Pacific Northwest Lodge with Lakefront Cabins in Deschutes National Forest
Nestled in the heart of the Deschutes National Forest in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, Suttle Lake has been attracting outdoorsmen since the 1920s, when the site became renowned as one of the only lakes in Oregon that supported runs of sockeye salmon. Today, The Lodge at Suttle Lake presides over the eastern shore, supplying comfortable, elegantly rustic accommodations amid the mountain wilderness.
The lodge’s standard or deluxe suites and lofted guest rooms offer sweeping views of the lake and the soaring pines of the surrounding forest. Standalone 792-square-foot waterfront cabins come equipped with stone fireplaces, private decks, and bathtubs constructed entirely from Lincoln Logs.
In the main lodge’s great room, guests gather amid wood carvings and a large fireplace to enjoy a daily wine-and-cheese social in the afternoon. When more substantial hunger pangs hit, the cozy Boathouse Restaurant supplies Northwest-inspired steaks and seafood as well as a spectacular view of the lake. The lodge provides plenty of ways to enjoy the landscape. Outdoor offerings include a boat launch, an area for wildlife-viewing, and a 3.5-mile hiking trail that encircles the water.
Sisters, Oregon: Sleepy Frontier Town Close to Skiing and Fishing Spots
Situated on the east side of the Oregon Cascades in the popular Metolius Recreation Area, the town of Sisters takes its name from the Three Sisters mountains looming over the skyline in the west. Each of the sisters is a volcanic, snow-capped peak that exceeds 10,000 feet in elevation and each maintains a sense of Chekhovian ennui and a longing for Moscow.
The area around Sisters attracts outdoor sports lovers year-round. Winter is a quieter but no less abundant season to fish for steelhead trout in the area’s multitude of lakes, rivers, and streams. Minutes away, the Hoodoo Ski Area is a family-friendly resort that offers day and night Nordic and downhill skiing as well as snowboarding, sledding, and tubing. At nearby Three Creek Lake Nordic Trails, miles of well-marked trails allow for a full day’s worth of snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing.