Lodge-Style Condos Nestled in Deschutes National Forest in Pacific Northwest
As dawn breaks, a pale peach light contours the smoky-blue peaks of the Cascade Range. It throws into bold relief the prickly pines that blanket the slopes just outside Seventh Mountain Resort. This secluded retreat is set within the Deschutes National Forest, which spans 1.6 million acres lined with ashy mountains, bulbous volcanic-rock formations, and emerald marshes. Private patios in the resort's premium one-bedroom condos act as front-row seats to this captivating mountainscape.
The forest's rocky ridges and waterscapes are a playground for adventures year-round: skiing at Mount Bachelor, whitewater rafting and kayaking on the Deschutes River, or mountain biking through Bend—America's Top Mountain Biking Town according to Mountain Bike Action magazine, and one of the World's 25 Best Ski Towns according to National Geographic.
The resort itself also caters to an array of athletic interests. Its onsite lake and two heated pools are open year-round, and during winter, a multipurpose rink is open for skating. After the ice thaws in summer, the rink transforms into a mini-golf course, which is flanked by tennis and basketball courts and seasonal horse stables.
Kitchens in the one-bedroom condos make it easy to whip up dinner at home, or guests can just drop by one of the two onsite restaurants. Big Eddy's Café serves up hearty breakfast platters such as pancakes with whipped cream and northwest berry compote ($12). At the Rim Rock Bar, the chefs aim to pair spirits with unexpected dishes such as andouille sausage pasta ($13) and Oregon natural beef tenderloin sliders with Crater Lake blue cheese and caramelized onions ($10).
Bend, Oregon: Year-Round Adventures in Cascade Range
Although gray skies loom over much of the Pacific Northwest, Bend receives an average of 300 days of sun per year. This lends to its warm, dry climate and high-desert terrain, where arid winds whip through thick juniper trees and snow-capped mountains.
About 14 miles from Seventh Mountain Resort is the imposing Mount Bachelor, which is covered with more than 70 powder-covered slopes for skiing and snowboarding. By summertime, skis get swapped with hiking boots; many travelers explore Smith Rock State Park. On an easy day hike, it's possible to see native golden eagles, mule deer, and river otters in the park's deep river canyons.
On the streets of downtown Bend—a 15-minute drive from the resort—it's not unusual to catch sight of the cycle pub, a mobile keg on wheels propelled by up to 14 customers pedaling through the streets of downtown Bend. This is a town passionate for beer, and nine microbreweries make their home here. Among the best of these is Deschutes Brewery, which has earned acclaim from beer-festival judges and is also popular with locals. The award-winning Obsidian stout has notes of chocolate, espresso, roasted malt, and black barley.
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