Where to Stay in Southern Oregon: The Historic Weasku Inn
Built in 1924 just steps from the Rogue River, this historic Grant’s Pass lodge quickly became a rustic retreat for Hollywood celebrities and regular joes. A 1998 renovation updated the large log cabin and added river-view cottages, but retained the Weasku Inn’s charming, retro feel, right down to the vintage neon sign that greets you with a “We ask u inn”.
Travel + Leisure featured the inn as one of the 25 best lodges in the United States, and The New York Times praised the Weasku in 2018 when it named Rogue Valley one of the 52 best places to go this year. that year.
It is a historical place. Stay in the Weasku’s Big Log Cabin and you’ll be sleeping in the same vacation spots as Clark Gable, Carole Lombard, Walt Disney and Bing Crosby. Adirondack chairs beckon you from the rolling lawn, a large back deck invites you to linger outside, and the great room – which is also open to cabin guests, of course – has a large stone fireplace and many comfortable places to relax.
THE ROOMS: The lodge’s upstairs bedrooms feature giant beds, queen-size pillow-top mattresses and crisp white linens, as well as a stepladder to help you reach those lofty heights. You’ll likely hear music upstairs, as well as people coming and going in the lobby until late into the evening, but the place’s rustic charm more than makes up for it. River cabins offer king and queen options.
SPLASHES: Modest bathrooms are stocked with Aveda bath products, plush towels, fluffy bathrobes, and over-the-tub showers. Two bedrooms — one in the lodge, one in a cabin — offer two-person spa tubs and separate showers. But the biggest splash is, of course, the scenic Rogue River – hike the trail for a closer look or try your angling skills at the nearby fishing hole.
SUPPLEMENTS: Whether you stay in the lodge or the river cabins, breakfast, afternoon appetizers, evening cookies and milk, and s’mores for the fire pit are all included. Wine lovers can buy sips by the glass or steal from the bar during happy hour (they have beer, too), or drop by the front desk for a bottle of, say, Pink Pink Rosé from Cliff Creek Cellars. There’s also a tasting passport ($29) that gets you tastings for two at a dozen wineries.
DETAILS: Rooms start at $164. 5560 Rogue River Highway, Grant’s Pass; https://weasku.com/