The Best Historic Places to Stay in Oregon
The Benson (Portland; tel. 800/663-1144 or 503/228-2000): With its crystal chandeliers, walnut paneling, and ornate plasterwork ceiling in the lobby, this 1912 vintage hotel is Portland's most elegant lodging.
Hotel Elliott (Astoria; tel. 877/378-1924 or 503/325-2222): Originally opened in 1924, this hotel retains much of its original character, but now features lots of modern touches and contemporary styling. When it's time to relax, you'll have to choose between the rooftop garden and the cellar wine bar.
Columbia Gorge Hotel (Hood River; tel. 800/345-1921 or 541/386-5566): Opened in 1921 to handle the first automobile traffic up the Columbia Gorge, this Mission-style hotel commands a stunning view across the gorge and is surrounded by colorful gardens.
Timberline Lodge (Mount Hood; tel. 800/547-1406 or 503/272-3311): Built by the WPA during the Great Depression, this stately mountain lodge with a grand stone fireplace, exposed beams, and wide-plank floors showcases the skills of the craftspeople who created it.
Crater Lake Lodge (Crater Lake National Park; tel. 888/774-2728): Perched on the rim of the caldera (not crater) that holds the blue waters of Crater Lake, this mountain lodge isn't actually a historic hotel, but it incorporates details from the original lodge that used to stand on this same site. The setting is breathtaking.
Ashland Springs Hotel (Ashland; tel. 888/795-4545 or 541/488-1700): This historic high-rise hotel was originally built to cash in on Ashland's mineral springs, but today it is, instead, a superb choice for anyone attending the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
Geiser Grand Hotel (Baker City; tel. 888/434-7374 or 541/523-1889): Originally opened in 1889 at the height of the Blue Mountains gold rush, this Baker City grand dame has been completely renovated and succeeds in capturing the feel of a Wild West luxury hotel without sacrificing any modern conveniences.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.