A couple of weeks before our 25th wedding anniversary we finally decided to relive a portion of our honeymoon. Our 1st honeymoon began with a stay at Ireland's Rustic Lodges. It was very romantic. We brought wine, grapes, crackers and cheese. We stayed in one of the motel rooms with a fireplace. It was a very relaxing end to a hectic day.
We got up early the following morning and drove across town to Jerry's Jet Boat Service. The jet boat took us 64 miles up the Rogue River, through some beautiful scenery, wildlife and water fun (splashing and being splashed by other boats and rafters) to Paradise Lodge where we spent our 2nd night. At paradise lodge we were treated to a home style dinner, breakfast and lunch. In the afternoon we took the jet boat back to Gold Beach and begin the trip back to the Rogue Valley.
For our second honyemoon we deciced to spend the night at Ireland's and relive our honeymoon dinner at Ship Ashore restaurant. I called the reservation number for Ireland's and had a very pleasant conversation. The person I spoke with was very excited to have us staying with them again. We lucked out because one of the cabin units, which are usually booked solid, was available. The whole reservation process was smooth and painless.
The day we left got off to an interesting start, on the way out we checked the mail only to discover that some lowly person had put a box in our mailbox with four 2 week old kittens in it. They didn't appear to have been there long so we scrambled to get them some formula and found a friend who agreed to take care of them. Needless to say we were off to a later stop than we had intended. With our morning delay and some frustrating construction on Hiways 199 and 101, we arrive quite a bit later than we had planned.
At our checkin the staff was very friendly and several of them wished us a happy anniversary. We were very pleased when we drove up to our cabin. It was a standalone cabin although a neighboring cabin was set very close to ours. The room was clean, very rustic and spacious! The smell of the fireplace and the wood paneling was pleasant. My wife commented several times that she wished our bedroom at home was like this.
I had read some of the reviews here and remembered a discount for one of the local restaurants. Since it was so late we really didn't feel like driving 30 minutes to the Ship Ashore restaurant and agreed to try dining at Spinners. The restaurant is nicely decorated and the dining room had a nice view of the ocean. I did feel a little claustrophobic as the tables were somewhat jammed into the small space and the noice level rose uncomforably high many times throughout our meal. The service staff was efficient and friendly. Herb rolls were brought out as soon as we were seated. My wife enjoyed her tossed salad and I enjoyed a cup of clam chowder. I ordered a 12 oz. Prime Rib with some of the best Horseradish I've ever had. I asked for straight horseradish and was served both straight and whipped with sour cream. The meat was cooked properly but had a few stringy spots. The au-jus was a little more gravy-like than what I'm accustomed to but did not detract from the meal and was actually good with the garlic mashed potatoes. I only took a couple of bites of the grilled vegetable that included zuccini, squash, green beans and onion which were good and not overly seasoned. My wife tried one of the day's specials, a sesame crusted Tuna filet with lemon bechamel. My wife does not care for undercooked fish and relayed this to the waitress. Unfortunately this resulted in a very overcooked, otherwise generous portion of tuna. My wife also commented on the bechamel being overly citrusy.
After dinner we drove around to familiarize ourself with the town. My wife announced she could see deer in a resident's yard so we pulled over and watched a group of seven deer graze and play. When we returned to our room we built a fire and relaxed in the comfortable recliners. The bed was comfortable with nice pillows but there were only 3 and no extras in the room. With no phone in the room, I did not feel like walking over to the front desk next door so I gave my wife the 2nd pillow and did not sleep well with only the one myself.
We got up in the morning started another fire, made some coffee in our room, opened the curtains and enjoyed the ocean view. Many times during our stay we went out to the private balcony to enjoy the sight and sounds of the ocean. A short while later we walked over to the breakfast area. I was not dissapointed by the free breakfast that offered bagels, frozen waffles, donuts, cerial, coffee and juice. It was no better or worse than many other hotel breakfasts I've had.
Since you pay in advance check-out consists of dropping off your key. I had another nice chat with their staff and they seemed to appreciate hearing how much we enjoyed our stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ireland's is world famous and encompasses 19 acres of oceanfront with towering pines and gorgeous flower gardens. Ireland's lies on the best oceanfront land in Southern Oregon. Two good Breakfast Bars, 2 oceanfront hot tubs, WIFI, Fireplaces (wood provided), sandy beach, Big waves, walk to restaurants. Ireland's has the most repeat customers of any property in Southern Oregon. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ireland`s Rustic Hotel Gold Beach
- Irelands Rustic Hotel
- Irelands Rustic Gold Beach