Head to the Sage Springs Spa to kick back in its luxurious lodge-style setting. In addition to a full-service spa, Sage Springs has an exercise room with four TVs, indoor tennis courts, an indoor lap pool, and a sauna. Their gemstone energy massage combines pure synergy herbs and base oils with gemstones—rose quartz to elevate the spirit, garnet to nourish the body, and amethyst to purify and calm the body and mind. Other massages include the Isun blissful infusion, high desert oasis, Deschutes deep tissue, energizing bodycoffee, riverside relaxer, hot stone, and maternity massages.
Father Luke Sheehan established McMenamin’s Old St. Francis school in 1936. Today the old schoolhouse, thirty minutes from Mt. Bachelor, operates as a hotel, pub, and theater. There are 19 guest rooms and four rental cottages, as well as a pub, microbrewery, bakery, pool tables, and a movie theater. The walls are lined with photos of past students and old lockers. Guest rooms are named after former students and faculty and most were once classrooms.
This Northwest lodge-style hotel, and its spectacular riverfront setting, is about a thirty-minute drive from Mt. Bachelor. The hotel has a steakhouse and an 18-hole golf course designed by renowned architect Robert Muir Graves. And if you’ve always wanted to see the rustic log cabin from the How the West Was Won TV series, this is the place. Guest rooms have granite counters, fireplaces, mini fridges, and microwaves. Many overlook the river. There’s also a convention center in a separate lodge and an elegant grand ballroom.
The closest lodging to Mt. Bachelor—only a 15-mile drive—is Seventh Mountain Resort. The Deschutes River runs through the resort (whitewater raft it in the summer). Enjoy the tennis courts, horseback stables, mountain bike rentals, an ice skating rink, fly-casting lessons, two heated pools (one open year-round), hot tubs, and the Widgi Creek Golf Course. Over 100 newly renovated one, two, and three-bedroom suites have fireplaces, private decks, and free wireless internet. [seventhmountain.com; 877-765-1501]
Perched on a ridge above the Deschutes River, Mt. Bachelor Village Resort is just five minutes from downtown Bend and on the road to the ski area. There’s a fitness center, three swimming pools, two children's pools, playground, six tennis courts, basketball courts, restaurant with free child care, river walking trail, bicycle rentals, free athletic classes, massages, free business center, and a spa.
Only 20 miles from Mt. Bachelor, Sunriver Resort is a year-round recreation Mecca. There are three championship golf courses, tennis courts, outdoor swimming pools, fly-fishing, rafting, horseback riding, 32 miles of bike paths, an observatory, and a private marina on the Deschutes River for canoeing and kayaking. Sunriver Resorts is 15 miles south of Bend and three and a half hours southwest of Portland. Condé Nast Traveler ranked it in the Top 50 Ski Resorts in North America. Visitors can also use a swimming pool, health spa, kitchenette, free parking, bar, and business center.
A friendly atmosphere, huge portions, and reasonable prices have made the Owl’s Nest a local favorite in Sunriver. Climb the stairs into the pub you’ll be greeted by a sculpted bronze owl. Once inside, enjoy some Northwest microbrews or another part of the menu while taking in a Mariners’ game. There’s a beautiful view of the golf course and surrounding meadow, and on Fridays there’s a DJ and dancing. After eating and drinking you can just take the resort shuttle back to your room.
Bo Restobar—yes, “restobar” means restaurant/bar—serves up unique food and experiences. The elegant dark wood walls, black granite bar, red accents, bits of neon, and black-lit lounge full of Buddha heads make it like something between a temple in Bangkok and a Las Vegas casino. Try the duck spring roll, Asian-spiked burger with papaya slaw, or Koreadilla—a re-invented quesadilla stuffed with Korean-marinated pork and goat cheese. A wide variety of cocktails ranges from single-malt scotches to lemongrass and chill-infused vodka martinis.
The five local brewers (and the one Hawaiian) at 10 Barrel Brewing Company have a passion for great beer and have made their brewery a favorite local watering hole. Try the Black IPA. The S1nist0r Black Ale won the bronze metal at the 2009 Great American Beer Festival for best traditionally brewed beer. For dinner, order one of ten specialty 10 Barrel Pie pizzas, make your own, or get something else on the menu like breaded steak fingers or steamed Manila clams. The patio has a fire pit and in nice weather they’ll open the garage-style door by the bar.
The 5 Fusion & Sushi Bar is Bend’s newest sushi bar and its only Asian fusion restaurant. An overhead water feature stretches the whole length of the wide-open dining area. Locals dig the 4-6 p.m. happy hour, featuring $5 Happi Sushi Rolls, as well as the free live music each Sunday evening. There’s also a Late Owl menu available Friday and Saturday from 9:30 p.m. to close. Don’t like sushi?