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Eagle Cap Wilderness, Wallowa, OR 97885
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The Minam River Lodge is a hike-in, fly-in Lodge in the middle of Northeast Oregon's Eagle Cap Wilderness. Accessible by 8.5-mile hike or charter flight in a small plane, the Lodge is a triumph of craftsmanship and runs on solar power. Other accommodations include hand-built log cabins, wall tents and teepees. Guests enjoy fine wilderness dining from the Lodge's garden and provisions flown in from small local farms, as well as regional wines and specialty cocktails. The wild and scenic Minam River flows through the property and offers a peaceful place to read, relax or watch nature. Guests also can explore scenic day or overnight hikes from the Lodge, ride horseback or cast a line in the river, which is considered nearly pristine. The Lodge can be reached in a day from Portland, Ore.; Boise; or Walla Walla, Wash. Management arranges charter flights for $125 each way from nearby towns including Enterprise. Hiking or riding horseback from nearby Moss Cove Campground takes about 4 hours.
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EZE wrote a review Aug 4
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Stayed 3 nights July 10th through 13th, as this was our first time, we didn't want to cut it too short. We should have definitely planned another night as we were not ready to leave. The staff is amazing, friendly and more like family than staying at a typical resort. We stayed in a Lodge Room and enjoyed the easy up down from the restaurant/patio. Sharing the shower/restroom (separated) was a non-issue. Chef Sean and Suzanne had us looking forward to every meal and it was fantastic! Good selection of wine and custom cocktails, as well. We did take a dip in the wood-fired hot tub and it was great! We did morning yoga, fished the river and hiked to Red's Horse Ranch. If we had more time we would have taken advantage of a massage and a horse back ride. We did the hike in both directions and it wasn't too bad. The hike out takes some work at the end, but well worth the adventure! We will definitely be back and are planning on bringing friends to experience this wonderful place!
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Date of stay: July 2020
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Room Tip: If you are going to stay in the Lodge, the Aneroid and Chimney rooms are both slightly larger...
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tonyaJ1549XJ wrote a review Jul 2020
Portland, Oregon2 contributions
This place is a gem. My wife and I stayed for 4 nights in mid-July. We chose to hike in and brought along our dog. The food was absolutely wonderful and the accommodations were terrific. The scenery is stunning. Here are some things to think about before booking. Part of the reason Minam River Lodge is so special is because it is located within a federally designated wilderness area and therefore no roads access the lodge. All supplies must be packed in by horse or flown in by plane which must require an exceptional amount of vision, ingenuity (and expense) to pull off. A significant amount of the produce is grown on site and the rest of the food is sourced from farmers' markets in nearby towns. Not only only is local sourcing practical but it also fits the general ethos of ensuring top quality. You can tell that the entire dedicated crew that works at Minam cares about the quality of the visitor experience and they are proud to share their little corner of the world with guests. Chef Shawn is a genius. I can't imagine the challenge of producing such delicious meals in these circumstances. The cabins are beautiful. They are tastefully designed, well constructed and have a kind of classy mountain elegance. There isn't a daily cleaning service, so if this is something you expect then it might be best to pass. Think hard before you bring your dog. Even if your dog is well behaved in their normal environment they may be pretty excited when surrounded by wilderness. Dogs are not allowed in the main lodge, so unless they can be off leash, amicably hang out with the dogs that live on site, and learn to stay out of the lodge it may be challenging. Our dog bolted for the kitchen every time we unleashed him so he had to be on a leash or in the cabin when we were hanging out or having dinner. If you visit here you will be living close to the staff, so please be exceptionally kind to them because they are a lovely and extremely hard working group of people. Part of the quiet beauty of MRL is putting down your device and chatting while enjoying the views from the deck and celebrating this unique experience in the presence of others including visitors and guests. This place is absolutely marvellous and you are in for a treat if you decide to book a stay
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Dakotaland wrote a review Jul 2020
Portland, Oregon3 contributions
We're not cycling in Puglia September, 2020 so let's exploit the best of Oregon. After hearing about the lodge from some friends, I booked a couple of nights at the lodge in a wall tent. I never thought of myself as a "glamping person" but I've never lived during a pandemic either. The 8.5 mile hike is beautiful and much easier than a 12 hour flight and jet flag. The melodies of the lodge are a combination of wind in the trees, bird song, distant sounds of the river, the 7:00 am planes arriving, an occasional barking dog and the dinner bell. The food is fantastico! The staff are all amore. Don't hold back. Go to the Eagle Cap Wilderness to the Minan River Lodge and get drunk on all the beauty. It's calling me back.
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ZenDark30 wrote a review Jul 2020
Portland, Oregon2,148 contributions88 helpful votes
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At last Oregon has a backcountry lodge on par with Alaska’s decadent hunting and fishing resorts. With three options for getting there it’s accessible to most. We chose the 8.5 mile hike. It’s best enjoyed if you’re fit, comfortable with elevation gain/loss, uneven terrain, carrying a daypack with water, snacks and extra clothes, and varied temperatures depending on time of year. Go light and take time to photograph the wildflowers and landscapes along the way. Hiking poles are also helpful for fording creeks. With the sequestration of covid there’s no better place to be isolated. Strangers quickly become friends. We quickly became acquainted with a family of Robins. Through the scope we watched four babies nestled in the rafters of the deck being fed. One baby actually fell out only to be rescued by a limber guest that climbed up the pillar and put it back. Speaking of babies, on the river trail sightings of a bear and her two cubs were also exciting. In addition to other reviews about the scrumptious food, gracious staff, and overall accommodations we enjoyed day hiking on the nearby trails, birdwatching, getting to know your neighbors, and the unplugged pace of life sans wifi. We chose the duplex chanterelle morel cabins that has its own bathroom and a shared porch. It has nice morning light and a short walk to the lodge. Great views of planes landing and taking off. Travelers Tips: *be in good hiking shape *Bring bandaids for potential blisters *Be generous with tips: the staff work hard for you *Pack light *Partake in the sauna and cold bath in the river (clothing optional)
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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Sheila G wrote a review Jul 2020
Mosier, Oregon9 contributions
We had booked three days at this remote get away months before the pandemic hit. After reviewing the protocols the lodge has in place ( masks inside lodge required, frequent sanitizing, etc) we decided to keep the dates. The hike in was great but a bit more challenging than advertised. 8.5 mikes in and a drop of 2300 ft with a steep drop at the end. All uphill going back but the middle 4 miles are more mellow. Anyhow once you get there you forget the long hike. Great meals , wide open spaces, hot tub, yoga, hikes, massages, and best of all- no Wi-Fi. Do not even ask. The staff is great. The area is amazing. One of the guests saw a bear at the river while we were there! The lodge is perfect for social distancing and most guests were friendly and you an still connect from across the fire pit. We stayed in a lodge room and it was perfect. Sign up now. It was out first trip beyond 25 miles from our home since March 14,2020 and we felt very safe and even forgot about the pandemic. Nature continues.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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