Floorboards creak underfoot, period furnishings abound, and the aroma of marionberry cobbler fills the air. We are at Wolf Creek Inn, just ten minutes from Grants Pass, Oregon, off I-5. I’d been there years before, when my daughter was just about the age her own daughter is now. I wanted to experience it again, and although they no longer offer loganberry wine, comfort food like turkey, gravy, and mashed potatoes and homemade potato salad provide welcome lunch fare. While waiting for our meal to arrive, we do a bit of exploring, beginning with the parlor where an old-fashioned radio is playing the likes of Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey. But that’s recent history compared to the origin of Wolf Creek Inn. Built in 1883 by pioneer merchant Henry Smith, it was an original stage coach stop for those passing through Southern Oregon. While the legend exists of a vampire-like apparition that haunts the nearby woods, I am more interested in its literary lore: Jack London wrote a short story, “The End of the Story” on one stay here, and on another, completed his novel, Valley of the Moon. We peek into his room:
More luxurious, and by definition, romantic, is the room in which Clark Gable often stayed when he wanted a fishing getaway from the pressures of Hollywood. (Sigh.)ye
After lunch we visit the nearby ghost town of Golden, again a settlement based on the Gold Rush. Like most towns of the era, it had a church–two, in fact–but was distinctive in that there were no saloons. The general store and one of the churches still stand.
g in the forests behind the Inn. During this time, he wrote a short story entitled “The End of the Story.” He also cClearlyompleted his novel “Valley Of The Moon” during another stay. Jack London’s room is in the front of the Inn on the second floor, much as it Clearly, it is another golden Oregon afternoon…