Spend a Night at These Lesser-Known Coastal Lodgings
The oceans and mountains, rivers and lakes along the Oregon Coast range are magical places to wake up every morning on vacation. But have you ever dreamed of sleeping in a working lighthouse, on a houseboat, at the base of an epic peak or at a secluded riverside tree perch? Here are four inspired lesser-known lodgings for your next Coast adventure:
On the lake
If you’ve always wanted to stay on a houseboat, now’s your chance. Loon Lake Lodge and RV Resort is a family-friendly inland hideaway about an hour east of Reedsport, on Oregon’s South Coast. The vacation rental community offers a 30-foot, fully furnished houseboat (complete with upper deck and water slide) for rent through October. Enjoy the playful digs at night; rent a stand-up paddle board, pontoon boat, kayak, canoe or jet ski and splash around on the lake by day. The sparkling lake is lined with dozens of cozy lakefront houses, cabins, cottages and yurts, as well as RV and tent camping sites.
On the river
What if you could sit on your deck chair and watch the osprey and fly fisherman all day, taking a break only to refill your drink or retreat to the hot tub? It’s possible at the Rogue River Lodge at Snag Patch, a rustic retreat on the Wild and Scenic Rogue River in Gold Beach, near Oregon’s southern border. There’s more to do here, of course — you could jet boat, fish, surf, beachcomb, hike, whale watch, kayak or shop. But at the end of the day, you’ll be glad to retire back to your private deck, with views of the river or creek. One rental, the Eagle House suite, is even perched in the trees above the river.
Near the ocean
Did you know you can sleep in a lighthouse on the Oregon Coast? The Heceta Head Lighthouse Bed & Breakfast offers 15 gorgeous guest rooms, all with access to a fully equipped guest kitchen and wrap-around porch for taking in the views from 205 feet above the ocean. Whether you stay in the Queen Anne Room, with a four-poster bed, or the Lightkeeper’s Room, with an exclusive view of the lighthouse from the bed and the claw-foot tub, you’ll feel like you’re in a fairy tale. Just a few miles south are the Sea Lion Caves and Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area.
At the mountain
You may not be able to walk to the ocean from Saddle Mountain State Natural Area. But you’ll have one of the most breathtaking views of the Coast range from the 3,200-foot summit here, with views all the way to the Columbia River and the Cascade Mountain Range on a clear day. This quiet campground is about 20 miles drive from Seaside and Cannon Beach. Between April and October, it’s first-come, first-serve at the 10 primitive campsites at the base of the mountain — which will come in handy when you want to flop into your tent after an epic day hike to the summit. The 2.5-mile trail is steep and challenging; a shorter trail leads to the Humbug Mountain viewpoint, a quarter mile from the trailhead.
Story by Jen Anderson
Photo courtesy of Rogue River Lodge