Having tried (and failed) to get into the Crater Lake Lodge we looked on TripAdvisor and chose Jo's Motel as a "cheap and cheerful" alternative. I phoned to book and, as the young woman taking my details was so helpful, I asked her about eating out in Fort Klammath. After an expressive pause she said "This is a really small place...if you get the chance to eat before arriving I'd recommend it.". Forewarned is forearmed so we ate at a great Thai place in Klammath Falls before setting out.
She was right - Fort Klammath is small.
Slightly panicky (having run out of wine) we stopped at a place one hundred yards before Jo's to buy some. What a kick! As old-style red-neck as you could wish for - down to the stuffed Jackrabbit head on the wall with its whimsical head-dress of Pronghorn horns. Priceless. The guy serving was v. friendly and chatted for a while about hunting etc. There were 5 bottles of wine in the store - 2 white, one blush and 2 red. We grabbed the reds, paid and crossed the road to Jo's wondering what we'd find.
What we saw was a cute, old-style motel with - NO - an Organic Grocery! A floor-to ceiling wine rack stuffed with goodies and everything you could hope for from a downtown San Fran store.
One of the great things about travel is having your complacency taken down a notch or two.
Nice gal on reception. Cute room with a cabin-ish feel, comfy bed and a small gas fire - and, as i slowly realised, a fabulous hand-sewn quilt on the bed, Heirloom quality.
Big pats on the back, Jo, or whoever - you have a smart place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Organic Food and Lodging serving visitors to Crater Lake National Park. Full organic grocery store with breakfast and espresso. Kitchens and gas fireplaces. Pet free. Suites, cabin, singles, camping, RV. Communal firerings. On the Wood River. 1/2 Hour to Crater Lake. ... more less