From Nancy D. Brown of What a Trip
The rainy season has arrived in Gold Beach, Oregon. Some people enjoy the rain. The Rogue River jet boats need the rain as much as the salmon need it to replenish the rivers and streams. I think of the rainy season as a time for bargains and cheap room pricing.
“My favorite thing to do in the winter is do nothing,” laughs Owner Laurie Van Zante of Tu Tu Tun Lodge. “Get your woodburing fireplace going, grab a glass of Oregon pinot and you’re good to go.”
Tu Tu Tun Lodge Summer, 2008
I was at the Tu Tu Tun Lodge in Gold Beach on a hot, sweltering May day in 2008. The staff was serving lemonade and iced tea by the bucketful and apologizing for the lack of air conditioning at the lodge. Normally, the breeze off the Rogue River cools the lodge down naturally. Reflecting back on my summer visit, it’s hard to remember the relief I felt when the captain on Jerry’s Rogue River Jet Boat did a 360 on the river and sprayed us with refreshing river water.
Gillespie Riffle Room With a View
I stayed in the Gillespie Riffle room with a view looking on to the Rogue. Of course, all of the 16 rooms feature a river view, some with a fireplace and outdoor soaking tub. Van Zante says the Moon Soakers, filled with fresh spring water, are great to sit in rain or shine.
“Tu Tu Tun is the place to be If you want to let down and let go,” notes Van Zante.
Food, Glorious Food
My parents had discovered this family-owned lodge back in the 1970′s. They remember it as having great, local food and wonderful popovers. I will also remember Tu Tu Tun for the food. Chef Justin Wills plans to offer winemaker dinners at the lodge. The family is considering offering cooking classes, so check back on the lodging blog for future updates.
Winter Room Rate Bargains
Winter room rates are, indeed, a bargain. The Gillespie Riffle room rents for $287 in summer season, while it can be had for as little as $135 in the winter. While the temperatures may not be high, you can create a little heat during the evening wine and hors d’ oeuvre hour. The staff will be happy to suggest local dining options in nearby Gold Beach.
Reservation: (800) 864-6357
Photos by Nancy D. Brown, taken in May 2008.