Black Butte Ranch Central Oregon
Pros: (Almost) indescribably beautiful, peaceful, out of the mainstream
Cons: Spendy, but have you checked Disney World prices lately? This is not for those who like ‘bright lights-big city’ vacations.
It’s such a pleasure writing this review – like coming home. Living and working in Central Oregon almost twenty years, I drove by Black Butte Ranch several times each month. Each time looking for elk or deer in the aspen-dotted meadows that surround the property.
At the turn of the century Black Butte Ranch was just a parcel of land owned by a rancher and his wife. Although they had many offers to sell to developers, they turned each down concerned that their beloved land would end up either clear-cut (logged) or so over-developed it would no longer resemble the land they knew. Eventually, they did sell. Fortunately, the consortium of new owners felt the same as the original owners and designed and developed this ranch-resort having as little impact on the land as possible.
Life at the ranch is a profoundly different experience from most resorts. The main attraction is the look-at-me environment – scenery, views and quiet pathways that lead you into fir and aspen groves and meadows that make you want to lay down in the grass and disappear for a few hours.
Breaking out of a forested walk you will be able to view any one of seven majestic mountain peaks, including the Three Sisters ( Mountains), Faith, Hope and Charity, Three-Fingered Jack, Mt. Washington and Broken Top. Then of course, there’s Black Butte itself, an extinct volcano from whence the ranch get’s its name.
Maybe you’re the type that likes a little more exercise and adventure during your vacation? You’ve come to the right place and can set your own pace. There’s swimming, tennis, horseback riding, hiking, fishing, biking eighteen miles of bike paths and canoeing. If it’s wintertime, you can cross-country ski right at the ranch, or downhill ski at HooDoo Ski Resort or Mt. Bachelor.
Although there was never any need for me to spend the night, I’ve had dinner in The Lodge Restaurant on several occasions. They feature farm-to-table cuisine that primarily incorporates locally grown or raised fruits, vegetables and meats. In all honesty, I don’t recall that the food was unusual in any particular way, but it was delicious and served in very pleasant surroundings
The Lodge Restaurant
and was awarded TripAdvisor 2014 Certificate of Excellence.
Most visitors to Black Butte Ranch plan to stay a few days – or longer. The ranch offers one-hundred-twenty different vacation homes ranging from spacious three-six bedroom custom homes, to two-three bedroom condo’s, to ranch cabins.
All the rentals are not as elegant or well-appointed as the one above, but they are all well-maintained, comfy, and leave you feeling very well-cared for. They offer several different floor plans and sleeping accommodations. Each feature a full-size kitchen, free wi-fi, one or more fireplaces, decks and fabulous views. Most are pet-friendly.
I’m delighted to recommend this lovely ranch resort. Do come see – and stay. The memory will last a lifetime – honestly.
Reservations and information 866-901-2961