Four-Star Pacific Northwest Lodge with Spa and Acclaimed Restaurant
When the four-star Salishan Spa and Golf Resort was about to be built in 1965, original owner John D. Gray wanted the new property to match the beauty of the natural scenery, where surrounding forests meet the Pacific beaches on the Oregon coast. The result is a hotel interior that incorporates native stone, intricate woodwork, hand-blown glass, and contemporary artwork from 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 resort’s spectacular 18-hole golf course, which was redesigned by renowned architect and PGA pro Peter Jacobsen. You can use your dining credit at any of five restaurants, ranging from the onsite deli to the newly renovated Dining Room, which Frommer’s says “is one of the most upscale restaurants on the entire coast and has a superb wine collection.”
Salishan's spa is also 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 come for only 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 town is situated between two larger coastal cities, Newport and Lincoln City, both ideal spots for beachcombing, whale watching, and browsing in boutiques and bookstores.
At Newport’s Oregon Coast Aquarium, you can see where harbor seals, otter, and sea lions frolic in their natural habitats. A 200-foot underwater tunnel at the aquarium provides near 360-degree views of sharks, giant octopuses, and other creatures of the deep.