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OREGON - Portland-based media company MEDIAmerica, publishers of Oregon Business magazine and the well-known 100 Best Companies to Work for in Oregon survey, have announced the second annual 100 Best Fan-Favorite Destinations in Oregon for 2018.

Bandon Inn and Bandon Dunes Golf Resort were once again on the list. Bandon Inn was rated 14th (last year 37th), while Bandon Dunes was rated 27th (last year 29th).

This year researchers studied 38,000 reviews, a 72 percent increase over last year’s reviews, on the most widely-used online review sites Google, TripAdvisor and Yelp. Scores were tallied and combined to determine the level of travelers’ overall satisfaction. The scores were then ranked to create the 100 Best Fan-Favorites Destinations list.

The “100 Best” will gain valuable exposure in popular statewide magazines like Oregon Home, Oregon Business, both in print and online. Winners may also promote their achievement with exclusive rights to use the “100 Best” logo on their promotional materials and at point-of-purchase.

The top 100 destinations will once again be charted on a map for visitors and residents to use as a guide for traveling the state. A total of 75,000 statewide maps will be distributed in 2018 at most of the state’s entry points and visitor centers.

"When I was informed that Bandon Inn was one of the Top 100 Best Fan Favorite Destinations in Oregon for 2018 I was amazed," said Bandon Inn owner Peggy Backholm.

Backhom attended the awards luncheon in Portland in December with her manager Molly Smith-Bemetz. They were told that the competition was greater this year.

"So we were thrilled just to be included in the Top 100. When it was announced that Bandon Inn was awarded the 14th Best Fan Favorite Destination in the state of Oregon both Molly and I were really thrilled. When so many people in hospitality gather together, the feeling of community reminds us that we are part of something really special."

"After 23 years in this business I'm still excited about hospitality and making the customer's experience positive," Backholm added.

By the end of February Bandon Inn will also be completing a two-year remodel of all 58 guest rooms including paint, carpet, drapes, new furniture, pillow top beds, new phones, local art and lighting as well as adding many free amenities for our guests. So far, the improvements have been well received, Backholm said.

"It takes a village to accomplish great things; front desk staff, housekeepers, laundry and maintenance staff, baristas and shuttle drivers," she said.

"Several of our employees wear a few different hats which amuses our guests," Backholm explained.

"Upon check in you could be greeted by Frank. If a guest requires help in our gift shop or assistance with our Oregon craft beer and Oregon wines, Frank's your man. When we are shuttling a guest to dinner or the airport don't be surprised if you see Frank at the wheel.

"During the day, Brian is what I call the 'beautification manager.' His painting skills are unbeatable and, in the evening, you can find him driving our shuttle.

"Jenny can be cleaning rooms one day, hanging Christmas lights the next and then move on to hanging new wall art.

"All the employees will pitch in to deliver espresso orders and 'breakfast to go' to our guests."

"This award is possible because we have a truly beautiful town, wonderful restaurants and unparalleled beaches as our support cast that make the guest's experience complete," Backholm said. "I am told every day by our guests that we live in a very special part of the world. I think they are right!"

Backholm has been in the hospitality business for more than 20 years, starting with a small resort in the Olympic Peninsula. The daughter of Bob and Rita Howard, she was born and raised in Bandon.

The 2017 map proved to be very popular according to MEDIAmerica distribution partner Matt Preston of Certified Folder Display Service Inc. who said, “The 100 Best Fan-Favorite Destinations in Oregon brochure is a huge hit in the Travel Oregon Welcome Center program, which includes the PDX International Airport.”

“It is fantastic to see this project grow. Travelers rely more than ever on third party reviews. The participation increase in this important research shows that more destinations are paying attention as well,” said Andrew Insinga, CEO of MEDIAmerica.

Craig Peebles, events manager at MEDIAmerica, added, “To be able to tally and merge data from the big three online review sites was not easy, but the result is worth it. A ranking based purely on customer satisfaction is a true measure of what makes a great destination.”

Destinations wishing to sign up for consideration in the 2019 100 Best Fan-Favorite destinations survey or those who would like to see this year's list can visit Participation is free.

2018 100 Best Fan-Favorite Destinations in Oregon

1. Wheeler on the Bay Lodge and Marina

2. Bayberry Inn

3. Long Hollow Ranch

4. Wall Street Suites

5. Portland Center Stage at The Armory

6. High Life Adventures

7. Historic Balch Hotel

8. Powerland Heritage Park

9. Whale Cove Inn

10. Tree To Tree Adventure Park

11. Pendleton House Historic Inn

12. FivePine Lodge

13. Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum (WAAAM)

14. Bandon Inn

15. Inn at the 5th

16. The Oxford Hotel

17. ENSO Winery

18. Morrison's Rogue Wilderness Adventures & Lodge

19. Crater Lake Zipline

20. Crater Lake National Park

21. High Desert Museum

22. Overleaf Lodge & Spa

23. Best Western Premier Boulder Falls Inn & Japanese Gardens

24. The Grotto

25. Café Yumm Eugene Oakway Center

26. Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum

27. Bandon Dunes Golf Resort

28. Tamastslikt Cultural Institute

29. Columbia Cliff Villas Hotel

30. Portland Farmers Market at Portland State University

31. Baker Heritage Museum

32. Cascade Brewing Barrel House

33. ScienceWorks Hands-on Museum

34. Tu Tu' Tun Lodge

35. Meat Cheese Bread

36. Evergreen Aviation Museum

37. Columbia River Maritime Museum

38. Kelly's Brighton Marina

39. Brooks Winery

40. Fireside Motel

41. Pittock Mansion

42. Best Western Plus Columbia River Inn

43. Best Western Plus Hood River Inn

44. Swan Island Dahlias

45. Mt. Hood Meadows

46. Cascades Raptor Center

47. Hallmark Resort & Spa, Cannon Beach

48. Lan Su Chinese Garden

49. River Inn at Seaside

50. The Inn at Northrup Station

51. Kimpton RiverPlace Hotel

52. Kimpton Hotel Monaco

53. SAGE Center

54. Enchanted Forest

55. Sokol Blosser Winery

56. The Driftwood Room

57. Eugene Saturday Market

58. Domaine Drouhin Oregon

59. Kimpton Hotel Vintage

60. Wildlife Safari

61. Hotel deLuxe

62. Pine Ridge Inn Hotel & Suites

63. The Museum At Warm Springs

64. Sentinel

65. River House Inn

66. Gilbert House Children's Museum

67. HI Portland Northwest Hostel

68. Great Cats World Park

69. The Happy Donut

70. Mount Bachelor Village Resort

71. Portland's White House

72. Residence Inn Portland Hillsboro/Brookwood

73. The Oregon Garden

74. Pacific Reef Hotel

75. Douglas County Museum

76. Domaine Serene Vineyards & Winery

77. Columbia Gorge Hotel & Spa

78. Chateau at the Oregon Caves

79. Hotel Eastlund

80. Oaks Amusement Park and Roller Skating Rink

81. Tetherow Resort

82. Hotel Lucia

83. Woodburn Premium Outlets

84. Laurelhurst Market Restaurant and Butcher Shop

85. Oregon Garden Resort

86. Oregon Historical Society

87. Abacela Winery

88. Cebu Lounge

89. Old Town Inn

90. Youngberg Hill

91. Oaks Bottom Public House

92. Goose Hollow Inn

93. Inn at Cape Kiwanda

94. Burgerville Newberg

95. Wilsonville Family Fun Center & Bullwinkle's Restaurant

96. Crater Lake Lodge

97. Riverhouse on the Deschutes

98. Tolovana Inn

99. Blue Heron French Cheese Co

100. End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive & Visitor Information Center

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