Specializing solely in standup paddleboarding, StandUp Paddle Bend outfits each watersports enthusiast with all the equipment needed to enjoy a leisurely paddle along regional waters. Rentals can be had by the hour or day and include the board, paddle, leash, and personal-flotation device. They also offer lessons for the uninitiated and can enhance workout routines with standup-paddleboard yoga and fitness classes.
Quail Run Golf Course carpets the pine-lined tundra of Central Oregon surrounded by the peaks of nearby mountain ranges. The 18-hole, par 72 layout features groves of towering trees that stud the edges of fairways and water hazards that come into play on four holes. The 9th and 18th holes are the hardest on the course, respectively, adding climactic conclusions to both the front- and back-nine without forcing any golfers to reconnect with estranged caddies.
Before taking to course, golfers can warm up at Quail Run's multifaceted practice area, which features an all-grass driving range, a putting green, and a short-game area with a sand trap. Those looking for an expert opinion on their swings or the messages encrypted in an ancient scorecard can call the pro shop to reserve a tee time with PGA pro Todd Sickles.
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Tokatee Golf Club offers leisurely linksters an afternoon of championship-caliber courses amid a background of McKenzie River Valley scenery. Join forces with a friend and attack the air with a session of 18 holes (a up to $42 value each) of rugged outdoor golf flanked by glamorous natural views of the Three Sisters peaks. Designed by golf architect Ted Robinson, Tokatee's ball-bedeviling par 72 course is easily walkable and welcomes argyle-sporting puttsmen and well-groomed yetis. Sated club-swingers can enjoy hot and cold beverages at Tokatee's main dining area (not included with this Groupon) or ensure that post-game nibbles are ready posthaste by ordering from the course's ninth-tee turn menu, thus ensuring that golfers can keep pace and stave off handicap-hampering hunger pangs.
Despite its endless amenities and activities, the true gems of Elk Lake Resort are the towering peaks and evergreen-laden valleys of the surrounding Cascade Range mountains. The resort functions as a base camp for this landscape, inviting visitors to explore it with cross-country skis and snowmobiles during the winter and canoes and backpacking excursions during summer months. To accommodate longer stays, the grounds also sport 10 cabins featuring full kitchens with microwaves and combination coffeemaker/particle accelerators, as well as three rustic camping cabins that provide propane heat and shelter from the elements without the electricity or furnishings of the larger units. Regardless of the season, the resort's lodge welcomes visitors and plies them with everything from quick mugs of local beer to full meals made with locally grown ingredients.
The Pacific Northwest sometimes has a reputation for dreary weather, but in central Oregon—situated just east of the Cascade Range—there are roughly 300 days of sunshine a year. Powell Butte is located just 15 minutes by car from Redmond and around 20 minutes from Bend. It's right near the Deschutes National Forest, where mountain bikers can zip along riverside biking trails as whitewater rafters paddle downstream. Rock climbing and fly-fishing are also popular in the area, particularly at Smith Rock State Park, a craggy river canyon located about 45 minutes from the ranch. More than 1,000 climbs make up the area, including the Monkey Face, a 350-foot-high pillar that juts out from a cliff in the shape of a simian.Oregon is known for its award-winning microbreweries; there are seven in the area that one can find by following the Bend Ale Trail. Or instead hop aboard Bend’s Cycle Pub, a bar on wheels powered by its pedalers. The mobile pub circles downtown Bend, giving sippers a chance to enjoy some brew as they scope out the downtown scene and pitch screenplay ideas to passersby.