Tucked amid towering pine trees on the banks of the McKenzie River, this family-owned bed and breakfast has welcomed guests since the late 1970s. Hiking trails weave through the secluded 3-acre patch of wilderness. Hammocks are slung between trees, and waterfront fire pits host marshmallow roasts.
Homemade breakfast: Salmon omelets, Southern-style eggs Benedict, and fresh fruit plucked from the family’s orchard are among the tasty morsels. East room stays include breakfast, though River Otter cabin guests may add breakfast for $8.50 per person.
Fly-fishing: Cast out for rainbow trout and chinook salmon on the McKenzie River.
Private cabin and rustic room: Each features wood furnishings, and the cabin has a deck overlooking the water.
Special events: The inn hosts murder-mystery shows and wine tastings on occasion. Check the website for the latest events.
Willamette National Forest: just a scenic drive from the inn
Highlights of Vida, Oregon
Western wilderness: Vida sits on the banks of the McKenzie River, near the Willamette National Forest. Here, dense forests give way to seven of Oregon’s loftiest mountain peaks.
Hit the trails on foot, horse, or mountain bike for close-up views of ospreys, elk, bald eagles, and other wildlife.
Change of pace: In the artsy city of Eugene, you can peruse art galleries downtown and browse boutiques housed in the Fifth Street Public Market. Buskers provide live music, and the smell of organic coffee wafts from cafés.