It’s not often that luxury and serenity come together in a wilderness-like setting, but when they merge, it becomes almost a zen-like gift – an existential awareness in the joy of being.
Such a place is Tu Tu’ Tun. Situated on the banks of the majestic Rogue River in the Southwest corner of Oregon and close to the Pacific Ocean, it’s a convergence of nature and wildness with tranquility, where an individual relates through a heightened awareness of the five senses and yet becomes a part of a harmonious setting.
The Lodge is enveloped in lush greenery: the Siskiyou National Forest is only three and a half miles away. The smell of evergreens and cedar permeate the air while the rush of wild waters from the Rogue play like a soothing melody in the background. Old growth cedar, Douglas Fir and pine are interspersed with redwoods and an understory of tanoak, huckleberry, ferns, salal and rhododendron. Be sure to check out the Redwood Nature Trail in nearby Siskiyou National Forest.
The family-owned upscale hideaway of 21 rooms, suites, and houses is known for its remote location amidst a verdant setting with luxurious pampering. The cedar-planked main lodge, the hub of many activities, includes a dining room for property guests, a manager’s happy hour with a cozy bar, and general socializing in over-stuffed chairs and sofas by a river-rock fireplace.
Rooms in the resort’s Main Lodge incorporate a color palette from nature and include little gifts such as the petite loaf of carrot bread for my casual snacking. Expect restful sleep as the bed is a work of art, with natural fabrics, upscale linens, wool blankets, and comforters that will have you dreaming of spending more nights. Some rooms even have an outdoor cedar hot tub for those nights you want to soak and gaze at the night sky. Plus, corporate retreats are made easy with three houses that can be fully customized for meetings.
From the high season of May through October, Tu Tu’ Tun Lodge has an on-site restaurant with full breakfast and Pacific Northwest regional specialties for dinner service. From November through April, the restaurant serves a full gourmet breakfast to hotel guests only. Guests are served family-style in the dining room. This works well for groups but might be challenging for couples wanting privacy.
Outdoor activities abound as you are in the middle of some of the most scenic natural beauty in Southern Oregon. Fly-fishing, hiking, boating, kayaking, and multiple golfing courses are within an hour drive. For those who prefer to stay put, the resort has an on-site putting green aptly named the Rogue River Greens.
The property has received the AAA/CAA Four Diamond Award for 2018. Rates start at $270 and up for a standard king room, depending on the season. They include a full gourmet breakfast, free internet, seasonal swimming pool and spa services, and a slice of heaven.
Hotel feature by Albuquerque-based travel & food writer/photographer Karin Leperi, who was partially hosted for review purposes. All photos and text by Karin Leperi.