Elk Lake Resort in Bend makes for a cozy retreat year-round, but especially as a basecamp to snow sports. Resort visitors can hop on the Mt. Bachelor shuttle at Dutchman Flat Snowpark and be on the slopesminutes later.
- Pet Friendly
- Mountain or Water View
- Family Friendly
- Restaurant / Lounge
Rustic, dated & dirty
The cabin was dirty & didn’t want to walk on the floor w/out our shoes on. Carpet was raveling in places & sofa was stained in spots. Some of the heaters worked and some did not. Beds were uncomfortable as well. There was a coffee pot but no coffee. For the price we paid for the cabin, I expected it to be in better condition. Beautiful area but do not recommend staying in their cabins.
Very rundown cabin. Wasn't cleaned at all. For example, the air vent in the bathroom was dusty as it could be. Toenails, earplugs and dustbunnies under the beds. Bed covers/blanket was filthy. Had to be exchanged. Found bedbugs as well. Also two dead rats on the path to reception (kid you not). Restaurant closes at 6:30. They charged $330,- a night, which was totally not in line with quality provided. Wouldn't recommend at all.
Prioritizing Weddings Over Families
We just returned from a 3 day weekend in a cabin at Elk Lake Resort, our favorite place in all of Oregon. We had a perfect trip. My husband and I have been renting a cabin at Elk Lake for years (both summers and winters), and after having kids in 2019 have stayed 3 nights each summer with our kids. We were looking forward to bringing our kids here each year and having them grow up with the tradition. We typically book as far in advance as possible to ensure that we are able to get a spot for the following summer, but this year I noticed all weekends were blocked out for summer 2024. We were heartbroken to hear that we will not be given a chance to book a cabin over a weekend next summer as they are prioritizing weddings. Everything is blocked out until weddings are booked, and then given 75 days after their booking to reserve any and all cabins for their wedding parties. It is devastating to hear that the people that have been coming here for years and have built memories and traditions with their families are now being pushed out for weddings (as amazing as I am sure it is to get to have your special day here!) Very much hoping this will change, but in the meantime we will start looking for a new spot to make memories on the lake with our children!
The experience at Elk Lake in the winter, is really wonderful as it’s beautiful up there. However, our overpriced, rustic cabin was exceptionally dirty - mouse droppings under the table and on windowsills, dust, grime, other guests articles of clothing, etc. It was really disappointing. I can handle all levels of rustic, but cleanliness is key to comfort. The owners also seem to have given up on basic maintenance. There were no smoke alarms, or carbon monoxide detectors. If you want to come up on a snowmobile for the day, that might be a better option as the food is pretty good at the lodge and it’s a fun experience.
The worst (overpriced) cabin in a gorgoeus spot.
I can do rustic, I'm a country girl at heart, grew up in the woods....but this cabin at elk lake...it was AWFUL! We came for two nights my birthday and I spent a lot of the time cleaning, throwing out food that mice had eaten, finding spiders in my clothes bag, sanitizing the bathroom, putting towels under the door because there was no threshold and a 1/2 foot gap in the door (that lets in critters and bugs)...sigh. There was a terrible smell upon entering...like a dead animal. I noticed they had those awful plug in scent things...probably to cover up the stank. The bed was the creakiest, loudest, most uncomfortable thing I have EVER slept on. The coffee was literally $4 for the worst cup of coffee I've ever had in my life. Canoeing on the lake with our young daughter was the highlight of the trip...but you can do that without staying in the awful cabin! Oh, we could smell the porta potty that they have for weddings from our cabin, too, and they hadn't serviced it adequately ick. The overcharge for everything: firewood, coffee, food (ugh)...you can bring everything yourself...but then why call it a resort?