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... The kids eventually fall asleep, and we come to the Trees of Mystery! There is a massive statue here of Paul Bunyan and his blue ox Babe. Every now and then, it will announce something over a loudspeaker. The only reason I know of this story, is from the Simpsons. There is quite a tourist attraction here – you can walk through the trees, and there is "Sky Trail" (a cable car through the trees). But the kids are still asleep, and we want to ...
... again, during the summer season they don't take under 10's, so we had to pass on the opportunity - although Julie and I are determined to come back on our own at some point!
We headed into Gold Beach itself and found a room overlooking the sea at the Gold Beach Resort. After going to the local supermarket to grab some baby food and adult food we watch the end of the local high school american football match.
... towards business?
We haven't been down to visit our favorite state park on the south coast. Harris Beach State Park is located a mile north of Brookings. The rest stop across the highway from Harris Beach was our introduction to Oregon rest stops- they are really nice! We leave camp and head towards the ocean.
Uh, Oh! The sun seems to be hidden by low clouds, I mean thick low clouds. Fog is thick and hanging low. ...
... 4 hours of travel time. We park it for the next 3 days.
By the by, the ocean fog is rolling in. So much for the "too far inland for fog" theory.
1. Dog at Pomo RV Park:
Dog appears to be blind, maybe deaf. Lays in the grass on his belly for hours with head cocked down as if looking at grass directly in front of him. Pays no attention to noises or movement in its immediate surroundings. Next day dog does the same ...
... 79 to my... never mind what mine was. It was quite pleasant in the sun but later in the day on the back we were in the shade and it was cool. The car thermometer read 8 degrees but there was still frost on some of the greens so I think it was colder in the shady spots.
Drove back into town to fill up the toad. We may backtrack to top up the motorhome tomorrow also as apparently gas is ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Tu Tu Tun Lodge Gold Beach
Loved the room, but unexcited by the meals
We recently spent two nights at the Tu Tu'Tun Lodge, and mostly enjoyed it very much. What we loved: the grounds and rooms (we had a different room each night) are really lovely; the gardens are superb, the river view (from balcony, patio, terrace, lawn) is fantastic and peaceful, and the rooms are tastefully understated and extremely comfortable; and the staff is very kind and helpful.
We also highly recommend taking a jet-boat ride up the Rogue River: the boat can pick you up at Tu Tu'Tun's own dock! There is also kayaking, swimming, fishing, and hiking for those so inclined.
What we were less impressed by, especially given the prices charged, were the meals. All reports had led us to expect outstanding gourmet dinners and breakfasts. While the hors d'oeuvres were indeed very interesting and delicious, the actual dinners were just average in terms of delectibility. The entrees (one night was chicken, the other night salmon) were OK, but nothing made us say "wow." The desserts were kind of disappointing. Everything about the dinners tasted pleasant, but nothing stood out -- there were no remarkable flavors to any of it. Breakfast the first day included a too-heavy omelette with the wrong sort of sharp cheese; the next morning however the chef redeemed him/herself with a superb poached egg over toasted polenta.
Our recommendation is: come for the room, the view, and the river, but buy your dinner elsewhere. If we make it back to Gold Beach, that'll be our plan.
Excellent Inn, unimpressive town!
A wonderful Inn! The meals are gourmet with excellent preparation and fresh produce. The rooms are quiet and lovely. We were had a small problem that the staff went out the their way to handle. Gold beach however is a dump. Do not make the mistake of dinning there and the shops are uninteresting. If fishing or quiet solitude is of interest, this is the place.
Peace, quiet and everything else
Tu Tu Tun is the nicest and most restful place you'll fined anywhere that is inhabited. I always feel "taken care of" and welcome whenever I go (which is as often as I can). The accommodations are great and the food is wonderful. Better than all is the river (and country around it), just watching it go by settles the soul. Rest, relax, eat and take a jet boat ride, you will not be disappointed.
A Great Place To Stay
We stayed at Tu Tu'Tun Lodge for 3 days during the Winter season and it was a wonderful experience. The river and setting was beautiful and very relaxing. Intend to stay there again.
I don't get it...
We stayed over Christmas for 7 days in the garden cottage. It is somewhat charming, and I enjoyed having a kitchen, but there is nothing to do in the town and the restaurants are terrible. Also, the lodge is close to other properties and not so private.
The drive to town is somewhat terrifying (for an LA person, at least) on a very curvy, angled, tiny road that feels like a roller coaster (about 15 minutes to town). Then the town is stupid. The lodge itself is nice enough (Moderately high end), but unless you love fishing, I just don't get it. Too much hype. Also, housekeeping are very bossy!
I've never experienced such weirdness.
However, to read quietly and put on a fire etc. it is just right. But thats all you can do. The closest movie theatre is one hour away, in what looks like a modified barn. Many people live and drive on the road by the lodge. BIG PLUS- all water is natural stream water (shower, sink, etc). It is awesome. The staff is nice. Air is fresh. But surely it is in somewhere nicer, like Montana, etc. If you are visiting the area, HANDS DOWN this is by far the nicest place to stay. But why?
A little slice of heaven
The Tu Tu Tun Lodge is right up there among the best places we've stayed. Even off season, with the dining room closed, we felt pampered and at home. Every detail is taken care of, and driving 10 minutes to town is not a big deal. We booked a suite with a kitchen, which was perfect. The staff is friendly and attends to your every need. When the dining room is closed the prices are quite reduced, but even at the higher prices this lodge has to be worth every penny. Treat yourself for a night or two -- you won't regret it!
Excellent food and ambience
This is an extremely pleasant lodge, offering outstanding, creative and interesting, food for both breakfast and dinner. All meals are served at 8-person communal tables, like in a bed and breakfast. Food is extra, with a set price for brkfst + dinner + cocktail snacks + afternoon snacks per person. This deal is well worth it, a bargain for what you get. The rooms face the scenic Rogue River, and are spacious and elegant, especially for a place that claims to be a fishing lodge.
It is on the high end pricewise, but you won't find this sort of classy place much cheaper anywhere. Worth the price for those who appreciate this sort of quality. Makes many lists of the top small hotels in North America, and deservedly so.
The best place on earth
Tu Tu Tun lodge is heaven on earth! The river offered excellent recreation reaching 85 degrees F. The swimming was complimented by a refreshing dip in the beautiful turquoise pool wonderfully lit by the nights sky full of beautiful stars! The stars, they are wonderful they automatically render your soul to solitude. Tu Tu Tun was the best decision i have ever made in travel, period. no place is better and no people are more down to earth and at your every call, for anything. They try their hardest and surpass every nessesity for luxury. Trust Tu Tu Tun. Beacuse they trust you.
A special place
We stayed at Tu Tu Tun 2 years ago and just booked to go back. The setting is wonderful and rooms (each with a small deck or patio facing the Roigue River) are quite nice. What is really nice is the personal attention of the owners, and the other interesting people you meet.
Dinners, (not included) preceded by a cocktail hour are at large tables with your seat assigned according to the instincts of your hosts. The food is excellent.
Deer stroll the grounds in the evening. On the negative side, the pool is small and nothing special, and rates are quite pricey.
Why all the hoopla?
I can't imagine what all the hoopla is about. This place is remote from Gold Beach and not a fast or easy drive. It's not a resort but a small, charming inn with other room and property owners close by. There's a standard rectangular pool fronting the river but the river is cold and rocky and no one tried to swim. The dining room does not serve lunch (unless by special request in advance) and at dinner there is only one entrée althought the food is pretty good. The room rates have jumped enormously. In June 2003, the cheapest rate I could get was $250 per night and there's no way this place justified that price, particularly when that price doesn't include the food. There are several B&Bs right on the ocean - new, comfortable and charming and large - for $95 per night. I posted a message on Fodor's asking about why Tu Tu Tun was special and two people agreed that it wasn't. Go elsewhere because this place is over-hyped and overpriced.