Combine Your Rogue River Trip with One of Oregon's Famous Lodges
Oregon is home to many natural wonders which are within driving distance to the Rogue River. By combining your river trip with a stay at one of these amazing lodges, you'll experience camping along one of the West's most beautiful rivers and spending the rest of your vacation at a historic lodge complete with rustic charm and modern conveniences.
Crater Lake Lodge | Opened in 1915
Visit this natural wonder located in central Oregon 3 hours from Galice before or after your Rogue River trip. Not many lodges boast their location on the edge of a caldera, but when the caldera is filled with stunning blue water plunging almost 2,000 feet deep, Crater Lake Lodge maintains bragging rights for views. It began almost 7,000 years ago when Mount Mazama erupted in an explosion 42 times as powerful as Mt. St. Helens leaving a hollow shell that eventually collapsed inward. The caldera filled with rainwater over the years, and because the water didn't arrive via streams, the intense blue lake provides record visibility to 120 feet.
The original lodge opened with a tar-paper covered exterior that nonetheless had visitors flocking up the mountain to see this natural wonder. Extensive reconstruction in the 1990s now offers an atmosphere that pays homage to the original 1920s charm, but is much grander. A huge deck offers a place to relax with a glass of Northwestern Pinot Noir as you watch for "the Old Man" a 30 foot log that has bobbed vertically in the lake since 1896. The massive stone fireplace in the Great Hall welcomes you to relax in the evenings.
Tu Tu' Tun Lodge | Opened in 1970
Have your car shuttled to the take-out location and then make the short 1-hour drive to the Tu Tu' Tun Lodge after your Rogue River trip. This more modern lodge is named for the Tu Tu' Tunne "Rogue" Native Americans. The river was named for these stubborn and fierce tribes that waged battles along the river in the hope of preserving their way of life as settlers moved in to farm the Rogue's rich valleys.
The lodge is a short distance to Gold Beach, OR where you can see the Rogue River empty into the Pacific. You can hike through the coastal forest to tide pools and panoramic views before indulging yourself with spa services and a feast of local Northwestern cuisine. Tu Tu' Tun Lodge was just listed as one of the top adventure lodges in Outside Magazine!
Oregon Caves Chateau | Opened in 1934
This 6-story chateau is located at the Oregon Caves National Monument just 2 hours south of Galice. The huge double-fireplace made of marble greets you in the lobby and the rustic staircase of oak, madrone and pine will lead you up to your guest-room or down to the Chateau's dining room and original 1930s Caves Coffee Shop featuring old-fashioned style malts.
This amazing feat of construction spans a small gorge created by a creek that flows from the caves and is channeled through the dining room of the Chateau. The building is chock-full of original arts-and-crafts style furniture with each guest room offering its own unique charm. The Chateau is only steps away from the entrance to the "Marble Halls of Oregon", which is one of the few marble caves in the world. You can also hike through old growth Port Orford Cedars and see one of the largest Douglas-firs in Oregon!