Towns sprouted around Oregon during the 19th century on the heels of the Oregon Trail, and hotels were some of the first buildings constructed. Historic hotels like these have many lives, their hallways filled with stories and memories lingering in the lobby. This list represents some of the finer historic buildings in Oregon, some luxurious, some homey — and all on the National Register of Historic Places.

about author John Chilson

When John isn't exploring and celebrating Oregon's recent past, discovering hidden gems and new places, he's walking Portland's numerous neighborhoods (from downtown to the eastside). Otherwise, he's reading and producing new media and old media alike, and enjoying local Oregon beer, coffee and food and bounty - in all seasons. John chronicles all his adventures over at his blog,

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  1. McLaren Stinchfield says…

    John Chilson missed a bet by not including the Historic Hotel Condon (1922), located on Main Street of Historic Downtown Condon, at the convergence of State Highways 206 and 19.
    Condon is worth the trip; two-and-a-half hours from Portland into a ‘different Oregon!’

    Written on September 5th, 2013 / Flag this Comment
  2. Deanna Eisinger says…

    How about the historic hotel in Diamond, Oregon, or th beautiful hotel in Baker City? And I’m sure there are others….Wolf Creek Inn, State owned on I-5 near Sunny Valley…..the list goes on.

    Written on September 5th, 2013 / Flag this Comment
  3. Sharon says…

    Can you see Crater Lake in November? The roads are not close to it are they?

    Written on September 17th, 2013 / Flag this Comment
  4. ellee celler says…

    Historic Jacksonville has the Famous Jacksonville Inn and restaurant. The Inn even has a room or two purportedly housing friendly ghost!

    Written on September 18th, 2013 / Flag this Comment

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