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FRENCHGLEN HOTEL: History preserved
Built in 1916 for drovers heading south towards Nevada, the State has stepped in and saved this hotel sited in its magnificent location. There are only 8 rooms so you should think seriously about having reservations before coming out here - there is a nearby small resort, Steens Mountain ResortL%* and after that, without camping, you are talking about the Diamond Hotel maybe twenty miles to the northeast, Fields fifty miles to the south and Burns some 60 miles to the north. There is no tv or telephones in the rooms. Dinners are held family style over tables set up in the lobby - reserve your meals, as well. It is all about location and history here. Set only a mile west of Peter French's old cattle headquarters - the P Ranch - one has magnificent direct access to the vast acreage of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge - the hotel is very popular with the birding crowd - and to the Steens Mountain Byway, a 66-mile gravel byway that is one of the grandest in the entire U.S.. Come for the birds, the ecology, the mountain, the history ... just think about getting reservations first.
All that said, I have only others words for the comfort of their stay and the richness of the meals. I did not have reservations, so the mtncorg and I slept out in the 30 degrees outdoors with a nice freeze-dried meal to share.
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