For Families  

Suncadia | Cle Elum, Wash.

A recent descendant of Sunriver-style decadence, central Washington’s Suncadia makes kids the center of attention with its outdoor ice rink, tubing hill, pools, and signature “Camp Cadia” programs (themed excursions, like Shake Your Music Maker or Creepy Crawly Night, that involve games, crafts, and field trips). Generation Next, indeed. suncadiaresort.com; from $159
Book It! Multifamily retreats are easily served by Suncadia’s collection of houses, like 120 Bunchberry Ct, which boasts four master bedrooms, a bunkhouse, and covered outdoor deck for the kids to burn off any unspent energy. 

  

Lake Creek Lodge | Camp Sherman

Let the little ones run wild without worry at this Camp Sherman retreat. The pet-friendly chalets provide plenty of room to stretch out. (The smallest is 500 square feet.) And if nearby Hoodoo Ski Area doesn’t fix the kids’ case of stir crazy, the main lodge, with its big-screen TV, Ping-Pong, foosball, and pool table, surely will. lakecreeklodge.com; from $99 
Book It! The 1,200-square-foot Cabin 27 is outfitted with chic, WPA-inspired appliances. 


Sunriver Resort | Sunriver 

The granddaddy in Central Oregon’s lineage of golf resorts, Sunriver offers 300-plus days of sunshine and Fido-friendly suites and homes that have been drawing families since 1968. This winter there’s a new reason to go: the Sunriver Homeowners Aquatic & Recreation Center. This 22-acre (yes, acre) site promises myriad ways to warm up—and wear the kids out: an indoor pool, outdoor hot tub, and a year-round sledding hill (snow not required), to name a few. sunriver-resort.com; from $119 
Book It! Kids love the Lodge Village Suite’s loft; parents appreciate the second bathroom and private deck.

Skamania Lodge | Stevenson, Wash.

Skamania rarely sees piles of snow, but it’s always got plenty to keep every member of your family entertained. For the kids: minigolf, an indoor pool, s’mores at the outdoor fire pit, and a new zip line through the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. For you: 18 grown-up size holes, an outdoor hot tub open until 10, and easy access to Gorge trails. skamania.com; from $125 
Book It! The four Parlor rooms include balconies overlooking the lodge’s front lawn and the riverscape. 

Seventh Mountain Resort | Bend

A $20 million renovation has helped shore up this longtime family favorite’s townhomes, along with the outdoor ice rink and heated pools, and the adventure center (air hockey, video games, Ping-Pong and more). Don’t limit the family to on-site activities, though: Mount Bachelor and one of Central Oregon’s best sledding hills are just a few miles up the road. seventhmountain.com; from $129 
Book It!
 Building 17’s third-floor rooms have the best views of Mount Bachelor and the Deschutes National Forest. 


Today a cabin along the Metolius can cost you upward of $300,000, but back in 1916 you could get a permit to build a riverside home for between $5 and $15. There were conditions, of course: specifically, no shacks were allowed, “only substantial, neat houses would be erected,” and even those you had to give up after 30 years, the maximum occupancy period.