RR Saddle Club helps connect humans without the means to own horses with equine friends and also hopes to rescue horses that are stuck in unsavory situations. Nestled in the heart of the Santiam River Valley, the club's barn houses gentle steeds who carry riders on guided trail rides through the club’s 200-acre property, past wildflower-strewn meadows, into the foothills of mountains, and through thickets of fir and maple. Visitors can also schedule pony parties for youngsters or sign up for lessons to learn the basics of riding and how to signal horses to trot, canter, and fly.
Though “White Water" Willy has devoted half a century to plumbing Oregon’s waters for salmon and sturgeon, he still recalls the joy of landing his first catch at age 3. Since then, the inveterate angler has hauled in 12-foot sturgeon, produced fishing programs, and even invented his own salmon lures, but his true passion lies in introducing new generations of anglers to the thrill of the first tug. To that end, Willy and his staff of licensed and insured guides provide fledgling fishermen and women not only with the gear and tackle they’ll need to attract fish and repel submarine captains, but also patient instruction in proper technique. Once anglers have reeled in their catch, guides can arrange for packaging, shipping, or taxidermy services.
Nail technician, hair designer, and aesthetician Abigail Sprunger lends an artful touch to each of her beautifying skills. Inside the cozy atmosphere of Escape Salon, plush couches and earth tones welcome visitors for myriad services, ranging from updos to pedicures. Individual consultations segue into haircuts and color personalized to each client’s lifestyle, face shape, and resting heart rate. Abigail also specializes in nail art, decorating fingertips with patterns and designs using a steady hand and creative flair.
At team of licensed technicians at Leisure Time Day Spa accomplishes everything from hair care and styling to luxurious mani-pedis and massage. Patrons can also pop into the relaxation station for a sauna session to incinerate calories, sweat out toxins, and ease aches and pains.
Taking advantage of the region's specialty in wine production, Topaz HomeStyle Bistro offers an enviable selection of the region's fermented goods, including complimentary wine tastings. The winery on show changes weekly, providing motivation to come back and check out which grapes are impressing the owners during any particular fortnight.
In addition to that focus on wine, the kitchen proudly sends out its chefs' own twists on classic dishes and internationally inspired small plates, which give diners the chance to gather, share food, and feel like they're part of the Topaz family. Executive Chef Adam keeps the menu fresh, taking advantage of the harvestable bounty of wine country to make his signature dishes. Customers can enjoy the tequila-lime chicken quesadilla—stuffed with jalapenos, tomatoes, fire-roasted bell peppers, onions, cilantro, and cheddar-jack cheese—and the three signature slider sandwiches, such as the turkey burger with mixed greens and cranberry aioli, each of which can be shared or purposefully withheld from tablemates.
Having reeled in 25 years of experience as a licensed fishing pro, Steve Roberts shares tricks of the trade during half-day and full-day fishing trips, welcoming avid anglers and beginners alike onto his fully equipped fishing vessels. Throughout the year, Steve and company track down seasonal targets. Winter trips focus on chinook, or winter steelhead, and autumn trips chase after coho salmon—a feisty fish notorious for fighting under water and starting bar brawls on land. No matter what the target, every trip with Steve includes all the necessary gear and an endless stream of expert advice.