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Historic Oregon Hotels: Food for Pillow Talk


Oregon has only been a state since 1859, but don’t let that fool you into thinking you won’t find, amongst a very well-rounded selection of Oregon hotels, someplace historic to rest your weary head. Au contraire. There’s actually a fine range of options to consider with a story or two under the sheets, so to speak, which, coupled with all modern amenities, make for an atmospheric alternative to your standard non-smoking room with coffee maker.

For coastal charms, it’s hard to top Astoria, Oregon. Close to both beautiful beach and historic sights of association with the Lewis & Clark expedition, you’ll find that while accommodations like the Hotel Elliot or the Cannery Pier Hotel (the latter new construction but in an enviable location of historic import) might have roots in the past there’s nothing dated about their suites these days. In fact, we say either one is a sweet deal, with views to match.

Planning a visit to Crater Lake National Park? Close to the state’s sole national park and the scenic Rogue River is the Prospect Historic Hotel, and though it’s only open seasonally (May-October) and has relatively few rooms you’ll join an august and lengthy list of guests (think the likes of Jack London and Zane Grey) with a night or two under this hotel’s restored rafters.

Contemplating instead a trip down to southern Oregon to experience the cultural assets of Ashland, Oregon? You’ll find your accommodation match in the Ashland Springs Hotel, set in a handsome historic tower downtown. Between easy access to this small city’s heart as well as local wineries, art galleries and events like the renowned Oregon Shakespeare Festival, dwelling in (or on) the past should prove no hardship.

Headed out east to do a little sight-seeing? Base yourself for a night or two in the Geiser Grand Hotel in Baker City. This national historic landmark building dishes out delightful ambiance with its dinners, and, relatively close to two national forests, offers easy access to a range of outdoor activities.

And finally, we’d be remiss without at least a nod to McMenamins Kennedy School in Portland. It’s part of a larger hotel chain (McMenamins) true, but this retooled and restored historic schoolhouse gets an all-around A for character, no Cliff Notes required.

So though there might be plenty of standard Oregon hotels to pick between in most of the major tourist centers, why should you settle? Get a bit of luxury and some Oregon history as part of your package deal you might just sleep historically well for it.

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