We just took a nine-day trip around oregon that included staying at some of the most famous hotels in the state. I'm not really a B&B sorta guy, but i'm sick of Best Westerns, and that Whaleshead Resort thing looked like a nightmare, so I reluctantly made a reservation here based on their website and the two reviews that had been posted here.
The road to this place is, well, an adventure in itself. We stopped at the state park (about halfway between hwy 101 and the inn) for a little picnic, where we skipped stones in the warm water and caught baby frogs. Once you get a mile or two away from the ocean, the weather always seems to clear up and the temperature always seems to go up 10 or 15 degrees, which is always a plus when you're on vacation. Shortly after you pass the park, the road turns into a one-lane paved road with turnouts, as is usual when you get off the beaten path in Oregon. There's a small flat stretch of road where you have to drive through a rural neighborhood of trailers and rusted-out buses that will remind you of the theme song to the movie Deliverance. After that, there's a half-mile or so of well-maintained gravel before you hit the driveway. Another quarter-mile down that shady lane, and you're at the Chetco River Inn.
Upon checking in, Sandra (the owner) was very friendly. She let us have our pick of available rooms, showed us where the wine glasses were stored, introduced us to the scotty dogs, and basically made us feel like we had the run of the place. She was accommodating without being, um, nosy i guess, for lack of a better term. She made us feel very comfortable.
We frolicked by the river with the dogs for a bit, picked some lavender, hung out with the chickens, took a small hike (there's something like 40 acres to explore here), then were surprised to find that Sandra had put out some hors d' oerves, er, hors d' eorves, um, hor d 'erves---SNACKS for us on the front porch. We met a great 40-year-old couple from Maryland, and drank some wine in rocking chairs in the setting sun.
After that: dinner. I was told the menu was cornish game hen, but they were like no game hen I've ever seen. They were more like small turkeys, they were so big and juicy. And the salad had the best vinagrette i've ever tasted. I would've been pretty happy at that point, but there was more. Sandra started us a fire outside in the fire pit and brought out some homemade ice-cream and cake for dessert. Between my fiancee and I, and that couple from back east, i think we went through 5 bottles of wine that night, talking about everything from post-cold war politics to Joseph Conrad to library sciences. It was a perfect ending to a perfect day.
The feather bed was ridiculously comfortable. The whole room was great. Little things like a mini Tom's of Maine tube of toothpaste were a nice touch. There were even robes in the closet. I could've slept for a week, but the smell of breakfast woke us up. Home fries, homemade sausage, german pancake, fresh coffee.
My only complaint is that i wasn't forced to stay the rest of my life there. I'll so be back, it's not even funny.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Inns' 36 very secluded acres on the banks of the Chetco River is surrounded by the Siskiyou National Forest. The Chetco River Inn caters to both nature lovers and anglers, and makes for a great getaway. Whether you chose to rent the 5 Bedroom Suite Main Mouse, or the 2 Bedroom Rockhouse cottage on our vineyard, our private location is absolutely ideal for family or work vacations, weddings, reunions, workshops, retreats or for those seeking outdoor activities. Enjoy bird watching, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, swimming, kayaking, rafting, or simply floating down river. People wishing to explore the Oregon coast can easily drive to Brookings, Harris, or Whaleshead Beach. The nearby Kalmiopsis Wilderness offers upspoiled trails for hours of hiking and mountain biking. You simply can't imagine a more appropriate spot than The Chetco River Inn. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Chetco River Hotel Brookings