Why Leave? | The Source Weekly - Bend, Oregon

Why Leave?

Find romance with these staycations

Why Leave?
Ben Edwards c/o Five Pine
A snowshoe saunter into the wild can lead to a warm, soothing soak.

You're in love and you live in one of the most beautiful places on earth—so really, you don't need to go anywhere to get the type of getaway you and your partner deserve. Check out these romantic staycations this V-Day.


For the outdoors couple

If your love intensifies when cutting through snowdrifts or hiking forested trails together, a deep-woods trip to Elk Lake Resort is sure to spell romance. Kick off at Dutchman Flat Sno-Park on Mt. Bachelor where you can either ski, snowmobile or catch a ride to your cabin on one of the resort's snowcats.

Elk Lake Resort has 13 cabins, varying from rustic to luxurious, located around South Sister, Broken Top and Mt. Bachelor. Your stay is a guaranteed unplugged experience with limited cell and internet service. The crystalline lake is stunning in the winter months and you can rent snowmobiles and snowshoes for exploring the wilderness during the day.

Add to the romance with a dinner and a cocktail at the resort's restaurant and bar, with thoughtfully prepared dishes made from sustainable, locally grown food and drinks from regional craft brewers and winemakers. Cabin amenities included fully equipped kitchens, wood stoves and fire-pits for romantic evenings under the stars.

Elk Lake Resort


Let's Call Grandma

For parents with babes

Call the grandparents, let go of that new-parent guilt, and slip away to FivePine Lodge in Sisters for a getaway that will make you feel like you're a world away from your kid-filled home.

Situated along the edge of the Deschutes National Forest, The Lodge's new Serenity cabins offer an atmosphere of relaxation and tranquility. Featuring a king size pillow-top bed, glass rainfall showers with triple body sprayers and an enchanting cast iron pedestal-soaking tub tucked between the fireplace and a forest view window, these suites are designed to evoke romance like you haven't experienced since you said, "I do."

When (if) you venture out of your room, you'll have access to fine dining, the Sisters Movie House, an athletic club and pool, and Shibui Spa. The Lodge's Winter Wellness package includes a two-night stay, a couple's Himalayan Salt Stone massage and plenty of complimentary extras.

Five Pine Lodge


Adventure + Pampering

For retirees 

Celebrate timeless love with a bit of adventure and a whole lot of pampering. Situated on 1,800 acres of scenic land in Powell Butte, Brasada Ranch provides visitors with everything they need to stoke the passion, with a variety of accommodations, views of the Cascade Peaks and access to miles of trail.

Brasada's Range Restaurant & Bar offers farm-to-table meals served with stunning panoramic views—an ideal setting for fueling up before heading out for golf or to the Ranch's Equestrian Center where you can mount a mustang and explore the trails by horseback. Adventure packages include helicopter tours and dog sled rides.

Recover from your treks with one of Spa Brasada's rejuvenating services or spend your evening soaking under the stars in your private hot tub. The Romance at the Ranch package is available through March 15; ask in advance to customize an arrival package with champagne and chocolates.

Brasada Ranch


click to enlarge Why Leave?
Byron Roe c/o Oxford Hotel
Chilled champagne and a bed of flowers await downtown dandies.

Urban Adventure

For the millennial couple

Wanna get out and do downtown stuff with your bae? Book a stay at the Oxford Hotel. Powered by 100 percent renewable energy and cleaned with non-chemical based products, this eco-chic boutique hotel in downtown Bend meets the requirements for an earth-conscious retreat. With organic amenities and upscale green bedding in each room, go big with a suite with a kitchen and soaking tub—or keep your room simple and spend your time in the common Jacuzzi spa, sauna and steam room. The Oxford's location offers easy access to downtown shopping and bars and all the outdoor adventures the area has to offer.

Oxford Hotel


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