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September 17, 2019 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

Hop into America’s first beer spa

Hop in the Spa, located in Central Oregon in the charming town of Sisters, OR, is the first beer spa in North America. Based on the beer spas found in Europe, owner and entrepreneur Mike Boyle offers three microbrew soaks in solid cedar tubs using a combination of hops, herbs and minerals to provide a relaxing, therapeutic treatment. Guests begin their experience with a local craft beer from Central Oregon’s beloved Deschutes Brewery and seasonal packages including a catered dinner are also available. Hop in the Spa is continually brewing up new experiences and its latest, “Hop in the Cup” offers a coffee bar serving products from local resident and surf legend Laird Hamilton. www.hopinthespa.com

Discover dark skies around the Bend

Wanderlust Tours offers naturalist guided experiences in and around Bend, OR – Central Oregon’s base camp for outdoor adventure – including cave, volcano, hiking, photography, kayak and canoe tours such as the Moonlight & Starlight Canoe Tour. Guests paddle a canoe by the light of the moon beneath a sky full of stars on one of the beautiful, high-elevation Cascade Lakes in Central Oregon’s Cascade Mountain Range. Dessert and hot cocoa are served on the lake shore to top off this spectacular evening. Starlight & Moonlight Canoe Tours are offered until October 31st then from November to April Wanderlust Tours offers Starlight Snowshoe Tours. www.wanderlusttours.com

The Jennings Hotel brings big city design to small town Oregon

Greg Hennes bought The Jennings Hotel in Joseph, OR five years ago and continues to revive the 1910 property into an esthetic and experience guests would expect to find in downtown Portland, not a tiny town in Eastern Oregon. The property offers twelve design-forward rooms, a communal kitchen, lounge and library, and sauna. Downstairs, Hennes has reclaimed The Gold Room, a restaurant and saloon for over 40 years, and attracted chefs Ross Effinger and JoMarie Pitino from Portland to open a 49-seat wood-fired pizza, pasta and craft cocktail restaurant in Fall 2019. Small County, a curated store selling home and design items featured throughout the hotel will also open and house Hennes’ true passion project – Prairie Mountain Folk School; a centre for traditional craft open to visitors and resident artisans to learn wood working, weaving, blacksmithing and Japanese timer framing, to name just a few. www.jenningshotel.com

Fore! Reversible Golf & “Goat” Caddies

An authentic Western ranch and eco-retreat located in the remote frontier region of Eastern Oregon, Silvies Valley Ranch offers a few modern twists to its guest experience. Yes, it has 34 luxurious accommodations, fine dining, a full-service spa and Western adventures like cattle round-ups and horseback riding. But, it also offers four award-winning golf courses, including the first reversible course built in over 450 years (since the Old Course at St. Andrews). On odd-numbered days, golfers play clockwise on the premiere course (Hankins Course) and counter-clockwise on even days (Craddock Course). In addition, two of Silvies’ 1,700 American Range goats, “Bruce LeGoat” and “Mike LeChevon,” offer goat caddie service on McVeigh’s Gauntlet, a 7-hole ridge course, and Chief Egan, a mountain meadow 9-hole par 3 course. www.silvies.us

Coming in for a Landing

“This is the Mark Wahlberg Room,” jokes Karin Tsiatsos, owner of The Landing Hotel & Dining in La Grande, OR. Wahlberg was a recent guest of the hotel while filming an upcoming movie about the lives of La Grande father and son Joe and Jadin Bell. La Grande is the gateway to Eastern Oregon, and The Landing Hotel & Dining offers overnight accommodation to travellers headed into the extraordinary Eagle Cap Wilderness and beyond. Located in the heart of La Grande’s historic district in a 1900s heritage house, The Landing Hotel & Dining was lovingly restored by Tsiatsos and her husband with a sophisticated, contemporary flair. Five beautifully appointed, rustic-chic rooms are available to guests as well as a wine bar with café and lounge serving breakfast and light bites. www.lagrandelandinghotel.com

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