Most of the lodgings in Coos Bay and North Bend stretch along busy U.S. 101, and most are of the mid-century motor-court variety, but the majority are well-maintained and represent good value. Another option is staying in Charleston, particularly if your destination includes local state parks, ocean beaches, or South Slough. Charleston lodgings aren’t fancier, but you’ll stay near the fishing marina, not the highway.
If you’re just looking for a basic clean room, the local Motel 6 (1445 Bayshore Dr., 541/267-7171, $78 and up) is well maintained and offers a number of kitchen units.
A more upscale alternative is the Coos Bay Red Lion (1313 N. Bayshore Dr., 541/267-4141 or 800/RED-LION—800/733-5466, $121 and up), which offers large guest rooms with extras such as an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and a bar and restaurant. A complimentary shuttle runs guests to and from the airport.
The Coos Bay Manor (955 5th St., 800/269-1224, $135 and up, full breakfast included) is the kind of B&B where a fluffy terrycloth robe and bubble bath sustain the first impressions made by the grand high-ceilinged colonial-style home and eye-popping river views from the open-air second-floor breakfast balcony. The B&B’s five spacious rooms have distinctive decor; two of the rooms can become a suite for families.
The bay-front Edgewater Inn (275 E. Johnson Ave., 541/267-0423 or 800/233-0423, $135 and up) has loads of perks in addition to its location off the highway facing the water. With 82 units, many with views and kitchens, the hotel also offers fitness and tanning rooms, an indoor pool, a spa and sauna, and complimentary breakfast.
For the budget-minded, one of the best values in the area is Bay Bridge Motel (33 Coast Hwy., 541/765-3151 or 800/557-3156, $65 and up), a small motel just north of the McCullough Bridge, with good views of the bay from the higher-priced rooms.
Another option is the Comfort Inn (1503 Virginia Ave., 541/756-3191 or 877/424-6423, $110 and up), just five blocks from U.S. 101. With 96 units and the standard chain-hotel amenities, this hotel provides a quiet escape.
The Mill Hotel (3201 Tremont Ave., 541/756-8800 or 800/953-4800, www.themillcasino.com, $127 and up) is located just south of the Mill Casino along the waterfront in a new seven-story tower and a building that once housed a plywood mill. Owned and operated by the Coquille (pronounced ko-KWELL in the local dialect) Native American people, the hotel seeks to express its owners’ patrimony: The exterior of this three-story hotel is the same cedar that the Coquille people used to build their plank houses, and the fireplace in the lobby is made of Coquille River rocks.
The canoe displayed behind the front desk was carved by tribal members and is part of an interpretive display that tells the story of the Coquilles.
Guest rooms are very nicely furnished, and waterfront views from the tower are especially dramatic. And, of course, all the pleasures of a modern casino are just a few feet away. In addition to gaming, the casino has a good restaurant, shops, and a performance center.
Right in the Charleston marina, Captain John’s Motel (63360 Kingfisher Dr., 541/888-4041, www.captainjohnsmotel.com, $55 and up) is clean and quiet and has some units with kitchenettes. It’s within walking distance of fishing, charter boats, clamming, and dock crabbing. Close by is a special fish- and shellfish-cleaning station and, with any luck, your dinner. Staying in Charleston also puts you close to state parks and within easy reach of laundry and postal services, as well as offering temperatures warmer than Coos Bay in winter and cooler in summer. The studio rates are a bit higher. Reserve well in advance for July and August; pets are allowed.
If you’d like to catch your own dinner, the Plainview Motel (91904 Cape Arago Hwy., 541/888-5166 or 800/962-2815, http://plainviewmotel.com, $74 and up) provides guests with crab rings and fishing poles. This small older motel has 12 pet-friendly units, some with kitchens. Pets cost an extra $10.
by Judy Jewell and W. C. McRae from Moon Oregon, 8th Edition, © Elizabeth & Mark Morris and Avalon Travel