones, dataports and televisions;
some rooms have wet bars. Services include turndown, refreshments available throughout the day,
and in-room massage. The rooftop deck offers a 360-degree view of the town of Avalon and its
harbor. The effect is understated elegance that befits Catalina Island.
The Pelican Inn is found 20 minutes north of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge nestled between the ocean, Muir Woods and Northern California National Recreational Area parks. Each of the inn's seven rooms offer unique accommodations and canopy beds. The semi-timbered Pelican Inn feels centuries old with its slate roof, roaring fireplace, antiques and lead-glass windows. The innkeepers assure that the Inn's traditions thrive, bringing a "bit of England" to Northern California. Guests enjoy a complimentary full English breakfast. The pub offers traditional British-fare such as prime rib with Yorkshire pudding. From the fellowship of its Tudor bar, to its country cooking and overnight lodging for a getaway of carefree feasting and relaxation, the Pelican Inn is a country inn that captures the spirit of 16th century England's west country.
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 currently includes 43 members throughout British Columbia, Idaho, Washington, Oregon and California. In addition to its new Idaho territory, the organization recently moved to expand its current geographic area to consider potential new members located in Montana and Alaska.
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.
More information on the Unique Inns' organization and individual member inns is available online at www.uniqueinns.com.