Location 25551 Southwest Forest Service Road 1419, Camp Sherman
Contact 541.595.6281; 800.818.7688; metoliusriverresort.com
Mere steps from the banks of the Metolius, the eleven fully-equipped cabins invite you to leave your cell phones at home (they won’t work anyway) and do nothing more than listen to the soothing rush of the river and watch the woodpeckers and mule deer forage outside your window. But should you get antsy for activity, your stay won’t be without modern amenities—including free wifi, satellite TV, and gourmet dining—and plenty of opportunity for adventure. Fly-fish the world-class Metolius River, hike, bike, or ski the trails in Deschutes National Forest, golf at Aspen Lakes or Black Butte Ranch, or experience dramatic panoramas of the snowcapped High Cascades along the McKenzie Pass-Santiam Pass Scenic Byway—it’s all within an hour’s drive from your front porch.
Location 12390 Forest Road 1419, Camp Sherman
Rates from $99
Contact 541.595.6290; metoliusriverlodges.com
These family-sized rooms and free-standing lodges are nestled beneath sweet-smelling ponderosa pines along the banks of the Metolius River. The units are comfortable and modern—most come with a full kitchen, fireplace, and barbeque—but without a single television on the grounds, you’ll have no choice but to get out and enjoy the cool, crisp Oregon air. Whether you venture to Mount Bachelor for a day on the slopes, to the historic Western-style town of Sisters to browse the shops, or just as far as your fireplace with a good book, you’ll appreciate the reprieve from city life. And should you need anything from fishing advice to a bottle of local pinot grigio, the Camp Sherman Store & Fly Shop is right next door.
Location 13375 Southwest Forest Service Road 1419, Camp Sherman
Rates from $145, off season $95
Contact 800.797.6331; lakecreeklodge.com
A night in one of eighteen guest cabins on the 40-acre resort has gotten pricier since Martin and Lena Hansen charged guests $1.75 a day (boarding a horse cost an additional $.75) back in 1929. But current owners Jeff and Gordon Jones have scaled up the amenities along with the price. While Hansen equipped his cabins with little more than a mattress and a wood-burning stove, Lake Creek Lodge now offers beautifully-furnished, pet-friendly cabins and an almost overwhelming abundance of recreation and relaxation. Without leaving the grounds, you can take a dip in the heated pool, shoot hoops on the basketball court, play a game of tetherball, tennis, Foosball, pool, or ping pong, sit down to a family dinner at the Lake Creek Lodge Restaurant, or doze off in a hammock beneath the pines. The world-renowned fly waters of the wild and scenic Metolius are only a 20-minute walk away, and Lake Creek is right outside your doorstep.