From learning about its violent volcanic history to marveling at the serene clarity of its water (one can usually see a coin to a depth of 120 feet) to spying an island resembling a ghostly galleon, Crater Lake is awe-inspiring.
Man’s contribution to this exquisite national park is the 71-room Crater Lake Lodge, originally opened in 1915 and located on the edge of the caldera overlooking Crater Lake. Unfortunately they are not pet-friendly, but we kept Carson cool outside while we enjoyed lunch in the restaurant. Everything is on a grand scale at the hotel. Check out this fireplace.
We were sorry to leave the natural beauty of Crater Lake, but discovering a former gold rush town helped us recover. Located about five miles west of Medford, Jacksonville, Oregon‘s streets are lined with inviting storefronts and restaurants. The first town in America (here we go again) to be named a National Historic Landmark, a promotional flyer describes it as “Mayberry Meets Napa”. We agree. On our next visit we’ll likely stay or at least dine at Jacksonville Inn, but this night we opted for Déjà Vu Bistro and Wine Bar. The antipasto plate was excellent, and since the town is gateway to the Applegate Valley Wine Trail’s 18 vineyards, we found some fine libations as well. Cheers!