The beloved resort is ready to welcome guests once again for the 2021 season.
ROSEBURG, Ore. (March 8, 2021) – Steamboat Inn, the beloved resort in the heart of the Umpqua National Forest, will once again welcome guests to its lodging and restaurant on March 13. With spring rapidly approaching, it’s a great time for locals, road-trippers, and nature lovers to get out and enjoy the lush forest setting and rushing Umpqua River. Spring is the best time to visit and explore the stunning waterfalls nearby. The forest will soon be awash with spring flowers, and Steamboat Inn rhododendrons in full bloom from May through June. Whether fly-fishing, hiking throughout the extensive trail systems, making a day trip to nearby Crater Lake, or unwinding on the balcony overlooking the Umpqua River, Steamboat offers a multitude of ways to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature. Steamboat Inn is located on Hwy 138, 38 miles east of Roseburg and approximately 2 hours from Eugene, Bend, and Medford. Reservations are now open with an opening special of 20% off in March and April when booked on the Steamboat Inn website with the code DAYTRIP at https://www.thesteamboatinn.
Set within the Umpqua National Forest perched on a bluff overlooking the North Umpqua River, Steamboat Inn offers a true disconnect to reconnect experience. With only one Wi-Fi connection point in the lobby, guests feel immersed into the tranquility of the woods and nostalgic setting of the resort. No phones, no TV, and no Wi-Fi means no distractions: guests savor the opportunity to reconnect with their family, friends, and breathtaking surroundings. Known as a “bucket list destination” Steamboat is a prime destination for world-class fly-fishing, hikes, kayaking, rafting, waterfall chasing, and simply connecting with nature. Crater Lake National Park, only a 90 minute drive away along a scenic byway, makes for a fun getaway with ample adventure opportunities. Guests also have the option to unwind, simply watching the water of the Umpqua River roll by with a glass of wine in hand from the comfort of the balcony.
Photo credit: Stevie Sayler
The Steamboat Inn Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner to both guests of the hotel and visitors for dine in, dine outdoors, in your room and to go. Packed with seasonal ingredients sourced from across the Pacific Northwest, the restaurant prepares fresh, hand-crafted fare infused with traditions from the property’s 60 year history. Breakfast and lunch feature hearty and traditional dishes such as scratch-made biscuits and gravy, house-brined corned beef hash, and “Grandma’s Bread” fresh made daily. Coffee for the restaurant, rooms, and espresso program are sourced from local Takelma Roasting, owned and operated by the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians in Roseburg. Adventurous guests getting out and about for the day can also order a picnic lunch to take with them.
In the evening, Steamboat offers a fine dining dinner menu featuring a breadth of thoughtful dishes including handmade pastas, housemade charcuterie, and steelhead smoked on-site. Steamboat Inn has been committed to sourcing locally long before it became a movement. The Inn’s dedicated and talented culinary team works directly with local farmers, ranchers, and foragers to provide guests a true taste of Oregon.
Steamboat Inn prioritizes the health of its employees and guests, providing staff with appropriate PPE and follows all safety guidelines. Guests will be able to eat their meals in the restaurant’s indoor dining space when safety regulations allow, in the outdoor dining space, in their room, or on their balcony. Steamboat is currently offering room service delivery to guests staying in the suites and cabins for no additional cost.
The resort features The Falls Suites, The Maple Ridge Suites, River View Cabins, Hideaway Cottages half a mile up the road, and Campwater Houses a mile up the road from the lobby and restaurant. Each lodging offers cozy living spaces, and comes with locally made toffee and locally roasted coffee.
Suites are perfect for a romantic getaway or an extended stay featuring a complimentary bottle of wine, functional fireplaces, kitchenettes as well as private balconies and soaking tubs overlooking the river. Guests can relax in rustic luxury overlooking the Umpqua River.
River View Cabins feature a King bed and also offer a scenic river view with a shared balcony overlooking the Umpqua River. A gas fireplace keeps guests warm in the winter, and a breeze from the river keeps cabins cool during the summer.
The Hideaway Cottages can accommodate up to four guests, feature a kitchenette with mini fridge and two burner stove, and offer a large bath with tiled soaking tub.
Campwater Houses are great for large groups or families, up to six guests. The three bedroom 1.5 bath houses have private yards with outdoor seating, full kitchens, outdoor gas grill, washer and dryer, and a wood stove.The Mott Trail runs below the houses and just past that is the famous Campwater section of the North Umpqua.
Pets are welcome in the Hideaway Cottages and Campwater Houses only.
Photo credit: Joshua Rainey
Other local area activities include wine tasting, biking and hiking on the North Umpqua Trail, and whitewater rafting with a local guide. Guests who would rather not leave the resort can go fly fishing, book a massage, or explore Steamboat Inn’s flower gardens. After a day of adventure, guests can relax with a drink from the bar or espresso bar, or grab a book and read by the fireplace in the library.
With the peaceful river setting, luscious gardens, and romantic accommodations, Steamboat Inn is also the perfect backdrop for an intimate wedding or elopement. Couples can book one of three wedding locations or simply stay at the resort while preparing to get married at a local waterfall or Crater Lake. Specializing in weddings with 30 or fewer guests, Steamboat Inn caters rehearsal dinners and receptions.
In 2020, Steamboat Inn was open in June, July, and August, having remained closed during the beginning of the COVID-19 restrictions. On Labor Day, the Archie Creek Fire started downriver from Steamboat Inn. The resort and the owners’ home were without water, phones, or a septic system for five months while repairs were made to the valve house and other infrastructure that the fire damaged. Thankfully, the lodge buildings were unscathed, and while some nearby areas are closed due to fire damage, much of the trail system and nearby waterfalls are still accessible. The Hideaway Cottages require a little more repair and will open in June.
Steamboat Inn prioritizes the health of their employees and guests. Each building has independent ventilation systems, and staff members wear PPE and follow all safety guidelines.
A PIECE OF HISTORY
Steamboat Inn traces its beginnings to the early North Umpqua fishing camps and to Clarence Gordon’s North Umpqua Lodge. Gordon ran the lodge from the early 1930’s until 1954, when he relocated to Steamboat Inn’s present site and constructed what is now the main building. The former lodge was located across the river, on a site that now holds Steamboat Inn’s Campwater Houses.
In 1957, Frank and Jeanne Moore purchased the business. Frank built cabins while Jeanne cooked for the construction crews that were building the North Umpqua Highway. Guests helped with cooking and serving meals.
In 1975, Jim and Sharon Van Loan purchased the Inn, with Patricia Lee joining them three years later. They built what are now the Hideaway Cottages, library, and suites. They also began the tradition of Winemakers Dinners and played a role in the birth of Oregon’s Pinot Noir Industry.
The current proprietors, Melinda and Travis Woodward, purchased Steamboat Inn in 2017. They are enthusiastic about carrying on many of the Inn’s traditions and celebrating the unique local culture and beauty of the area. Whether you’re a guest who returns to the Inn each year or are stopping by for the first time, you are sure to feel the warmth and hospitality of the Inn as you’re welcomed to the “Steamboat Family.”
Former guests of Steamboat Inn include President Jimmy Carter, Jack Hemingway, Zane Grey, and many locally famous chefs and winemakers.
ABOUT STEAMBOAT INN
Steamboat Inn has been serving guests on the banks of the Umpqua River since 1957. In 2017, Melinda and Travis Woodward purchased the Inn, and have been welcoming guests to relax in their suites, cabins, and cottages ever since. Steamboat Inn has 18 rooms and can host up to 58 people. Steamboat Inn can be booked for weddings, reunions, retreats and meetings. The lodge’s restaurant features locally sourced ingredients prepared by expert chefs offering breakfast, lunch and dinner inside, outside, in your room and to go, reservations can be made by calling (541) 498-2230 or on Tock. Steamboat Inn is located at 42705 North Umpqua Highway, Idleyld Park, OR, 97447. Connect with them and get trip inspiration by following @TheSteamboatInn on Instagram or @SteamboatInnOregon on Facebook. For reservations, visit https://www.thesteamboatinn.