Tributary Hotel

A boutique wine country retreat

With just eight rooms snuggled along a tree-lined street in downtown McMinnville, Tributary Hotel is more akin to an upscale bed and breakfast than a quaint luxury hotel — and that’s exactly the point. Surrounded by boutiques, bookshops, and bakeries, the Willamette Valley retreat offers a hyper-local stay with an epicurean bent thanks to a culinary partnership with acclaimed chef Matthew Lightner that’s fueled by a dedicated organic farm.

The intimate hotel doesn’t have much in the way of amenities, but again, that’s all part of its charm. The Tributary invites its guests to embrace a sanctuary of slow, where activities include reading a good book next to a roaring fire and indulging in a well-deserved bubble bath. Though if you want to venture out on a wine-tasting excursion or hot air balloon ride through the valley, that can easily be arranged, too.

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • Housed in a restored 100-year-old former hardware store, Tributary Hotel embraces its roots with rustic design elements such as exposed brick and oak beams complemented by plush modern furniture and light wood touches.
  • The property is situated above Ōkta, the hyper-local dining concept from Lightner. Booking a room at the retreat also earns you a table at the intimate restaurant, one of the region’s most difficult reservations to score.
  • Each of Tributary Hotel’s eight suites are named for a river (see: Grande Ronde Suite and Yamhill Suite) that flows through Oregon.
  • All of the Willamette hotel’s well-appointed accommodations come equipped with fireplaces, bathtubs, and terraces or balconies for the ultimate in small-town splendor. Creature comforts like smart TVs and complimentary wet bars complete the serene scene.
  • Completing the luxury B&B feel, gratis in-room breakfast is served daily from Ōkta. Expect house-made pastries and spreads, as well as egg dishes, fruits, and veggies coming straight from the source. Plans are in the works for lunch to be offered from the acclaimed restaurant as well.

The Restaurant

  • Ōkta is one of the Pacific Northwest’s hottest new tables. The ultra-seasonal concept comes from chef Lightner, formerly of New York’s internationally acclaimed Atera.
  • The nine-table restaurant serves a constantly changing 10-course menu influenced by the shifting seasons. Some dishes are only available for four or five nights, ensuring an entirely new experience every time you visit.
  • Nearly all of Ōkta’s hyper-local produce is sourced from its own organic farm. Located roughly seven miles outside of town, the dedicated green space is also home to a fermentation lab and R&D kitchen where chefs dream up your next dinner.
  • The produce isn’t the only communal element to this exclusive restaurant. Dishes are served on regionally sourced stoneware by ceramicists Lilith Rockett and Natasha Alphonse and tables are dressed in linens sewn less than an hour away in Portland.
  • A well-curated wine program comes courtesy of Lightner’s partners Shaun Kajiwara and Katie Jackson of Sonoma County's Jackson Family Wines. The list showcases international vintages with a particular emphasis on Willamette Valley bottles.

Getting There
610 NE Third Street, McMinnville, Oregon 97128
PDX (1 hr 5 min- 1 hr 40 min)   MMV (7-12 min)  
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