The original plan was a four day trip to Crater Lake over the July 4th weekend. Missing from the planning calculation was the 8-hour drive from the Bay Area. Oh, and confirmation of our hotel stay!
It's never a good sign when you check into your hotel and the desk person responds with an elongated "ohhhh...did you book through our website?"
Turns out we booked our room but failed to notice that both nights weren't actually confirmed. I highly recommend - if you book a room via the Crater Lake Lodge website - make sure the nights you request are actually available. Road trip rookie mistake!
We lucked out and found a room at the Historic Prospect Hotel about 40 minutes away. The hotel itself is clean and welcoming and guests receive breakfast in the morning.
|Crater Lake, a view from the rim.|
|A view from the visitor center.|
As for the Crater Lake Lodge, nice ambiance and a restaurant with good food and service. Hint: when booking you might ask which side of the hotel your room will be on and also which floor (yes, I know this sound picky!) Ours was top floor with a sloped ceiling and very little air circulation. Not exactly a deal-breaker but something to consider if you're staying more than one night.
Historic Prospect Hotel
391 Mill Creek Road
Prospect OR 97536
Crater Lake Lodge
565 Rim Drive
Crater Lake OR 97604
As I look back on the past year this trip and adventure definitely stands out. The clear blue of the lake and peace-of-mind lingered even after the bags were unpacked and we'd checked back into our everyday working world.
And with that thought...it's now on to the new year!