By Anna Skorczeski, Travel Correspondent
Year-Round Golf Resort with Campus Full Of Activities
During the winter months, central Oregon’s high desert stays dry during the day even as fresh powder accumulates on the nearby Cascade Mountains. Located in this setting, Eagle Crest Resort almost dares one to attempt an unusual itinerary—skiing in the morning, then a round of golf that same afternoon on one of the property’s three championship courses, which stay open as long as there’s no ice. The area averages 300 days of sunshine a year, meaning golfers won’t lose too many errant balls in the high desert's ubiquitous juniper trees.
The resort's 1,700-acre campus goes beyond golf. At the front desk, staffers show visitors to three sports centers, which house pools, workout rooms, and ball courts. At the full-service spa, aestheticians knead out muscle knots and pamper with locally produced organic skincare products. More than 12 miles of paved trails wander along the scenic Deschutes River and through the condo-development area.
After a long day in the fresh air, it's a treat to recharge in one of the 100 rooms at the lodge. The olive-green building overlooks the Resort Course's 16th green and 17th tee, where the smell of freshly cut grass wafts through the private decks and patios. Each room greets visitors with a 42-inch flat-screen TV to watch the 24-hour Caddyshack cable channel or HBO programming. Upgraded suites sport a kitchenette, along with a sleeper sofa and living-room area.
Redmond, Oregon: Easy Access to Central-Oregon Adventures
Situated in the middle of Oregon, Redmond acts as a logical home base to explore activities across the state. About 20 miles west of Redmond, the little town of Sisters exudes cowboy-country charm, with shops lining the main street selling everything from T-shirts to barbecue to boots. Sisters takes its name from the nearby Three Sisters volcanic peaks of the Cascades—named Hope, Faith, and Charity—which rise more than 10,000 feet in the distance. The Three Sisters Wilderness area falls within the Deschutes National Forest, visited by more than 8 million visitors each year for its camping, hiking, and skiing.
Roughly 17 miles south of Eagle Crest Resort, Bend represents Central Oregon's largest metropolis, with its historical Old Mill District bustling alongside its lively downtown. The Deschutes Brewery keeps this beer town's whistle whetted, and music venues buzz with blues-rock. A chat with lifelong Bend and Redmond resident Dylan Jones sums up the common sentiment of the locale: "It seems everyone wants to be here nowadays. They're catching on."