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Winter vacation in Oregan??

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Winter vacation in Oregan??

We will be in Portland for Thanksgiving and would like to get away the next week to a place that will have snow. We don't ski but would like to snowmobile and have a "winter" vacation in a very nice hotel with good food around.

Where would you recomend within a 5 hour drive from Portland?

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1. Re: Winter vacation in Oregan??

All of the ski resorts in Oregon will be praying for enough snow by Thanksgiving to open their runs. Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood is a sure snow bet, however. Weather can be a major travel issue. Are you prepared for winter driving, with traction devices and maybe chains? Not all car rental firms allow chains.

In 5 hours you can reach HooDoo, Willamette Pass and Mt. Bachelor...even Mt. Ashland. They all don't offer lodging, but you will be able to find nice places close by.

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2. Re: Winter vacation in Oregan??

Thanks for your advise.

We would like 5 star accomadations. Which of those spots would be best?

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3. Re: Winter vacation in Oregan??

Check out Crystal Mountain, in WA State.

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To the best of my knowledge, Oregon does not have a 5 Star hotel (with the possible exception of Tu Tu Tun Lodge in Gold Beach on the southern coast, where you won't find snow and, in fact, they close down their upscale kitchen in the winter months), You can find really nice lodging in Portland and the Columbia Gorge and do day trips up to Timberline. Or you could base yourself in the best that Bend has to offer and do day trips up into the snow. Same goes for Eugene/Springfield and the mountains. You might like to check out Inn at the Fifth (http://www.innat5th.com/), which is Eugene's latest and most upscale place.

The closer you get to the mountains the more rustic things will get. Even though some are pretty nice, none would rate 5 stars. Timberline Lodge is a wonderful place, well worth visiting and staying overnight for the experience, but not really a place one would find luxury. Besides, the primary residents and visitors in winter would be skiers, snowboarders and snowball tossers...not your elite 5 star clientele.

That said, however, you can find good food (in fact, wonderful food) wherever you go in Oregon.

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5. Re: Winter vacation in Oregan??

I'm always curious when somebody talks about "stars". TripAdvisor dots? Expedia/Hotwire stars? Michelin?

Unofficial, IMO, *not first hand* list of super nice hotels in Oregon:

Cannery Pier Hotel, Astoria

Stephanie Inn, Cannon Beach

maybe Whale Cove Inn, Depoe Bay

maybe Tu Tu Tun (see note post #4), Gold Beach

several in downtown Portland

Allison Inn & Spa, Newberg

maybe Sunriver Resort, Sunriver

There are probably a few more here and there . . .

I'd make a large bet none will have snow at Thanksgiving ;-)

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Five Pines in Sisters is not quite 5 stars,but it is lovely. Its one weakness is its lack of a great restaurant. The rooms, however, are luxurious and comfortable, which is a surprisingly rare combination. The spa is great. There are several good, if not great, places to eat in Sisters.

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7. Re: Winter vacation in Oregan??

An alternative plan would be to stay at the Allison Inn & Spa in Newberg -- very posh and romantic, and their restaurant Jory is excellent. The Newberg and Dundee area has enough other top restaurants -- Painted Lady, Subterra, Recipe, Dundee Bistro, Paulee', Tina's and Red Hills Provincial Dining -- to keep your tastebuds happy all week. Then take day trips to Mount Hood and Timberline for daytime snow fun.

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8. Re: Winter vacation in Oregan??

As mentioned, Thanksgiving is early for that much snow to be able to snowmobile. Timberline will have snow (it does all year long), but not near enough for snowmobiling. Possibly the area around Mt Bachelor, but I would not count on it. Sunriver is a very nice place to stay nearby, with some very nice lodging (the River Lodge is the nicest, and I can personally vouch for it with many stays there). The Sage Springs Spa there at Sunriver is really nice too. Plus some good restaurants at the resort and in the village. Other nice places in the area include Five Pine in Sisters and the Lodge at Suttle Lake.

I would play it by ear and just keep checking the weather. Hotels do not fill up over there at the time you will be here, so you can wait and watch the forecast.

If you have your heart set on snowmobiling, January/February is a better time.

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9. Re: Winter vacation in Oregan??

You would love The Allison, we have stayed there twice. If you really want the snow experience, make the day trips from there as suggested earlier. This property has won many awards and it is always a pleasure for us to stay there. We like the bottom floor rooms that have patios. :)

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