Romance at its finest!
My husband and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary at the Tu Tu Tun Lodge and we'll have to think hard to come up with something better for next year! This is a truly spectacular experience. From the beautiful, romantic guestrooms to the five star dining and the staff that make you feel like part of the family, we loved every moment of this trip. For a supremely romantic experience, book the riverside cabana for a private dining experience that you won't soon forget!
Worthy of their Reputation
The Tu Tu Tun Lodge was everything we expected and more. We stayed in the Garden Cottage which was beautiful, quiet, and spacious for our family of 4 (including 2 teenagers 15/17 boy and girl). We opted for the modified meal plan for the 1st day and loved the food, service, and atmosphere. The 2nd night we did a BBQ at our cottage with salmon we bought from a fish house in town. We saw deer right outside our doorstep, we had a great view of the apple orchard (although small) and the 4-hole golf course. the grounds were beautifully groomed, the lodge's dogs were very friendly, and of course the staff was kind, and extremely helpful. The over sized chess board was a nice surprise for my teenagers who happen to love a good game of chess now and then. The 104 mile jet boat up the river was worth the all-day trip. We saw deer, bald eagles, various other birds, and 2 bears! All in all, it was a great trip made only better by the great lodging. Highly recommended!
Serene Getaway with Outstanding Personalized Service
My husband, two kids, and I just enjoyed an 11 day northwest coast vacation staying 7 nights at Tu Tu Tun Lodge and staying 5 nights at various other inns in Northern California. Most people only stayed 2 or 3 nights but everyone definitely enjoyed it. We figured we’d be bored (especially the kids) staying 7 nights but there was just something special at Tu Tu Tun Lodge. Even my kids didn’t get bored and they had absolutely nothing to do except relax and talk with the other adults. The best part about this place is that you meet so many friendly people and the service is so personal. The owners of the lodge actually serve you along with the staff and get to know you. It’s almost like you’re at a luxury resort and at home at the same time. This lodge has been praised by all the travel magazines and was amazingly ranked #1 in North America and #17 in the world by Travel and Leisure Magazine. In the last 2 years, we have stayed at two Four Seasons, two Ritz Carlton’s, and one Mandarin Oriental (which were all very highly rated) but we think this was the most special experience of all. Even though all those hotels are wonderful, we really felt at home here.
LOCATION: We flew into Oakland and took a beautiful drive up the Northern California coast. The lodge itself is very out of the way and isolated. You have to drive at least 7 miles around the Rouge River to get to it. But once you get there it is quite stunning. Tons of flowers surround the lodge which includes about 20 rooms and a small, intimate lobby (which is really more like a living room combined with a dining room). The lobby is very luxurious and not what you would expect in a lodge. But remember this is the #1 Hotel in North America. Both the living room and the dining room have a great view of the river and the backdrop of trees. When you think of a resort on the river you don’t think of anything that great, but this place really hit the spot with the location. In fact, Conde Nast Traveler gave this place a perfect 100 score for location. The combination of the sculpted flowers around the entire lodge and swimming pool, river view, and backdrop of the mountainous area entirely covered in trees is truly spectacular. You really have to be there to appreciate it.
ROOMS: Tu Tu Tun Lodge has 16 rooms, two suites, and two houses. We booked the Chinook Suite which was just newly renovated. It is actually all one giant room now so the bedroom has a view of the river too. Our room included a kitchen with marble counter tops, a living room with a 40” plasma screen TV, an expansive view of the Rouge River, and a cast iron fireplace. There is lots of wood in the room which I personally find fantastic. I would think this room would rival any luxury hotel room. In fact, none of the 5 five-star hotels we stayed at last year had a plasma screen TV. There is also a large balcony with two lounge chairs and an outdoor table. The room itself is located directly above the lobby.
DINING: The food here was absolutely spectacular and the wine selection was outstanding. Tu Tu Tun Lodge was one of only 3 places in the U.S that got a perfect 100 score for food according to Conde Nast Traveler. You pay for all your food as a package that includes a gourmet five course dinner and a two course breakfast. A wonderfully creative selection of Hors d’oeuvres are served 45 minutes before dinner. It is really more of a time to socialize. Dinners include soup, salad, main course, and dessert. There is only one dinner choice each night unless you ask them to make something else ahead of time. But don’t worry most people like what they have to offer, and if you don’t the staff is always very flexible and willing to please. Gourmet Breakfast is served every morning in 2 courses. The first course is a buffet of cereal, fresh fruit, scones, ext. The second course is a choice of two larger courses that includes eggs, toast, bacon, ext. Don’t bother leaving the property to go eat somewhere else, this food's far better.
SERVICE: The personalized service here is what made the difference. The staff was always very friendly and knowledgeable. Everyone knew you by name. The owners here clearly put the customers' satisfaction above all else. It was obvious that they wanted to make every minute of the guest's experience wonderful. They take it beyond the amenities to another demention of making it as perfect as possible. This is what the Four Seasons does but they cannot achieve what Tu Tu Tun Lodge does because they have over 300 customers per hotel. Though it should be noted that Tu Tu Tun is not a full service hotel. For example they wouldn’t offer Pool service or anything like that. So when I talk about great service I’m not talking about Luxury Hotel service I’m talking about truly getting to know you service. You’d think all small hotels would focus on this but some of the other places we stayed at in California did not (see Stanford Inn by the Sea review). It really puts Tu Tun Tun Lodge’s superior service and hospitality in perspective, and that's why they’re ranked #1 in North America.
ACTIVITIES: This is really not a place to go to for more than 4 nights for most people. But if you like relaxing by the pool and enjoying the beauty this is the place for you. There is kayaking and other river activities. There is also a boat trip which is a lot of fun. It is great for seeing the scenery of the river. There is also much wildlife in the area. In front of the lodge on the property there is a fun little 3-hole golf course. It just got built 6 months ago and just opened this summer.
OVERALL: This is really just a great place to relax and enjoy the nature. If you want to experience great food, service, and accommodations at a reasonably good price this is the place to be. Though I hate to tell you but ever since they got that award from Travel and Leisure for being #1 there phones have been ringing off the hook. The popularity of this place is skyrocketing. So I guess we all need to start booking for summer 2008 right now.
Our best vacation ever
We arrived at Tu Tu Tun on Sunday afternoon, July 15 and stayed for three wonderful nights. The hospitality and service surpassed our expectations. Our room was extremely well appointed with a marvelous view of the Rogue River.
An incredibly relaxing vacation in Oregon was capped off by the Tu Tu Tun guest focused staff. Evening receptions with delicious appetizers and dinners were spectacular. Bountiful breakfasts started each wonderful day followed by Jerrys jet boating the Rogue and coastal beach trails.
We look forward to booking a return trip.
World Class Excellence!!!
Everything about our stay from reservation to checkout was phenomenal. The staff at Tu Tu Tun truly understands the service industry and caters to your every needs. The atmosphere is incredibly relaxing and the landscaping is top notch. Dinner is also well worth it and the pre-dinner hors d'oeuvres were plentiful. If you are looking for a place to soak up the natural surroundings and to just relax then this is the place for you. AMAZING value for the price.
The Absolute Best
Based upon all of the various reviews we have seen regarding this lodge, I hoped that this would be the highlight of our Oregon coastal road trip and booked 3 nights here. We were not disappointed! It is wonderful! The grounds are beautiful and the rooms comfortable and spacious. The family-run lodge has got service written everywhere! All of the small staff was gracious, warm, friendly and accommodating. You can tell they truly love what they do.
During our stay, Travel and Leisure Magazine rated Tu Tu Tun as #1 in the United States and #17 in the world. Lots of celebration going on during our stay! So what makes it so special? The quality of service and desire of the inn-keepers and staff to make this a very special experience for each guest is what makes this lodge stand out. Creating a casual environment for guests to meet, talk and have dinner together.
It is a very special place and not to be missed!
One of the Best Lodges
This is a wonderful lodge. The rooms are so well done and have great river views. The lodge grounds are beautiful, the service is exceptional and the meals are delicious. It is hard to find a better run small hotel in the U.S.
Would I do it again? Absolutely!
I, along with five of my lady-friends spend an absolutely wonderful three days in the riverside house belonging to the lodge. It was apparent that nothing was overlooked when it came to providing the guests with what was needed to accomodate a group such as ours. The overall atmosphere was so very relaxing, yet the meals provided were absolutely exquisite. My compliments to the chef for tastes that will not soon be forgotten. (And recipes available, what a great concept!) Our entire group was so impressed with the cordial way that we were acknowledged everytime we came into contact with staff. One would have to be impressed when the time is taken by the owners to learn each guest's name individually. Would we do it again? Unanimously the answer would be, YES! Ladies, it's a great, safe place for a wonderful get-together.
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We have enjoyed Oregon very much. We traveled the entire coastline taking in the natural beauty. I have fished the Rogue River for salmon on three different occasions. And we stayed at the Tu-Tu-Ton Lodge on the Rogue. That was quite a treat. I have played golf at Pumpkin Ridge, Sand Pines, and Bandon Dunes.
North to South or S-N for best Oregon coastal trip?
North to South or S-N for best Oregon coastal trip?
We will shortly be celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary, and have decided on a scenic coastal road trip on the west coast of the USA. It will be in April, and my query is:
Which is the best way to travel: Astoria, OR to Los Angeles, CA - or LA to Astoria? We will be hugging the coast the whole way, using Highway 1 in CA and route 101 in OR.
We have 12 nights for the journey, and I have planned where to stay each night, but need some advice (with reasons why!) as to whether we should fly to LA and drive north, or fly to Portland and drive south.
Thanks in advance for any help!!
RE: North to South or S-N for best Oregon coastal trip?
I recommend flying to portland and driving south--you will see more that way and the best part of the trip is on the oregon side and into california for the redwood forest. I recommend the Tu Tu Tun Lodge--this is a must stay place, especially on your anniversary--the hosts are great and the soaker tubs on the balcony overlooking the river are fabulous--pricey but well worth every cent! Also don't miss the Bandon lighthouse, there is a B&B right by the lighthouse--stay in the sunset room or the room upstairs--very romantic. The Channel House is nice in Depoe Bay, jucuzzi on the porch and right on the ocean, you can walk down the rocks to tide pools, complementary wine in your room also. Yaquina Head lighthouse you can go inside and climb to the top--fun to do, and worth the stop if you have never been inside a lighthouse. Also, in Portland the rose gardens are worth seeing and the japanese gardens are right across the street-- a quick tour of both--worth it. I recommend renting a convertable for the drive, riding with the top down is so much more fun to feel the area and nature, you can see so much more that way--and it is a lot of driving. The redwood forest is amazing, don't miss that. From there to LA is not too exciting depending on what you want to see. If you want any other details you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org husband and I did a trip last year and it has been one of my favorite trips ever! Enjoy.