Thursday, November 17, 2011
The reviews are in: Cameo Heights Mansion is one of the best bed-and-breakfasts in the country.
The European-themed French country resort, which overlooks the Walla Walla River from its Touchet location on Oasis Road, has been named one of the top 10 destinations of its kind by BedandBreakfast.com.
Founded in 1995, BedandBreakfast.com is a specialty travel website with detailed information on more than 11,000 bed-and-breakfast properties across the globe. Owners of the site have been conferring their best-of-the-best award for the last seven years.
Those recognized represent the best travel experience, hospitality and customer service. Winning businesses are selected based on the quality and quantity of their traveler reviews over the past year on BedandBreakfast.com. They're also chosen based on their web presence, including the quality of their photos, listing descriptions and overall online customer experience on BedandBreakfast.com.
"Take one look at Cameo Heights Mansion's reviews and you'll see guests who share stellar accolades for its quality accommodations, breakfasts, amenities and outstanding hospitality and services," said Martin Slagter, vice president of BedandBreakfast.com owner HomeAway Inc., in a prepared statement.
Cameo Heights, which opened for business in 2007, is owned by Alan and Deanne Fielding. The mansion includes seven suites with private baths, air-jetted tubs, handmade soaps and fireplaces, a theater room and a year-round outdoor hot tub. Cameo Heights also has an onsite restaurant, "The Vine," which is open to the public for dining with dishes crafted by chef Penny Addison.
For more details, visit cameoheightsmansion.com or check out the business on Facebook.
Sterling Savings Bank is reportedly planning to open its new Walla Walla branch Dec. 1.
The Spokane-based bank will unveil its third area branch with the opening at 680 W. Rose St. Known as a convenience center, the branch will have three drive-through lanes with extended hours.
Details were reported in the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce's e-newsletter Wednesday. As part of the opening, Sterling reportedly has committed a contribution of $5,000 to be split among the Blue Mountain Action Council, People for People and Helpline.
Sterling is asking local residents to vote for their favorite of the three charities with ballots available at its area branches and the convenience center when it opens. Sterling will give $2,500 to the first-place winner; $1,500 for second; and $1,000 to the third.
The ballots will be accepted through Jan. 20.
As for the new branch, it will be managed by Cami Heffington, the Chamber reported. Heffington will also continue to manage Sterling's branch at 2 E. Main St., which will continue to operate after the convenience center opens. Hours of operation at the new convenience center will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday in the lobby and 8 a.m.-6 p.m. those days at the drive-through. Saturday drive-through hours will be 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Baker Boyer Bank employees and partners from local radio stations, the Oregon Department of Human Services and Milton-Freewater schools are getting into the spirit of the holidays with a new Giving Tree.
The tree will be going up at the bank's Milton-Freewater branch Nov. 25. It will be adorned with informational tags containing the ages, sizes and needs of children facing uncertain Christmases.
Local residents, businesses and groups are invited to select tags and shop for items. The new, unwrapped donations can be returned to the bank and will be distributed to the families by the participating agencies, which also include Capps Broadcast Group. Cash donations will also be accepted. The deadline for donating is Dec. 13.
Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 526-8321.