Driving up to The Lodge at Hot Lake Springs in La Grande, Oregon, you might be amazed at the grandeur of the building. Perched at the base of Craig Mountain and overlooking a stretch of the Grande Ronde Valley, the sprawling property with its neon sign “Hot Lake Springs” is a mixture of stark seclusion and historical intrigue. Travelers come for the hot springs but stay for the area’s beauty—and you don’t have to be a hotel guest to experience it.
Fifteen rooms have been recently renovated and furnished with mid-century modern touches. Rooms and suites range from comfortable to spacious, featuring original brick accents while offering modern amenities such as air conditioning and updated bathrooms – some with bathtubs. A reconfigured 60-seat movie theater entertains guests during their visit. The lively Thermal Pub & Eatery is open from 2-9:30 p.m. (with brunch added by summer, says owner Michael Resavy) and offers light meals and an extensive beer list.
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