A Good Place
When a large section of US HWY 101 collapsed just two miles south of Port Orford, I happened to be one of the fortunate ones on the southern side of the incident. I was returning to Port Orford, and had a large amount of frozen goods in my vehicle. Since there was no way to know when the problem would be corrected, I was left with the choice of seeking lodging for the night, or backtracking south to Brookings then driving east, then back west and finally south in order to reach Port Orford from the north. All the other back roads to Port Orford were blocked with downed trees from recent stormy weather. I chose to hole up at the Sand Dollar Inn in Gold Beach and found them more than obliging to all who had been stranded. The accommodations provided were very acceptable and comfortable with a small freezer in every room. The Inn did not increase rates to take advantage of the stranding crisis and furnished a very nice continental breakfast for all the next morning. There was also a computer set up in the office for one and all to check possible alternate traveling routes. It was welcoming to be informed that they were “pet friendly” and I was told of two places that I could walk my small dog without a problem. When the manager’s wife realized that I had left most of my frozen items in my car trunk overnight, she informed me that if I wished to remain another day in hopes of 101 opening up, she had a large freezer that I could use.
All in all, I felt that I was treated to some of the finest hospitality I have ever received, regardless of the size of the motel, or its location anywhere in the United States. I wish to inform visitors to our wonderful state that regardless of how they may have been treated in their travels, there is at least one spot in Gold Beach that I believe they will enjoy; I certainly did. And will I stay there again and refer others to The Sand Dollar Inn? YES!
Robert Port Orford, OR