The Best B&Bs
- Portland's White House (Portland; tel. 800/272-7131 or 503/287-7131): From the circular drive to the portico reminiscent of that other White House to the grand foyer and spacious guest rooms, everything about this inn is impressive. Who needs a presidential suite when you can have the whole house?
- Springbrook Hazelnut Farm (Newberg; tel. 800/793-8528 or 503/538-4606): Set in the midst of the Yamhill County wine country, this working hazelnut farm captures the essence of rural Oregon and distills it into a tranquil and restorative retreat. You can opt to stay in the carriage house or a cottage.
- Black Walnut Inn (Dundee; tel. 866/429-4114 or 503/429-4114): Set high in the hills above Dundee, this inn is designed to resemble a Tuscan villa and is a luxurious retreat amid wine-country vineyards.
- Abbey Road Farm (Carlton; tel. 503/852-6278): This fantasy farm in the middle of wine country has the most unusual B&B building I've ever seen. The inn is a collection of metal farm silos that have been converted into one of the prettiest and most luxurious inns in the state.
- The Secret Garden (Eugene; tel. 888/484-6755 or 541/484-6755): Housed in what was once a sorority house and before that the home of one of Eugene's founding families, this very elegant inn is utterly tasteful. The garden has some very interesting secrets.
- Arch Cape House (Cannon Beach; tel. 800/436-2848 or 503/436-2800): Patterned after a French château, this mansion-size B&B may seem oddly out of place on the Oregon coast, but no one staying here seems to mind. It could be the huge guest rooms and castlelike ambience, or it could be the abundance of European antiques and original art.
- Channel House (Depoe Bay; tel. 800/447-2140 or 541/765-2140): Situated on the cliff above the narrow channel into tiny Depoe Bay, this B&B offers one of the most striking settings on the Oregon coast. The contemporary design includes guest rooms made for romance -- a hot tub on the balcony, a fireplace, and an unsurpassed view out the windows.
- Heceta Head Lightstation (Yachats; tel. 866/547-3696): Ever dreamed of staying at a lighthouse? Well, on the Oregon coast, your dream can come true at this former lighthouse keeper's home. The Victorian B&B, which claims one of the most spectacular locations on the entire coast, is set high on a hill above the crashing waves.
- Chetco River Inn & Lavender Farm (Brookings; tel. 541/251-0087): Want to get away from it all without sacrificing luxury and great food? Book a room at this remote B&B on the crystal-clear Chetco River. The setting--in the middle of a national forest--is as tranquil as you could want.
- Ashland Mountain House B&B (tel. 866/899-2744 or 541/482-2744): In a building that was constructed in 1852 and was once a stagecoach stop, this country inn is rich in details and preserves a fascinating piece of southern Oregon history.
The Best Small Inns & Lodges
- Cannery Pier Hotel (Astoria; tel. 888/325-4996 or 503/325-4996): Located on a pier 600 feet out in the Columbia River, this luxury hotel fits in perfectly on the Astoria waterfront and looks as if it actually could have been a cannery at one time.
- Stephanie Inn (Cannon Beach; tel. 800/633-3466 or 503/436-2221): Combining the look of a mountain lodge with a beachfront setting in Oregon's most artistic town, the Stephanie Inn is a romantic retreat that surrounds its guests with unpretentious luxury.
- Coast Cabins (Manzanita; tel. 503/368-7113): Although not actually an inn or a lodge, this collection of five modern cottages is so thoroughly enchanting that I have to include it here. Beautiful perennial gardens surround the cottages.
- Whale Cove Inn (Depoe Bay; tel. 800/628-3409 or 541/765-4300): Quite simply, nowhere else on the Oregon coast is there another hotel as luxurious and sophisticated as this. That it also has what might be the best view of any coastal hotel is just icing on the cake.
- Tu Tu Tun Lodge (Gold Beach; tel. 800/864-6357 or 541/247-6664): Though some might think of this as a fishing lodge, it's far too luxurious for anglers to keep to themselves. A secluded setting on the lower Rogue River guarantees tranquillity, and choice guest rooms provide the perfect setting for forgetting about your everyday stresses.
- The Winchester Inn (Ashland; tel. 800/972-4991 or 541/488-1113): Located only 2 blocks from the theaters of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, this place has the feel of a country inn although it's located right in town. Rooms are in three different buildings, including a modern Victorian cottage.
- FivePine Lodge & Conference Center (Sisters; tel. 866/974-5900 or 541/549-5900): This collection of modern Craftsman-style cottages is set in the shade of ponderosa pines on the edge of Sisters. You'll find a spa, athletic club, movie theater, brewpub, and restaurant on the grounds.
- The Lodge at Suttle Lake (tel. 541/595-2628): There simply is no more luxurious and enjoyable lakeside lodge in the state of Oregon. Grand log beams combine with modern creature comforts to create a mountain lodge worth searching out.