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.
The historic Wolf Creek Inn north of Grants Pass has reopened for overnight stays. Built in the late 1800s as the Wolf Creek Tavern, the inn was closed the last two years during upgrades to the heating, air conditioning and fire-suppression systems. The restaurant remains closed.
The inn was a popular destination in the 1930s for famous Hollywood actors. Clark Gable visited the inn several times, and Orson Welles and Carole Lombard stayed there as well. Author Jack London completed his novel “Valley of the Moon” while staying at the inn.
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. Rooms are furnished with antique or antique replica furniture. Reservations are available through October 1. Visit the park web page for more information and a link to online reservations. 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.
Grounds surrounding building remain open
The historic Wolf Creek Inn State Heritage Site will be closed for construction during the 2015 season. The project, to install a climate control system designed to protect the historic integrity of the late 1800s building, will coincide with the search for a new concessionaire to operate the Inn.
You can still stop and explore the area during the building closure. Picnic tables, a portable restroom, electric vehicle charging station, and rose garden are available at the park, located in the town of Wolf Creek at Exit 76 on Interstate 5, 20 miles north of Grants Pass. The nearby Golden State Heritage Site is also open.
The climate control system will allow better management of temperature and humidity in the Inn, believed to have been built between 1873 and 1880 as one of many similar way stations serving travelers and explorers on the early roads and trails in western Oregon. The estimated cost of the project is $400,000, funded by the share of Oregon Lottery profits dedicated to state park repairs, and includes accessibility improvements to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Plans for the future Wolf Creek Inn concessionaire contract are under way. A “Request for Proposals” may be issued in the fall/winter of 2015, which could lead to a contract with a new concessionaire for the 2016 season.
People interested in receiving notice when the re-opening date is set can send their contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org.