In today's fast-forward society, putting hectic lives on hold for vacation time is a challenge. With demands at home and the office, Day-Timers quickly overflow with tasks and appointments.
Experts suggest "committing" time for escape and making relaxation a priority. For those of us fortunate enough to live in the beautiful state of Oregon, we needn't travel far; recreational utopia can be found right in our own backyard.
Nestled amidst lush forests, abundant waterways and majestic mountains, FivePine Lodge and Conference Center in Sisters offers a wide range of healthful vacation options, including hiking, skiing, biking and spa treatments, all wrapped up in a "green" package.
FivePine Lodge, a family-owned and -operated venture, offers a green consciousness not normally found in resort-type establishments.
"My dad came into the project with a history of environmental building experience, and we really went all out to make sure we didn't cut down any more trees than we absolutely had to," explains Greg Willitts, general manager and son of owners Bill and Zoe Willitts. "We used energy-efficient heat pumps, maximum insulation levels, low-flow shower heads, energy-efficient windows; we even used natural paints."
The campus provides an atmosphere of soothing serenity with cottage and lodge accommodations positioned at the base of volcanic peaks known as the Three Sisters. A well-traveled family of adventurers, the Willitts' have flavored the surroundings with a combination of global sophistication and rural charm. Guest accommodations blend the amenities of a modern hotel with the intimacy of a bed and breakfast, including hand-crafted, hardwood furnishings and cozy fireplaces.
For the physically adventurous, the resort offers easy access to numerous hiking trails and rock-climbing areas. Bicycling enthusiasts can take advantage of the 17-mile Peterson Ridge trail, which winds through the fragrant growth of ponderosa pine and juniper, to enjoy the panoramic beauty of the Central Oregon Cascades.
"We're lucky to be situated on 60,000 acres of national forest land, and we negotiated to be able to develop some bicycle trails right out the back doors of some of the cabins," says Willitts.
Nearby Sisters Athletic Club provides an opportunity for fitness-minded guests to choose a yoga class, engage in a round of circuit training, swim a few invigorating laps in the pool or participate in an aqua aerobics class, with access to a steam room and hot tub.
For fishermen, the lodge is within casting distance of 150 lakes and rivers. And golf enthusiasts are just a fairway shot from Aspen Lakes Golf Course.
In the winter, it is a snow bunny's paradise with nearby Mt. Bachelor providing opportunities for skiing, snowboarding and other outdoor activities.
For people who want to spend their vacation relaxing, the resort's Shibui Spa offers a menu of skin and body treatments ranging from hot-stone massage and couples' massage to waxing, facials and scalp treatments.
"You can park the car for a few days and still do everything you want to do. Guests can drop their keys at (the) front desk and use a complimentary bicycle to make the trip to town," says Willitts.
For information, call 866-974-5900.