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If you’ve been feeling cagey lately, a little space and change of perspective might be just what you need, whenever it’s safe to travel. Whether your idea of wellness is a stroll on a wide-open beach, a sunrise meditation or a soaring adventure 70 feet above the forest floor, these three Oregon escapes have all you need to reconnect with nature — and yourself. Each property is following strict COVID-19 protocols to keep you and your family safe. Check their websites for the most up-to-date information, and then let the healing begin.
Coastal Adventure Resort for the Family
Located two hours from Portland and nestled between Siletz Bay and the Pacific Ocean, Salishan Coastal Lodge has been a go-to destination for five decades. With its latest additions, the newly reinvented lodge is an even more brilliant base camp for a weekend of renewal. You can start your day with sun salutations on the beach and a walk through the hemlock-riddled trails that wind around the resort. The on-site Provisions Market is great for easy grab-and-go meals and custom picnic baskets. If golfing relaxes you, tee up at the resort’s 18-hole Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary course. For a bit of extra indulgence, massages are available by appointment only with strict new hygiene protocols in place.
Salishan is all about adventure, too. The whole family (including children over age 8) can test their mountain-biking skills on the new on-site dirt pump track. Salishan Aerial Park offers a day of high thrills for the entire family. Imagine swinging through the towering spruce and climbing up to the 70-foot crow’s-nest platform for views of Siletz Bay. There are even more views from the on-site Attic Bar and Lounge, where you can relax with a glass of Oregon wine and shrimp ceviche. Cap the day with s’mores by the fire under the evening sky.
Eco-Friendly Surf Lodge on the Bay
The minute you step into SCP Depoe Bay, just south of Salishan and along a breathtaking harbor, you’ll feel your entire body exhale. The boutique hotel is loaded with sustainable, nature-inspired design and top-notch wellness amenities. SCP actually stands for Soul, Community and Planet — and this sweet getaway lives up to its holistic ethos. It has 13 rooms, each offering an ethereal view of the bay. All of the rooms are pet-friendly, with an added $25 fee. In fact, general manager Alanna Ettinger, calls it not just dog-friendly but dog-ecstatic. This and other SCP properties offer guests dog treats and toys, dog beds and waste bags. There’s a fenced yard on site as well as a park next door to a trail system and a creek for cooling off. When they come back inside, there’s a dog station at the front door with towels to dry off.
Serious wellness seekers can book the Peaceful Room, which is free of the usual distractions like TVs and stocked with calm-inducing perks like meditation pillows and sleeping masks. Feel like venturing out? Book a surfing lesson or foraging trip with a local guide through the hotel’s guest services. If you prefer to stay close, hit up the Peloton bikes and TRX equipment or do downward dogs in the light-filled yoga room, and then take your real-life dog on a barefoot beach stroll. Later, grab an outdoor seat for locally sourced fish tacos and cocktails at the casual on-site eatery, The Kitchen, or get a bite to go and gaze out at the horizon from your room. If you’re lucky, you might even spot a gray whale or two in the bay. It’s not called the “Best Harbor in the U.S.” for nothing.
High-Desert Oasis and Rooftop Bar
Previously the historic New Hotel Redmond, SCP Redmond is a renovated marvel dedicated to wellness, sustainability and inner adventure. It’s located in downtown Redmond, just a short jaunt from Bend and Sisters. Many of Central Oregon’s top hikes and bike trails are at your doorstep — but the hotel is so soothing, you may not want to leave. Each of the 49 rooms features SCP’s trademark natural design and includes sustainable wood and earth tones that mesh seamlessly with the high-desert aesthetic. Spend the morning doing asanas in the The Studio or sweating it out on a Peloton bike, and stay fueled up with superfood smoothies from the on-site Provisions Market.
If you do venture out, the Three Sisters volcanic peaks are 20 miles west and offer trails galore. Smith Rock State Park is less than 10 miles north and ideal for long, mindful walks and rock climbing. Regardless of how you choose to connect on your desert journey, top off each day at SCP’s fourth-floor outdoor dining space, The Rooftop, with plant-based eats such as jackfruit tostadas and cocktails crafted with herbs grown right there in the rooftop gardens. Sipping hibiscus sangria while watching the sun set on Mt. Bachelor is a life-affirming meditation in itself.