Warm up from the inside out with a snowy hike into a U.S. Forest Service fire lookout. (Photo credit: Ben Canales)

Bring on the snowstorms, cold temperatures and even the rain! One thing we love about Oregon winters is our great indoors. A fireside armchair, hot cup of tea (or glass of wine) and a good book are in order. Here are some great spots for warming up this winter.

Storm watch
Watch winter squalls rage across the Pacific Ocean in Yachats from your room at the Overleaf Lodge or the third floor hot tub. Cozy up at a one of Oregon State Parks’ many yurts on the coast, where you’re just a stone’s throw from the driftwood-strewn beach.

Ski/Snowshoe in
Warm up from the inside out with a snowy hike into a U.S. Forest Service fire lookout. Fire lookouts in the Deschutes, Fremont, Mt. Hood, Rogue River, Umatilla, Willamette and Malheur national forests offer an escape into the winter woods. (Reservations are made through

Listen to the coyotes calling across the desert night from your personal hot tub at Brasada Ranch outside of Bend. Enjoy a rejuvenating soak in the bath house at Hot Lake Springs, a recently restored 19th-century mineral spa near La Grande.

Relax in a guesthouse at the Oregon Garden Resort, adjacent to the Oregon Garden in Silverton. Walk through the gardens, ponds and waterfalls, and take in the beauty of winter-blooming plants.


about author Eileen Garvin

Eileen Garvin lives and writes in Hood River. When she’s not hunched over her keyboard or digging in the garden, you can find her mountain biking, kiteboarding, hiking, skiing or camping somewhere in Oregon.

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