Lodge-Style Condos amid Deschutes National Forest
Oregon’s Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway offers some of the best views of the smoky blue peaks and volcanic formations in the Cascade Range. The still-active Newberry Volcano lies at the southern end of the byway. Further up the road is the Lava Cast Forest, which is filled with molds of pine trees that were suddenly incinerated in a lava flow about 7,000 years ago. At Seventh Mountain Resort, which is situated at the roadway’s eastern end, you can sit on private patios overlooking groves of douglas firs and ponderosa pines.
The forest is more than a scenic backdrop—its rocky ridges and waterscapes form a playground for adventures year-round. In spring and summer, you can bike through Bend, named America’s Top Mountain Biking Town by Mountain Bike Action magazine. Fishers wade through the Deschutes River for trout and steelhead, and there are several area golf courses with gorgeous mountain backdrops. After a full day on the mountain, you can soak in one of the two heated outdoor pools or three hot tubs.
There’s a kitchen in each one-bedroom condo, so it’s easy to whip up dinner at home. Or you can drop by one of the resort’s two restaurants: Seasons Restaurant serves country omelets and other hearty breakfast dishes to start the day, while the intimate Rimrock Bar serves unique dinner entrees from a seasonal menu.
Bend, Oregon: Skiing and Hiking Adventures in the Cascade Range
Although the Pacific Northwest is associated with gray skies, Bend, Oregon, is blessed with about 300 days of sunshine per year, creating a warm, dry climate and high-desert terrain. And yet, in spite of the sun, Mount Bachelor accumulates more than 370 inches of snow annually, making Bend ideal for outdoor recreation year-round.
Once the snow thaws, there are plenty of warm-weather activities at the mountain, including mountain biking and hiking. You could also head over to nearby Smith Rock State Park, where day hikes reveal golden eagles, mule deer, and river otters.