Location 54455 McKenzie River Dr, Rainbow
Rates from $195
Contact 541.822.3725; holidayfarmresort.com
Built in 1910, Holiday Farm once hosted President Herbert Hoover; today it hosts Big Brother reunions (current owner Kail Harbick was evicted from the show on season eight). The odd mix of history and reality TV is echoed in the recent renovations, which restored the farmhouse’s parlor to its Hoover-esque décor while moving the modern lounge downstairs. The lodge’s twelve cottages, though remain somewhere in the middle—quaint, comfy, and nestled within earshot of the gurgling McKenzie.
Location 49198 McKenzie Highway, Vida
Rates from $130
Contact 541.822.3630; eaglerocklodge.com
The Eagle Rock Lodge is all about McKenzie River drift boats. John West, a charter member of the McKenzie River Guides Association and drift boat designer, built the original home in 1947. And its current owners, Debbie and Randy Dersham host the annual Wooden Boat Festival, opening weekend of Oregon’s fishing season, which attracts boat owners from across the country. But boaters aren’t the only ones who descend on Eagle Rock and its expansive lawn facing the Willamette National Forest; the eight-room lodge hosts weddings every weekend in the summer, so make sure you plan your stay well in advance.
Location 56687 McKenzie Highway, McKenzie Bridge
Rates from $175
Contact 541.822.6231; lolomalodge.com
Constructed by the same Swedish hands that worked on Timberline Lodge, the original Loloma homestead was built in 1932. Four more cabins were added in 1964 and the property was fully refurbished in 2005. Stay in one of the four riverfront cabins where you’ll be just feet from the McKenzie. Each is decorated with its own theme from Hawaii to Hard Rock, providing equal parts comfort and kitsch.
Location 49164 McKenzie Highway, Vida
Rates from $98
Contact 541.822.6260; mckenzieriverinn.com
The oldest bed and breakfast on the McKenzie, the inn celebrated its thirtieth anniversary last year. The original homestead, now the Osprey Cottage, was built in 1929 by the Stout family, who came from Boston to settle in Oregon. The inn’s current owner, Bert de Klerk, made a similar trek West from Holland to be with his wife, Hubertina. Settled on the West Bar and inside corner of the river, the inn has year-round sunshine and the best fishing spot on the river. The organic orchards, planted by the Reynolds, the second owners, now boast five varieties of apples and four types of plums along with pears, currants, and berries. Don’t be surprised to see the fruits make an appearance in your morning breakfast.