When I booked our white water adventure through Hells Canyon, I didn’t realize how remote the area was. As in, you really have to want to go there so be prepared to drive. Hells Canyon Adventures has minimal lodging available, but all the rooms are on the second floor of the building. The tiny town of Oxbow is closest to Hells Canyon, but they have less than 20 beds available between three properties and I didn’t think to make a reservation soon enough.
If you’re into RV or tent camping, there’s plenty of space in the canyon and in town. But since the kids and I didn’t want to rough it on this trip (hence the one-day trip instead of the two-day option), I was able to find us an awesome B&B to stay at in Halfway, Oregon.
Halfway is small: the graduating senior class had about eight kids and the downtown area is at most, two blocks. But Pine Valley Lodge, the place where we stayed, was incredibly charming with a very homey feel. Since we had a long drive to get there, we arrived after four and the front desk person had already gone home for the day. But with a quick phone call, she told us the code to get into the reception area to retrieve our keys.
Our rooms in the Yellow House, The Front Porch Suite and the Front Porch Room, were clean, comfortable and spacious, and the rocking chairs on the front deck invited us to kick back and stay a while. And did you notice the nice ramp leading up to the iconic front porch? I was happy to find that I could get around the entire space easily and both bathrooms were no problem to navigate either. The entire property is welcoming and the owners were friendly and helpful. The drive to our raft spot was an hour away, but the accommodations were so great, I was wishing we had more time to hang around and explore the town.
The restaurant across the street is owned by the same people running the B&B and our dinner there was excellent. The free breakfast in the morning was expansive: a combination of cooked and cold, fresh fruit like strawberries and watermelon, coffee, juice, cereals, and breads.
Halfway, Oregon may not be the top tourist destination in the state, but they’ve gotten accolades from Sunset magazine, HGTV and Frommers. And it’s all well deserved. Next time I’m road tripping through Oregon, I’m going to plan to make a point of stopping in Halfway, just so I can spend more time in the town and properly enjoy that Front Porch Suite again.
Accessibility: 5 out of 5. Each “room” is part of a house on this unique property. Some accommodations are upstairs, but everything on the ground floor is ramped to connect the houses, making the whole property extremely accessible.
Fun Fact: The geographic coordinates for Halfway make it close to the midpoint between the equator and the North Pole. Because of this, in 1999, Half.com paid the city to change its name to Half.com, Oregon for half a year as a marketing stunt. Read more about it on their Wikipedia page.