Unwind into the New Year
Oregonians know how to relax: We take dips in natural hot springs, tucked away in snow-filled valleys; we stroll through botanical gardens; we visit spas that overlook the roaring Pacific Ocean or are secluded away in the expanse of a snowy, high-desert forest. Here, we’re ringing in the New Year at Oregon’s peaceful spas and retreats.
Unwind at Breitenbush Hot Springs, where visitors sleep in secluded cabins, dine on vegetarian fare, hike in lush forests with bubbling rivers and recuperate with massage. The Allison Inn and Spa has each room decked out with a fireplace, balcony and spa-like bathrooms. The modern lodge is set amongst rolling hills, dotted with some of Oregon’s best vineyards.
It’s easy to escape the fast pace of Portland when you’re at one the city’s many gardens. The Grotto has 62 acres of botanical gardens for quiet exploration, where one can wander past the reflection ponds or take in views of the Cascade Mountains.
At the Japanese Garden there are more than five acres of gardens with five authentic Japanese garden settings. Meander past streams and over walkways, or recuperate from the chilly winter air at the Japanese Tea House. Just down the hill in Portland’s China Town is the Lan Su Chinese Garden. Step into another culture here to see the lush foliage and architecture. The tea house in the Tower of Cosmic Reflection boasts some of the best views from downtown.
Nestled at the base of Mt. Hood, just less than an hours drive from Portland, you’ll find The Resort at The Mountain. After a day on the slopes, soak weary muscles in the whirlpool spa here, or simply unwind at The Spa. Let the masseur do the work at Salishan Spa, where a full-body massage with essential oils and a exfoliating scrub is followed with a eucalyptus bath. It’s part of the spa’s philosophy and ancient ritual of rejuvenation.
Southern Oregon maintains its roots of wellness and relaxation at Lithia Park in Ashland. There are almost 100 acres of emerald lawns that follow Ashland Creek up, through wooded areas, duck ponds, rose and Japanese gardens and groves of sycamore trees. Nearby is the Waterstone Mineral Springs Spa, where couples can get side-by-side massages or one can go for any of the classic spa offerings.
Located at the base of Three Sisters Mountains, tucked away in the high-desert forest is FivePine Lodge, where visitors rest in shaker-simple cottages, soak in oversized tubs in front of wood-burning fireplaces and take in the many amenities at Shibui Spa. Just down the road is the Sage Springs Club and Spa at Sunriver Resort. Here you’ll find Pilates and yoga classes to go along with a well-deserved spa treatment. (We hear the Oregon hazelnut scrub and hot stone massage are favorites).
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