How Do I Find a Motel in Oregon?

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Travelers come to Oregon for any number of reasons, whether to do business in Pendleton or Bend or to visit some of the state’s scenic attractions, like the Columbia River Gorge, Steens Mountain or the seastacks and headlands of its Pacific coast. For those who don’t want to spend the money on hotel or resort accommodations, Oregon’s many motels offer a more inexpensive alternative. Especially in the age of the Internet, locating and getting information about such businesses has never been easier.

Travelers in Oregon have many motels to choose from, and many resources to help them find the right one.

Travelers in Oregon have many motels to choose from, and many resources to help them find the right one.

Step 1Contact local chambers of commerce as well as business and travel associations in the area of Oregon you’ll be visiting. Travel Oregon, an official state travel organizations, partners with the Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association to produce an annual directory of lodging providers. This information is also included online at Travel Oregon’s website, where visitors can search for motels around the state. Other information portals like a local Oregon/Idaho AAA office may be able to assist with your search for accommodations.
Step 2Search a phone book or online directory to find telephone numbers, and peruse motels’ websites if provided for more information. Plugging in a phrase like “Oregon coast motels” or “central Oregon lodging” — the more specific and regional, the better — into a search engine will undoubtedly turn up useful resources. This will help you get the specifics about a particular business you need to decide where to stay. You will likely want information on rates — as elsewhere, Oregon motels are typically cheaper than hotels and resorts, but among them prices vary — as well as amenities like wireless Internet, television channels and the like as well as the distance from the highway or airport you’re using to access area. You will probably have more to choose from in large cities like Portland or Eugene, as well as in towns situated along major travel corridors like I-5 or I-84. Small towns in more remote sections of Oregon like the southeastern desert may have a single motel.
Step 3Ask locals as you make your trip. You don’t pump your own gas in Oregon, so you can ask the attendant, for example, if he has a recommendation. The same goes for the waitstaff at the roadside cafe or restaurant. More formally, stopping in at a visitor information center at a town you’re passing through — like Oregon City’s office on Washington Street — can likely point you in the right direction.


Ethan Schowalter-Hay is a writer and naturalist living in Oregon. He has written for the “Observer,” the Bureau of Land Management and various online publishers. He holds a Bachelor of Science in wildlife ecology and a graduate certificate in geographic information systems from the University of Wisconsin.


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