While the warm, summer months dominate the travel and tourism department, colder temperatures still have a lot to offer. Don’t let winter weather keep you indoors and at home. Here are five perfect winter weekend getaways to consider this year.
1. Looking for some fresh powder? Get your skiing or snowboarding fix at Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort, located about 20 miles west of Bend. While there, there’s also ample opportunity to get snowshoeing, rent snowmobiles or even take a dog sled ride that winds through an old-growth forest on Mt. Bachelor’s south side. The ski resort just celebrated its 60th anniversary of its opening.
2. The Sunriver Resort is so good it deserves a vacation all on its own. There’s a shuttle from the resort to Mt. Bachelor, so at the end of the day, warm up in the indoor hot tub or steam room or at the resort spa. It’s the perfect place to recharge in the middle of winter.
3. Oregon Winterfest, Feb. 15-19. Thousands gather on President’s Day weekend for three days of live music, delicious food, drinks and activities for the whole family. The fire pit artist installations, the Central Oregon Light Art, and ice sculptures are a must-see. You can sip and stroll through Bend’s Old Mill District, tasting fine wines during the Wine Walk too.
4. Mt. Hood is Oregon’s highest mountain in northern Oregon, about 50 miles east-southeast of Portland. Mt. Hood is home to six ski and tubing areas including Mt. Hood Meadows, Timberline, Ski Bowl, Snow Bunny, Summit, and Cooper Spur Mountain Resort. Timberline Lodge is a National Historic Landmark located on the southern flank of Mt. Hood. It’s a popular tourist attraction that draws two millions visitors a year.
5. Portland has an amazing restaurant scene. It’s weather is fairly temperate, so enjoy a view at a restaurant like Portland City Grill or a five-course chef’s tasting menu at Le Pigeon. Explore the city’s indoor attractions like Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, the Pittock Mansion or the Portland Art Museum by day.