A Fine Time at Five Pine
Five Pine Lodge in Sisters opened in 2006 and pretty much immediately took over several romantic-getaway-type top-ten lists. Central Oregon was already home to many luxury lodgings—Sunriver, Black Butte Ranch and Mt. Bachelor Village to name a few—but Five Pine did a few things differently from the start to make their mark on the local landscape. First of all, Five Pine is green. Not green like the Ponderosa and Lodgepole pine that anchor the resort campus, but green as in eco-friendly. This is true of the buildings themselves right down to the coffee, which is local, fresh-ground and delivered to one’s room in a tiny glass jars instead of pre-fabbed filter pockets.
But—while I may invite accusations of Earth-unfriendliness here—green isn’t everything. The Five Pine amenity that made both my husband and I exclaim “Wow” was the cascade of water which falls out of the ceiling when one turns on the bathwater. It takes a small eternity to fill the enormous soaking tub, but then, you’ll want to stay in it a small eternity, too. Especially since the peek-a-boo window from bathroom to living room offers a view of the television. So decadent were the hours in which we lounged around that we forgot to rouse ourselves for the nightly wine reception in the lodge’s (impressive mission-styled) lobby. We did eventually make it into Sisters for Happy Hour at Bronco Billy’s, where $2.50 well drinks are served under the watchful eye of many a dead wildlife specimen. (Every cheap drink has its cost, I suppose.)
The Five Pine brochure reads: “Most important is our bed.” They aren’t kidding. I didn’t ever want to get out of it—soft and big, covered in sheets with a thread-count possibly higher than the acreage of Deschutes National Forest behind the resort. But all good things must come to an end, and the consolation prize for getting up was a two-mile walk in the woods and a breakfast of egg and bagel in another immaculate, finely decorated room. Can’t really complain about that, now, can I?
about author Kim Cooper Findling
Kim Cooper Findling grew up on the Oregon Coast and became a Central Oregon girl in the mid-90s, taking in the sunny skies and never looking back (except a few wistful glances at the ocean). She is the editor of “Cascade Journal” and the author of “Day Trips From Portland: Getaway Ideas for the Local Traveler” and “Chance of Sun: An Oregon Memoir.” Catch her around the state sampling microbrews, hiking river trails, revisiting the ocean, taking silly pictures with her iPhone and hanging out with her family.
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