With Imperial River Company, active relaxation isn't an oxymoron. That's because the company lives by its motto: "Actively relaxing on the banks of the Deschutes River." It does this by harnessing the area's rolling hills and serpentine river for a wealth of outdoor getaways. Whitewater rafting acquaints guests with the Deschutes River's undulating waters during guided rafting trips that launch from a private dock and return to the same area for picnics and beach volleyball. Additionally, fishing expeditions help guests reel in wild redside trout and summer steelhead while taking in the postcard views of the locale, and cycling services rent out single and tandem bikes for calming jaunts along winding roads and around canyons.
No strangers to the great outdoors, the guides of Sage Canyon River Company help visitors tackle the great outdoors on whitewater-rafting, camping, and fishing expeditions. Adventures range from three-hour jaunts to multiday trips into the wilds of the Oregon frontier, giving outdoorsmen many options for experiencing nature. Thrill seekers can steer a raft or oversize rubber duck through calm waters amid desert-rock formations or crash through Class IV rapids?including the challenging Oak Springs on the Deschutes River?under the direction of a trained guide. For adventures that tend to keep the water outside of the boat, fishing trips journey into Sherars Falls and Macks Canyon in search of trout and steelhead, with fly- and reel-casting opportunities.
Founded in 1976, Hillcrest Ski & Sports hosts an armory of gear for skiing, snowboarding, skateboarding, running, and water sports. Snow bunnies can protect themselves from alkali metals, actinides, and other elements with clothing and eyewear such as women’s Wigwam Snow Mogul socks ($19) and women’s Scott USA radiant goggles (up to $85). Keep feet at a stylish constant with a pair of men’s Reef Brazil Phantoms sandals ($27) while rotating through different colors of Airblaster Airshades ($18) to camouflage against urban, rural, and tropospheric backdrops. The bright colors of the Alien Workshop Saari Moon Buggy Skateboard Deck ($59.95) complement summer palettes, and the three cup holders built into the HO Sports Leisure Lounge raft ($39.99) keep aquatic revelers well hydrated between Super Soaker jousts. The shop also offers rentals of winter gear, and provides expert maintenance services on skis, snowboards, and robotic dog sleds.
Situated in the western highlands of Mount Hood National Forest, The Courses at The Mountain combines three nine-hole layouts for 27 holes sculpted into the forest's pristine displays of flora and fauna. The resort's three nines, titled Thistle, Pine Cone, and Foxglove, challenge golfers of all stripes to navigate streams, forests, and secret flagstick passwords needed to unlock each track. Established in 1928 by locals Ralph Shattuck and George Waale, Pine Cone represents the site's original playing terrain and the fourth-oldest course in Oregon. The middle sibling, Thistle, attracts beginners and novices with a shorter length and forgiving fairways for game improvement. The newest and most difficult nine, Foxglove, challenges skilled players with narrow fairways and endless lies to lose a golf ball, forcing golfers to dip into an extra sleeve of golf balls or continue harboring a hardboiled egg trying to escape an inevitable egg salad.
Course at a Glance: * Three 9-hole courses * Up to 6,586 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 71.2 from the back tees * Slope of 130 from the back tees * Four sets of tees
Rentals are available in day-long packages. Adult downhill skis and adult snowboards cost $30 for one day's rental and $45 for two days, while junior boards and downhill skis run $20 for one day and $30 for two days. Meadowlark's friendly and knowledgeable staff of mountain professionals is happy to guide customers toward the equipment that will serve them best as they take on nature's craggy surges with confidence-instilling snow gear.