If you are the type of person who enjoys hard to reach places, Paradise Lodge on Oregon’s Rogue River might be just the place for you. This wilderness lodge, with rooms and cabins, is only accessible by foot or boat. There are no roads leading into Paradise and you won’t have cell service here, but you will overlook the Wild & Scenic Rogue River and you will have hot showers, a clean bed and fresh food. Does it get better than that? Well, if you add rafting the Rogue River in Southern Oregon with Row Adventures, to me, that is paradise.
The historic lodge was homesteaded in 1907 by Charlie Pettinger’s family. In the old days, everything was brought in by mule-power. Today’s everything that keeps the lodge running is brought in by boat. With that in mind, the place doesn’t cater to any guests with food allergies, but you are welcome to bring your own “heat and eat” foods for those in need of special diets.
After a day on the river, our guides secured the rafts near the lodge and our crew walked up the stairs to our sanctuary for the night. Our group wasn’t the only outfitter company staying the night in Paradise. Our lead guide from Row Adventures patiently waited for our room assignments and then informed us where we would bunk for the evening. My husband and I were happy to have landed at the Garden House. Built in 2007, the Garden House consists of eight rooms and a conference room for use at no additional charge – great for family reunions. The Laurel room within the Garden House featured a queen bed with a fireplace composed of river rock and a separate bathroom with shower.
The lodge is open from May to November. Rates range from $155 – $165 per person and include dinner and breakfast, as well as lunch if you are hiking or jetboating to the wilderness lodge. Only 52 miles up the Rogue River from Gold Beach, the jetboat’s are quite fun if you haven’t experienced something like that. Once at the lodge, there is a swimming hole, a large deck with a hammock, a grassy meadow for playing disc golf or to exercise your well-behaved dog. The pet-friendly lodge charges $50 per pet. The main lodge has a bar and small gift shop. For the adventurous guest, there are 38-miles of the Rogue River National Recreational Hiking Trail by the property.
Don’t bother to pack a hair dryer or your laptop computer because the self-sustaining lodge operates off the grid. The generator runs from 7:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. and again from 5:00 – 10:00 p.m. so be sure to have a flashlight handy when it gets close to “lights out” time or you’ll be left in the dark, literally. During our July visit the mosquitoes were out in force so don’t forget bug spray or bug bands. For additional insider tips follow luxury travel writer Nancy D. Brown on Twitter and Instagram @nancydbrown and follow @ParadiseLodgeOR for local tips.
Paradise Lodge (541) 842-2822
Business Office: 3140 Juanipero Way Ste. 201
Medford, Oregon 97504
Resort review written by, video and photos courtesy of Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown of What a Trip, Travels from Northern California. I was a guest of Row Adventures while researching additional articles in Southern Oregon. The post Paradise Lodge on Oregon’s Rogue River first appeared on https://www.nancydbrown.com.
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