Not every honeymoon must include a cruise, beach, or spa. Couples who prefer the wild beauty of the great outdoors need more than umbrella drinks to celebrate the start of married life, and Crater Lake National Park is an ideal candidate for a romantic honeymoon getaway.
Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the country at more than 1,940 feet. The lake itself sits in the wide caldera of Mount Mazama, a mountain that was once Oregon’s tallest peak before the volcano collapsed roughly 7,700 years ago. It’s the state’s only national park, established in 1902, and has been a beloved vacation destination for decades.
A honeymoon in Crater Lake National Park offers scenic spots to find some time alone, activities aplenty, and a uniquely beautiful lake. All that’s required to complete the recipe is your sweetheart—and your sense of adventure.
Where to Eat In and Around Crater Lake National Park
The on-site dining room at Crater Lake Lodge, like many fine dining restaurants in Oregon, highlights the best local ingredients in its menus. Feast on breakfast, lunch, or dinner with views of the lake.
If you want a little more seclusion, head 28 miles southwest of Crater Lake (a roughly 45-minute drive) to dine at the Prospect Historic Hotel and Dinner House in the tiny community of Prospect. The former stagecoach stop is now a charming B&B with a restaurant that serves dinner from May through October.
For serious comfort food, look no further than Beckie’s Café at the Union Creek Resort. Beckie’s has been serving hungry guests since 1926. Today, the menu is traditional diner fare, including homemade pies baked fresh daily. The café is about 40 minutes from Crater Lake Lodge.