Pacific Northwest Lodge with Spa, Golf Course, and Private Beach Access
Because it’s accessible via a private, spruce-lined drive, exploring the 350-acre wooded property of Salishan Spa & Golf Resort is a memorable experience all its own. When the resort was built in 1965, original owner John D. Gray wanted it to match the beauty of its knockout setting, where the surrounding forests meet the Pacific beaches. The result is a hotel interior that incorporates native stone, intricate woodwork, hand-blown glass, and contemporary artwork from more than 100 regional artists.
Vaulted ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows give guest rooms a spacious feel. Private balconies overlook Siletz Bay, the forest, or the resort’s spectacular 18-hole golf course, which was redesigned by renowned architect and PGA pro Peter Jacobsen. Old-growth timber flanks the front nine, and links-style fairways weave through the back nine. After a round of golf or a tennis match, you'll have five dining options, ranging from the onsite deli to the newly renovated Prime Steakhouse with one of the Oregon’s largest wine cellars.
Salishan's spa is also a destination in its own right. Ranked No. 13 on the list of the Top 250 Spas by Condé Nast Traveler readers, the full-service facility offers facials, massages, and professional hair, nail, and waxing treatments. Even if you only stop by for a quick sweat in the sauna, be sure to stop by the spa's alfresco lounge area for the incredible bay views.
Gleneden Beach, Oregon: Small Coastal Community Set amid Beachfront State Parks
Located on the central stretch of Oregon's 363-mile coastline, Gleneden Beach is only slightly larger than the resort itself. The tiny windswept town is home to two annual kite festivals and is a good spot for testing the holding power of one’s hairspray. The town is situated between two larger coastal cities, Newport and Lincoln City, both ideal spots for beachcombing, whale watching, and browsing in boutiques and bookstores. At Newport’s Oregon Coast Aquarium, you can see where harbor seals, otters, and sea lions frolic in their natural habitats. A 200-foot underwater tunnel at the aquarium provides near 360-degree views of sharks, giant octopi, and other creatures of the deep.
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