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Oregon Coast


I will be traveling up the Oregon Coast from Brookings to perhaps as far north as Astoria. I would appreciate the names and contact information for mid-price range motels, B&Bs &/or resorts that RVM residents have found to be their favorites. Many thanks!

Gail Lundholm 7/23/2017
Best Western Beachfront Inn

The Best Western Beachfront Inn in Brookings is reasonable, adequate but not fancy, and has a great location right on the beach.  Stairs only, no elevator. 16008 Boat Basin Rd, Brookings, OR 97415
Phone: (541) 469-7779

Pat Berglund 7/23/2017
Cannery Pier Hotel
In Astoria, we love the location of the Cannery Pier Hotel.  It is built on pilings right out in the Columbia River.  Oceangoing ships pass by so close to your room that you feel like you can reach out and touch them.  It is not inexpensive, and beware of foggy weather.  When the fog rolls in, you can't see anything.  A side note: the small Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria is great for conveying an up-close and personal sense of how dangerous it is to navigate the ferocious Columbia River. Pat Berglund 7/23/2017
Casa Rubio
Smith River, California
The Casa Rubio is just a smidgen south of Brookings, but it's in Smith River, California, not Oregon.  It's a unique place with a small group of idiosyncratic rooms--each one different in shape, size and style--and it's not too expensive. The ocean view is a bit far away but there's an easy path to walk down to the beach.  17285 Crissey Ln, Smith River, CA 95567   Phone: (707) 487-4313 Pat Berglund 7/23/2017
Stephanie Inn
Cannon Beach
Many people here love the Stephanie Inn in Cannon Beach, but it's very pricey. Pat Berglund 7/23/2017
Yachats A couple of friends are planning to come to Yachats in early December to watch storms and are looking for hotel recommendations that would be on the ocean. Any suggestions? Sandy Roberts 11/6/20
Overleaf Lodge Without a doubt, the Overleaf Lodge on the oceanfront is our choice. Only drawback is that they don’t take pets, if that is a consideration. There are places in town to eat that are still open in December, and Overleaf offers a good free breakfast..with COVID restrictions only served to your room. Claudia and Jim Macmillan 11/6/20
Overleaf Lodge Thank you to all of you who responded to my request about a place to stay in Yachats. It was a unanimous recommendation for Overleaf Lodge, and I have sent them all the info including room 204 or 304. Sandy Roberts 11/6/20

Northern Oregon

Portland B&B      
Sandes of Time Bed & Breakfast
Portland, Oregon
Are you looking for a place to stay near Portland? Then Sandes of Time Bed & Breakfast should be on your short list. About 10 years ago, Al and Terry Sande bought a time-worn century old home on an overgrown three acre rocky knoll near the Willamette River. During the next five years they fully restored it, even enhancing the design to create four guest rooms with private baths, and a theater in the previously unfinished basement. Rock crushers reshaped the hill top to provide a circular drive with guest parking. 300 truckloads of topsoil were molded into manicured lawns and flower beds. Terry furnished all the rooms with period furniture, paint and wall paper, even making the curtains herself. The result, an obvious labor of love, is a delight to see. When we arrived for our stay, Al greeted us with a tour of the house before showing us to our spacious and very comfortable room. The next morning, he served us and the other guests a delicious breakfast that Terry was preparing in the kitchen adjacent to our dining room. Several times during our stay we had opportunities to chat with Al and Terry, hearing about the history of the house and their experiences preparing it for its B&B mission. By the time we checked out, we had fully achieved the promise of the sign by the front door - “Enter as strangers, leave as friends”. For further information, including more about the house’s history and photos of the house and rooms, check out Terry’s web site at
Skip Ross 8/6/2012

Central Oregon

Eugene hotels Any recommendations or comments for hotels in Eugene? Thanks. Elizabeth Escher 8/17/2016
Downtown Hilton or Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Hilton or Hilton Garden Inn if you are working at the university via Elizabeth 8/17/2016
Hilton Hilton (fine and centrally located) via Elizabeth 8/17/2016
Inn at the 5th Inn at the 5th (boutique luxury immediately adjacent to the U of O ... service superb ... valet parking … complimentary glass of wine upon check-in ...bring your wallet) via Elizabeth 8/17/2016
Valley River Inn Valley River Inn on the river … walking path …great restaurant … and by Valley River Center Mall via Elizabeth 8/17/2016

Southern Oregon

Places to visit NEAR Southern Oregon My wife and I are looking for a few cooler places to visit next year during July/Aug (2021). We would like to stay at several different locations for a few days during these months…places that are within a day’s drive of Medford. Perhaps on a river, lake, forest, coast, etc. have some recommendations of where to go or do you have you have a summer place to rent? Tim & Maggie Miller 8/9/2020
Running Y Ranch And about an half an hour further is the running Y Ranch. Nice golf course, beautiful restaurant, and there could well be homes for rent. No shortage. Roger Hutchings 8/9/2020
Lake of the Woods Tom, I recommend Lake of the Woods. About an hour from Medford, just off Highway 140. It is a beautiful mountain lake, about 5000 feet or so. There are cabins to rent. A Google search might well reveal homes for rent. Roger Hutchings 8/9/2020
Frenchglen Try Frenchglen. It's about fifty miles south of Burns. There's a State-run hotel there that also serves meals. You can go up Steens Mtn. while you're there, and check out Pete French's round barn which is in the vicinity. Chuck Chase 8/9/2020
Crater Lake If you haven’t been to Crater Lake, that ought to be first on your list. Stop at Becky’s Diner along the way and get pie. It really puts the whipped cream on the top of the visit to this great place. Doyne Mraz 8/9/2020
Oregon Coast -- multiple places We love to go to the Oregon coast for a few days in the summer. We have a timeshare in Depot Bay, Gleneden Beach, and Seaside, but also know others who enjoy Yachats, Bandon, and Brookings. Adobe Inn in Yachats, Inn at Face Rock in Bandon, and Beachfront Inn in Brookings are some special places we've stayed other than Worldmark by Wyndam, our timeshare. Bert and Judy Bamforth 8/9/2020
Overleaf Lodge

Best Western Beachfront Inn

Whale Cove Inn
Depoe Bay

We like Overleaf Lodge in Yachats. It's right on the water; you can watch the waves break over the rocks from your room. There is a small spa with a windowed hot tub. Our favorite thing is to take champagne and some good cheese and bread and have a picnic on our deck while watching the sunset. BUT, to be truthful, wind and fog can sometimes wreak havoc with the view and outdoor activities.
The July Southern Oregon Kite Festival in Brookings was fun the one time we went. It was cancelled this year because of Covid. You take folding chairs and sit along a large grassy area while kites do stunning "dances" in time to music. Surprisingly relaxing and pretty, but it can be cold. If the wind doesn't blow just right, the kites don't fly. In Brookings, we stay at the Best Western Beachfront Inn. Nothing fancy, but it's right on the beach.
The very best place we know on the Oregon coast is the Whale Cove Inn at Depoe Bay. It's tiny, on a private cove, and has a very good on-site restaurant. The view--unless there's fog--is world class. Unfortunately, it costs an arm and a leg.
Astoria is our favorite coastal town. It's right on the Columbia River. Several places to stay on the water, not too awfully touristy, some pretty good restaurants, and close to several Lewis & Clark sites which we find interesting (especially the ones across the river in Washington.) Astoria's Columbia River Maritime Museum is very good for a small museum. Astoria would be a long drive from Medford. To go there directly from here, we like to take I-5 to Portland and then Hwy 30 west to Astoria.
Pat Berglund 8/9/2020
Depoe Bay

Ferndale, CA
We aren’t real experienced with this area, but several years ago we spent about 5 days on the Oregon coast in a little town called Depoe Bay. We enjoyed it a good deal. You can day trip to some interesting sites from there. Others have spent considerable time in Bandon, and liked it a lot there. There are lots of little towns all down the coast, and I’d guess nearly all would be nice to stay in for a few days.
If you’re willing to go a bit further South, and are kind of interested in historical places along the lines of Jacksonville, there’s a town in California, just Sought of Eureka, called Ferndale. It’s a little ways in from the coast, but you can drive to the coast. If you’re up to driving a very narrow, very twisty road, there’s one out of Ferndale that goes over to the Lost Coast. It’s quite impressive, but a rigorous drive and you should allow a full day to be able to enjoy it (very few services along the route, so take water and probably a snack). Just some thoughts.
Ron Constable 8/9/2020

I've spent time in Florence and Bandon (both on the coast) during the summer months and found them quite pleasant. They are small towns, so dining and accommodations are not what you would call elegant. Allen Cagle 8/9/2020

Eastern Oregon

RV Parks

Personal Ratings file Since 1997 we have been vacationing in our motorhome -- a 27'Lazy Daze Class C. At each site where we camped, we kept a description with a personally-assigned rating of 1-5. This is posted on line, in case it might be useful to others. The file is:
Skip Ross 10/3/2015