Oregon’s Minam River Lodge Named to Condé Nast Traveler’s Hot List

Minam River Lodge cabin interior

Condé Nast Traveler has announced the winners of its 2018 Hot List, with Oregon’s Minam River Lodge recognized as one of the 102 hottest hotel openings in the world in 2017.

The annual list includes the best properties that have opened their doors in the past year in six continents and uncovers the top trends inspiring modern travelers. The full list of properties on the 2018 Hot List can be found here. Minam River Lodge, located in the pristine Eagle Cap Wilderness, was the only Oregon property selected.

“Our annual Hot List is an all-encompassing review and selection of our favorite new hotel openings of the past year,” said Pilar Guzmán, editor-in-chief of Condé Nast Traveler. “By celebrating the very best, we hope to help set a standard for those who follow so that when we return decades down the road, we will still recognize and be transformed by these places.”

In its review of Minam River Lodge, Condé Nast Traveler highlighted its “spectacular” setting in the Eagle Cap Wilderness and “epic dinners that spotlight the bounty of Oregon in the summertime.” The magazine concludes: “If you’re into nature and really want to disconnect, you’ll love it.  It’s a hike, literally, to get here, but really is worth the time, money and effort.”

Minam River Lodge opened in May 2017. Located in the Eagle Cap Wilderness of Eastern Oregon, it is accessible only by an 8.5-mile journey on foot or horseback, or by chartered flight. Situated on a bluff above the wild and scenic Minam River, Minam River Lodge has a capacity for about 30 guests, who can stay in lodge guest rooms, hand-crafted log cabins and wall tents. The completely off-grid property runs on solar power, and family-style meals, created by Chef Carl Krause, feature food grown in the property’s own organic garden and flown in from local farms.

“We are extremely honored to be named on Condé Nast Traveler’s annual Hot List of the 102 best new hotels in the world,” said Barnes Ellis, owner of Minam River Lodge. “Minam River Lodge is a special and unique getaway that lets people unplug and truly experience Oregon and its wild beauty. We’re excited to welcome visitors back for our second season.”

In its first season, Minam River Lodge attracted hundreds of guests—hailing from Portland and Seattle to as far away as Switzerland—to rave reviews. It is currently taking reservations for the 2018 season, which runs from May 26 through November 1. For more information, visit


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