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 https://www.oregonbusiness.com/100best/destinations. 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
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