Beyond the Ordinary: Your Guide to Overnight Experiences in Eastern Oregon
Unique places to overnight can transform an ordinary getaway into an unforgettable experience. From hot springs to bike hostels, and from working ranches to a haven for working artists, Eastern Oregon provides travelers with a scavenger hunt of truly unique and exceptional overnight experiences true to its rural roots.
If you’re looking for a menu of amenities and an ordinary accommodation experience, you may want to stay in the city because Eastern Oregon’s lineup of unique, quirky, and one-of-a-kind places to stay will serve you up something you’ve yet to experience anywhere else. Follow along for a few of them to inspire your next adventure in Eastern Oregon.
The Historic Central Hotel – Burns
The Historic Central Hotel just off Hwy 20 is a funky, fun, and comfortable experience. There’s so much to explore right on the property; it is a great ‘base camp’ for exploring Eastern Oregon. During the summer months the shaded back patio hosts a taproom, food offerings, and live music, which make for a perfect evening under the Eastern Oregon stars. Think different and stay different at The Historic Central Hotel.
Working Girls Hotel – Pendleton
The Working Girls Hotel (W.G. Hotel) is owned and operated by Pendleton Underground Tours, and if you don’t already know about the tours, you need to. Pendleton’s 18 historic bordellos were restored and have been available to visitors since 1991. Built in the late 1890s, the W.G. Hotel now offers guests a one-of-a-kind experience, complete with original hardwood floors, 18’ ceilings, and exposed brick walls that make you feel as though you have stepped back in time, but with the luxuries of the 21st century.
Hotel Condon – Condon
Central to Oregon’s John Day Territory, the historic Hotel Condon, which opened in 1920 and has welcomed travelers seeking an Eastern Oregon experience ever since. Dig for fossils in Wheeler County, hike among the breathtaking beauty of Cottonwood Canyon State Park, or take a day trip to the epic scenery of the Painted Hills and John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. Whether you’re a hunter, fisherman, cowboy, biker, photographer, or poet, tap into what inspires you at Hotel Condon.
Wildhorse Resort & Casino – Pendleton
Wildhorse Resort & Casino weaves together the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation’s deep history of hospitality to provide unforgettable family-friendly experiences and adventures. Where there once was a wheat field 25 years ago now sits the sprawling Wildhorse Resort & Casino, a beacon of lights welcoming visitors from near and far. Located on the reservation and operated by tribe, visitors can explore and learn about the people who have lived on the land for over 10,000 years at the nearby Tamástslikt Cultural Institute. Experience the storied past, rich present, and bright future of the tribes through interactive exhibits, special events, and informative programs that celebrate the traditions of the Cayuse, Umatilla, and Walla Walla Tribes.
Silvies Valley Ranch – Seneca
Authentically Oregon, Silvies Valley Ranch pairs passion with purpose and play. The ecologically sustainable Western Livestock ranch is a true treat. While staying at the 140,000 acres of deeded and leased National Forest and BLM lands, you’ll see abundant herds of healthy wildlife while supporting ranching and environmental practices that set the nation’s standard. But it’s no ordinary farm stay; the 34-room luxury eco-resort is complete with fine dining, a conference center, a full-service fitness center, and the incredible Rocking Heart Spa. Not to be outdone, Silvies Valley Ranch also provides an incredible golfing experience for players of all skill levels, with two reversible 18-hole courses, a scenically epic 7-hole ridge course, and a mountain meadow 9-hole par three course. Here you’ll find a spa meets golf meets the authentic Western experience unlike anything else.
Crystal Crane Hot Springs – Burns
Located in the heart of Harney County, Crystal Crane Hot Springs provides the opportunity to soak in the natural hot springs, relax in a private soaking tub, and choose from a variety of overnight accommodations. From yurts to camping and glamping, Crystal Crane offers a genuinely unplugged experience.
The Lodge at Hot Lake Springs – La Grande
Who doesn’t love a natural hot spring? The Lodge at Hot Lake offers a unique stay in a historic brick hotel built in 1906 that was once referred to as the “Mayo Clinic of the West.” Nearby train tracks made The Lodge at Hot Lake a desirable stop for rail passengers seeking state-of-the-art healthcare and the healing waters of the hot springs, which rest at the foot of a large bluff nearby. Used by Native Americans for its medicinal powers before settlement and colonization occurred in the area, the lake was named “Ea-Kesh-Pa” by the Nez Perce and later served as a popular stop for travelers on the Oregon Trail. Nowadays, you can enjoy the hot springs and stay in the renovated rooms of the original lodge, making it a truly desirable and unique stop for your next getaway.
MotoLodge – Pendleton
Rev that engine and motor up to Pendleton’s newest hotel, the MotoLodge, an independent boutique hotel that celebrates the open road and American heritage. Embracing the spirit of Pendleton’s legendary rodeo, wool, and whisky, and the storied history of adventure seekers and pioneers, MotoLodge’s fully renovated 1950s hotel offers a modern-day experience with the nostalgia of the good ol’ days.
Spoke’n Hostel – Mitchell
Avid biker? Professional pedaler? The small town of Mitchell is an oasis for adventures and cyclists alike. After a day of exploring the region’s scenic backroads, byways, and trails wheel your bike right inside this five-star donation-based hostel to make conversation and dinner with other travelers in the hostel’s shared kitchen and spaces. The Spoke’n Hostel experience is all about community.
Kokanee Inn – Joseph
The Kokanee Inn offers eclectic bed and breakfast style accommodations in the heart of Joseph. The lovely alpine town provides unparalleled opportunities for outdoor adventure, arts, shopping, and dining, all within walking distance of The Kokanee Inn. Whether hiking the Eagle Cap Wilderness, fishing in Wallowa Lake, or simply enjoying the Eastern Oregon wilderness, the Kokanee Inn’s modern comforts make it the perfect basecamp for today’s adventures.
Backfire Lodge – Pendleton
It doesn’t get more accommodating for bikers than the Backfire Lodge located in Pendleton’s Backfire Station renovated fire house. Bike on in to this centrally located moto adventure hub where you’ll find Internal Combustion, the full service bar, restaurant, and entertainment hall, as well as bike repairs, rentals and guided rides. The Backfire Lodge is home base for the wayward adventurer with simple, yet comfortable accommodations. Grab a cold beverage and tasty meal to fuel up, or drop a pin and stay the night.
QUIRKY & UNIQUE
Inn at Wild Rabbit Farms – Milton-Freewater
Located in the heart of farmland and orchards, this second story retreat overlooks a year-round creek and park-like setting showcasing the beauty of the Blue Mountains.
Located just a mile from one of the best breweries in the area and minutes from dozens of wineries; the Inn at Wild Rabbit Farms is perfect for a tasting getaway. A fully functioning farm, the property is home to horses, Highland cows, goats, Sebastopol geese, and chickens. Explore the grounds, stroll through the butterfly garden, or hang out in the gazebo and immerse in the beauty of nature.
The Jennings Hotel – Joseph
You can’t deny the creative inspiration that drives the spirit of The Jennings Hotel in Joseph, an accommodation fueled by “passion, collaboration, and community.” The hotel’s experience pairs impeccable design with friendly hospitality, where your own creative desires will have space to manifest and your body to rest. Here you’ll find artists in residence committed to their works, as well as travelers passing through inspired by adventure.
Originally built in 1919, and renovated and restored in 2019, the Historic Gilliam & Bisbee Building Event Center is a 4,000 square foot event hall, featuring a lobby area, industrial kitchen, event stage with state-of-the-art sound system, and apartment-like guest suites. Owned and operated by 501c3 non-profits Heppner Community Foundation and the Howard and Beth Bryant Foundation, the organizations partnered to buy and renovate the building for a community space, event rental, fitness center, and vacation rentals. Perfect for a family reunion, wedding, or to simply stay for the night, enjoy the event center and accommodations while also supporting a thriving community.
Whether you’re soaking in hot springs at Hot Lake or taking an extended stay at the Jennings Hotel to nurture artistic inspiration, there’s a place for you in scenic Eastern Oregon. Let this round-up of unique accommodations be your inspiration for your next getaway, and be sure to tag @easternoregon to share your unforgettable stay!