So we cheated just a little. We went camping at Umpqua Lighthouse State Park in a deluxe yurt – a ready made tent, complete with electricity, heat, plumbing, a kitchen, and a full bathroom.
Yurts were traditionally used as homes for nomads in Mongolia and Central Asia. These round homes are quite popular in Oregon and you will find yurt campsites booked all summer long, so it is best to reserve early, or try your luck with a cancellation. The Umpqua Lighthouse Yurts sit right on Lake Marie and are less than a mile from Winchester Bay.
During the day, we took a hike around Lake Marie, and stopped by the nearby
Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area. For dinner, we decided to try one of the local spots and ate at Griff’s on the Bay (the yurts also come with a bbq grill for cooking your own meal).
At night, we picked up wine and firewood and roasted marshmallows around the fire ring. Later, we headed inside the yurt to watch a movie on our laptop (the yurts also come with a TV and VCR). The deluxe yurts provide beds to sleep 7, but if you prefer your own bed, there is plenty of room in the center of the floor to set up an air mattress, which is what we did.
**To find yurt camping in your area, please visit Yurts.com . You would be surprised to see how many different places provide yurt rentals!
Did you know?
The yurt roof design creates an incredibly strong and resilient structure that is uniquely equipped to withstand earthquakes, strong winds and heavy snow loads.