Union, Oregon, is a funky western town with a hardware/espresso/liquor store. What more can I say? The Union Hotel is the only choice in town, a huge, old brick hotel that has been through the good and the bad. Currently its star is rising again, thanks to Charlie and Ruth who are determined to recreate its formal glory. They have a long way to go, but do not be put off by the repairs yet to be done. You enter the grand foyer with original tile floor and woodwork and meet Rosie, the English Sheepdog who doubles as the 'dog bell'; to the right is a large dining room (open for dinner Thursday and Sunday) and wonderfully evocative and well-stocked bar (open on demand). The rooms vary in size and price. I stayed in the only room downstairs, which was large, king bed, beautiful stained glass chandelier, good towels and pillows. The bed engulfed me, and the hotel was completely silent all night.
Two friends and I were cycling the sublime Grande Tour state Scenic Bikeway and were thrilled to have a comfortable, quiet and friendly place to crash after a day of raging headwinds and thunderstorms. In fact Ruth locked the hotel and came to rescue us just before we got drenched 20 miles from home. Subsequently she bar tended for us and gave us the fascinating history of the region.
Give this place a try.
- Also Known As:
- The Historic Union Hotel Oregon