Photo: Five Pine Lodge; Credit Five Pine Lodge
Anyone who’s been to Cannon Beach remembers the iconic Haystack Rock, the centerpiece of the landscape. A short beach-walk away, the oceanfront Surfsand Resort offers panoramic vistas up and down the coastline, and, with views like that, there’s perhaps no better place to bed down for a romantic retreat or a family getaway.
Guest quarters at the Surfsand Resort are stylish and contemporary. Whether you have a room or a suite, you’ll be guaranteed tranquility when you want rest, and fun when you’re ready for action. Deluxe amenities, such as deep soaking tubs, and services, such as beachfront Cabana service, help put this resort over the top.
Wayfarer Restaurant overlooks the beach next to Surfsand Resort. Oregon Culinary Institute grad Josh Archibald heads up the culinary staff at this eatery—one of the town’s best choices for any meal. The razor clams and eggs, a local favorite, are the best on the beach. And, when it comes to the variety of Benedicts, guests have been known to return morning after morning to try them all.
Cannon Beach is located on a scenic crescent stretch of shoreline only 70 miles west of Portland. To learn more about Surfsand Resort, go to surfsand.com. To check out Wayfarer Restaurant & Lounge, visit wayfarer-restaurant.com. For more information about Cannon Beach, consult cannonbeach.org.
Tucked at the base of the Cascades, Sisters owes its name to the three volcanic peaks of the Cascade Mountain range named The Three Sisters. Despite its small-town size, Sisters manages to host a plethora of all-season activities, some unavailable anywhere else.
Downtown Sisters offers plenty of ways to enjoy the local flavor. At Three Creeks Brewing (threecreeksbrewing.com), you can taste the local brews and pick out your favorite. And you won’t search far for a good restaurant. Sisters is peppered with good eateries, bakeries, coffee houses and tasting rooms.
Those looking to put a timber wall between them and the winter should consider any of Sister’s fine cabin complexes. Five Pine Lodge and Conference Center (fivepinelodge. com) and The Lodge at Suttle Lake (thelodgeatsuttlelake.com) both manage to stir in top quality amenities without disturbing the authentic ambiance of a forest cabin. The latter is only 10 minutes from Hoodoo (hoodoo.com), the area’s ski hill popular with the locals.
On the edge of Sisters lies Deschutes National Forest, a 1.6 million acre evergreen forest. Deschutes holds Newberry National Volcanic Monument. This 50,000 acre monument is ladened with lava trails and countless geologic formations, bearing the marks of the volcanic Three Sisters. In winter, popular modes of locomotion are cross country skiing and snowshoeing.
The Hollywood Theatre first opened in 1926, and ever since it’s been a big part of Portland’s cultural fabric, especially for film buffs and educators. The theater originally featured an eight-piece orchestra and organist until sound was introduced to films a year later in 1927. Later on, it became the first Cinerama facility in the Pacific Northwest and required two projection booths and a huge wraparound screen.
Today, the theater is a non-profit organization owned by Film Action Oregon, which helped revive the place after it had lost its luster. The now updated theater features about 300 films a year from all over the world and has been recognized by the Sundance Institute and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for contributions
to the film community.
What makes this theater so unique is its partnership with nearby schools and education programs. Jointly, they have created the Hollywood Theatre Studio, a state of the art media lab for students; Animate It!, a stop motion animation workshop; and Music in Motion, where students are able to write, film and edit their own music videos.
Before entering the auditoriums don’t forget to stop at the concession stand for the acclaimed popcorn that was voted the best in Portland.