: Russ Roca

Cool Places to Stay for Cycling Adventures

Spend the night in bicyclist bliss along Oregon’s Scenic Bikeways.
May 22, 2019 (Updated January 31, 2024)


From its dusty eastern reaches to its loamy river valleys and high-elevation lava flows, Oregon lures adventure-hungry bicyclists. And the Oregon Scenic Bikeways program makes it easy to explore. Oregon is home to the nation’s first Scenic Bikeways program. There’s no better way to celebrate than pointing your wheels down one of these routes, chosen to highlight a variety of landscapes, skill levels and distances. Along the way, places to stay will inspire you to linger. Think hip hostels that pass you a beer at check-in, luxury cabins with soaking tubs and rooms equipped with hammocks. And you’ll know where you and your bike are loved: Oregon’s Bike Friendly Business Program gives proprietors a way to tell you loud and clear. Look for Bike Friendly Business signs and decals on windows.

Wind your way through Oregon's bounty on the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway, the first of its kind in the nation. (Photo credit: Jen Sotolongo / Willamette Valley Visitors Association)

Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway

It’s intoxicating: riding past fields of world-class hops, rolling along hills embellished with immaculate rows of wine grapes, leaning your bike outside a small cafe at a rural crossroads for a strong cup of coffee. The bounty of Oregon is on full display as you cycle the nation’s first Scenic Bikeway, 134 miles down a river valley snaking between the jagged Coast Range and Cascade mountains.

Century House

Jean Brougher, cyclist of 35 years, definitely has her cycling guests in mind at her bed and breakfast, the Century House, which is just a half-mile from the bikeway in Salem. Think handmade quilts, simple Craftsman aesthetic and a mostly window tiny house in the wooded yard for napping and reading. Plus, there’s a bicycle garage equipped with tools.

Edelweiss Manor

Sure, the Edelweiss Manor in Albany embraces classic countryside bed-and-breakfast elements; the 1908 farmhouse has a wraparound veranda, gardens and gazebos. But cyclists will also be happy to know there’s a spa on the premises. Mineral soaks in a vintage claw-foot tub and sessions in an infrared sauna are complimentary for B&B guests. And it’s just a mile and a half from the bikeway.

Velo Bed and Breakfast

You can’t get more Oregon than Velo Bed and Breakfast in Eugene, where the furniture is locally made and the farm animals are rescues. One owner specializes in organic vegan/vegetarian cuisine; the other is a bike builder, with tools and local knowledge to share. Plus, they give a 10% discount if you arrive by bike. Worth the extra 13 miles tacked onto the end of the bikeway route.

Pedal through cowboy country to heritage sites and fossil beds on the Old West Scenic Bikeway. (Photo credit: Russ Roca)

Old West Scenic Bikeway 

Many people still don’t know how good the riding is in far-flung Eastern Oregon. The 174-mile Old West Scenic Bikeway was designed to illuminate the experience. Ribbons of mostly deserted pavement weave through rangeland, along rushing rivers, up some serious climbs and toward an unending high-desert horizon. And around these parts, folks are known for a put-your-feet-up hospitality. Great lodging options, like the ones below, are right on the route.

Fish House Inn and RV Park

At the confluence of the scenic John Day and South Fork John Day rivers, Dayville (population under 200) embraces a sleepy Western vibe. Right in town, the Fish House Inn and RV Park sits on 3 pretty acres. Guests can camp, glamp (in a canvas tent) or rent a country cottage. Find a hammock on the well-kept grounds or lay out a spread at one of the beflowered wooden tables for guests.

Hotel Prairie

History buffs will want to park their bikes at the Hotel Prairie in downtown Prairie City. In 1910 it hosted travelers, ranchers and railroad-business clientele. Revitalized in 2008, the stagecoach quality endures: brown leather furniture, gorgeous wood trim, old photographs lining the walls. And the outdoor garden is an awesome place to bust open a cold one at the end of a hot ride. The innkeepers offer box-lunch catering and bike-tour packages.

Spoke’n Hostel

Take a luxe hostel, stir in some cattle country aesthetic and sprinkle in a touch of Oregon trendiness, and you’ll get the Spoke’n Hostel in downtown Mitchell, which caters to outdoor adventurers. The dorm room features handmade local blue-pine bunk beds complete with handmade quilts, charging stations, reading lights and privacy curtains. For guests wanting more retreat, there are private rooms.

Rise high above Ashland for a bird's-eye view of Bear Creek Valley on the (Photo credit: Russ Roca)

Cascade Siskiyou Scenic Bikeway

Not for the faint of heart (or quads), this 55-mile loop starts and ends in Ashland and includes 5,000 feet of climbing. But the rewards are sweet. From town you climb through oak savanna into deep fir forests dotted with high prairie lakes and wildflower meadows. Snowcapped volcanoes stud the horizon. Stay in Ashland with the microbreweries and locavore cuisine. Or turn the ride into an overnight and stay in a cabin in the woods (with a hot tub).

Lithia Springs Resort

Your aching legs cry out? Lithia Springs Resort in Ashland answers. Famous for its mineral-rich underground springs, the resort’s rooms have tubs for soaking in after a long day’s ride. Cannonball into the outdoor saline swimming pool, chill in the Jacuzzi or check out the koi pond on the 4 acres of English-inspired gardens. Want more pampering? The Waterstone Spa is on-site and don’t miss afternoon tea with fresh-baked scones and fruit.

Green Springs Inn & Cabins

After a very long climb out of Ashland, you roll past Green Springs Inn & Cabins (mile 19), whose mission is built on a strong ethos of sustainability. They harness solar energy, use dead or dying trees to build cabins and even have an EV-charging station. This cabin-in-the-woods retreat provides a sumptuous way for a cyclist to linger in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. Think private outdoor hot tubs. There are lodge rooms available as well.

The Cabins at Hyatt Lake

Just 3 miles down the route, The Cabins at Hyatt Lake (mile 22) also will woo a cyclist. The intimate circle of cabins (likewise equipped with outdoor hot tubs) nestled into the forest is right on a crystalline lake, ideal for a post-ride plunge. Plus, there’s a restaurant on-site to appease bottomless appetites.

Bicyclists may share the road and epic scenery with cars when it reopens for the season, typically mid-June.  (Photo credit: Russ Roca)

McKenzie Pass Scenic Bikeway

From Sisters, this 38-mile former wagon trail climbs through a sage and ponderosa pine forest to a 65-square-mile lava flow with 360-degree summit views of Cascadian volcanoes. The 25-mile, 4,000-foot descent to the McKenzie River has brake-burning hairpin turns through the more lush “wet side” forest. Pro tip: The McKenzie Highway is closed during the winter, but cyclists may share the road and epic scenery with cars when it reopens for the season, typically mid-June.

FivePine Lodge

To put a little luxury in your adventure, stay in a gorgeous FivePine Lodge Craftsman-style cabin in Sisters. It’s a splurging cyclist’s dream: soaking tubs, complimentary happy hour, a brewery, a spa, a pool, a movie house and a restaurant on campus.

Belknap Hot Springs, Lodge and Gardens

There is nothing quite like soaking in hot springs at the end of a ride, and Belknap Hot Springs, Lodge and Gardens has an ideal riverside pool, as well as an upper pool ringed with lounge chairs. Guest can stay in cabins, tent sites and lodge rooms — all situated where the bikeway ends at the junction with Highway 126.

Horse Creek Lodge and Outfitters

From its fire pit to its no-nonsense cabins, Horse Creek Lodge and Outfitters has the adventurer in mind. You can rent mountain bikes or paddleboards. Let them take you on a rafting trip or shuttle your sore tush back to Sisters. It’s about 4 miles from the end of the bikeway.

The Twin Bridges Scenic Bikeway reveals some of Central Oregon's most scenic vistas. (Photo credit: Russ Roca)

Twin Bridges Scenic Bikeway

This bikeway gives you a delicious sample of Central Oregon, all in 36 miles. Plus, you get to base out of Bend, the beating heart of Oregon’s outdoor-recreation obsession. Along the route, imposing mountains crowd the horizon. You crisscross the scenic Deschutes River. The creamy-pavement roads take you past high-desert rock formations, ranches and farm fields.

Bunk + Brew

The Bunk + Brew hostel greets each guest with a cold microbrew. In this historic 1910 brick building, stay in a private room or dorm bed (an all-women dorm room is available). The yard encourages folks to chill out. Snooze in a hammock, lounge by the fire pit or make hamburgers on the gas grill.

Old St. Francis School Hotel

A 1936 former Catholic schoolhouse, the Old St. Francis School Hotel is a McMenamins property replete with classrooms turned lodging rooms, a pub, a brewery and a movie theater. Its soaking pool is a true gem, decorated with handcrafted tile, stained glass and a mural of St. Francis harvesting grapes.

LOGE Entrada

The new ownership at the LOGE Entrada have given this property a face-lift, blending midcentury modern with rustic knotty-wood details, creating a distinctive Bend ambiance. And they want you and your bike to come visit. All rooms have wall bike racks, coolers and hammocks that unfurl from the ceiling.

About The

Ellee Thalheimer
Ellee Thalheimer is a Portland-based author and freelance writer. Her books include Lonely Planet's Cycling Italy, Hop in the Saddle and the Cycling Sojourner series – multi-day bike travel guidebooks for Oregon and Washington. She has contributed to a number of Lonely Planet guidebooks and various other publications, including Alaska Airlines Magazine, OnTrak Magazine, the BBC and Adventure Cyclist Magazine.

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