Show Your Loved One You Care with an Adventurous Valentine’s Day!
Winter in a quiet mountain town can be a magical time. Woodsmoke wafts out the chimneys and fills the air, while soft, white snowflakes dance through the pines, landing ever so gently on the ground. The picturesque backdrop overflows with romance as loved ones huddle by the fire for warmth and simply to be with the ones they love. In Bend’s Drake Park, couples stroll by, wrapped in each other’s arms.
This Valentine’s Day, forgo the traditional dinner and a movie, and head outside to the true beauty Central Oregon has to offer. Get creative with your sweetie and enjoy a rewarding local adventure. Try one of these events and make this February a month to remember . . . but don’t skip the chocolates.
Moonlight Ski to Paulina Lake Lodge
Every year the Central Oregon Nordic Club hosts a meet up in February during the full moon to ski and snowshoe to Paulina Lake Lodge. Grab your sweetheart—and the headlamps—and gallivant towards the volcano’s crater. Hold your partner’s hand as you trek through forest tranquility at night.
Enjoy both sports and choose to snowshoe up and ski down. When you arrive at the destination, Paulina Lake Lodge, make a toast to your fellow moonlighters on your adventure and enjoy a comforting meal together. The excursion is a seven mile round trip. There is a $10 corkage fee if you travel with wine. The group meets beforehand and carpools to the starting point together.
If you can’t wait for Valentine’s Day for your night out, head to Virginia Meissner Sno-Park on February 3 for Meissner Nordic’s annual Luminaria.
Stay at The Suttle Lodge and Snowshoe around Suttle Lake
Enjoy Suttle Lake’s wintertime solitude with your loved one. A quick drive west of Sisters lands you in a winter wonderland, complete with an iced-over lake encircled by thick ponderosas. Maintaining a rustic appeal, the shoreline has but one manmade object, the campy Suttle Lodge. Don’t mistake it for an outdated resort, however, the recent renovation of the historic Lodge maintains a woodsy charm while providing luxury comfort.
For accommodations, rent a cabin or stay in the recently renovated lodge. Their hip bar, named “Skip,” serves complex cocktails and gastronomic delights. The menu—curated by renowned Chef Joshua McFadden—features comforting dishes like toasted cracker crust pizzas, fish and chips as a sandwich, and fried delicate donuts. Get out and play in the snow, they’ll provide the snowshoes and hot cocoa (or signature infused-hot toddy). Stay warm by the fire at night and in the morning fix a french press for your sweetheart before hitting the lake-loop-trail for a sunrise ski or snowshoe.
Off-Trail Snowshoe Hike with Beer and Epic Views
Take an afternoon snowshoe stroll with Wanderlust Tours through the forest with a naturalist guiding your way. Arrive at the destination for a refreshing local craft beer from Cascade Lakes Brewery, while taking in a view that only a wintery trek can provide.
Opt for an evening tour instead and enjoy the finest stargazing in the West and take in some constellations. Arrange for a private outing for an incredibly romantic way to get outside, maybe catch a shooting star, and have some fun. They also offer a bonfire outing that leads to a hand-carved snow amphitheater. Keep warm by the fire with delights by Sparrow Bakery and warm drinks courtesy of Bend Distillery.