The Oval Door Bed and Breakfast in Eugene, OR.
Photo by Lara Dunning

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For some, being innkeepers of a bed & breakfast is a dream job. On a recent trip to Eugene, Oregon, I meet two such people. Nate and Brian Foster, who after years of dreaming of becoming owners of a luxurious B&B, decided to make it happen. They quit their jobs and went on a two-year house hunt to find their Goldilocks location. After almost two years, they found it at The Oval Door Bed & Breakfast.

Owners of The Oval Door Bed and Breakfast.
Nate and Brian with Oliver, their Yorkshire terrier mutt. Photo courtesy The Oval Door Bed & Breakfast

Not only did I have the opportunity to meet this intrepid pair of proprietors, but I also had the pleasure of being hosted for two days at their lavish bed and breakfast, which is only three blocks from the heart of downtown Eugene.

Wine, Cookies, and Relaxation at The Oval Door

After six hours of driving, my entire body relaxed the moment I entered The Oval Door Bed & Breakfast. Nate, my gracious front-of-the-house host, offered to bring my luggage up to my room. Then, he asked if I cared for a glass of wine or a fresh-baked cookie. Knowing I’d soon be having dinner and drinks at the Plank Town Brewing Company on Eugene’s Ale Trail, I declined but decided it would be a perfect nightcap.

Wine and cookies at The Oval Door Bed and Breakfast.
On every floor of the inn, you’ll find complimentary wine, beer, Coca-Cola products and sparkling water. Photo by Lara Dunning

Nate then gave me a tour of The Oval Door. The first floor featured a spacious living room with gas fireplace, cozy seating areas, a two-person pub-style table along the front window, and a buffet with their comment log book, tea, and coffee.

The living room at The Oval Door Bed and Breakfast.
Guests can arrange for in-room coffee or tea service or enjoy it in the cozy living room. Photo courtesy The Oval Door Bed & Breakfast

The living room opened to an elegant dining room with a table set for six, and a door leading to the wrap-around front porch with tables, chairs and a porch swing.

Dining room at The Oval Door Bed & Breakfast.
From the dining room, guests may step out onto the wrap-around porch. Photo courtesy The Oval Door Bed & Breakfast

As a lover of the written word, I took an instant liking to the library. It included plenty of reading material, a lounging window nook, wine, cookies, as well as a small business center.

The library at The Oval Door Bed and Breakfast.
In the library, guests can savor “me time” with a glass of wine and a book or magazine. Photo by Lara Dunning

All the guest rooms are on the upper levels, and as we made our way up to my third-floor room, Brian stopped to point out the second-floor complimentary beverage area and explain their system for breakfast. Each day, three selections are posted for breakfast. Guests write down their choice next to the name of their room and the time they’d like to have breakfast. They may also choose to have in-room coffee service.

The Florence Room at The Oval Door

My room, the Florence Room, featured a metal four-poster bed with curling vines, a custom-made king bed with soft linens and a dark purple comforter to reflect the sunsets along Florence’s coast. Next to the bed were two truffles.

The Florence Room at The Oval Door Bed & Breakfast.
The purple hues in the Florence room reflect the colors of the coastal sunsets. Photo by Lara Dunning

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