Next Time, Skip the Hotel for a Unique Experience
Part of Oregon’s draw during the summer months lies in its unique travel destinations—from coastal towns to high desert cities. One-of-a-kind places to stay only add to its massive appeal. Next time you’re exploring Oregon, consider an unconventional lodging option to make your experience more memorable.
Whether taking it easy and exploring the natural beauty of one area, or going on an adventure to discover all that Oregon’s wonders have to offer, these lodgings provide versatility and an individualized experience.
Tucked away less than an hour outside of Southern Oregon’s Grants Pass, Out ‘n’ About Treehouse Treesort is a one-of-a-kind bed and breakfast where guests can enjoy 36 private acres from the ground or high up in the trees. The whimsically classical, wood-style treehouses offer suites ranging between 10 and 47-feet off of the ground. Rooms accommodate two to seven guests at a time, with full bathroom and kitchenette options available as well.
“We have the largest concentration of treehouses in the world for guests to stay in,” says Alex Hensley, the Office Manager at Out ‘n’ About Treehouse Treesort. “We started in 1990 with just one, and have been growing ever since.”
Staying at the Treesort provides access to all Southern Oregon has to offer; while remaining onsite can be just as much fun. Horseback riding, zip lines and arts and craft classes—not to mention hiking trails and ample open space—are sure to keep guests entertained.
For those who wish to be even closer to nature, try sleeping under the stars in a hammock. More and more people are choosing to grab their backyard hammock, set up between a couple of trees and let the wind rock them to sleep. Gaining in popularity with adults, hammocks have been teenagers’ choice for a long time. The lightweight ENO Hammock comes in various styles and prices; there’s even double hammocks if you prefer to cozy up with a loved one.
Many visitors envision their ideal getaway at the ocean or in a pristine forest, yet prefer something more comfortable than a tent. For them, the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department provides and maintains yurts—circular, heavy fabric-covered shelters—within many of the parks, including Tumalo State Park, Valley of the Rogue State Park, Nehalem Bay State Park and Fort Stevens State Park.
“Yurts are handy as they have heat and electricity, and they make it possible to stay in the state park during any time of year.” - Chris Gerdes, the Tumalo/La Pine Park Manager.
Tumalo State Park currently features 44 yurts, some of which are pet-friendly. Gerdes notes they can be booked the night before or as far out as nine months in advance, depending upon availability.
Some vacationers prefer a more nomadic excursion, exploring the High Desert’s Badlands, the Columbia River Gorge and the Coastal Range. They enjoy the versatility of staying the night anywhere a car can be parked with rentable vehicle rooftop tents or camping vans.
Cascadia Vehicle Tents and Ramblin’ Vans—both local Bend companies— provide this option.
“With a rooftop tent, there is no need to worry about rocks, water or uneven ground,” says Cascadia Vehicle Tents Sales Manager Ian McKnight. “I’ve never seen anyone go back down to a ground tent after owning a rooftop tent.”
These rooftop tents conveniently accommodate almost any type of car and come in various size and price options. Explorer-worthy names—such as Mt. Rainier, Mt. Denali and Mt. Shasta—ensure Cascadia Vehicle Tents will get you excited for any type of adventure. According to McKnight, the set-up is fast and easy, and like a yurt they are ideal for year-round camping.
Images of adventurers exploring the country in their bohemian camping vans have taken over social media recently. For those who may not have the time or money to invest in their own camping van, Ramblin’ Vans provides road-trippers everything needed to enjoy this alternative and liberating form of travel.
“Ramblin’ Vans are geared toward the adventurous type,” said Ramblin’ Vans Owner Stacey McKinney. “Currently I have an Aussie couple renting a van. They are exploring Oregon with their mountain bikes in tow. With these vans, you really have the flexibility to go wherever you want to comfortably, and I think that is a valuable attribute that people are looking for these days.”
The vans feature storage options, and are equipped with all camping necessities—including cooking and sleeping essentials—making it an ideal option for locals wanting to get away last minute, as well as for people who might be flying in from out of town.
“People like to have flexibility on their vacations. With diverse travel options like Ramblin’ Vans, people aren’t limited and have the ability to explore our beautiful state at their own pace.” - Ramblin’ Vans owner Stacey McKinney