This article originally appeared on WanderWithWonder.com.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.