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Sakura Ridge, Hood River | sakuraridge.com; from $185
Escape Hood River’s hustle and bustle at this Hood River Valley sanctuary, five miles southwest of town. (Trust us, when you get to Sakura, Hood River will seem like a harried metropolis.) In fact, the only crowds you’ll see on Sakura Ridge’s 72 acres of farmland are chickens scratching the ground around the rustic five-room lodge. Pear and apple orchards color the landscape, gently sloping away from your quarters, where each room comes with its own deck and Adirondack chairs—splendid seats for savoring your farm-fresh breakfast beneath a hulking Mount Hood.
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Five Pine Lodge, Sisters | fivepinelodge.com; from $149
If Dante penned a modern revision of his seminal Paradiso chapters, he’d surely set it at Five Pine. Heavenly sphere 1: an on-site brewpub and old-school movie house, ideal for a date night within walking distance. Sphere 2: a fireplace. Sphere 3: a sunken, two-person rock soaking tub next to a fireplace. Sphere 4: an Italian tile shower for two ... a fine place to kindle your own “inferno.”
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House on Metolius, Camp Sherman | metolius.com; from $149
Nothing says hideaway like a locked gate—especially the high-tech kind that guards House on Metolius. For 50 years, this seven-room sanctuary above the Metolius River has been an invite-only affair. While cabins southwest of the main house were available for stays, the house remained the domain of the Lundgren-Zehntbauer family (of Jantzen Mills fame). But last spring the owners welcomed the rest of us into the clan. Situated near Camp Sherman, House on Metolius combines 1950s architectural detail with the beauty of Central Oregon. Pines flank the house, their scent mingling with that of a wood fire sizzling and popping in the living room, while in a clearing below, the Metolius snakes along, beckoning fly fishermen, painters, and winter wanderers. And since cell service is spotty here, you can remain blissfully unplugged as long as you’re locked away.
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Beacon Hill Cabin, Carlton | airbnb.com; from $200
The idyllic Beacon Hill Cabin—a spectacular lighthouse-like cabin perched atop 22 acres of vineyard smack in the middle of Willamette Valley wine country—offers panoramic views of verdant vineyards rolling into the valley's forested slopes (from just about any spot in the house), a could-it-be-more-perfect wood stove, and easy access to the cache of more than 100 wineries that have made the Willamette Valley famous. Cupid couldn't have designed a more romantic abode.
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Awtrey House, Neahkahnie | awtreyhouse.com; from $295
With two units, this intimate B&B is about as close as you can get to owning your own beach home without a down payment. It’s not just any beach house, either: Awtrey couples one of Oregon’s most dramatic locations with the bone-simple design of one of the Northwest’s most celebrated architects, James Cutler. The property showcases the elegance of wood, glass, Rais stoves, oversize soaking tubs, and great conversation with your hosts, former NBA pro Dennis Awtrey and his wife, Peggy—all with the battering winds and roiling Pacific just a window’s thickness away.
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Painted Lady Cottage, Newberg | paintedladyrestaurant.com; from $225
Newberg’s Painted Lady restaurant has been quietly dishing out exquisite modern fare from a quaint restored 1898 Victorian home in the heart of town since 2005. But now this hidden gem is serving up something different altogether: a picture-perfect place to overnight. The not-yet-year-old quaint Painted Lady cottage sits at the intersection of Second and College streets, a block from downtown’s collection of shops (don’t miss Honest Chocolates’ handmade delights), restaurants, and tasting rooms (for whites, try Chehalem Wines, just east of the cottage).
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Neal Creek Retreat, Hood River | vrbo.com; from $175
Nestled on two acres of creek-side property outside Hood River, the Neal Creek Retreat stands as one the Gorge’s most elegant modern-design rentals. The Dwell-ian, 930-square-foot space, designed and owned by Portland architects Amy Donohue and Paul McKean, oozes Swedish minimalism, from white wood walls to Ikea cabinetry. The surrounding fir forest and gurgling creek, though, represent far more ancient traditions.
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Le Puy Inn, Newberg | lepuy-inn.com; from $195
Stationed slopeside just outside of Newberg, practically within sight of several Dundee wineries, the two-year-old Le Puy Inn’s eight luxe rooms come with valley views, complimentary wine tastings, and tips about restaurants and wineries from affable owners (and inn residents) Lea Duffy and Andy Kosusko. Come morning, step into Le Puy’s convivial breakfast nook and nosh on expertly prepared pain perdu—oven-baked, almond-milk-soaked baguette—and watch wine country wake up.
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Salish Lodge & Spa, Snoqualmie Falls, Wash. | salishlodge.com, from $189
Back when Salish was a simple country breakfast spot perched at the edge of roaring 268-foot-tall Snoqualmie Falls (1916), waitresses stood on the second floor and dripped the inn’s famous honey onto biscuits. Today it’s dripped onto your face—and arms and legs and just about anywhere else—in one of the, ahem, sweetest resort themes known. Salish’s luxe fourth-floor spa uses honey from the inn’s 12 hives, as well as herbs from its organic garden, in treatments and in the bath products on your room’s spa butler menu (essential for your two-person jetted tub).
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WildSpring, Port Orford | wildspring.com; from $198
No matter what your romance recipe calls for, WildSpring Guest Habitat has the ingredients: five adults-only cabins nested in a forest of firs near a gale-prone stretch of southern coastline, perfect for privacy and storm watching; radiant-heat floors (no cold feet in bed); showers built for two; chocolate on hand 24 hours a day in the guest hall; and—the pièce de résistance—an outdoor tub overlooking the frothy Pacific. Get cookin’.
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Run of the River, Leavenworth, Wash. | runoftheriver.com; from $230
A mile from downtown Leavenworth—and blissfully free of its kitschy Bavarian theme—Run of the River Inn & Refuge’s majestic setting makes it nearly impossible not to fall in love. Wake up to winter songbirds (the inn is surrounded by a bird sanctuary and wildlife refuge) and fall asleep to the sound of the Icicle River rushing past your suite’s private deck. And should the picturesque winter scene inspire taking a knee, well, it wouldn’t be the first time. The adults-only inn has “elopement packages” at the ready for just such an occasion.
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3rd Street Flats, McMinnville | thirdstreetflats.com; from $170
Housed in an 1885 bank building, each of the four apartments inside the year-old 3rd Street Flats adheres to a different design theme. Among your choices: a romantic wine country suite dressed in warm hues, soft textures, and dark wood accents or a luxurious 750-square-foot modern space showcasing exposed brick, a king bed, and its own fireplace. All come with well-appointed kitchens, a shared laundry machine, original local art, and an emphasis on sustainability—think low-VOC paints, bamboo floors, and counters made from recycled paper (really!).
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