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A Room with a View

Published: August 13, 2022

 

Connect with the beauty of Oregon by checking into a hotel room with stunning views. One of the best things about the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region is how the area's urban areas flow naturally into valleys, woodlands, mountains and coastlines. Here are a few standouts to get you started.

The Oregon Coast

Driftwood Shores Resort

Beach & Ocean Views

An excellent storm watching destination, each room at Driftwood Shores Resort faces the ocean. The large hotel is a short drive from Historic Old Town Florence and right on the wide-open sands of Heceta Beach. When the weather is calm, enjoy the endless blue sky and sea, sparkling in the sunshine. Watch storms roll in across the sea with pounding waves and dramatic skies. After a storm, and at low tide, walk the miles of beach looking for natural treasures tossed up on the shore. Enjoy the sunset from the floor-to-ceiling picture windows in the hotel's market and deli, from your cozy room or walk down to the beach to watch from the shoreline.

Best Western Plus Pier Point

River & Old Town Views

On the south side of Siuslaw River, the Best Western Plus Pier Point hotel looks across the river to the picturesque charm of Historic Old Town Florence. Nestled in the crook of Highway 101, discover this beautifully landscaped hotel property complete with an indoor swimming pool and a restaurant called the Bay View with picture windows overlooking the water. Each hotel room faces the river and you can request a balcony room for extra views. 

River House Inn

Bridge & River Views

The River House Inn is on the banks of the Siuslaw River, just west of the historic Siuslaw River Bridge, and on the edge of Historic Old Town Florence. This well-maintained hotel is ideally situated for walking to the shops and restaurants on Bay Street, yet removed enough for a quiet riverfront experience. For the best view, request a river-facing room with a balcony. Sit outside and watch the fishing boats come and go. The bridge and boat lights at night make it even more magical, especially when the fog drifts in. The bridge opens up to give taller ships passage, which is a treat for anyone with lucky timing. Gaze across the far banks of the river to the sand dunes with their mountain high slopes of shining sand dotted with sandboarders and dune buggies

Mariner's Room Coastline View

Photo: Heceta Head B&B

Heceta Head Lighthouse B&B

Ocean Views

Stay in the historic former Assistant Lighthouse Keeper's home on the edge of Oregon's dramatic coastal cliffs beneath the Heceta Head Lighthouse. From the antique multi-paned windows, look out onto the rugged coastal terrain below. While your ocean view varies by room, everyone can relax on the home's spacious porch for full immersive views of the rugged coast and sprawling sea. Hike up to the lighthouse or down to the sheltered beach below, and overnight guests are even invited to hike up to the lighthouse after dark for a truly special view of the sea and stars punctuated by the lighthouse beam.

Eugene-Springfield

The Graduate Hotel

Eugene Skyline

Towering beside the Hult Center for the Performing Arts, the Graduate Eugene is one of downtown Eugene's tallest buildings. Enjoy sweeping views of the city and Willamette Valley hills from south-facing rooms.  Even the interior views will draw you in, with collegiate spirit and tributes to the University of Oregon, Steve Prefontaine and other local running heroes. The lobby mimics a museum with its sports, Nike and regional collectibles throughout, reflecting the community’s love for track and college sports.

The Gordon Hotel in the Fall

Photo: Melanie Griffin

The Gordon Hotel

Market District

This artsy hotel embraces urban views of the Market District. Gaze down upon the cheerful hustle and bustle of outdoor shopping plazas and sidewalk cafes. The Gordon Hotel places you squarely in a city atmosphere, but within the hotel your eyes will feast on many tributes to creativity. Soak up an artistic showcase from modern screen visuals to juried oil paintings by hotel staff. Try your own hand at painting in the lobby art bar. Carlita’s Rooftop Bar offers views of the city from the top of The Gordon along with cantina favorites like tacos and margaritas all year long.

Inn at the 5th

Market District

Step out onto the balcony of Eugene's high end boutique hotel, the Inn at the 5th, for the full European feel. Spread out below is the 5th Street Public Market with its unique shops, urban wine tasting bars and high-end restaurants. The many-tiered and terraced levels of the market are furnished with bistro tables, flowering shrubs and bright sun shades. Live music floats upwards from the courtyards below on summer nights.

Valley River Inn

Willamette River

On the banks of the Willamette River, the Valley River Inn is a Eugene fixture, with rooms overlooking the woodsy bike path below and out across the wide, gentle river. Other rooms look inward at the pool and beautiful grounds, but the riverfront rooms feature the best views. Guests often choose to linger at Sweetwaters, the hotel restaurant, with its outside dining along the river's edge. Known for its decadent brunches, this is superb dining with a view at any time of day. 

Cascade Mountains

Westfir Lodge

Forest & Bridge

The Westfir Lodge was once the office building for a local timber company and is now a comfortable lodge that caters to outdoor enthusiasts. From the bedrooms you'll see green forest, but the real visual treat is out front. The site of the lodge places you directly in front of Oregon's longest covered bridge, Office Bridge, this stunning bright red bridge is a photographers' favorite. Enjoy a cold craft brew on the lodge patio with the bridge as the backdrop or explore the view from trails you can access on the other side of the bridge.

Eagle Rock Lodge

McKenzie River

On the banks of the McKenzie River, hide away at Eagle Rock Lodge. From your cozy cabin or lodge room, take in the crystal clear McKenzie River and lush forests. Explore fishing, rafting, and kayaking with local guides to see the view from the middle of the river. Even if you stay at the lodge, the view will tempt you to the waters' edge to sit and just be present.

Author: Taj Barnhart Morgan

Taj Barnhart Morgan is the Director of Content Strategy for Travel Lane County. A journalism graduate from the University of Oregon, Taj has two decades of special event management and hospitality marketing experience in San Diego, CA and Maui, HI. Passionate about mothering, and back to her Oregon roots, she is discovering the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region all over again through the eyes of her daughter.