Aug 19, 2011

Postcards from Sisters, Oregon

After lunch at Pok Pok Noi in Portland, we drove south and west to Sisters, Oregon. We spent one night on our way to Bend, in the little town just north of Bend.

Our little cabin at Five Pine.

We're big believers in the restorative value of spending some quiet cabin time, preferably in off-the-grid locations. The more remote the better. So heavily populated resorts are not usually our thing. But I have to say that we were impressed by Five Pine Resort's little cabins and the privacy they afforded nestled among the trees side by side. Five Pine is a relatively new resort and they have given a lot of thought to detail. Our cabin was beautiful, luxurious, sparkling clean, and the perfect antidote to a day of thousands of miles of travel. The cabins are beautifully decorated in Craftsman-style furniture. There's a fireplace (did I mention that temps were in the 40s at night??), a patio with a view of the woods, one of most comfortable beds we've ever slept in, and a spa bathroom that included a deep, deep soaking tub. Best bath ever!! The property is covered in wildflowers and the sounds of a little stream that runs through the buildings.

The inside of our Five Pine cabin.

Five Pine offers a free breakfast buffet which included yogurt, granola, muffins, and gluten-free safe items like fruit and boiled eggs. This made for the perfect light breakfast before we headed to Five Pine's Shibui Spa for massages — a surprise treat from my husband. Five Pine also has an athletic club with indoor pool and hot tub that guests can access for free, it's own movie theater, and a couple of restaurants. We tried the casual Three Creeks Brewing Company for dinner. The gluten-free items on their menu were clearly marked, making ordering easy for me. The food was very fresh and perfectly prepared. We tried the spinach salad, and a steak with veggies and mashed potatoes. The restaurant was packed with families waiting in line, but the two of us were seated right away. Five Pine also has a higher-end restaurant, Thyme, which we didn't get a chance to try.

The counter at Angeline's Bakery in Sisters.

A gluten-free treat from Angeline's Bakery: marionberry coffeecake.

After our massages, we took a few minutes to walk through Sisters and have lunch at Angeline's Bakery. They have vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free items, including the marionberry coffee cake that I tried. I don't get to indulge in baked goods very much anymore, unless I make them myself, so this was a real treat. I love marionberries — a kind of blackberry that is larger, juicier and sweeter than ordinary blackberries. The cake was rich and dense but not too sweet, a good vehicle for the marionberries.

Next up, more photos and adventures from Bend.

Five Pine Lodge and Resort
Angeline's Bakery
Three Creeks Brewing Company
Shibui Spa


lisaiscooking said...

What a great-looking cabin in the woods! Sounds so relaxing. I'm not sure what's making me more jealous right, the massages or the temps in the 40s at night!

Rambling Wren said...

Just came across your beautiful blog. Your food photography is amazing. Your trip to Oregon is my idea of the perfect vacation. I love the Pacific Northwest. I think it is probably my favorite place to visit. Of course, I only go in the summer when there is no rain;)