Whether you’re a sockeye salmon fanatic looking to enjoy some of the famous Deschutes River fishing opportunities, embarking on your annual whitewater rafting trip, or even planning a destination wedding: there are rural lodging options for everyone from the most rugged outdoorsman to newlyweds on honeymoon.
Three Destination Favorites
Here are three of our favorite rustic and rural Oregon hotels that offer the perfect mix of lodging, dining and unique amenities all close to some of the best spots for whatever outdoor adventures you’re planning this summer. Each of the following hotels is located within the Central Oregon region are within a 1-2 hour drive from Bend or Portland. All three feature breathtaking scenery, glowing customer reviews and abundant choices for guests looking to create a special vacation experience.
The Balch Hotel
Located in small town of Dufur, Oregon, the Balch Hotel features sweet, romantic touches like claw foot tubs and fresh chocolate chip cookies. Proprietors Jeff and Samantha create a classic Bed and Breakfast Inn feel for their guests, serving three-course breakfasts and encouraging guests to make themselves at home. All 18 rooms feature modern amenities set in an historic, antique setting. Guests of the Balch Hotel have their pick of nearby activities and can easily fill their days with winery tours, music and art, physical activities—or they can relax and soak up the fresh air and sunshine.
The Balch hotel is perfect for:
- Romantic getaways
- Destination weddings and honeymoon parties
- Restful, relaxing trips
The Imperial River Company Lodge
Located next to the Deschutes River, the Imperial River Company lodge features luxurious lodge-style rooms. All rooms come with practical touches such as coffee makers, refrigerators, and wader dryers – most come with two beds, also. Many rooms feature river views and all have a light, airy feel designed to let visitors enjoy the peaceful majesty of the Deschutes during their stay. For larger parties, many rooms may be adjoined. The Imperial River Company offers all-inclusive, expert guided whitewater-rafting tours along with a host of other outdoor activities.
Imperial River Company is great for:
- River Fishing and Rafting Trips
- Families, adventure parties, hikers and cyclists
- Outdoor enthusiasts looking for a balance of
comfort and excitement.
This highly popular ski resort takes on a whole different feel in the warmth of summer. 67 miles east of Portland, Mt. Hood is a popular escape destination for Portlandians looking to cool off. A recent piece in the Oregonian noted some of Mount Hood’s summer charms including excellent hiking, boating, swimming and camping all in a setting that is bright, temperate and pristine. There are several rental properties in the Government Camp area in addition to the lodge to accommodate any sized party.
Timberline Lodge is just right for:
- Events with large groups
- Family vacations
- People looking to escape the summer heat