We stayed at the Lonesome Duck Ranch after a last minute decision. Steve, the owner, handled the booking which was hassle free. His wife Debbie made us feel very welcome when we saw her later that evening.
Suzie and Marshall manage the property and they were very friendly and also welcoming. Nothing was too much trouble. They gave us information on the local birds and wildlife and the best places to go see them.
The house itself was very comfortable and we cooked our own meals for the time we were there. There is no laundry facility in the house, but apart from that everything you could need. Wifi is available but only strong signal in the main bedroom. We weren't there to use the internet though :)
We saw many, many birds, we watched beavers and otters at play in the river. The ground squirrels were chasing each other around in the grass which was fun to watch.
Overall we had a wonderful experience at this beautiful location and would recommend it to others.
If you like a break from travelling and just want to relax. This is the place to come. Tom & Beth are the perfect hosts. Spacious comfy room - great nights sleep and delicious breakfast. Ideal for a stop before visiting Crater Lake. Great for fishing, walking or kayaking.
We stayed for two nights in August as part of our honeymoon in the beautiful Hexagenia Ranch. Prior to arriving we had been driving from place to place from San Francisco up the coast but as soon as we arrived at the ranch we knew the pace of our holiday was about to change; everything slowed down and we really started to relax. The ranch is set in the most idyllic spot on the river and was just perfect for sitting and reading, enjoying a drink or - like we did - spending a whole day watching the birds feeding and taking photos. The outdoor fireplace on the veranda is a really nice feature and was a very romantic spot to sit one evening under blankets enjoying a glass of wine and a book. Had we wanted to be more active the option was there for a spot of kayaking on the river which would have been great fun; we were just enjoying relaxing too much! The rooms are beautifully presented and the bed was super comfortable. Beth & Tom are great hosts and really do go the extra mile to make you feel welcome and valued guests. Beth's breakfasts in the morning are delicious too and really set us up for the day. When can we come back please??!!
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Hexegenia Ranch - the separate B&B part of Lonesome Duck. I was getting ready to write this review but then thought to read the two most recent and they pretty much cover everything I was going to share! Marcie and her husband and my husband and I were actually there at the same time, obviously agreeing on the experience. ;-) The only thing I can think to add is that we kayaked up the river and hiked on the "canal road" as part of our day of leisure at the ranch. Both were fun. You aren't exactly in the middle of nowhere at the ranch which is both good (easy to get to and there are several restaurants nearby) and not so good (you never feel completely away from it all). BUT, it was a wonderful two days. You will find it hard to beat sitting on the beautiful and comfortable back patio watching the birds and the river, glass of wine in hand. Maybe a cow mooing in the background, a fish jumping in the river, or the lonesome call of the train (which is NOT annoying at all). SOOOOO relaxing. I highly recommend this B&B. My hat's off to Tom and Beth!
Our two nights at Lonesome Duck were perfection. This B&B is beautiful in setting, design
, and hospitality. Set on a popular trout fishing river, the inn is modern, comfortable, and very well designed and maintained. Beth prepared breakfasts that were delicious and Tom went out of his way to provide information on fishing, kayaking, and areas of interest. The inn is accessible by good highways and not more than 30 minutes from Crater Lake Natl. Park. We loved its rural setting.
There is some room for confusion with the accommodations at Lonesome Duck. The facilities at Lonesome Duck are two very large and apparently well equipped housekeeping cabins, really medium sized houses, which will comfortably house six to eight guests. We toured one and it was vastly superior to most similar facilities.
We stayed at Hexegenia Ranch, formerly The Settlement, and now operated in conjunction with Lonesome Duck by different, and extraordinarily gracious, hosts. There is a web site for the Hexegenia Ranch although reservations may still be made with Lonesome Duck (which also has an extensive web site).
In short, the B and B (Hexegenia Ranch) is among the finest and most charming which we have encountered. There are two guest rooms with private bathrooms. The decor, beds, linens, etc are all luxury category and our comfort was assured. There are many additional features which the hosts have provided which exceed the usual; an honor wine bar, complimentary sodas, water, cookies, etc. The house itself is very large and handsome with extensive areas for lounging, reading, observing the natural setting, etc. It's correct that there is a mainline railroad about four hundred yards from the house. We did not think that it intruded, in fact it was a rather nice adjunct as we are members of the Oregon Rail Heritage Society and find rail traffic of interest.
For most, this is unquestionably the nicest accommodation if visiting Crater lake National Park, about 45 miles distant. As noted in other reviews, there are a wide variety of birds. These range from song birds to water fowl and raptors.
The prime reason for our visit was to fish the Williamson River which flows just outside the house.
This is a noteworthy stream and is locally famous for the large size of its migratory rainbow trout. There is an on site fishing guide who is available for float fishing the river and we recommend his services as the fish are finicky feeders. Although it is uncommon to catch more than a maximum of eight or ten fish on a day's float, these trout average five pounds each and are very sporting fish.
With the guide, even beginners have a substantial opportunity to tie into a once in a lifetime catch (please release them, they are too remarkable to eat).
In short, we thought this was a demonstrably superior hospitality operation with hosts, facilities, caretakers, and a guide who were all determined to insure our comfort and provide a memorable experience.
We stayed in Arrowhead Cottage on the banks of the Williamson River for a few days while touring in Oregon. We loved this place - the cottage itself is atmospheric; a real little cabin in the woods but well equipped and clean. We loved the quilted bead spreads and cushions in the bedrooms and, although it was quirky, the bathroom was quite adequate. The owners and the managers were charming, helpful and very knowledgable about the river, the wildlife and the area. The wildlife is stunning - we saw bald eagle, humming birds, muskrat and beaver plus loads of birds on the garden feeders. The highlight of our day was sitting on the back porch with a beer in the setting sun as wrens and chickadees went back and forth to the nest boxes and the bats zipped past, wonderful. You need to remember that this little piece of paradise is near the railroad but it is not busy and didn't detract from the ambience of this place. For days out Crater Lake and the Lava Beds National Monument are within easy driving distance and nearer at hand, the Logging Museum and Collier Memorial State Park are well worth a visit.