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With its stunning ocean vistas, thriving arts scene, and a mild climate perfect for golfing, fishing and hiking, Bandon is an ideal coastal destination any season of the year. Even the rainy, windy days make for exciting storm watching on Oregon’s Southern Coast. This quintessential beach town about four hours south of Portland offers a less-crowded environment, making it easier to social distance. If you’re ready to plan a trip to Bandon, here are various unique lodgings to choose from.
Rooms With a View
Situated right on the beach with oceanview rooms from every corner, Windemere on the Beach is the perfect setting for families that want to get away from it all. With fully equipped kitchens, spacious decks for lounging, flat-screen TVs and pet-friendly rooms available, you can catch a breathtaking sunset from your room or take a romantic stroll along Coquille Point, part of the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge. The property has implemented rigorous cleaning precautions for COVID-19.
If you’re looking to get away from it all, Best Western Inn at Face Rock offers spacious, quiet rooms with oceanfront views and private beach access. Just a mile south of Face Rock State Scenic Viewpoint, the inn — along with all of Bandon’s lodging properties — is a quick drive north to the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort as well as the Whiskey Run Mountain Bike Trail, with varying routes for all ability levels. Best Western expanded its cleaning protocols and offers a complimentary grab-and-go breakfast.
Located on a bluff overlooking historic Old Town Bandon, the marina and Coquille River, Bandon Inn is an idyllic spot to take in all the sights. If you’re ready to explore downtown, take a 200-foot jaunt to Old Town’s walkable blocks for plenty of dining, shopping and galleries to browse. Bandon Inn has a designated pet-friendly floor with complimentary treat bags for dogs. For humans, every day you can enjoy fresh-baked cookies between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. The inn expanded its cleaning protocols, closed its lobby area and now offers complimentary breakfast to go.
Roadside Inns With Personality
Located less than a mile east of Old Town and about 2 miles south of Bullards Beach State Park, Bandon Wayside Motel & RV transports guests to a whimsical tree-lined oasis. The motel’s eclectic design features repurposed materials and thrifted treasures, while the eight-unit RV park offers a homey, laid-back retreat protected from coastal winds. Bandon Wayside also includes a grassy, dog-friendly pet area.
Owned and operated by professional photographers Susan and Steve Dimock, LaKris Inn offers an affordable lodging option close to all the action. Exuding coastal charm and local flavor, LaKris Inn is conveniently located on Highway 101, a few minutes’ walk from Old Town. Bring your passion for art and creativity — the inn features a small photography gift shop — but please leave pets at home. LaKris has installed a plexiglass guard at its check-in desk, limits office guests to one at a time and requires face coverings in communal areas.
A charming 1960s motel, Lamplighter Inn sits on Highway 101, a mile east of Old Town. Here you’ll find a clean, comfortable, cozy space at an affordable rate. Lamplighter has been refurbished to offer guests modern comfort, with the personal touch of its owners living on-site. The inn’s adorably decorated rooms feature colorful under-the-sea decorations, with room names like “Turtle Cove” and “Octopus Alley.” The inn offers eco-friendly housekeeping products and toiletries. During COVID-19, Lamplighter has expanded its cleaning protocols and suspended its pet accommodations. It also provides contactless check-in and checkout.
Vacation Rentals for All Occasions
A stay at Seascape Cottages on Bandon’s South Jetty gives you front-row access to breathtaking ocean views, with private beach access and a wraparound storm-watching room. The custom-built duplex known as “Neptune and Mermaid” offers a family-friendly atmosphere, with the ability to transform two units into one large home that sleeps 20. This dog-friendly rental includes amenities such as crab nets and sand toys. Seascape Cottages has expanded cleaning protocols, giving extra care to frequently touched surfaces and offering cleaning wipes.
A comfortably furnished rental with an ocean-view deck and a huge backyard, Maggie’s Seaside Getaway is an ideal place to kick back and relax. Venture half a mile north to Devils Kitchen, part of the Bandon State Natural Area, where you can picnic on the beach, bird-watch and snap stunning photos. Maggie’s boasts an open floor plan perfect for playing games or sitting by the fire with a glass of wine or a mug of hot chocolate. Pets are allowed with advanced approval. Maggie’s pays special attention to cleaning frequently touched surfaces, using an alcohol sanitizer and providing disinfecting wipes for guests.
A chic vacation rental with expansive views of the Coquille River and Lighthouse, the Lighthouse River Inn offers a dreamy spot to relax and explore. Recently renovated with five spacious rooms, their own private baths and a wraparound deck, this beachfront lodging oozes with sophistication. When you’re ready to venture out, the rental is a three-minute walk from charming Old Town. Lighthouse River Inn has followed state and local COVID-19 guidelines, expanding its cleaning protocols, and providing facial coverings and hand sanitizer for guests.
For more options, visit Bandon’s lodging page.