The renowned Rogue River has been a favorite destination of mine for as long as I can remember. I’ve fished the upper and lower stretches, ran the rapids and stayed in rustic, somewhat primitive lodges along the way.
A highlight of each summer is my annual stay at Tu Tu’ Tun Lodge. This elegant lodge has a commanding view of the magnificent Rogue River, and indigenous flora and fauna are everywhere! Guests are accommodated in gorgeously appointed rooms, suites and two homes and include top-notch creature comforts. Fabulous breakfasts, lunches and dinners are optional and seasonally available. Dinner at TTT is a special even; I urge you to partake of the gourmet fare at least once during your stay. It is easy to see why Travel+Leisure magazine recently ranked this retreat one of the world’s best lodges.
While you’re in Gold Beach, take a round-trip excursion on Jerry’s Rogue Jets. Back in 1895, the only way to deliver mail and freight to communities up the Rogue River was by mail boats. Today, jet boats are a thrilling means to experience the canyons, whitewater and rugged wilderness, departing from the Port of Gold Beach between May 1 and October 15. Choose from half or full day trips; family members of all ages will have a blast!
If you plan to spend the day hiking or on the river, opt for a hearty breakfast of homemade biscuits with thick, creamy sausage gravy at Rollin’ in Dough Bakery and Bistro, a casual, cozy eatery just north of the bridge where Oregon-grown and organic products are preferred ingredients. Coffee lovers will appreciate the bigger-than-normal cups of fresh-roasted joe!
Spinners Seafood, Steak & Chophouse is a popular dining spot. There’s something for every appetite: fresh salads, big burgers (including buffalo), seafood specialties and homemade desserts. You won’t go away hungry!
Talented owner Ted Watkins oversees Gold Beach Books — the source for good reads. The inventory encompasses well over 50,000 new and used books in every category, including a Showroom Collection which features first edition works, autographed books and rare collectibles. There’s much more than books in this expansive two-story enterprise: Biscuit CoffeeHouse serves tasty treats, smoothies and coffee drinks, and local artists are represented at the Biscuit Art Gallery with presentations by local authors, poets and musicians.
This is but a sampling of the best of Gold Beach. Explore tidepools and search for agates on beaches, wander through town, bike the less-traveled roads, enjoy parks and scenic byways, take a fishing excursion (or go crabbing or clamming), and enjoy local produce and products. Port Orford is a short drive to the north and Brookings is to the south. Whether you’re here for a day or a week, you’ll find plenty to do — or not, depending upon your preference!