Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Day Trip - Stop #1- The Rogue River Lodge

Southern Oregon is abound with natural beauty and there is much to see and do.  Many of our guests come to Ashland for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and we're always encouraging them to branch out and take the time to see some of the wonders of the Rogue Valley.  We have mapped out the perfect day trip and I'm about to share it with you, with 4 stops along the way.  Follow along!

Stop #1 is the Rogue River Lodge in Trail, OR.  The lodge is 45 minutes from Abigail's pretty much door-to-door if you don't make any stops along the way.  We first found the lodge on Father's Day, June of 2011 as we were taking a ride up to Crater Lake.  It was not our first visit to the lake, but it had been a l-o-n-g time since we had been there.  As we were making our way I caught a glimpse of the lodge out of the corner of my eye and made a note to stop on the way home.  

As noted, on our way home we stopped at the lodge and felt as if we'd discovered a little patch of paradise right on the Rogue River.  It is peaceful beyond belief.  Since it was late in the afternoon we just sipped a drink and stared at the river for an hour or so, on that our first visit.  We have been back, many times, as it is our favorite place to relax when we need a little break in our daily routine.

The lodge was built in 1937 and continues to be a favorite of locals and tourists alike.  The property boasts 165' of serene river frontage. Sitting at the edge of the river is a cozy cabin built in 1936, which was recently remodeled and can be booked for overnight stays.  It is absolutely idyllic. 

The Riverview Room is located downstairs in the main building and offers full service in either the inside dining area or on the river's edge patio.  Upstairs, in the lodge, is the main dining room which seats 60.  The owners, Ann and Lee, are the 8th owners of the inn, which they purchased in 2009.  After extensive remodeling and upgrading, they reopened in August of 2010.  

Well, we've been relaxing for an hour or so, enjoyed our yummy drinks and crispy coated green beans (and maybe some lunch) and it's about time to move on up the road to our next stop.  

At the river's edge looking at the back of the main lodge, which faces Hwy 62
Cozy cottage for 2 at the river's edge
Wild Sweet Peas
The Rogue River

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