I made a snap decision to head to Winthrop and the surrounding area for four days the last week of December--a dicey proposition given this is one of the busiest weeks of the year. I was aiming for Mazama lodging, but couldn't find anything there, so i started looking in Winthrop. I found the Mt. Gardner Inn, and the reviews were solid, the photos were convincing, and the story of the owners was compelling. I showed up hours early, and the staff let me in my room; it was sparkling clean, modern and nicely rustic, with real art, nice furniture, and everything was spotless. They were following strict COVID protocols (absence of which would have been a deal breaker). In short, it was an amazing stay, and super reasonably priced for what I got.
We wanted to get away for few days between Christmas and New Year to get some fresh air and enjoy the snow up in the mountains. I can tell you the Inn was an excellent choice: conveniently located from downtown Winthrop, very, very clean, well organized regarding COVID restrictions, everything was flawless. The location is very close to lots of winter activities in the area, from x-skiing, snowshoeing, fat tire bikes trails to iceskating rink. Even though the Inn is off of highway 20, it was quit at night as the traffic really goes down. The heater/cooler/fan unit in the room helps as well as a white noise machine. All in all, extremely happy with our winter 2020 stay at Mt. Gardner Inn and we will return for sure.
We stayed 5 nights in Ravin Ridge A. The room was quiet, spacious, and very clean. The lookout view of the mountains was fantastic. The hotel owners carefully followed the COVID guideline so that we barely encountered the hosts nor the other guests during our stays. Even if we had any room service needs, we were able to text or phone the owners, and our needs were immediately fulfilled. The room we stayed in was very comfortable, cozy, and homy. There was a small kitchen without a cooking stove but we were able to make our own breakfast and heat up leftovers conveniently. The location of the hotel was the best of all because the restaurants were close by while the drives to the various XC ski trailheads were also reasonably close comparing to some other lodging options. We really enjoyed our stay there and appreciated Alison and Greg for accomodating.…
(We were in Room #1--a pet room closest to the highway.) The room was very clean, comfortable, well-outfitted--microwave, small frig, coffee-maker, 2 queen beds, small table & 2 chairs, TV, decent lighting, & reasonably good internet access. There's an area out back for walking dogs. Although there's no sidewalk in front, the shoulder is wide enough to be safe for a walk to the new "Home Stream" park. There was a white noise type machine in the room if you need it, and the heater fan also dimmed the road noise. Traffic on the highway dropped significantly at night. Overall, a pleasant place to stay for our 2 nights and we will return. (The only strange thing, because of the virus precautions, is that we never saw or spoke to the owners or any staff.)
Our third annual stay at this valued overnight getaway again fulfilled expectations. All reasonable COVID precautions are practiced and the two rooms we booked were immaculate. The dog-friendly room off Route 20 is a rare find, and the Inn is a short river walk to all needs. We really value the vibe and proximity to Mazama and favorite day hikes east of Rainy Pass. See you next Fall good people !