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“This is one of the most beautiful, peaceful settings with the warmest welcoming owners that I have ever experienced.”

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The Chetco River Inn
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“This is one of the most beautiful, peaceful settings with the warmest welcoming owners that I have ever experienced.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2009

If you are looking for a place to renew, revive and relax - this is it.
I have very warm memories of my visits to the Chetco River Inn. Not only is the location (set on 40 acres, fronted by the Chetco River and surrounded by forested land) unbelievably beautiful - the Innkeepers, Sandra & Clay Brugger, made me feel immediately as if I was "home". The breakfasts served each morning are world class and to die for! (Ask for Sandra's Dutch Baby and Clay's potatoes - you'll be in heaven!)
If you aren't in the mood to hang out around the river or hike in the woods you can always pop in your car and head into town where you will find plenty to explore along the Oregon coast. Beautiful beaches and quaint coastal towns (visit Bandon by the Sea and get the salt water taffy) and wonderful scenery north or south.
In the evening, after a long full day of exploring, we enjoyed sitting outdoors around the patio fire pit having lively conversation with Sandra, Clay and the other guests.
I have to mention another favorite memory - Molly & Max, the 2 Scottish Terriers that watch over the Inn and it's guests. So much personality in such small packages, they were our willing & energetic companions on our trip along the river shore :) :) Very sweet!
If you are into photography, make sure you bring your camera. The scenery is a photo op at every turn, with the river so clean & clear and absolutely astounding sunsets. We spent most of our trip taking photos :)
The Chetco River Inn is a place that, once you've been, you'll want to go back to again and again and again. We will.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Mount Shasta, CA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2009

We spent 2 nights at the end of August, 2009.
The Inn is situated on the bank of the Chetco River, 16 miles from the seaside town of Brookings in southwest Oregon. Because the marine layer of cold air does not penetrate that far inland, the temperature at the Inn may be 85F while Brookings is at 65F.
The Inn is on a bend in the river, on 40 acres, and is off the grid. Energy is produced by solar photoelectric cells on the roof and by a wind turbine on a nearby hilltop. The turbine is far enough away, and screened by trees, that we never saw nor heard it. What we did hear, and in abundance, was crickets, frogs, kingfishers, herons, the riffle of the river, and the soft sound of the wind in the treetops.
Although the Inn produces its own power, it is not a gimcrack operation. If we hadn't been told about the alternative energy, we would not have noticed - all of the lights and outlets work the way you are used to. There was plenty of hot water; my wife's hairdryer operated normally.
We did not eat dinner at the Inn, although we had the option. Another couple staying there had the Cornish Game Hen and pronounced it wonderful. We did have delicious breakfasts and evening desserts, prepared by innkeeper Sandra. We brought our own wine; Sandra provided glasses an a corkscrew for us to sit on the porch and watch the light fade over the river.
Swimming, still-water kayaking, hiking, horseshoes, ping-pong, darts, and an extensive library of books and magazines were available, but we mostly wandered around and relaxed. On our first night there it was cool outside so we enjoyed sitting around the fire pit.
If you are looking for nightlife [other than the aforementioned frogs and crickets], this in not the place for you. It is out in the forest, a 30 minute ride down a narrow winding road from the nearest town. Your cellphone and wireless laptop won't work there. [Sandra does have phone and internet access, so you aren't cut off in an emergency.] This Inn is a place to relax, refresh, and restore. My wife and I both have high-stress jobs, so this was perfect for us. Don't misunderstand - the Inn isn't some funky cabin in a mining camp. It is an attractive, comfortable, nicely furnished and spotlessly clean inn.
We stayed in the main house. It has an open floor plan, with a Great Room in the center, containing a fireplace and comfortable couches. At one end is the open kitchen. At the other is the fireplace, a washroom, the owner's office, and a bedroom. Upstairs are 4 bedrooms, two of them off a balcony overlooking the Great Room. These 2 rooms have a view of the Chetco River. We stayed in one of these, the Alder Room. We had 2 closets, chairs, a huge comfortable bed, private shower, toilet, and sink. We looked in the other upstairs rooms; they appeared comparable. There were chairs in the room, but we preferred sitting on the porch rockers, or at the cafe table on the patio, or at the fire pit. We were entertained there by Max and Molly, the two Scotties that live there. The were very friendly, but well-behaved.
There is also a cabin just north of the main house. We did not look inside. A family was staying there, with their dog.
Other things to know:
- You can make a reservation with a credit card, but you must pay with cash or a check. Sandra made sure we knew this when we made the reservation, so we remembered to bring our checkbook.
- If you like to swim, bring your swimsuit. The river is lovely. We didn't find time to swim, but had we stayed longer, we surely would have gone in.
- If your travel plans include seeing the Oregon Coast [and they should], do that before or after your stay at the Inn. It is not convenient to go back and forth from the Inn to the ocean.
- The website has a map to get to the Inn. Print it out and take it with you. Although the route is marked with signs, it is longer that you think, and arriving after dark can be challenging, especially to the challenged. On our second night two other parties had reservations and failed to show. In the morning at least one of them apparently called because they had gotten lost the night before. Unless you enjoy gambling on getting the last room at the Motel 6 in Brookings, read the map. We had no problem, because we arrived before dark, and had found the Inn on Google Earth when we made the reservation, then programmed it into the GPS. If you have a GPS, the Inn's coordinates are: N42deg,11min, 21.6sec., W124deg, 08min, 30.3sec.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2009

On our road trip from Vancouver to California we planned to stay a night, but did not want to leave! Driving in at night it felt like an adventure going deep into the woods, but as Sandra said, "You'll get here!" And sure enough we did. We were foolish to decline on the homemade ice cream the night we came in. But we were offered another chance the next night. Breakfast is gourmet and part of the stay!

Chetco River Inn can be whatever you want it to be. You can hide away or mingle with the few other guests. You can kayak or lounge by the river. Sit by the fire outside or cozy up in the lodge area with a blanket and magazines. Whatever the case, it is a haven and worth a visit or more!

This is hospitality at its very best!! And you can feel good that the Inn is off the grid and doing its part in eco-tourism.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with friends
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New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2009

Sandra & Clay are warm and welcoming innkeepers. The food & service was superb.
The stars at night look like you can reach out and touch them. The inn itself, is charming just steps from the beautiful Chetco river. Perhaps, best of all, the inn is environmentally green.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Portland, OR
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2009

The friendly Inn, the consistently excellent food, the VERY comfortable beds, and the lovely location make this one of our greatest travel finds ever. This is one of the few places that actually lives up to the promises of its website! It is relaxing and serene, a perfect place to sit and rock on the wide veranda, read a book in one of the comfortable chaise lounges under the trees, or just sit and watch the river go by. My husband enjoyed the flyfishing, and we both enjoyed sitting around the fire pit in the late evening, drinking wine and getting to know some of the other guests. We loved our too- short stay and will return without a doubt.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2009

Tucked away from the Oregon coast on the Chetco River is the place to relax and be pampered. The owners are very friendly and truly care if you enjoy your stay. The breakfast is beyond description and will fortify you for the day. There are snacks and drinks out all day. One evening Sandra made ice cream and another time cheese cake to be enjoyed around a fire.
We were out in the woods which is what we wanted. The inn is off the grid, but there is every comfort and convenience you would want. The Chetco River is gorgeous, clean and perfect for a leisurely paddle. It is 18 miles back to civilization and we didn't want to drive back at night so took food for dinner. There is room in the frig for your food.
Surrounded by national forrest, there are plenty of hiking trails and an especially beautiful redwood forest 8 miles away.
The fall would be stunning.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with friends
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Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2009

This is one of the nicest places I've ever stayed. The property is beautiful, right on the Chetco River. There is a secluded beach, many lounge chairs set up riverfront, and the hosts bring you ice tea. If you are looking for a serene getaway I don't think you could find anything nicer. We stayed at the inn and also in the cottage. Both are wonderful. If you are looking for a little more privacy, try the cottage which is self contained and separated from the main inn. The hosts are very nice people and go out of their way to make sure you are comfortable. The food is delicious and both Sandra and Clay are great cooks. We had homemade bread with every wonderful dinner, fantastic gourmet breakfasts, delicious desserts. The Inn does not serve alcohol, but you are welcome to bring your own to the dinner table. There are fabulous hikes very nearby, redwoods, Vulcan Lake, swimming, hiking, relaxing (summertime). It is very reasonable for everything that you get. Two cute little scotty dogs will keep you company on the beach!
Go - you will LOVE it!

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Chetco River Inn
Address: 21202 High Prairie Rd, Brookings, OR 97415-8200
Location: United States > Oregon > Oregon Coast > Brookings
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 9 Specialty Lodging in Brookings
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 6
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 
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