Pacific Northwest Lodge with Spa, Golf Course, and Private Beach Access
Flanked by beach and bluffs, Salishan Spa & Golf Resort spreads across 350 wooded acres accessible via a private, spruce-lined drive. When the hotel was built in 1965, original owner John D. Gray wanted it to match the beauty of its knockout setting. The interior incorporates native stone, intricate woodwork, hand-blown glass, and contemporary artwork, taken from Gray’s own collection, showcasing more than 100 regional artists.
Vaulted ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows give guest rooms a spacious feel. Private balconies overlook Siletz Bay, the forest, or the 18-hole golf course, which was
redesigned by renowned architect Peter Jacobsen. Old-growth timber flanks the front nine, and links-style fairways weave through the back nine. After a round of golf or a tennis match, you'll have five dining options, ranging from a deli to an upscale steak house boasting one of the largest wine cellars in Oregon.
Salishan's spa is a destination in its own right. Ranked No. 13 on the list of the Top 250 Spas by Condé Nast Traveler readers, the full-service facility offers facials, massages, and professional hair, nail, and waxing treatments. Even if you only stop by for a quick sweat in the sauna, be sure to stop by the spa's alfresco lounge area for the incredible bay views.
Gleneden Beach, Oregon: Small Coastal Community Set amid Beachfront State Parks
Located on the central stretch of Oregon's 363-mile coastline, Gleneden Beach is only slightly larger than the resort itself. The tiny windswept town is home to two annual kite festivals and is a good spot for testing the holding power of one’s hairspray. It’s situated between two larger coastal cities, Newport and Lincoln City, both of which abound with opportunities for beachcombing, whale watching, and browsing in boutiques and bookstores. Newport’s Oregon Coast Aquarium features outdoor exhibits where harbor seals, otters, and sea lions frolic in their natural habitats. A 200-foot underwater tunnel provides near 360-degree views of sharks, giant octopi, and other creatures of the deep.