Rustic Lodge on Secluded Suttle Lake
Except for the occasional squawk, peep, and cry from feathered and furry residents, the forested area surrounding Suttle Lake enjoys undisturbed solitude in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. The Deschutes National Forest encircles Suttle Lake with towering pines, a picturesque home for the area's deer, eagles, ospreys, and otters as well as the guests of The Lodge at Suttle Lake. The mountain hideaway incorporates the Pacific Northwest wilderness into its décor, with rustic accents including sculpted woodcarvings and a large stone fireplace.
In the great room, a spread of complimentary freshly baked cookies, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and cider welcomes new arrivals. Guests can rent snowshoes from the front desk or embark on a cross-country ski expedition with their own gear. Afterward, a one-hour Swedish massage (a $100 value) or a 50-minute reflexology session with a foot soak (a $75 value) relieves fatigued sinews and melts away stress. Entrees such as chicken suttle masala populate the menu at The Boathouse Restaurant, which overlooks Lake Suttle and reflects the natural surroundings with timber ceilings, a mounted wooden canoe, and napkins made from repurposed lumberjack flannel.
The Lodge at Suttle Lake houses a variety of accommodations, including quarters in the main lodge, where deluxe suites, standard suites, and lofted guest rooms bear names such as Raindrop, Eagle Feather, and Bear Track. In private, 792-square-foot waterfront cabins, guests can snuggle in front of a crackling stone fireplace as they enjoy the included bottle of champagne.
Sisters, Oregon: Quaint Mountain Town Nestled in Cascades
About 15 miles southeast of the lodge lies the small town of Sisters, which got its name from its location at the base of a trio of snow-capped volcanoes known as the Three Sisters. Although summertime brings a wealth of festivals and fairs, such as the annual Outdoor Quilt Show, the winter months bring out the town’s quieter side. The Folk Festival Winter Concert series livens things up with music from the bluegrass crooners Steep Canyon Rangers and the harmonic trio Red Molly.
Hoodoo Ski Area—situated a few minutes away from the lodge—attracts snowbirds to its powdered slopes with more than 800 acres of terrain encompassing 32 ski runs and a large park dedicated to tubing and snowman mixers.