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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 Self-Made Man

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.

Brilliant Beginnings

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.

A Fully Realized Dream

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 Resort is the fully realized dream of its founder.

A Spirit of Philanthropy

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 Resort, where impeccable service and attention to detail make each stay memorable, is just one testament to its founder’s creativity, integrity, and generosity.

Where Vision Becomes a Reality

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 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.
This is what our guests are saying See What Our Guests Are Saying

My boyfriend and I recently stayed here on a whim during a trip to the Oregon coast and absolutely loved it. The architecture is gorgeous and the grounds are pleasant and relaxing. Would definitely recommend!

Emily T. (TripAdvisor)

Our first trip to the Oregon Coast was fabulous! Love the Salishan Resort! The staff was gracious and kind. Great golfing, tennis, hiking, whale and seal watching. The scenery on the coast and beaches were beautiful (better than California and Cabo). The food was excellent and comes from local farms in Oregon. A must try vacation! A great break from the Texas heat, we will be returning every year.

Cheryl B. (TripAdvisor)

Great first experience here! The pool and hot tub are huge and the staff at the bar was excellent. Another perk was across the street there is a private beach access for Salishan members which was great to get away from crowded beaches. Can not wait to come back in the summer to check out the beautiful golf course. 

Zakk K. (TripAdvisor)

We had a great day at the Arial Park at the lodge. Dillion, Chad, and Christian were our guides and they were a lot of fun. A perfect day adventure for our mother daughter weekend

Chad And Kelly M. (TripAdvisor)

Salishan has recently changed ownership and the new management has made exciting changes and breathed new life into the resort... This is a wonderful destination resort for people looking for a peaceful retreat and a classic Pacific Northwest experience. At the same time, there is enough action going on that it’s a great resort for families.

Leah Deangelis (The Modern Travelers)

The Spa at Salishan was easily one of the most beautiful spas I’ve been to…The massage was epic, but so was just wandering around the spa and admiring its beauty.

Ariel Lynn (aeriallynn.com)
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