Oh how different our experience was in April at Tu Tu Tun to that of Ballyholmebake’s. We were informed when we made our reservation that the Lodge was not operating full service until May 1st. We considered this an advantage as it meant that my husband and I would have the opportunity to enjoy this beautiful property at a bargain price.
I didn’t read the magazines in our room as I was more interested in savoring every tranquil moment from our balcony which overlooked the Rogue River. When I could jolt my thoughts back to the practical realities of running an establishment such as this, I couldn’t help but wonder how much the overhead must be to maintain the Lodge and the almost palatial grounds surrounding it. A delightful young lady who is a full time horticulturist on site told us that there were 6,000 (yes, six thousand) plants on the property which needed to be planted for this season. It boggles the mind.
The employees at Tu Tu Tun are so gracious and, while I have no idea what their salaries must be, I thought that there wouldn’t be enough money in the State of Oregon to pay me to be so pleasant to people at all times as they were. This applies to the new owner right on down. A perfect example was the time that we arrived back from a day trip at 5:35 PM which meant that we had missed the complementary wine hour which operates when the hotel is not running in the full service mode. We walked to the closed bar and asked if we might have a glass of wine to take back to our room. Well, not only did we receive one but someone in the kitchen stayed late to make us a magnificent tray of hors d’oeuvres to accompany our wine. It was a magnificent offering of a very high standard, so much so that we didn’t need to go out to dinner that evening.
It is clear from the numerous rave reviews received in the past that the new owner, Kyle, has very big shoes to fill. We flew from the East Coast and drove six hours from Portland for the express purpose of staying at the Tu Tu Tun Lodge and, it appears to us, his feet are a perfect fit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A four-star property which offers fine dining and wonderful hospitality. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Tu Tu Tun Hotel Gold Beach