No longer is frolf solely a sport of the dirty hippy. Yes, many a dirty hippy can still be spotted tossing discs around the mountains, but so can doctors, lawyers, pet food testers, and other sorts of respectable citizens. Frisbee golf on Mt. Bachelor begins each summer in early June. Ride the Pine Marten chair up to hole #1 and work your way down the mountain to hole #18. The elevation, wind, and terrain changes make this a particularly challenging course. And since parts of it get snowy, be sure to wear proper footwear. Hippy.
Mt. Bachelor offers a host of fun family activities in the winter besides just skiing and snowboarding. The Snowblast Tubing Park, between the Ski and Sport building and the bottom of the Red Lift, has an 800-foot long ride full of rollers. Surface lifts pull you up the slope quickly and comfortably. All-day tickets are $26 for adults and $20 for children; two-hour tickets are $13 for adults and $13 for children. Other activities on Mt.
Yes, the Oasis Spa is in a strip mall. Get past that fact and you’ll find a very enjoyable spa experience, with friendly staff and good prices. Plus, the location means plenty of parking. Try the Ultimate Oasis Getaway to experience complete rejuvenation. This includes a one-hour Swedish massage and European facial, thirty-minute manicure, thirty-minute pedicure, shampoo, style, finish, make-up application, and light lunch—5 hours of bliss for only $260.
The Anjou Spa is a green spa, meaning they believe that celebrating sustainable, natural, and organic living is an essential element of the perfect spa experience. The spa and salon have a very diverse selection of all-natural and organic products. Green touches are everywhere in the spa and its eight very comfortable treatment rooms. Anjou serves organic lunches and the robes are even made of bamboo fiber. Amenities include a wet treatment room with a Vichy Shower, a steam room, full men and women’s locker rooms, and a spray tanning room.
Jinsei Spa is a unique environment inspired by the traditions and rituals of Eastern cultures. Go with someone special and take advantage of the romantic couples massage suite, featuring a large soaking tub, fireplace, steam room, and rain room. Get one of the following massages: Swedish, deep tissue, Buddha Belly, Jinsei Hot Stone, Jasmine Jade Stone Massage, Traditional Thai, Quiet Lotus, OM jade scalp massage, and Zen Ten (Thai reflexology).
Every spa in Bend claims that it's the best spa in Bend, but only Spa W was voted #1 in the Bend Living “Best of Bend” issue this year. And six years in a row Spa W has won awards in the Source Weekly’s “Best of Central Oregon” issue. They offer body treatments, facials, waxing, hands and feet treatments, and make-up application (mineral make-up, which is actually good for your skin). And, of course, massages. Choose between Swedish, prenatal, deep tissue, hot stone, and bounce back massages.
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]