The Weasku Inn (pronounced We-Ask-U) is a legendary resort dating to the early 1920s…back then you could get a room for just a buck. The Inn is located near the banks of the mighty Rogue River just outside of Grants Pass, Oregon (named for Ulysses S. Grant), in the southern part of the state.
The Weasku Inn has played host to many notable guests over the years, from Clark Gable, Zane Grey, Walt Disney, Carole Lombard, Bing Crosby to President Herbert Hoover. The lure for guests then, as well as today, are the cozy accommodations and world class fishing in a location of splendor that cannot be found in more populated areas. You can sit on a rock with your feet dangling in the river, lounge in a robe upon your own private veranda listening to birds chirp and rapids sing without a care for the time of day.
The Weasku has a number of accommodation levels available…from the lodge rooms, Jacuzzi suites, to cabin retreats. They even have a riverside three bedroom house available for large families or as a gathering place for reunions, weddings, conferences or other special events. I stayed in the cabin to the right, which was extremely private and spacious with a real wood-burning fireplace, Jacuzzi tub, luxurious king-size bed, and a veranda deck to enjoy my morning cup of coffee.
The ten acres of natural beauty on which the Weasku is situated is lushly landscaped with mature deciduous and evergreen trees peppering the grounds. There are trails that meander throughout the property with plenty of seating along the way to stop and enjoy the sounds of wildlife or the rapids of the river.
While the Weasku Inn dates back nearly ninety years, you wouldn’t know it. Back in the early 90s the Inn was certainly showing its age. By 1993, hotelier Carl Johnson purchased the property and spent the next five painstaking years restoring the Weasku back to its glory days. In addition to restoring the Inn, a dozen cabin accommodations were constructed.
Today’s Weasku Inn guests are just as likely to be angling for some R&R as they are for Salmon. Modern activities in the area include biking, kayaking, white-water rafting, jet boat excursions, antique shopping and wine tasting…all are just minutes from the Inn.
When the Weasku was originally constructed, I imagine its location was quite remote and serene. Unfortunately, the area has grown up around the Inn and the tranquil area now experiences a rather constant hum from I-5 on the other side of the river, and highway 99 in front of the Inn. As you meander through the grounds, your other senses may drown out the traffic noise, but for those more sensitive or aware, it’s worth noting.
The Inn also offers a continental breakfast, appetizers and wine hour, along with freshly baked cookies and milk during the evening hours. The breakfast and appetizers are nothing to write home about, but the chocolate chip cookies with milk are certainly a great way to end the evening.
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