Grants Pass, Oregon, is a herringbone paradise because of its access to the Rogue River. If water sports are not your style, maybe the theater is. Ashland is only 45 minutes away and houses not only Shakespearian productions, but this season will feature musicals and plays such as My Fair Lady, The Music Man and August Wilson's Two Trains Running. Whatever call you like, if you plan to be in the area, do not miss the chance to visit a very special place in Wolf Creek, near Interstate 5.
The Wolf Creek Inn, operated by Mark and Margaret Quist, was built in 1883 by pioneer merchant Henry Smith. Originally a stadium bus stop, it is now the oldest continuously operating hotel in the state of Oregon. Penetrate and you'll hear crunches underfoot as you enter the vintage lounge where an old-fashioned radio plays Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey, while the aroma of the blueberry pancake emanates from the kitchen. The varied menu offers both seafood and comfort food such as turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes and homemade potato salad.
If you book a room, you will be in good company. The former President of the United States, Rutherford B. Hayes, honored Wolf Creek with his presence and writer Jack London was the guest. On the floor, you can see the room of the latter which remains furnished almost as it was when he wrote a short, "The End of the Story", during a stay. On another, he finished his novel, Valley of the Moon.
He has also been a favorite of Hollywood legends such as Mary Pickford, Carole Lombard, Frederick March, Patrick Stewart, Robert Redford and Sir Anthony Hopkins. Take a look at the room in which Clark Gable often stayed when he wanted to escape the pressure of the town of Tinsel.
In the area you can visit the ghost town of Golden, just minutes from a hotel. As a gold rush colony, as in most cities of the day, it had a church – in fact, it had two – but was distinguished by an unusual feature: it had no living room. The general store and one of the churches are still standing, evoking memories of past citizens, who in turn challenge you to ignore the legend of a vampire-like appearance that haunts the surrounding woods . Sometimes it's not among the trees, but taking a well-deserved rest at home … in residence at the Wolf Creek Inn.