Reading Vacation

Every so often I get the urge to disappear into a novel. Of course, reading conditions must be just perfect to do so; a comfy chair, a warm fire place and a light falling of rain just outside my window.

Unfortunately, living in southern California I can usually get my hands on a good book and a comfy chair but not much else on my list.

I never really considered a “reading vacation” where I might find the perfect reading conditions. But, believe it or not, they do exist.

The Sylvia Beach Hotel, located on Oregon’s central coast is one such place. Oregon and rain are pretty much synonymous but the hotel takes their reading experience beyond that. Each of the guestrooms are inspired by authors such as Hemingway, Jane Austen Emily Dickinson, Herman Melville, Agatha Christie and Edgar Allen Poe (Poe??? I don’t think I’d want to spend the night in a room inspired by Poe).

Naturally the hotel also has a nice roaring fireplace and a well-stocked library. And, if guests get tired of reading, the quaint fishing town of Newport, compete with its own lighthouse, is nearby.