Where to Stay in the Rogue Valley: Weasku Inn

Where to Stay in the Rogue Valley: Weasku Inn

Just a short fifteen minute drive from the heart of downtown Grants Pass, the Weasku Inn feels worlds away. Situated just off of the 99-N, the Rogue River serves as the inn’s backyard, giving the property a sacred feel. Uneasy urbanites like me concerned about venturing too far off the grid, will find the perfect balance of quiet isolation near small town conveniences at Weasku Inn.

We arrived to the inn in the early evening before sunset feeling hungry and a bit sleepy after our long drive from Klamath. So when we entered the lobby to check-in, our stomachs were delighted to find a complimentary hors d’oeuvre reception spread begging to be eaten.

After checking in, we grabbed a few small plates of wraps, baby carrots, and fruit and headed upstairs to our room to relax a bit before having to head out again in time for our dinner reservation in town.

Our second floor room in the main lodge featured a spacious living area highlighted by French doors leading out to our own private deck from which we were able to enjoy views of the trees and a nearby pond. The strain of our long drive dissipated as we eased into a zone of rest and relaxation.

Before heading out to dinner, we decided to give ourselves some time to explore the property a bit further.

We marveled at the inn’s expansiveness, and a short walk past some of Weasku’s eleven cabins led us to the soothing, rushing waters of the Rogue River.

The beauty of the Rogue Valley is undeniable, and Weasku Inn’s design perfectly meshes with the scenic surroundings instead of trying to compete. As we paused to savor the swooshing waters and inhale the clean air, it became clear why Hollywood legends like Clark Gable, Carol Lombard, and Walt Disney regularly retreated to this property back in the day.

After the property was restored in 2008, Travel + Leisure included Weasku Inn on its list of the “Top 25 Lodges in the United States,” and writer Patricia Schultz, author of the acclaimed 1,000 Places to See Before You Die: A Traveler’s Life List, named Weasku Inn as a “must see” place. It’s no wonder.

The beauty of Weasku Inn is the draw, but it’s the staffers’ excellent service that seals the deal for travelers like me.

As if the evening appetizers weren’t enough, at night, the scent of fresh-out-of-the-oven cookies lured us guests out of our rooms and back to the lobby for complimentary treats, making our stay at Weasku that much sweeter.

The next morning, before hitting the road to Crater Lake, we were warmly greeted by a staffer who was manning the front desk and the breakfast area. As we filled our plates with continental fare, she, along with a fellow guest, gave us tips and advice about which waterfalls we should stop at when heading back from the lake.

After checking out, we hit the road in search of our next destination. But it wasn’t until we made our way to Medford after spending our entire day at Crater Lake that I realized that I’d left my anorak back at Weasku Inn. Hoping that it wasn’t permanently lost, I called the inn and they assured me that they’d mail it to me back in L.A. Sure enough, when we returned home from our adventure away, my favorite anorak was waiting in the mail for me, yet another gesture of Weasku’s commitment to above and beyond guest service.

Weasku Inn is a rare treasure that embodies affordable luxury, comfort, and service – everything I could ever want in a place to stay in the Rogue Valley, or anywhere.

*For more details about Weasku Inn or to book your stay, click here.

*We received a discounted rate for our stay at Weasku Inn, but as always, all opinions are my own.



Comments 12

  1. nadeen
    Dec 28, 2014

    OH MY GOODNESS!! SO beautiful! Just looking at the pics I felt relaxed! I love cozy lodges and inns like this especially when you can take in nature’s wonders. I have never been to Oregon but will keep this place in mind when I do make it there. And don’t you just love great service?!

    • Dana Carmel
      Dec 29, 2014

      Great service is everything, Nadeen! A stay at a beautiful property could be totally ruined if the service sucks. You MUST visit Oregon. It’s such a beautiful state and so diverse in its landscape – similar to California. You would love this lodge. It’s the perfect retreat.

  2. Catherine
    Dec 27, 2014

    This places looks lovely! Great customer service is always the thing that can make or break a place – glad to here it was spot on here!

    • Dana Carmel
      Dec 29, 2014

      Yes – the customer service at Weasku is the icing on the cake!

  3. Mike
    Dec 23, 2014

    OMG log cabin homes are my fav and I’m in love with this Inn! Friendly mom and pop places make it even that much better. I really like rustic with the exception of one thing – I don’t like rustic bathrooms lol. Lordy, if I was starving and walked in and saw that appetizer table and I would be asking them, “Is this my room…please?” 🙂 Merry Christmas to you, Jave and your families Dana 🙂

    • Dana Carmel
      Dec 29, 2014

      You and me both, Mike. I hate rusty, crusty bathrooms! In fact, if Tripadvisor doesn’t show travelers’ pictures of a hotel’s bathroom, I will NOT stay there! And when I used to visit Jave in Jamaica, before booking a hotel, I’d ask him to visit it and request to see the bathroom in one of the rooms – true story. And he actually did it – he must really love me! 😉 Hope you had a Merry Christmas and I hope you have a prosperous New Year!

  4. Marisol@TravelingSolemates
    Dec 21, 2014

    Hi Dana, Weasku Inn looks certainly charming and its surrounding is so bucolic. It seems like a perfect base to explore Rouge Valley. Being a must-see from “1000 place to see…” – wow, it’s really something. Nice review. Will definitely keep it in mind when i visit the area.

    • Dana Carmel
      Dec 23, 2014

      I hope you get a chance to stay here, Marisol. It’s such an inviting property in such beautiful surroundings.

  5. Rachael@safari254
    Dec 21, 2014

    The inn looks super cosy and its surroundings are beautiful. It definitely seems like a place I would pay a visit to if I was nearby.

    • Dana Carmel
      Dec 23, 2014

      It’s very cozy!! The next time around, I want to have more time there to just sit on the deck and do nothing but read and think.

  6. Kemkem
    Dec 20, 2014

    That table of food looks very inviting 🙂 . Lots to love here, it looks so cosy. I would love to spend time here…lovely pictures !!!

    • Dana Carmel
      Dec 23, 2014

      The food at the evening reception was really good. Jave suggested that we skip dinner and just load up on appetizers at the hotel, but I told him that’s tacky. Lol!


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