Location 23049 North Umpqua Highway, Glide
Rates from $90
Contact 541.496.0563; steelheadrun.com
Let the river be your muse at Steelhead Run, where you can take an oil painting lesson from owner and artist Nancy Acosta. Her works portray life in the West during the 1800s and are on display in the property’s gallery. Steelhead Run has direct access to the river with a beach, large lawn, and picnic area. All of the three themed apartments can open up to create one lodge, so you can bring the whole family. However, the entire property was sold and will be converted to an adult foster home in January.
Location 304 Bakeoven Road, Maupin
Rates from $89
Contact 800.395.3903; deschutesriver.com
Rafting. Fishing. Pheasant hunting. Volleyball. Poker. Imperial offers every activity imaginable and twenty-five rooms to relax in once you’re done. Sixteen have river views and five boast jet tubs. Named after the Imperial Stock Ranch, a national historic site that has been in operation since 1871, Imperial River Company serves the ranch’s beef and lamb in their restaurant above the Deschutes and offers tours to see the ranch’s activities throughout the year.
Location 19380 East Summertime Drive, Sandy
Rates from $130
Contact 503.622.5754; thehiddenwoods.com
With its quirky decor, Hidden Woods feels a little like Grandma’s house. That is, if Grandma owned a private cabin along the Sandy. There’s a pond with two-foot trout (for looking, not touching) and painted mice figurines stealthily planted around the cabin, which you’ll have all to yourself. Built in 1929, the current owners completely restored the cabin adding a hot tub, air conditioning, and lush gardens. Fish or swim along the cabin’s private banks after enjoying a beautifully prepared breakfast at the main lodge.
Location 61661 East Highway 26, Sandy
Rates from $195
Contact 503.622.6699; sandysalmon.com
On a bluff overlooking the point where the Sandy and Salmon rivers meet sits a rustic castle with over-the-top décor. It starts with the indoor koi pond and waterfall at the entrance and extends throughout the house with beds made of twisted juniper trees and deer and elk antler chandeliers. The Sandy Salmon was meant to be Jerry and Maggie Emmert’s retirement home, but they couldn’t resist the opportunity to share it with others. You can thank Jerry’s hunting expeditions for the mounted heads of sheep, elk, and bison found around the lodge, and Maggie’s chef skills for your gourmet breakfast—in fact, you can thank her in person, since she’ll be the one serving your morning meal when you come to visit this majestic cabin in the woods.