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Top 10 Oregon's Odd Inns and Unusual Places to Stay


Top 10 Oregon Odd Inns and Unusual Places to Stay - Breweries, Fire Lookout, Treehouses and more

Mcmenamins Old St Francis School Hotel, Pub, Theater and Brewery

Mcmenamins Old St Francis School Hotel and BrewPub
The Old St. Francis School has undergone a transformation from 1936 Catholic schoolhouse to lively destination hotel complete with classrooms-turned-lodging rooms, a pub, brewery and bakery, a movie theater, private meeting and event space and a truly fantastic soaking pool that beckons day travelers, shoppers, hikers, skiers and snowboarders alike. One of the most unusual place to stay in Oregon.
   This school offers 19 richly appointed guestrooms and four individual rental cottages with room for 2 to 10 people, perfect for group getaways. Old St. Francis School reopened in its current capacity in November 2004 and we honor the property's former life by featuring extensive artwork that pays homage to the history of the school and the surrounding community.
Complete Story and Photos 


Wolf Creek Tavern and Inn

Wolf Creek Inn Built in 1883 - Oregon's Oldest Inn
Built in 1883 by pioneer merchant Henry Smith, the Inn was billed as a "first-class traveler's hotel" for folks traveling on the stagecoach. The building was first called Wolf Creek Tavern, an old English term describing a hotel that served food. By the 1880s Henry Smith had accumulated large land holdings, many of which he planted in orchards that still stand today. In fact, the large apple and pear trees located next to the Inn north of the dining room are part of an orchard planted in 1885. In 1975 the Inn was purchased by the state of Oregon. Local carpenters and craftsmen spent 4 years restoring the Inn to its former luster. Historians from the Oregon State Historical Preservation Office spent countless hours researching the original floor plans and wall coverings in order to return the Inn to the look and feel of the mid 1920's and recreate the atmosphere for current visitors. 
Complete Story, Photo, and Video 


Crater Lake Lodge View

Crater National Park Lodge
Crater Lake Lodge was built to encourage tourism to Crater Lake National Park and southwestern Oregon. It opened to guests during the summer of 1915. Its clientele has included people from all over the world. Most guests have had fond remembrances of their stays, even though the lodge was often in an unfinished state.  In the spring of 1989, the engineers advised the park that the Great Hall wing was unsafe for occupants. They predicted this part of the building might collapse of its own weight. This compelled the National Park Service to keep the lodge closed and begin a rehabilitation project. On May 20, 1995, Crater Lake Lodge reopened to the public. Visitors could again enjoy its accommodations and services safely, and in an atmosphere reminiscent of the 1920s. For the first time since its original opening, Crater Lake Lodge was a project finally completed. 
Complete Story, Photo, and Video 


Heceta Head Lighthouse Bed and Breakfast - Yachats, OR

Heceta Head Lighthouse Bed and Breakfast - Yachats
Pronounced “Ha – SEE – Ta” by most, “HECK – ah – Ta” by others, yet everyone agrees Heceta Head is one of the most beautiful lighthouses in the world. The lighthouse is a working lighthouse. From a height of 205 feet above the ocean, it’s “first order” Fresnel lens, casts it’s beams some 21 miles out to sea. It is the brightest light on the Oregon coast. It is said to be the most photographed lighthouse in the United States. The Queen Anne style Keeper’s House has been restored to its original splendor. It now serves as an Interpretive Center by day and a Bed and Breakfast by night. The B&B welcomes guests year around. Guests are encouraged to view the lighthouse after dark, a rare experience. The awesome sight in the sky while standing at the base of the tower can only be described as “Magical.” Complete Story and Photos


Treesort Treehouse in Oregon

Out'n'About Treesort - Cave Junction, OR
We want you to please understand that although we do everything in our power to insure safety, there is an inherent risk associated visiting a total of 18 different treehouses and a host of platforms (a few almost 40+ feet up the tree), a few child size forts, seven swinging bridges, five swings plus the Giant Tarzan, 20 flights of stairs, four ladders and an unbeatable collection of zipline courses with over a mile of TreehouseZiplines. The treesort is on 36 private acres backed up to Siskiyou National Forest land & wilderness with 25 horses, two rocking horses, 4 dogs, & 1 cat usually running around. Out'n'About is a truly unique place. Part of it's uniqueness has to do with that it is a home grown and based business. There are no locks on the treehouse doors. It is not the Ramada or Hilton in the trees, but is a genuine four star Treesort.   Complete Story and Photos


The Geiser Grand Hotel is a historic hotel in Baker City, Oregon

The Historic and Haunted Geiser Grand Hotel
The Geiser Grand Hotel is a historic hotel in Baker City, Oregon, that opened in 1889. It received a restoration and reopened in 1993 after closing in 1968. Decorations include mahogany columns up to a high ceiling, Victorian-style chandeliers, and a stained glass ceiling. It was known as "the Queen of the Mines" during Gold Rush times and described as being the finest hotel between Portland, Oregon and Salt Lake City with the third elevator built west of the Mississippi River. The most famous ghost in this haunted hotel is the Lady in Blue. She walks up and down the grand staircase in a long, lavender dress looking like a Gibson Girl of the 1900s. Many have watched her climb the staircase only to disappear into a wall. Her identity is unknown. Some say she was a former owner of the hotel and others say she is a woman who hung herself after her cowboy boyfriend was shot.  Complete Story and Photos


Gold Butte Lookout

Gold Butte Lookout in Willamette National Forest, OR
The historic Gold Butte Fire Lookout is located five miles northeast of the Detroit Ranger Station on the Willamette National Forest. The Civilian Conservation Corps constructed the hip roof, L-4 ground structure with catwalk in 1934. Eight years later the Forest Service constructed a cabin in the saddle north of the lookout station where it was staffed year round as part of the aircraft warning system during World War II. The lookout and cabin were abandoned in the early 1960’s and scheduled to be burned.The Forest Service and Sand Mountain Society entered into an agreement to rehabilitate and maintain Gold Butte Lookout. When work began in 1999,  the lookout had to be taken down to ground level and re-framed. Many visible components including windows, floor, wall, and ceiling boards were re-usable.     Complete Story and Photos


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Historic Gilbert Inn in Seaside, Oregon
Romantic Homes magazine called the Gilbert Inn “a haven for lovers.” It was built by a colorful Frenchman who came to town by way of the Franco-Prussian War, San Francisco and the boisterous seaport Astoria, Oregon. From 1885 to 1892 Alexandre Gilbert selected old growth Douglas Fir for the construction of his Seaside home. Most of the structure is still in its original condition. Thanks to members of the family, you will find many original Gilbert items, gone for years, returned once again to their place in the house. Entering the Inn you will walk on Mayor Gilbert’s 100 year old Persian rugs. You will hear his clock chiming on the mantel. A portrait of Alexandre, Jr. hangs once again in the living room.   Complete Story and Photos


Cannery Pier Hotel in Astoria, Oregon

Cannery Pier Hotel in Astoria, Oregon
Experience a truly unusual place to stay on the mighty Columbia River. The Cannery Pier Hotel was built on the site of the former Union Fish Cannery, 600 feet into the river. This Astoria Hotel offers guests unparalleled views of a real working river, as well as views out to Cape Disappointment Lighthouse and nearby Washington. Each room has a private balcony and is lavishly well-appointed with a fireplace, hardwood floors, and luxurious amenities. Take advantage of the full-service Cannery Pier Hotel Spa, an authentic Finnish sauna and a fitness room; or learn more about Astoria's heyday as the Cannery Capital of the World on our Museum Walk. For the ultimate in comfort and luxury, and a uniquely historical Astorian experience, think of the Cannery Pier Hotel.   Complete Story, Video and Photos


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Umpqua Lighthouse State Park
The yurt phenomenon started in Oregon. These round sixteen foot huts can be found in many parks throughout the state, and usually have furniture, heating and lights. You bring the food, dishes, bedding and other general camp gear. Umpqua Lighthouse State Park is one step ahead of all other campsites when it comes to yurt camping: The park offers deluxe yurts. Deluxe yurts are shaped like the rustic yurts, but deluxe yurts are twenty-four feet in diameter, and come with beds for seven people (a rustic yurt sleeps four comfortably), a bathroom, shower, small kitchen area, fridge, microwave, TV/VCR, dining table, and outdoor picnic table and fire ring. Umpqua Lighthouse State Park is located less than a mile from the famous Salmon Harbor on Winchester Bay.    Complete Story and Photos

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