Travel helps us escape from our daily lives. And nowadays, who isn’t dreaming of a getaway? (Or some peace and quiet.) By buying a gift certificate to an Oregon hotel, you’re gifting the promise of a future vacation.
While you may not be able to see all your loved ones this season, you can certainly show your love with a plan to meet up in Oregon. Best of all, you’ll support local hotels when they need it the most. Make an impact with your dollar and give the gift of Oregon. Here are some ideas for the person in your life who is always daydreaming about their next vacation.
Oregon New Hotels
Many cool Oregon properties may have opened a couple of years ago, but they’re still attracting lots of buzz. Get your friend to be in the know with a gift certificate to the shiny, hip properties like SCP Redmond, a boutique high-desert base camp less than 20 miles north of Bend, or Bay Point Landing in Coos Bay, a “modern camping resort” on the wild and uncrowded Southern Oregon Coast. The newly renovated Historic Central Hotel in Burns is a 1929 hotel that now features 12 boutique rooms with handcrafted touches and Prohibition-era names. In Northeast Portland, the chic KEX Portland is the first KEX property outside of Iceland. Twelve miles southwest of Salem in Independence, the beautiful Independence Hotel features views of the Willamette River from the rooftop deck and riverside patio.
Oregon Historic Hotels
Oregon’s historic hotels have had many lives, their hallways filled with stories and memories lingering in the lobby. Among those named on the National Register of Historic Places are the 10-story Heathman Hotel, first completed in downtown Portland in 1927, and Astoria’s Hotel Elliott, resurrected in 1922 after a fire. The Columbia Gorge Hotel, a scenic getaway for actors and presidents of the past, once earned the nickname “Waldorf of the West.” The Historic Balch Hotel has been in operation since 1908 in the small town of Dufur and is now part of the East Gorge Food Trail. In Eastern Oregon, the 1917 Frenchglen Hotel sits adjacent to the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and the Geiser Grand Hotel in downtown Baker City was built as a hotel for rich miners in the 1880s. Like other McMenamins properties, Hotel Oregon’s history is illustrated with vintage photographs and illustrations throughout to help guests slip back in time. Built in 1934, the Rogue River’s Black Bar Lodge offers the same old-school hospitality that your parents — and even grandparents — enjoyed.
Oregon Eco-Friendly Hotels
For the environmentally conscious friend, Oregon’s green lodging options make it easy to tread lightly while putting their feet up. Let them relax at an eco-friendly hotels and lodges and feel great while contributing to the greener good. WildSpring Guest Habitat near Port Orford is a carbon-neutral property surrounded by tall trees on the Southern Oregon Coast. The Oxford Hotel in Bend runs on renewable energy and employs eco-friendly practices throughout, from the building materials to the room service cuisine. The Mt. Hood Oregon Resort is recognized for their sustainable practices, contributing to wildlife and habitat management and the restoration of nearby fish habitats; its golf course is recognized as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. In Portland, The Nines is a LEED Silver Certified Hotel and has an 80% recycling rate, plus an onsite farm-to-table restaurant.
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Oregon Farm Stays and Guest Ranches
Help your loved one indulge in the simple life along the Oregon’s farms and ranches — after all, sunrise with the chickens, sunset with the horses can sound pretty idyllic. Along the North Coast Food Trail, Nehalem’s North Fork 53 is a 4-acre farm and garden retreat center with a five-bedroom farmhouse and cedar sauna situated along the riverfront. At Leaping Lamb Farm in Alsea, part of the Mid-Willamette Valley Food Trail, overnighters can help bottle-feed new lambs, collect eggs and stroll the picturesque acres. At the sustainable Willow-Witt Ranch outside of Ashland, activities include feeding baby goats, picking food from the garden and walking through the meadows. An authentic cowboy experience, Steens Mountain Guest Ranch outside of Diamond invites guests to help move cattle to high-country meadows and try a hand at Dutch-oven cooking. At Wilson Ranches Retreat in Fossil, visitors can join the cattle crew on the 9,000-acre ranch. Aspen Ridge Resort in Bly offers entry into the remote beauty of Southeastern Oregon with horseback riding, mountain biking and fishing. Long Hollow Ranch in Sisters is a working cattle and hay ranch with daily trail rides, seasonal cattle drives and cozy rooms in the 100-year-old farmhouse.
Oregon Romantic Getaways
You’re sure to win brownie points with a gift certificate to a special overnight escape. Rekindle the romance along the dreamy Oregon Coast at the Cannery Pier Hotel & Spa, where every room overlooks ships passing on the Columbia River, or the secluded beachfront Driftwood Shores in Florence. With an abundance of wineries and waterfalls, the Willamette Valley makes for a fun couples retreat with the likes of the boutique Atticus Hotel in McMinnville and the Oregon Garden Resort near Silver Falls State Park. Hide in Central Oregon’s wilderness with the woodsy Metolius River Lodges or the uber-romantic FivePine Lodge and Spa, both in Sisters. In Eastern Oregon, the Wallowa Mountains will give you butterflies at Bronze Antler B&B in Joseph, and La Grande’s new The Landing Hotel caters to those who prefer dinner in their room. For a Southern Oregon sojourn, there’s a lot to love about the thermal springs at Lithia Springs Resort, while snow-bunnies find joy in the historic Timberline Lodge and Ski Area on Mt. Hood. In the Portland, keep each other close at Portland’s Tiny House Hotel in the Alberta Arts District or the Rivershore Hotel in Oregon City.
Oregon Vineyard Stays
Not everyone wants to leave the vineyard after a wine tasting, and many Oregon wineries have caught on. Wine Country Farm in the northern Willamette Valley town of Dayton gives a warm welcome with its 1910 estate house. Also in the Dundee Hills near Dayton, Stoller Family Estate, home to the largest contiguous vineyard in the Willamette Valley, offers a three-bedroom, two-bathroom farmhouse. With five luxurious suites and three comfortable rooms, the spacious inn at Youngberg Hill Vineyards & Inn includes gourmet breakfast and complimentary wine tastings with every reservation. In Southern Oregon, Roseburg’s Cooper Ridge Vineyard has some of the best views in town — and a private house guest house that can be reserved for up to four guests. Tucked away in the Rogue Valley, Foris Vineyards in Cave Junction offers three different lodging options close to the tasting room.