About Our Luxury Resort on the Oregon Coast

A History of Hospitality and Service at Salishan

Fifty years ago, visionary real estate developer John D. Gray and his partners built the luxury destination of dreams on the spectacular central Oregon Coast – Salishan Resort.

A native Oregonian, John Gray was the consummate self-made man who came to be known as “The Quiet Lion.” From humble beginnings to business degrees from Oregon State University and Harvard to serving his country in World War II, John Gray envisioned the Pacific Northwest, with its lush greenery and year-round beauty, as the ultimate natural haven.

As the developer and builder of several high-end resorts and rustic lodges in the Pacific Northwest including Sunriver Resort near Bend, Skamania Lodge in the Columbia Gorge in Washington, and John’s Landing in Portland, Gray sought to build a luxurious jewel on the stunning central Oregon Coast. In 1961, Gray began purchasing parcels of land that comprises the Salishan development and current grounds. With a dedication and sensitivity to the environment and in harmony with the natural resources of the region, John Gray spearheaded the construction of the first Salishan Spit homes, followed by the first nine holes of the golf course (the back nine of the current Salishan Golf Course), and finally the resort at Salishan, which opened in 1965.

Over the last five decades, Salishan has been remodeled and updated to make it the expansive, all-inclusive luxury and leisure resort destination it is today. With the addition of the Tennis Center and the luxury spa, and multi-million dollar renovations to the main grounds and accommodations, Salishan Spa & Golf Resort is the fully realized dream of its founder.

John Gray, the Quiet Lion and visionary behind the central Oregon Coast’s remarkable resort destination, passed away in 2012, leaving a still-present spirit of philanthropy and the legacy of hospitality in each of his real estate projects. Salishan Spa & Golf Resort, where impeccable service and attention to detail make each stay memorable, is just one testament to its founder’s creativity, integrity, and generosity.

While John Gray was the visionary that spearheaded the construction of Salishan, an incredible support team and staff aided, and continues to this day, to make that vision a reality.

  • Architect John Storrs pioneered the Northwest style of architecture of the Salishan Resort, emphasizing the use of locally sourced woods, natural light, and harmony with the Oregon landscape.
  • Landscape architect Barbara Fealy was responsible for the feeling that Salishan grows organically out of the coastal forest.