On the edge of the Rogue River National Forest, beyond the town of Merlin, is a magical place. It sits on the river wild, where Oregon’s history and nature collide, waiting for adventurers to arrive. It’s called Galice; a recreational gold mine if you are a rafter, kayaker, camper, birder, hiker, fisherman, photographer, hunter, historian or naturalist. Or perhaps you simply seek rest and comfort with friends or family on a quintessential Oregon vacation. Regardless of your Rogue itinerary, consider this on your quest: Galice Resort.
Once a humble wooden store between the wagon road and river, Galice Resort has grown to offer an array of lodging, dining, rafting, rental and shuttle services. If you’re imagining a modern palm-pooled monstrosity, it is not. The resort blends into the forest slopes like a family of deer, with all the rustic romance of its history: trappers and miners, homesteaders and herders, freak floods and fires, salmon and bear, plus all those who pioneered the raging Rogue River. In Galice, you can feel the past in the present. And, for true Oregonians, nothing could have more charm.
If your visit to Galice Resort is brief, enjoy eating on their broad deck above the rushing Rogue, often with live music on the weekends. Breakfast, lunch and dinner menus never fail to fill an adventurer’s appetite. Of course, ample samples of regional brews, wine and spirits are available — another way to “explore” Oregon. Check out some historical pictures in their gift shop or purchase supplies and souvenirs. Rent your river gear, schedule your shuttle, or sign up for a variety of boating, fishing and hiking tours.
Better yet, find time to stay a while and soak in it all. Accommodation options abound: quilted beds in the bunkhouse for overnighters, cozy riverside cabins and cottages for couples and families, or large luxurious lodges for big parties and celebrations. For an unforgettable vacation, gather a group of friends and rent the Galice Lodge or Riverview House, two beautiful multi-bedrooms including hot tub, billiards, decks, space galore and more — a bargain at summer rates, and a steal during the winter months.
Tell the heron, eagles, salmon, deer, and Galice Resort staff that I said hello. Just wave to the bear.