Perhaps the best secret about Gold Beach, Oregon, is that visitors can enjoy the spectacular beauty of the Oregon Coast without shattering the family piggy bank. Kachina Starr, owner of Gold Beach’s Turtle Rock RV Resort, told OTE that the location is un-crowded and easy on the wallet.
“Our resort is about a seven hour drive from Portland, but that entire drive is one of the most beautiful in Oregon,” said Starr. “People come from all over the world just to drive that north to south trip on Highway 101. Once they’re here, they really can’t believe how inexpensive accommodations are compared to other major destinations.”
Kachina and her husband Julian should know. They opened their resort in 1998 after a long romance with Oregon’s coastline. “We both love the coast and wanted to be near the ocean and live in a small town,” Starr said. “The Turtle Rock property fulfills our dream and more—it’s as close to the water as you can get without actually being in the sand.”
Turtle Rock is able to host 109 recreational vehicle sites with full hook up. Standard pull-through sites are available and so are accommodations for commercial truckers. Several of the RV sites are more luxurious than most—decks, private hot tubs, and barbecues come along with luxury slots. “You can reserve either a creek-side or forested luxury slot for your stay,” said Starr, “and there is unrestricted ocean access for all resort guests.”
The 24-acre resort will appeal to visitors without RVs as well. “We have 15 cottages available for rental,” said Starr. “Each is fully equipped with everything you need for a great stay. All kitchens are stocked with utensils, and the bedrooms and bathrooms with linens. All you need to bring is food, clothing and toiletries.”
Turtle Rock’s rental cottages possess quintessential cottage appeal with additional comfort—several feature 42-inch flat screen televisions. Rental cottages on the property have pleasant light-filled dining areas, vaulted ceilings, decks with private hot tubs, and beautifully landscaped grounds. Guests can choose ocean, forest or creek views. Each cottage is unique in its configuration—most will accommodate from four to six persons, and the larger vacation home will sleep up to eight.
Other Turtle Rock amenities include: tent campsites, showers, a Laundromat, kayak rentals, WiFi, free dump station, horseshoes, and a small store.
A place to meet; conference facilities
While Turtle Rock Resort is the place that many RV enthusiasts head for on the Southern Oregon Coast, it also functions as a major conference center. Family reunions, weddings, and other large gatherings are held at a large spacious hall.
“My husband Julian designed the group meeting facility,” said Starr. “It has two large kitchens with a commercial stove and oven, a massive stone fireplace, a 72” television and DVD player, a fitness room, wet bar and an outdoor deck with gas grill and a patio with a fire ring. It holds about 80 people, so really the perfect place for all kinds of events, trade show, and activities.”
Starr said resort guest activities also take place at the meeting facility, including yoga classes, basket making, potlucks to celebrate most holidays, and even a Mardi Gras party. The resort’s tradition of hiring “workampers” (visitors who travel from one RV park to another, and perform work in return for reduced RV slot rates) has helped the Starrs host unique events and classes at the resort. Workampers are an integral part of the resort’s success and help guests have the best stay possible.
If you go
Starr is adamant that Turtle Rock will appeal to even the impatient. “We can safely say that in the nearby estuary, fascinating changes occur minute by minute,” Starr said. She encourages travelers to telephone the resort’s toll free line for reservations and information at 1-800-353-9754.
Turtle Rock is open year-round, and hours vary depending upon the season. The resort’s website, turtlerockresorts.com, posts information about space rental and local events. The Starrs can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The resort is located at 28788 Hunter Creek Loop, Gold Beach, OR, 97444.