: Pacific Crest Trail at Timberline Lodge by Susan Seubert

Cool Places to Stay for Outdoor Adventures

You don’t have to sacrifice luxury to commune with nature.
February 25, 2019

Sometimes after a long, grueling day on the trail or cruising through pounding rapids, the last thing you want to do is set up a tent. For those outdoor enthusiasts who prefer a cushy bed over a sleeping bag, we’ve rounded up a host of accommodations from luxe properties and cozy bed-and-breakfasts to only-in-Oregon resorts and timeless lodges. These lush spots are perfect for complementing your springtime adventures —no construction required.

Rogue River by Nate Wilson / Northwest Rafting Co.

Rafting/Jet Boating

Oregon is home to some of the best rafting and jet-boating in the country, with hundreds of miles of rivers for all experience levels. Master rafters can tackle Class III-plus sections of the river, with or without a guide, while the more placid stretches make for perfect family-friendly paddles. Stay nearby the river to get the most out of your trip.

Courtesy of LOGE Entrada

Day-trippers on the Deschutes River should look to the very hip LOGE Entrada in Bend. Freshly renovated midcentury-modern rooms come with hammocks, coolers doubling as coffee tables, bike storage, individual ski lockers and more. If you’re lucky, early reservers can also snag the suite with an in-room sauna and hot tub, which sleeps four.

By Justin Bailie

Near the Coast, the secluded Tu Tu’ Tun Lodge along the Rogue River in Gold Beach with floor-to-ceiling views from the beautiful lodge. Accommodation options include cozy rooms, expansive suites with in-room cast-iron fireplaces and soaking tubs, and  three private houses. The calm river is prime for paddling, but don’t miss the nearby hiking, fishing or in-lodge spa, either. Those hoping to see more of the river during their trip can book a jet-boating trip up the Rogue.

Courtesy of the Galice Resort

Multiday rafters along the 35-mile Rogue River in Southern Oregon can find a host of riverside lodges only available by float craft or ferry. But an accessible launch point is Merlin’s Galice Resort, 7.6 miles upstream from Grave Creek. Its private cabins, cottages and homes with river views; expansive patio and restaurant; and rafting rentals and/or guided trips make kicking off your weekend rafting adventure easy. Jet boaters can catch a boat downstream in Grants Pass from Hellgate Jetboat Excursions.

Pacific City surfing by Mark McInnis

Paddling/Surfing the Coast

Ready for paddling adventures? Kayakers, SUPers and even surfers will find everything from rugged coastlines with ceaselessly pounding waves to calm tidal estuaries perfect for exploring tide pools along Oregon’s 363-mile-long coast. Some of the best lodging experiences are mere steps from the water, giving visitors unparalleled views, often without needing to get out of bed.

Courtesy of Hart’s Camp

For those looking for a more casual experience in Pacific City, head to Hart’s Camp, an Airstream hotel and RV park. Bunk in one of the site’s seven private, completely restored Airstream trailers outfitted with full kitchens, bathrooms, shared gas grills, firepits and more. You can connect with the local surf community at Moment Surf Company, an outfitter that offers surf and SUP lessons.

Courtesy of Salishan Resort

Kayakers and SUP-ers will find easy access to calm Siletz River waters at Gleneden Beach’s Salishan Resort. Tucked into tranquil coastal forests, the relaxing resort might make you forget you came here for an adventure, with its outdoor infinity whirlpool, timber-lined rooms and suites, and floor-to-ceiling views overlooking the bay.

Courtesy of Bay Point Landing

If you crave immediate access to the water as soon as you wake up, spend the night in a sleek cabin at the brand-new Bay Point Landing. The upscale 103-acre cabin and RV resort sits on the sandy shores of Coos Bay, the perfect spot to launch a kayak or SUP. The designer cabins are anything but rustic, with plush beds, striking modern elements and contemporary interiors. While there’s plenty to keep you busy at the kid- and dog-friendly property, you can connect with local outfitters South Coast Tours for more guided paddling adventures.

McKenzie River mountain biking by Jacob Pace

Mountain Biking

Roll right on or off the trail from one of these conveniently located lodges along the state’s best mountain-biking areas. You’ll be able to store or rent your bike at the lodge and take in the scenery without needing to worry about late-season rain soaking all your gear.

Courtesy of Horse Creek Lodge

At the Horse Creek Lodge along the McKenzie River, trails end just up the road from the lodge. Home to a number of full-service cabins perfect for groups, guests can book a shuttle to the head of the McKenzie River Trail and the O’Leary Loop Trail. Bike, raft and SUP rentals are also available from partnerships with nearby shops

By Justin Bailie

Perched on a bluff along Southern Oregon’s Umpqua River is the Steamboat Inn, home to river-view cabins, suites and private cottages steps from the North Umpqua Trail. While conveniently located along the trail, the inn also has a special history among anglers and native populations, who have fished the cold, pristine waters — considered some of the best in the nation — for generations. Stop through on your ride for a meal in the dining room (check their hours), or unwind after a long day in front of the in-room gas stoves.

Courtesy of Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory

Instead of heading back into Portland, Sandy Ridge-area mountain bikers can treat themselves to a stay at the Mt. Hood Oregon Resort. Guests can find solace in the resort’s 300 acres, home to a golf course, pool, enormous spa and two restaurants. And the resort’s unique Nature Concierge service, available May through October, helps you plan even more outdoor adventures, coordinate transportation and connect you with professional guides.

White-faced ibis at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge by Curt Given

Birding

Oregon is a hot-spot for birding. Pros and newbies alike will have a truly exquisite time exploring the Oregon Birding Trails across the state, which take guests through some of the most highly populated areas along the Pacific Flyway. Experts at a number of the lodges, particularly in the Klamath Basin area in Southern Oregon and in Eastern Oregon near Malheur Nature Wildlife Refuge, can also provide guidance on the best viewing areas.

Courtesy of the Central Oregon Film Office

Bird-watchers will love a stay at the historic Frenchglen Hotel whose front porch looks out onto the beautiful Steens Mountain. Built in 1916 as a lodging house for cattle farmers, the wooden lodge is now an effortlessly tranquil stay for anyone exploring the Malheur Nature Wildlife Refuge and Steens Mountain area. In fact, the hotel is just steps from the refuge, perfect for an afternoon stroll.

Courtesy of the Running Y Ranch Resort

More luxurious accommodations can be found for birders in the Klamath Basin at the 3,600-acre Running Y Ranch Resort, home to an 18-hole golf course, full-service spa, sports center and more than 80 rooms, custom homes and chalets. If the amenities feel too good to leave, stay on the property to try and catch sight of the 245 species of birds that call the ranch home.

By Gabriel Amadeus Tiller

Hot-springs enthusiasts will want to reserve a cabin at the eco-conscious Summer Lake Hot Springs, located in the heart of Oregon’s Outback. Most cabins have geothermally heated floors, kitchens, access to the bath house and outdoor rock pool, and more. Birders just passing through can also stop by for a soak during day-use hours.

Minam River by Ted Battesh

Distance Hikes

Spring is the perfect time to start planning your summer and fall distance hikes in Oregon, as large swaths of the Pacific Crest Trail and much of Eastern Oregon don’t fully melt out until the summer months. After days spent on the trails, you’ll be happy to settle in at these quintessential Oregon lodges.

By Evan Schneider

In the heart of the Eagle Cap Wilderness along the wild Minam River lies the 68-year-old Minam River Lodge, accessible only by plane, foot or horseback. After hiking the 8.5-mile trail in, you may feel like you’ve escaped it all. Surrounded by hundreds of miles of trails, the luxury log cabins, wall tents and lodge rooms are a perfect base camp for explorers hoping to stay off the beaten path. Rest weary joints in the wood-fired hot tub from late May to November.

By Susan Seubert

Overlooking the deepest lake in America is the Crater Lake Lodge, mere steps (and a trolley ride) from the Pacific Crest Trail. Recharge in a phone-less, TV-less room overlooking the impossibly blue lake, and sit down on the back patio to local, seasonal fare from the lodge’s dining room from mid-May to mid-October.

Courtesy of Timberline Lodge

No Oregon lodge is as iconic as Mt. Hood’s Timberline Lodge, famously used for filming portions of “The Shining.” Though you (thankfully) won’t need to deal with any snowbound insanity, the lodge is an iconic stay along the PCT or for anyone exploring the area. Wood-paneled rooms come with cozy feather beds, wool blankets, wood-burning fireplaces and more.


 

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If you go: Reservations are always wise, if not required. Many of these lodging properties are open year-round, though snow conditions and inclement weather, particularly in the winter, force some to have seasonal hours. Make sure to call ahead and visit TripCheck.com before you leave to check for any potential road closures or traffic hazards. If you need to rent equipment for your adventures, make sure to reserve with a local outfitter in advance, where possible.

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Samantha Bakall
Samantha Bakall is a freelance journalist and photographer specializing in diversity-based food issues. She currently calls Portland home. A Chinese-American native of Chicago, Bakall has been obsessively eating, writing and making people wait while she takes pictures of their food since she was a teenager. Her work has appeared in The Oregonian, where she was the food and dining writer for more than four years; The Takeout; The San Francisco Chronicle; and others.

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