FivePine Weddings

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Wedding booking season is upon us and we have a beautiful venue that can accommodates weddings in any season.  Our 2016 dates are filling up fast!  We have dates available March-June, November and December.  Contact our Events Coordinator for specific dates and pricing. (541) 549-5900 x 107 or tm@fivepinelodge.com. We look forward to assisting in making your dream wedding come true.

Central Oregon Weddings

FivePine Lodge & Event Center is the perfect Central Oregon destination for weddings of all sizes during any season.  Celebrate the most magical day of your life next to our wild-flower landscaped pond in the midst of towering Ponderosa pines or join your family and friends by the warm fireplace inside the Elda Teresa Event Center.   We would be honored to be part of your special day and look forward to assisting in creating the most magical day of your life.  We offer a full range of services with exceptional wines and selected cuisine by our professional catering staff.  We will be happy to recommend local florists, photographers, musicians and officiates.

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We have a beautiful indoor space that can accommodate up to 150 guests with room for a dance floor for your reception.  We also have a gorgeous outdoor space for the ceremony and reception festivities that can accommodate up to 200.

For your wedding night, reserve our special Romance Cabin as the perfect setting to spend your first night as husband and wife.

FivePine offers Shibui Spa to relax and rejuvenate in anticipation of your special day combined with complimentary access to our 19,000 square foot Sisters Athletic Club against a backdrop of limitless open space and adventure from our trail kiosk.

Our intimate wedding venue is also the ideal location for wedding ceremonies and receptions, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers and anniversary parties.

Kimberly Kay Photography

Kimberly Kay Photography

 


FivePine Lodge’s Annual Breakfast with Santa

Santa Breakfast Brings a Big Gift

Each year, in early December, FivePine Lodge & Conference Center in Sisters hosts Breakfast With Santa. It’s a great way for families to enjoy some time together and for kids to make their wish list known to the jolly old elf.

It’s also a great way to create a significant and meaningful gift for other kids in the community – kids whose families may be struggling to make ends meet.

On December 28 FivePine donated the entire proceeds of the event – $2,195.85 – to Family Access Network.

According to FAN Foundation donor relations representative Nancy Childers, the funds will be “used to help local children in need.”

Those needs may entail helping with a heating bill for a family, or providing a winter coat for a child, or assistance with a child’s medical or dental needs.

FivePine has hosted Breakfast With Santa for eight years, always in support of a local charity or non-profit; the past two, FAN has been the recipient.

Jim Cornelius, The Nugget Newspaper


No Name Lake, Broken Top

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With fall weather setting in, my husband and I have been trying to squeeze in a few last minute hikes that are in higher elevations. Broken Top is one of my favorite areas to visit because of the phenomenal mountain views and the plethora of wildflowers in August. Typically the area is relatively snow free in August and early September.
To reach the trailhead from FivePine Lodge, take your first left on Buckaroo Rd and continue onto E Coyote Springs Rd. This will turn into S Maple St and eventually E Tyee Drive. From E Tyee Drive, turn left onto Three Creek Lake Rd and continue 9.5 miles (about 23 minutes). This will turn into NF-16 and you will continue 4 miles (about 11 minutes). NF-16 will turn into NF-370. The dirt road proves to be a bit challenging so make sure your vehicle is well equipped as the road is not maintained. I wouldn’t suggest a small passenger vehicle driving this terrain either because it is extremely bumpy and rocky. After about 20-25 minutes on 370 you will reach forest road 380 where you will turn left. Follow this road for about 5 more minutes where you will end at the parking lot for the trailhead. On peak summer weekends, the parking lot does fill up so make sure to get there early.
The hike up to No Name Lake is about 5.3 miles out and back with about 1200 feet in elevation gain. When the hike begins you will go through a bit of forested area and then it opens up and you have views of Broken Top. You will see a sign to Green Lakes on the left, but you will want to veer to the right on the trail. I will let the pictures show you the rest.

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Enjoy!

~Kelly


Hiking Crescent Mountain

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Having Mondays off during the fall can lend itself to private hiking in the amazing Cascade Mts.  Having lived in this area for nearly 30 years, you’d think we’ve hiked every trail within a 100 miles of home.  But this fall we found a beautiful new hike in the Willamette National Forest, Crescent Mountain, that we had never experienced.  And we had it all to ourselves.  Not one other hiker!!

The hike is slightly difficult as there is quite a bit of elevation gain, 2100’, and it’s about a 9 mile round trip.  But after a hike through the old growth forest, crossing Maude Creek, we enjoyed huge wildflower meadows and amazing views of our mountains from Mt. Hood to Broken Top.  The trail has a lot of switchbacks which make the climb a bit easier.  The Vine Maple hadn’t turned color yet, but we guessed it would be magnificent later in the fall.  The Beargrass fields are phenomenal.  Other wildflowers we saw were Indian Paintbrush, Columbine, Larkspur, and the most fragrant and huge lilies I’ve ever seen in the mountains.  There were lots of Hemlock, Douglas Fir and Pine trees.

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When we finally reached the summit, about 5750’, we found remains of a fire lookout, with scattered lumber and broken glass.  After a bit of research, I found out that a shelter was built on the site in 1914.  A Cupola-style cabin was built in 1922, replaced in 1938 but torn down by 1980.  I felt sorry for the people that manned the lookout as the hike is fun but wouldn’t want to do it every week.

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Since we were the only visitors, we played some fun music, enjoyed private dining and reveled in the beauty of the landscape.  We felt extreme gratitude towards the area we live in, knowing how lucky we are to live in such a gorgeous part of the world.

To get to the trailhead, head to Santiam Junction from Sisters, turning left onto hwy 126/20.  Drive about 3.5 miles to where the Hwy splits. Hwy 126 heads south, but stay on Hwy 20 for less than a mile and turn right on to road 2067. Continue for about one mile and turn left on road 508. This road is unmarked but does have a “trailhead” sign pointing the way. Follow this road to the end where you’ll find a large parking lot. There is a reader board marking the trails entrance.

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Enjoy!

~Tricia Maxson, Events Director


75th Annual Sisters Rodeo

It’s Rodeo Week here in Sisters and this year they are celebrating their 75th anniversary!  This Wednesday, June 10th, the Deschutes County Commissioners will declare by proclamation, June 8-15 as “Sisters Rodeo Week”, the Biggest Little Show in the World.  The Rodeo is always the second weekend of June, so plan ahead for 2016 and make your reservations early. www.fivepinelodge.com.

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If you are visiting from out of town and are looking for the best places to get western wear, check out Leavitt’s and Cowgirls & Indians Resale.

There are many exciting events that begin with the PRCA Xtreme Bulls on Wednesday night at 6:30pm.  This is a favorite for many locals and is exclusively an all bull rides evening.  On Thursday, spend the evening hanging out with the locals at Bronco Billy’s.  Enjoy great music, food & drinks (there is a cover charge).  Friday night is Family Night with the Rodeo beginning at 7pm.  Children 12 and under are free.  On Saturday, the day begins with a festive Rodeo Parade at 9:30am in Downtown Sisters followed by rodeo performances at 1pm and 7pm.  The final rodeo performance is Sunday at 1pm.  There will be a flyover by two vintage airplanes, a P-51 and a Skyraider.

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For the best seats, we would recommend arriving 30 minutes to an hour before each show and find seats with your back against the sun.  For a detailed list of events, visit www.sistersrodeo.com.  Feel free to stop by our front desk and we’d be happy to give you the insiders scoop.

Other fan favorites are Sisters Rodeo announcer Wayne Brooks, The One Arm Bandit, John Payne & Rodeo Clown, J.J. Harrison.  Wayne Brooks was chosen the 2014 Announcer of the Year at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.  John Payne was awarded the 2014 Specialty Act of the Year as well.

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Enjoy the shows!


Tamolitch Pool “Blue Pool”

If you are headed to/from the Eugene area or taking the McKenzie Pass Hwy 242, I would highly recommend stopping and hiking to Tamolitch Pool along the McKenzie River.  It truly is one of Oregon’s gems.  The pool is where the McKenzie River resurfaces from underground lava fields and creates an amazing “Blue Pool”.

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To reach the trail from FivePine Lodge begin heading west towards Eugene on Hwy 20 and then take Hwy 126 for about 15 minutes.  The trail will be on your right and look for the sign for Trail Bridge Campground.  After you cross the bridge, stay to the right and you will find the parking lot.

The trail is about 4 miles round trip and an easy to moderate hike.  Much of the hike is spent under old growth so depending on the time of year you go, dress accordingly.  The first half of the trail is very leisurely and you will cross two bridges.  The later part of the hike can be a bit more difficult as there is a slight incline and the terrain is a bit rockier.

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Once you reach the pool, prepare to be awe struck by its pure beauty.  I’ve been to it twice, once in mid-August and once in late September and both times were amazing.  In the summer months, you may find people jumping off the cliff side into the icy water.  Be prepared that the water is extremely cold!  The trail also does not go around the entire pool; however you can traverse to the other side which will get you direct access to the pool.

After the hike, I would recommend heading to a little “secret” hot spring (shhhh, don’t tell anyone else).  From the Trail Bridge road, head right onto Hwy 126 until you reach Deer Creek Rd.  The hot springs will be on the left side of the road.  You will see two paths, stay left on the path that is closest to the river and it is a short walk to the springs.  It can be a bit crowed in the summer since it is a short walk, but it is definitely a nice outing if you have time.

~Kelly Newcombe, Sales & Marketing Director at FivePine Lodge


Hiking in Central Oregon

Hiking in Central Oregon is spectacular and amazingly beautiful.  Hikers can find trails that are easy and only take a small amount of time, or there are trails that require a commitment of an entire day or for those more adventurous, can take a whole summer, such as traveling on the entire Pacific Crest Trail.  Nearly all trails around Sisters and Bend are accessible within a few minutes to just a couple of hours drive.  And every trail is unique, beautiful and worth the effort.

I have several favorites, one being the Six Lakes trail near Elk Lake.  The trail starts in the Three Sisters Wilderness area just past Elk Lake’s resort entrance.  The first lake is Blow Lake, then Doris Lake, which is a blue/green, freezing cold but refreshing lake.  It’s a great destination for a short backpacking trip.

A bit further is Senoj Lake, which is shallow and surrounded by meadow grass.  This is a great destination when horseback riding.  Keep on hiking and eventually you’ll get to Cliff Lake, Porky Lake and Mink Lake.  It’s best to have a car shuttle planned, if you want to get to all six lakes.  We often hike to Senoj Lake, take our boots off and wade into the lake, have some lunch, and head back out.

This trail is great for moderate hiking, horseback riding, and back packing.  We stayed overnight at Doris Lake one summer and it was one of the most peaceful, beautiful nights ever.  The clear sky, full of the most amazing stars & planets seemed like the biggest sky ever.  The only tough part of the hike/camp was the mosquitoes.  OMG, they are relentless.  As much as I hate chemicals, I love Deet!!  They were all over our dogs, too.  But a quick dip in the lake brought instant relief for all of us.

Another amazing hike is the east side of Broken Top.  To reach the trail head, drive to Todd Lake and keep going through the gate.  The road requires vehicles with high clearance and durability.  It’s a rough, relatively long and narrow journey, but so worth the ride.  The streams, wildflowers, and views of the Three Sisters and Broken Top Mountains are breathtaking.  There are usually several snow fields to trek through which makes it fun on a hot day.  The highlight of the hike is reaching the moraine lake that seems to have “no-name”.  It suddenly appears through the snow covered, narrow trail heading to the peak.  The color of the lake is like a tropical ocean.  However, I highly suggest not swimming in it as there are usually parts of the glacier floating around so the water will definitely take your breath away.  You won’t stay in it for long, if you are brave enough to dive in.

Once you’ve reached the top of the trail, the view of the Three Sisters is amazing.  It seems like the wilderness to the north is endless.  We are so lucky to live in such a wild and beautiful part of the world.

Another great hike near Sisters is the Obsidian Trail off the McKenzie Pass, Hwy 242.  Permits are required for this hike so plan ahead and check with the Forest Service.  They limit the number of permits to preserve the trail system.  It’s considered a difficult trail since it’s about a 12 mile loop with approximately 1800’ in elevation gain.  But you’ll experience a plethora of natural environments, such as old growth forests, open meadows with waterfalls and streams, lava fields, and obsidian cliffs.

For a strenuous hike, try Black Crater located off the same highway but just prior to the Dee Wright Observatory.  It’s rated as another difficult hike since there is over 2,350’ in elevation gain and it’s about an 8 mile loop.

As you may notice, there is truly endless hiking in the Sisters and Central Oregon area.  I’ve lived here for nearly 30 years, and each year we find new and exciting places to hike.  Our favorite thing to do after a long, tiring day on the trail is to stop at Three Creeks Brewery, have a cold one, and with a little luck, schedule a massage at Shibui Spa.  If we’re too tired to drive home, we may just stay the night at FivePine Lodge.

Tricia Maxson – Events Director at FivePine Lodge


Spring in Central Oregon

Spring in Central Oregon starts early.  Well, at least in the animal world.  Our flowers and trees may take a bit longer to show life and color.  But there are lots of baby critters showing up on the ranches and in the forest.  At the horse barn where I board my beautiful Morgan mare, Crystal, there are 3 Paint babies that have been born since the first of the year.  And there will be 2 more in the next few weeks.  There are also baby chicks, puppies and kittens on the way.  It’s so fun to watch all the babies.  One of the mares was being led across the property and her 2 day old filly was running next to Mom, not an inch away from her leg.  When she got to her new stall, she immediately had a little snack from Mom and seemed right at home.  It’s amazing to see how well the mares care for their foals.

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Even though Crystal lives at a Paint barn (that’s a breed of horse for you novice horse people), she’s a beautiful liver-chestnut Morgan mare.  I’ve owned a Morab horse before (cross between a Morgan and Arabian) but Chrystal is my first pure Morgan.  And I’m love struck!  Known for their expressive eyes, she melts my heart daily and eases any stress of the day.  We have long conversations when we ride alone, and interesting discussions when we have a little rodeo when riding with friends.  Spring is always a time of adventurous riding as the horses feel the energy of spring and are spunky and ready to get out of their paddocks to stretch their legs.

Morgan horses are used in almost every discipline in equestrian sports, both English and Western, due to their intelligence, willingness, zest for life, and good sense blended with soundness, athleticism, and stamina.  Morgans excel in dressage, show jumping, Western pleasure, cutting, and endurance riding.  They are often used as stock horses, pleasure riding, and driving, frequently seen in combined driving and carriage driving competitions.  They are often involved in therapeutic programs due to their gentle disposition and sound movement.

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Morgans have a very interesting history as well.   “Figure” was the founding stallion of the Morgan breed and is the horse that all Morgans are related.  He was foaled in 1789, and due to a debt payment, became the property of Justin Morgan, a teacher, composer, businessman, and horseman that lived in Vermont.  Figure’s confirmation and demeanor impressed many other horsemen in the New England area and he was used extensively as a breeding stallion.  Although many efforts have been made to discover his parentage, his exact pedigree us unknown.  In 1821, Figure, also known as The Justin Morgan horse, was kicked by another horse and died of his injuries.  He left a legacy of sons and daughters that have influenced other breeds of horses, such as the American Saddle horse and Tennessee Walking horses.

For those of us that enjoy pleasure riding, Central Oregon is a mecca of endless trails.  Whether it’s a beautiful trail along a mountain stream at the base of South Sister, or a dusty desert trail full of jack rabbits, sagebrush and coyotes in the Badlands, or a secluded meadow of wildflowers and wild grasses opening in one of our national forests, the options are endless.  Riding our horses is one of the best ways to explore our wilderness of natural beauty.  Some of the amazing trails around Sisters are the Metolius-Windigo Trail, the Swamp Wells Trail, and the Pederson Ridge horse trail.  For more information check out these sites:  www.sisterstrails.com or www.oregonequestriantrails.org.

If you don’t have your own horse, or don’t want to trailer a horse, there are several great options for guided rides through some local stables.  Check out Long Hollow Ranch, Oregon’s only official Dude Ranch, which is a historic pioneer ranch.  They offer trail rides, cattle drives and arena lessons;  www.lhranch.com.   Black Butte Stables offers a range of rides from a 30 minute excursion to an all-day adventure; www.blackbuttestables.com.  Fly Spur Ranch offers a unique blend of riding &/or guided fly-fishing; www.flyspur.com .  And if you do bring your own horse, but prefer to stay at FivePine Lodge, check out www.eaglebearranch.com .  They offer overnight lodging and excellent care for your horse.

After a long ride in the saddle, perhaps you are a bit saddle sore and in need of a massage.  Visit Shibui Spa, on FivePine’s campus, for a relaxing massage or facial.  Then walk to your cabin here at FivePine, enjoy a long, warm soak in your tub that fills from a waterfall out of the ceiling, join us for a complimentary glass of wine during our evening wine reception and snuggle into your pillow-top bed and dream about how wonderful horseback riding is in Central Oregon.  It’s truly a rider’s paradise!!

Tricia Maxson – Events Director at FivePine Lodge


Spring Yoga Retreat in Central Oregon

Connecting, Inside and Out: A Spring Yoga Retreat in the heart of Central Oregon, April 19th – 22nd, 2015

led by Kate Holly ERYT, owner of Yoga Refuge in Portland, Oregon and Joel Holly, outdoor enthusiast

 

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Join us for 4 days and 3 nights of active fun, restful contemplation, and connecting to nature, all from the comfort of the beautiful FivePine Lodge.   Yoga Instructor Kate Holly will lead two yoga sessions a day (all levels active flow in the mornings, restorative yoga in the afternoons).  In between sessions participants can enjoy group mountain bike rides with Joel Holly, or choose to experience Shibui SpaSisters Movie House, or one of Sisters many other delightful attractions.

This retreat is appropriate for adventurous beginners to yoga, as well as experienced yogis wishing to take their practice to a deeper place.  This is also an opportunity for those who are new to mountain biking to experience beautiful beginner-friendly rides on the Peterson Ridge trail.  We believe that yoga and cycling make an excellent complement to one another, and encourage participants to try one or both.  Please come prepared with warm clothing for outdoor fun.

Instructor Bios: 

Kate Holly is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher and owner of Portland based studio, Yoga Refuge (www.yogarefugepdx.com).  She has been practicing yoga since 1999, and teaching since 2003.  She has  studied with a variety of influential teachers, including Richard Freeman, Paul Grilley, Noah Maze, Ada Lusardi, Todd Jackson and Sarahjoy Marsh.  Her classes focus on finding alignment from the inside out, with the ultimate goal of self-knowledge and self-love.  Her yoga is modern, accessible and focused on the unique interaction of each individual to their own practice.

Joel Holly is a Central Oregon native, a League of American Bicyclists certified cycling instructor and an avid mountain biker.  Joel has been a board member and volunteer with Portland’s Northwest Trail Alliance and has worked with them to increase trail access to bikes.

4 day package includes:

  • 3 nights lodging at FivePine Lodge
  • Daily organic breakfast and lunch
  • 4 Vinyasa Flow Yoga Sessions & 2 Restorative Yoga Sessions
  • 2 optional group mountain bike rides on the Peterson Ridge Trail
  • Evening wine reception
  • Access to Sisters Athletic Club including group exercise classes
  • Free time to enjoy limitless outdoor adventures

Also available: discounted spa treatments at Shibui Spa and movie tickets to Sisters Movie Theater.

Retreat Schedule (tentative):

Sunday evening 4/19

  • 4:00 check-in
  • 5-6:15 Introductions, followed by Restorative Yoga practice to wind down and settle in

Monday 4/20

  • 8:30-9:45 Morning meditation plus energizing morning flow
  • 9:45 Breakfast
  • 10:30 Group Ride on the Peterson Ridge Trail
  • 1:00 Lunch
  • 4-5:30 Hatha/Restorative practice: 45 minutes of detailed alignment focus, going deeper with target poses, 45 minutes of Restorative Yoga to relax and renew

Tuesday 4/21:

  • 8:30-9:45 Morning meditation plus energizing morning flow
  • 9:45 Breakfast
  • 10:30 Group Ride on the Peterson Ridge Trail
  • 1:00 Lunch
  • 4-5:30 Hatha/Restorative practice: 45 minutes of detailed alignment focus, going deeper with target poses, 45 minutes of Restorative Yoga to relax and renew

Wednesday 4/22:

  • 8:30-9:45 Morning meditation plus energizing morning flow
  • 9:45 Breakfast and closing

REGISTER TODAY!  Save $75 per person if you register by February 28th!

  • Double Occupancy Room ($499 by 2/28) $574 after 2/28
  • Single Occupancy Room ($699 by 2/28) $774 after 2/28

Contact Kelly Newcombe at kn@fivepinelodge.com or 866-974-5900 x 101 for reservations and questions.  A $50 non-refundable deposit is required to guarantee your space.


Peterson Rock Garden

 

IMG_20141014_174945_211When visiting Central Oregon this last month, we found a hidden gem.  Located between Bend & Redmond, OR, is The Petersen Rock Garden.  Their hours will vary, but currently are 9 am until dusk for the garden & varied hours for their museum & gift shop.  There is a small fee of $5/adult, $3 for seniors/children, family pricing varies.  The Danish immigrant, Rasmus Petersen, created this place to honor his new homeland and spent the last 17 years of his life, 1935-1952, building each piece with rocks/stones, glass, & petrified wood.  There are replicas of significant American icons, such as the statue of liberty and Independence Hall.  Even though it has stayed in the family all these years, it had fallen in disrepair & experienced some damage.  During 2013 it was closed for work and many around Central Oregon volunteered to help.  Due to everyone’s hard work, it was recently placed on the National Register of Historic Places and they hope to perform additional restorative work in the near future.

Driving by, it doesn’t look like much, but it is a neat place.  In the parking lot there are three rock islands with miniature bridges, houses, castles, and monuments created from tiny rocks & glass.  Many peacocks and chickens wander the property in greeting.  As you walk towards the house on site, you walk by a small rock cave with a hand built round table inside.  It reminds me of a hideaway cave I would have loved as a child.  The front of the hill covering the cave, there is a small “village” of houses nestled in the rocks, with a fountain below.  Looking to the right, you see a large mote with a small isolated castle in the middle and lily pads floating on the water.

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The property museum with a gorgeous rock front is hidden behind the US flag made from smooth stones and gorgeous rock monument; there are two cement pathways which lead to the museum.  Unfortunately, it was not open when we visited, but I was able to take a peek through the window and see the many rocks they have on display.  Some were quite large & piqued my interest, so I am hoping to go back when it is open to gather more information.

From here we went to see the Statue of Liberty replica and the White House, surrounded by magnificently colored rocks and bridges to take you across the small mote.  The time this tedious work must have taken is amazing.  There was so much attention to detail and minus minor deterioration, the structures are sound and have weathered well.  I am amazed at the variety of colors and different types of materials used.  Everything from smooth to volcanic rock can be found; even what looks like burnt, petrified wood completes his masterpiece.  At this point we thought we had seen everything, but as we walked around the front of the house& back towards the driveway, we became aware there is another amazing area.

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A rock wall with hinges suggests there was once a gate welcoming visitors.  As you enter, miniature rock walls with pillars and old fashioned bridges encourage you to explore the many different areas on the pond.  Once you cross the first bridge, you see a small fountain to the right and another miniature village on the hill of the island.  A small patio is nestled below, welcoming visits to sit and stay awhile.  Everywhere you look there are lily pads galore.

Before we leave, we notice the family area with lots of grass & a few picnic tables next to the parking lot.  Here guests can hang out & let their kids run and play or have a nice lunch on a sunny day.  There are even two amazing rock fireplaces on each end of the grassy picnic area that look hand-built out of rock.  At the opposite side of the parking lot, there is a run-down building which used to be the Peacock Inn.  It was an old soda bar and lunch spot, they are working to revive it to create an indoor picnic area with the original stools.  This isn’t the most fascinating site in Central Oregon, but it has some great history and I can’t wait to see the end result.

~Jennifer