Oregon truly does have it all: a rugged coastline boasting gorgeous beaches, a high-desert region full of hiking opportunities, majestic mountain peaks for skiing, a fertile valley renowned for its wineries, and a laidback city bursting with world-class restaurants. Overwhelmed? Use this Web guide to find the destinations and attractions on offer, and get help planning your trip. You’ll find tips on how to get there, how to get around and where to put your feet up after a long day of exploring.
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In a state with such diverse landscapes, it’s only natural to find a wide variety of places to stay, but the breadth of variety may surprise you. Read on to find accommodations ranging from the primitive to the luxurious, from the classic to the ultra hip.
- Craigslist in Portland, Oregon is a very active community, and full of vacation rentals around the state. Look for cabins, condos, beach resorts and more. Just be sure to do your homework and thoroughly research the rentals before you book.
- Look for accommodation search engines on the Oregon tourism sites listed in the first section of this guide, and visit the findingDulcinea Travel Web guide for the best hotel search engines.
For accommodations in Portland …
The Heathman Hotel
calls itself “Portland’s Historic Landmark Hotel” and rightly so: the hotel was built in 1927 and has been an icon of luxury in Portland ever since. Read about the hotel, make reservations online, or explore the “Our Neighborhood
” section for more information on Portland and the surrounding area.
is the young, ultramodern alternative to the Heathman. The rooms are spare yet stylish, the throw pillows are eclectic, and the food and entertainment are nearly nonstop at its adjacent sister establishment, Doug Fir. Make reservations online but be sure to check out the “Deals
” page for package deals and specials.
The Chateau at the Oregon Caves
is a rustic lodge at the entrance of limestone caves in the Siskiyou Mountains. Built in 1934, the Chateau is an architectural wonder that was built to appear as though part of the natural wooded landscape; a stream runs through the dining room. Browse the site to learn more about the Chateau, the caves and the hiking trails in the surrounding old-growth forest.
, nestled on the slopes of Mount Hood, is a National Historic Landmark and a must-visit for the skier and non-skier alike—the Lodge’s outdoor amphitheater plays host to a folk and bluegrass festival in August. Watch the short narrated video on the Lodge or book your room online.
Crater Lake Lodge
is another of Oregon’s grand historic lodges. Built in 1915 and renovated in 1995, the Lodge overlooks Crater Lake and features a Great Hall and northwest cuisine. Unfortunately, the Web site doesn’t offer much in the way of photos or information, but you can make reservations online.
has a list of RV parks around the state. Use the hand search tool to find a park by city, by amenity or browse the alphabetical list of parks by name. Each park comes with a map, driving directions and a list of nearby attractions and events.
For unique accommodations …
Newport Belle Bed & Breakfast
offers a bit of old-time Mississippi River nostalgia on the Oregon Coast. A stern wheel riverboat constructed in 1993, the boat is permanently moored at the Newport Marina and offers five staterooms, a main salon and an open aft deck. Look for deck plans and plenty of photos, and make a reservation request online; you’ll have to call with your credit card number to confirm.
Sylvia Beach Hotel
was made for the literary enthusiast. Located in Newport, all of the rooms feature a literary theme and are organized on the Web site by “Classics,” “Best Sellers,” and “Novels.” Book your stay in the Agatha Christie, for example, and you’ll find many Christie books on the shelves, and a clue from each mystery hidden in the room. Call to make reservations.
The U.S. Forest Service
provides an introduction to the Forest Service Rental Program, a system of cabins and towers once staffed as remote ranger stations or fire lookouts, many of them in Oregon. Browse the rental list by national forest name near the top of the page, or look at the alphabetical list by rental name
Out ‘n’ About Treesort and Treehouse Institute
offers the chance to stay in one of several treehouses more fit for a queen than Tarzan. Take the virtual tours
to get a sense of the craftsmanship and splendor of these cabins in the sky. Though the site design is truly awful and you’ll have to suffer a lot of “lit-treely” silly lingo, these may be the most luxurious treehouses you’ll ever find. The “Our Facilitree
” page has a price list and reservation information.
Heceta Head Lighthouse
is a working lighthouse perched on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The Light Keeper’s house serves as an interpretive center during the day and a Bed and Breakfast
at night. Stay at the B&B and enjoy a nighttime stroll to the lighthouse and a seven-course breakfast in the morning. Reservations can be made only by phone.
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