Hi everyone, I hope this post finds you doing well. 2021 is flying by so quickly – only a handful of months before the Xmas tree is decorated (October). Also – only 10 (ish) months before we relocate to Central Oregon. We obsess about it every.single.day. It means retirement which equates to a WHOLE lot of exploring on a full-time basis! There is a chance some sort of work will continue, but not for at least a year.
In preparation for the next chapter of life, I’ve been doing a boatload of research. To keep it all straight for the future, I’m bookmarking all of it via a series of “Exploring Oregon” posts. You may find some things that interest you. Who knows, you may be tempted to move to Oregon, or you may think, “Why the heck is she moving there?”
Alright – here goes for the first Oregon post: We love to stay in cabins, cottages, trailers or renovated motels – some of our favorite trips involve lodging off the beaten path. There seems to be loads of options along the coast, really all over the state, some rustic, some a little more high end. There are so many cool spots, it was hard to choose the top 5. Some of these may actually suck. Sometimes it’s hard to tell from a short paragraph and a few Instagram worthy pics. I’ll know soon enough!
Please note, all of the descriptions and photos for the properties have been lifted from the respective accommodations’ websites.
Southern Oregon Coast:
The Oregon Coast is an incredible stretch of beaches and sunsets. Roughly 363 miles of beauty and ruggedness. When I saw this place, it made me think of our favorite spot in Crested Butte. It warms my heart to know we will have something similar in Oregon.
“The five secluded cabins at WildSpring Guest Habitat on Oregon’s Southern Coast are designed with nature therapy in mind. You may feel as if you’re staying on an estate rather than at a hotel, as they are set in a residential forest with sunlight streaking through 100-foot trees. You’ll find hammocks for lounging and a labyrinth in the forest to encourage you to move slowly through the landscape. Each of the cabins is outfitted with plush rugs, vintage furniture and chandeliers, as well as games and jigsaw puzzles for screen-free fun. The largest cabin includes a wood-burning stove, perfect for curling up and keeping cozy during a storm.”
The exciting part about this option is that it’s essentially in our backyard (down the road in Sisters). It’s near a spa, close to a brewery and some pretty amazing outdoor recreation opportunities. What more could one want?
“FivePine Lodge is a unique and one of a kind Central Oregon romantic destination and is so much more than just a hotel. With the personal touch of a bed and breakfast, the privacy of romantic, cozy cabins and all the amenities of a resort, FivePine is the ultimate romantic getaway. The Lodge & Cabins is a Central Oregon destination resort and is conveniently located on the FivePine campus next to Shibui Spa, Three Creeks Brewing, Sisters Movie House and Sisters Athletic Club. The Peterson Ridge trail is only steps away from the FivePine campus and is great for avid mountain bikers and hikers with the Three Sisters Mountains in the backdrop.”
Northern Oregon Coast
One thing I am excited about is exploring all the quaint little towns along the coast. Manzanita looks like a pretty cute option. The beaches look pristine, there are also clamming, crabbing, fishing, paddling, and hiking opportunities galore. Did I mention the sunsets are INCREDIBLE along the coast?
“Less than two hours from Portland, colorful little Manzanita sits by 7 miles of classic Oregon coastline complete with an offshore rocky outcropping. It’s one of the most dog-friendly towns in the area, and your furry friends can stay with you at Coast Cabins. Walk to the beach or into town, hit the spa and enjoy the small-town ambiance. The cabins are Zen-like in design and very comfortable.”
One of my favorite things to do in Colorado is explore the various Wilderness areas. Oregon has quite a few also – 47 to be exact. This particular Lodge is in the Eagle Cap Wilderness in Eastern Oregon. You can only get here if you hike, hop on a horse, or fly into a private grass airstrip. Sounds like an adventure to me! Similar to Colorado, this particular part of Oregon has lakes, mountains and wildflowers. As far as food is concerned, it’s all farm to table on site with some great wine pairings.
“Nestled in the heart of Oregon’s spectacular Eagle Cap Wilderness, the Minam River Lodge offers a unique escape in one of the state’s most beautiful natural areas. This former beloved hunting lodge has been completely rebuilt as a cozy wilderness hideaway, far from civilization or roads. Guests can reach us by a pleasant 8.5-mile hike, a horseback ride that we can help you arrange, or a quick charter flight to our private grass airstrip from the nearby town of Enterprise. Stroll from the Lodge down to the wild and scenic Minam River, which has the rare distinction of being considered nearly pristine. Explore one of the many scenic hiking trails in the area. Glimpse wildlife from bald eagles to Rocky Mountain elk. Or just kick back and enjoy great wilderness cuisine featuring the bounty of our own garden.”
Willamette Valley Wine Country
You all should know by now, I am completely obsessed with airstreams, vintage trailers, etc. Imagine my glee when I came across this gem in the Willamette Valley, smack dab in the middle of the wine country. A place ripe for discovery of delicious new Pinot Noirs, farm to table meals, mountain biking, waterfalls, and more paddling. Water is everywhere in this state!
“The Vintages Trailer Resort, centrally located in Oregon’s famed Willamette Valley, specializes in the quintessential glamping experience. We feature 35 fully restored and custom fabricated trailers complete with outdoor grills and cruiser bikes for maximizing warm summer days. We have a welcoming General Store stocked with artisanal goods and libations, as well as a pool, Club House, and Fireside – a designated area for guests ages 21 and over with fire pits and comfy lounge seating, ideal for sharing wine and stories with fellow travelers.”
Ok, that’s it for the top 5 list. Thinking the vintage trailer park, may have to be our first stop. All I can say is that I am pumped to start exploring. It’s like being a kid on Christmas Eve, only I have 10 months to open the presents. Pure torture.
Cheers to all!
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