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A Room with a View

Published: July 01, 2021


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 landscapes integrate with the natural setting of valley, woodlands, mountains and coastline. Here a few standouts to get you started.

The Oregon Coast

View of Heceta Beach from Driftwood Shores

Photo: Diana Wells / Eugene, Cascades & Coast

Driftwood Shores Resort

Beach & Ocean Views

Touted as 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. From the floor-to-ceiling picture windows in the hotel's Surfside Restaurant, or from your cozy room, watch storms roll in across the sea with pounding waves and dramatic skies. When the weather is calm, enjoy the endless blue of sky and sea, sparkling in the sunshine. After a storm, and at low tide, walk the miles of beach looking for natural treasures tossed up on the shore.

Historic Old Town Florence and Siuslaw Bridge

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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 highly landscaped hotel property complete with an indoor swimming pool and a fine hotel restaurant called the Bay View with picture windows overlooking the water. Each hotel room faces the river, and some have balconies. 

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 on their way out to sea, or back with the day's catch. The bridge and boat lights at night make it even more magical, especially when the fog drifts in. Sometimes the bridge opens up for taller ships, which will thrill any kid, even the grown up ones! Gaze across the far banks of the river to the sand dunes with its mountain high slopes of shining sand dotted with occasional sandboarders and dune buggies

Heceta Head Lighthouse Bed & Breakfast

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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 dormer and multi-paned windows, look out onto the rugged coastal terrain below. While your ocean view may be spectacular but small, and vary by room, everyone can relax on the home's spacious porch for full immersive views of the powerful setting. Hike up to the lighthouse or down to the sheltered beach below.


Looking at Spencer Butte from the Graduate Eugene Hotel

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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. The Graduate not only has cool views, the interior vibe reflects the community's collegiate spirit and love all of all things "track" with plenty of 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.

The Gordon Hotel

Market District

This artsy, swanky hotel embraces urban views of the Market District. Gaze down upon the cheerful hustle and bustle of outdoor shopping plazas and sidewalk cafes. Gazing out from 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".

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.

Valley River Inn

Willamette River

On the banks of the Willamette River, the Valley River Inn reigns supreme with rooms overlooking the woodsy bike path below and out across the wide, gentle river. Other rooms look inward at the pool and grounds, but the river front rooms are breathtaking. Guests often choose to linger at Sweetwaters, the hotel restaurant, with its outside dining along the river's edge. Known for their decadent brunches, this is superb dining with a view.

Cascade Mountains

Westfir Lodge

Forest & Bridge

The Westfir Lodge was once the office building for a local timber company, but now its historic building is a comfortable lodge catering to outdoor enthusiasts. From the curtain shrouded bedrooms you'll see green forest, but the real visual treat is right outside. The site of the lodge places you directly in front of Oregon's longest covered bridge. Dubbed "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.

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. Nature is right there, outside your window and door, full of mystery, beauty and serenity. Even if you try to stay indoors, the view will pull you out to the waters' edge to sit and just "be".

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.