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Local beer tasting part of Turtle Rock adventure
Many travelers make local beer tasting part of their adventure. A short
walk across the street from Turtle Rock Resort in Gold Beach, Oregon is
a newly opened brewery named Arch Rock. Even though the brewery just
opened in January of 2013, they have already won a gold medal with a
State of Jefferson Porter that is amazing. It's dark, rich and
The brewer, James Smith, entered the second
largest beer contest in the country, the North American Beer Awards. His
intention was to get feedback from other brewers on Arch Rock's beer in
the blind tasting. He got quite a surprise!
Since it's conception the brewery has produced 300 barrels, will most likely hit
500 by year end, and 1000 next year. Business has been good for the
small start-up, and Turtle Rock Resort's guests appreciate the $8.00
price of a growler. It's an interesting sight to look out the windows of
the Turtle Rock office and see guests walking down the driveway carrying
jugs full of craft beer.
Arch Rock also crafts a Pistol River
Pale Ale and a lager, and recycles the spent grains to a local farmer to
feed cows, chickens and pigs. Most of the beer ingredients come from the
There are two other new breweries to explore
in the southern Oregon area also. We invite you to visit Turtle Rock and
indulge in the many tastes of locally crafted beers.
Granny's on the Go at Turtle Rock Resort
Hello, fellow travelers.
We are two sisters of retirement age (mid 50's ish) who love to travel
together and explore exciting places throughout our home state of Oregon
in Tammy's camper van. Tammy is the blonde-haired sister and I am Tawna
the reddish-haired sister. We are the Granny's on the Go! We hope you
will enjoy our trip to a superb little spot on the southern Oregon coast
where vacationers can enjoy themselves at a fabulous family reunions in
the resort's large vacation home that is captivating (check out the
pics), it just makes you want to stay there, or honeymoon in romantic
style with sunset walks, freshly grilled foods, and late night hot tub
soaks. They have so much to delight in at Turtle Rock Resort; can you
figure out why they named it Turtle Rock? The Granny's went Glamping
on this trip!
Sometimes Glamping is our idea of camping and
having a great time for a couple of nights. We love to travel on a
budget and see where that takes us and what we can do with limited
funds; where can we go, what can we do? We decided to see what Glamping
was all about.
Glamping is higher end camping; it has the nice
conveniences of a hotel, (hot tubs, etc.) but you are out in nature and
camping for a lot less than a hotel, especially one that is creek and
ocean front. Recently, we visited the really nice folks at Turtle Rock
Resort, Gold Beach, OR -where Turtle Rock greets the sea. From our home
west of Eugene, Oregon, we took Hwy 101 South to Gold Beach, stayed on
Hwy 101 until we saw the signs for the resort and Hunter Creek Loop,
then took a left onto a graveled road that winds along a creek then we
crossed it to find the main office.
There, we were greeted by
two beautiful, friendly boxer dogs; it is a very pet friendly resort.
The resort staff members were very friendly and helpful. The RV and
Glamping cabins are priced very reasonably for all they offer. We
thoroughly enjoyed our personal hot tub and deck complete with fully
stocked gas grill--some of the wonderful amenities you will find at this
creek side, ocean front resort. In the office, you will find pretty Sea
Baskets and some camping and gold hunting supplies for sale. They offer
classes on how to make the Sea Baskets along with Yoga classes, a great
fitness room and common room.
We drove along the creek to a
semi-secluded camp ground and found our site, there are many easy access
sites for RV's, campers and tents. After getting plugged in and set
up, we took a walk to the beach. As we followed the creek to the ocean
and went under the Hwy 101 overpass, rounding a corner we were greeted
by the giant Turtle Rock who stands guard over a gorgeous beach just
right for rock hounding! The beach is fairly level, no big dunes to
cross, and it has many small rocks, some agates, interesting driftwood
pieces, great photo opportunities, and there is a very cool rock
formation to explore-the turtle.(Remember to check for any restrictions
before removing anything from beaches) Check out the great photos we
took there. Later, we walked around the grounds to check out the other
conveniences available at this scenic resort. They have a laundry and
shower area, and the showers have GREAT water pressure and are nothing
like a typical 'camping' shower, we were truly taken with the large
bathrooms with tubs and showers. Everything here was clean, well
maintained, and ever so inviting, we had such a great couple of days of
rest and relaxation; we plan to return with our husbands soon.
The staff let us visit the beach cottages they have available for
camping and all I can say is they are very upscale camping cabins! Check
out the photos! Go to their website for more photos and information,
this is a camping resort that we give our highest marks to for location,
price, amenities, and friendliness to people and pets, with some great
recreation attractions all around. You can enjoy crabbing, world-class
river fishing, boat races and rides, kayaking, whale watching, and a
whole lot more! Check out their website for further information, it is
worth the stay.
So, whether you are looking for prime RV
vacationing or simple tent camping, you can find it all at TURTLE ROCK
RESORT! Tell them the Granny's sent ya!
'Til the next trip,
The above blog was posted courtesy of Tammy and
Tawna, "The Granny's on the Go!"
|Arch Rock Brewing Company, near Turtle Rock Resort
|Make local beer tasing part of your adventure