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The historic Wolf Creek Inn in southern Oregon offered a relaxing respite to travelers on the 16-day stagecoach journey from San Francisco to Portland during the late 1800s and later served as a refuge for early movie actors and actresses escaping Hollywood. Clark Gable was a good friend of the innkeeper in the 1930s and stopped by several times while fishing the Rogue River just a few miles west of the Inn. Carole Lombard and Orson Wells signed the guest register, and Jack London finished his novel, Valley of the Moon, at the Inn.
Now, when you’re traveling I-5, the Wolf Creek Inn offers stays in rooms decorated with antiques and replicas of those bygone days. Make a reservation and receive two breakfast vouchers for each day of your stay for Ricki’s Place, a local grill next to the Wolf Creek Inn.
Breakfast is served all day and your options include:
- Oatmeal and fruit
- Egg, toast, sausage or bacon
- Big biscuit with sausage gravy
- Cinnamon rolls and pastries
- Two big pancakes
- All breakfasts include your choice of coffee or tea
The eight available rooms, each designed for two people, can accommodate up to four. Queen or twin rooms are both $80 per night, plus an $8 reservation fee. Online reservations are available through October 1. You can also call 1-800-452-5687 to reserve.
Free, guided tours are also available. The tours are 45 minutes and begin at 11 a.m. each day. Visitors can register at the Oregon State Parks Store or at the Inn front desk.
The Wolf Creek Inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is among the best preserved and oldest active traveler inns in Oregon. The town of Wolf Creek is 25 miles north of Grants Pass.
We have solar eclipse viewing glasses for the August 21, 2017, solar eclipse. Order them for $2 each from the online Park Store. Take a look at our other eclipse items, too.
The King of Planets, Jupiter, will share the night sky with colorful star clusters, nebulae (interstellar clouds of dust and gasses), and distant galaxies at the May 20 Star Party at Prineville Reservoir State Park.
“Central Oregon skies are typically clear and generally free of light pollution, the optimum mix for unforgettable views of night sky objects,” said Paul Patton, resource specialist with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD). “Prineville Reservoir, in particular, is an incredible spot for stargazing. The annual star party is a great early-summer activity for everyone to enjoy.”
Saturday will kick off at 1 p.m. with a scaled down, guided stroll through the solar system. Young rocketeers can design, build and then safely launch their rockets at 3 p.m. followed by a special presentation about Jupiter at 5 p.m. Events leading up to the main stargazing session include a 7 p.m. presentation on astronomy with binoculars and an 8 p.m. astronomy phone apps review. At 10 p.m. “partygoers” can gather at a permanent observatory housing “Big Doug,” a 16-inch telescope, to peer through it and other telescopes provided by professional and amateur astronomers.
A new activity this year is a Virtual Reality Experience Station—goggles provided. Other activities include a solar viewing/solar eclipse information station; a telescope technology display; various children’s activities focused on astronomical science; and a Space Art exhibit featuring renowned space artist and photographer John Foster.