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.
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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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.
After ten years in the 24-hour fitness, Sadie Lincoln was ready to make a change. She branched out to start her very own workout method, inspired in equal parts by the Lotte Berk Method of ballet exercise, yoga, and Pilates. She combined the flowing sequences of Vinyasa yoga with isometric exercises using the ballet barre or Pilates poses, and called her creation Barre3.
The classes quickly caught fire, and Sadie transformed her lone studio into a successful franchise. At any of the locations, instructors lead 60-minute sessions that build flexibility and toned cores. Her techniques have earned her and her studio numerous national press accolades. Sadie also put together an online course—available in 60 countries—to give folks a chance to workout in the comfort of their own home or local library.