Adorable rustic cabins that help you unwind and relax
Perfect sledding hills for kids of all ages
Excellent meals with a family style feel
Becky is a full time mother of 3 living in Bend, OR. If she is not chasing her children on a hiking trail in the Cascades she is making music.
After Christmas my parents came to Bend for a visit. With all the snow and freezing cold temperatures, we needed something to do other than stay at home with two stir-crazy little kids and a 5-month-old baby who doesn't believe in sleeping. When my husband suggested staying a couple of nights at Lake Creek Lodge, the idea of packing everyone up and heading to a tiny cabin with no wifi sounded a little daunting to me...but then again, so did entertaining my parents for a whole week at home.
We loaded everyone up on a Wednesday and drove the scenic 40 minutes or so towards the cabins near the Metolius River in Camp Sherman. We would have stopped for lunch in Sisters but the sleeping baby naturally took precedence. Once we'd arrived at Camp Sherman, we checked into our little cabin. My 5-year-old daughter immediately began exploring every room and exclaiming things like, "I love cabins!" and "Oh, I feel so at home!". She was right; it was homey and cozy. Cabin #8 was decorated with Christmas lights for the holidays and has three rooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen and a front room with a wood fireplace. It fit the four adults and three kids perfectly (we brought our own bassinet). They even had a nice wooden rocking chair for me to feed the baby at night. Also, each day that you stay you get a free bundle of firewood to burn (much to the delight of my pyromaniac husband). We all loved having a warm fire going the whole time.
We ate at the Lake Creek Lodge restaurant for breakfast and dinner every day and had lunch while out and about. The servers were so nice and accommodating. They made us feel like VIPs (even with our absurdly noisy children). Oh, and kids under 4 eat free with the purchase of an entree! Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served at scheduled times with a set menu for dinner, which makes it feel more like a family meal you would have at home, only you don't have to do the cooking or the dishes! Every meal was incredibly delicious, but my favorite menu item was the homemade cinnamon roll with cream cheese frosting. Hello! It was huge. If I could only eat one thing for the rest of my life, it would be this. I have no regrets.
There is an awesome common room next to the restaurant with ping-pong, foosball and pool tables. It was so nice to be able to have some adult conversation while the kids played in the room next to us. And much to my dad's relief, there was a TV in the lobby where he was able to check the score of the college football game every now and then. The lobby had a beautiful Christmas tree and a warm fire going. We had fun looking at all the old vintage photographs and guest books.
In the morning, we drove the short 20 minutes to Hoodoo ski resort. Hoodoo is a really family friendly place with a laid-back atmosphere. They have something for all ages and for us that was the $5 perfectly groomed sled hill. They even have child-care! I can't wait to take advantage of that. My kids were in heaven.
After a great time at Hoodoo, we had so much fun back at Camp Sherman just hanging out in the cabin without wifi! We played games and talked by the fire and just laughed. I haven't felt so relaxed in ages. I'm hoping we can come back in the summer time, too. There is an outdoor playground that would have been fun for the kids if it were warmer. Even walking around in the wintertime, the tall trees and creek running through the cabins make for a magical ambiance. All in all, it was a relaxing and therapeutic two days and I'm sincerely hoping Lake Creek Lodge will become a family tradition for us.