An Oregon college town gets its first new hotel in 28 years.
Tree forts have nothing on the Inn at the 5th in Eugene, Ore., where guests can lower baskets from their balconies to fetch bottles of pinot gris or riesling from the tasting room of LaVelle Vineyards next door. Downtown Eugene’s first new hotel in 28 years, the inn opens in December 2011 in the brick Fifth Street Public Market, a renovated former poultry business.
The inn is filled with works by Oregon artists, from wall sconces made of fiery orange glass to the lobby’s rustic coffee table fashioned from the salvaged trunk of an oak tree. Vivid fabrics add splashes of gold, lime, saffron, tangerine, and pomegranate to washed white-oak cabinetry. Each room has a fireplace, a balcony or window seat, and five rooms include soaking tubs.
To complement the wine deliveries, the market’s acclaimed French restaurant, Marché, offers wood oven–roasted chinook salmon and other seasonal dishes through room service. Guests who decide to venture out can indulge in spa treatments at the Gervais Salon & Day Spa and explore downtown Eugene. (855) 446-6285, innat5th.com .
Photography by Don Frank 
This article was first published in September 2011. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.