We had a wonderful stay at Winema Lodge. It is in a great location for exploring Lava Beds National Monument or birding in the Tulelake area. We planned our own birding loop of Northern Central California and found this place on Trip Advisor. We stayed June 26 and 27, 2014. We found interesting birds around Tulelake (not to mention two Great Horned Owls living right next to the property, and adult and young Prairie Falcons at Petroglyph Point (part of Lava Beds near Tulelake).
The lodge is an old Hunting lodge and during the non-hunting season is very quiet. There is a main lodge with rooms which have several bunk beds and large bathrooms with multiple sinks, showers etc. and several motel type private rooms in a separate building within 50 yards of the main lodge. We stayed in one of these. It was quiet, comfortable and clean.
Verna, the woman who runs the Lodge, provides free continental breakfast or will make a hot breakfast for a low price. She is relaxed and accommodating and really made us feel welcome there. We had pleasant breakfasts there, with her giving us some background on the area.
Having said all this, you are likely to have a good experience as long as you understand and accept in advance that it is not fancy. The motel type rooms are clean, but made of painted cinderblock and the furniture inside is simple and sparse. The bunk areas in the main lodge reminded me of where you would put a group of campers or perhaps a hostel. We have stayed in much plusher lodging, but we knew what to expect and we were delighted with the accommodations, the quiet, the cleanliness, Verna's hospitality, free internet, pool table, TV in the main living area inside the lodge, the bed and breakfast atmosphere for breakfasts, and the location.
If you are staying in the area, this is the place to stay!
- Also Known As:
- Winema Hotel Tulelake