My pal asked for some weekend getaway advice for Southern Oregon.
He had a tall order:
Old, quaint hotel or a cabin
Not too expensive
In or near a town with at least one or two decent restaurants, maybe a coffee house.
Hiking and swimming near
Town Festival a bonus
Not too far from free WiFi
You can’t find all that anywhere I know, but here are some possible nice family spots:
Odell Lake Lodge, No. Klamath. About 3 hours from here this is my families favorite “local” overnight though we usually go in winter. Boating and (cold) swimming in Lake, really nice, small cozy lodge, hiking all around, very good food at the restaurant lodge. I think no internet. Kind of secluded in the woods. No WIFI at our last stay – March of 06.
Prospect Inn up 62 on way to Crater Lake, which itself has some new cabins I think, though they probably won’t be cheap. Crater Lake Lodge is expensive and probably full but it’s worth a stay sometime. Prob no WIFI
Oregon Caves Lodge – rooms are pretty rustic but this is really a *cool* lodge in my opinion and your son will love the cave tour. Lots of great hiking nearby and good food at the lodge though I’m not sure if they have all 3 meals there. OregonCaves.com (one of my sites!). No WIFI
Coast: I’m not up on many of the lodges over there. Best Western on the beach in Brookings is nice.. (there is also one on 101 that is nice but not on water), Windermere in Bandon, Inn at Face Rock. For coast consider a house rental. Search “Oregon Coast home rentals” to bring up a bunch.
SunRiver – fancy lodge and nice houses, can be expensive depending on time of year and availability. Great hiking very near. Bend is 15 miles away and it’s a beautiful small city.
I’ve left out some of the best places to stay if you are coming to the Rogue Valley because I live here and don’t stay overnight in Jacksonville, Medford, Ashland, Grants Pass. Weasku Inn, for example, is one of the nicest lodges in the West and a former haunt of Clark Gable.
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