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Beyond the Pillow: Non-Standard Oregon hotels


Let’s say you’re headed for the scenic Pacific Northwest, and looking for Oregon hotels as memorable as this pretty state’s coastline. You’re in luck. The list isn’t long, but if you’re in search of a spot to rest your weary head that merits a post card home then pack your bags, you’re going on a trip.

You’ll want a head for heights if you plan to hug a few trees at the Out ‘n’ About Treehouse Treesort near Cave Junction, Oregon, where you can laze away a night or three in a Swiss Family Robinson-style abode. Your kids will love it, and though some of the “rooms” are only accessible by high-rise walkway there are other options close enough to terra firma to appease even those acrophobes amongst you (though you’ll have a hard time convincing them to try the Treesort’s extensive zip line courses).

It’s downright sedate in comparison, but the Sylvia Beach Hotel boasts an enviable perch above Nye Beach in Newport, Oregon. You’ll find the mindset literary here: think cozy rooms with famous author themes (think Dr. Seuss to Agatha Christie), a library reading room and no televisions or wi-fi to distract. Storm watching, good books, quiet: read between the lines.

Not far from Newport you can enjoy another of Oregon’s unique retreats - Heceta Head Lighthouse. Between the claw-foot tub and the exceptional view of the lighthouse it’s easy to see why the Lightkeeper’s Room is so popular, but with the pounding surf for entertainment and a delectable breakfast you’ll be hard-pressed to complain even if the Lightkeeper’s Room is booked.

For those independent travelers who find that all the aforementioned options are way too traditional, we’ve got one for you: a fire lookout. That’s right; in Oregon (and Washington state), it’s possible to rent fire lookouts and cabins for a very affordable nightly rate when they’re not in use. You have to bring all your own supplies and the location is generally remote but you can rest assured that the views are phenomenal - and there’s ready access to large, undeveloped areas of wilderness with nary another soul in sight.

Sure, you could book a night in one of those Oregon hotels that offers a continental breakfast and a lukewarm shower, but really, why should you, when you can make a proper night of it somewhere you won’t soon forget?

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