We are staying at The VASTLY overrated Oregon Garden Resort and was told at check-in yesterday that we could visit The Gordon House from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm as they had tours there on the hour. My Moon Handbook for Oregon (guide book) says the very same thing. So when I called The Gordon House asking for a 3:00 pm tour at 2:45 today I was disappointed to learn from a drip of a clerk that this was not the case. When I told her that the hotel had given me the information SHE SIGHED HEAVILY and said "they have been told not to put it that way." They now require reservations in advance to see the house. The clerk told me (with a hauteur that is surprising for such a non-descript and absolutely unecessary attraction) that they have NO SET SCHEDULE for their tours and that they are only given at the discretion of the Gordon House. When I explained that we had only today to see the house, she hemmed and hawed for 20 seconds or more and finally said, "Well...I...Guess...I...Could...Give...You...A...Tour...Today (pauses hers, bedrudging every word)) but I gotta split by 4:00 o'clock!" Split, really? SPLIT?? 1968 much? I, of course, said, "DON'T BOTHER." She was going out of her way to give me a tour of the place?? The ONLY attracfion in Silverton besides the lame Oregon Garden itself and she's doing ME a favor?. Really? REALLY? I say skip this place entirely - ESPECIALLY THE GORDON HOUSE - and including The Oregon Garden. It is not a "real" destination anyway - it is manufactured for the over-80 set. And I say let them keep it. There are FAR MORE important FLW houses. Try Oak Park, IL! This is a backwoods byway where the people who should be promoting their attractions are turning their customers away. The staff there are obviously louts. (Read the other reviews for confirmation!!) You have been warned!!
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