Relax at Sage Springs Spa after a day enjoying the high desert of Central Oregon and Mt. Bachelor
If you are traveling in Central Oregon’s high desert region, it’s safe to assume that you enjoy the sporting life. From mountain biking down hill next to waterfalls, to horseback riding, kayaking or white water rafting the Deschutes River, there is an activity to please every outdoor enthusiast. What’s better than a day spent exercising with friends or family? Nothing beats a spa treatment to end a perfect day – or jump-start a morning.
Relax and renew at Sage Springs Spa
With its warm ambiance and welcoming staff, Sage Springs Club and Spa captures the spirit of the high desert in Central Oregon. From the moment you step into the wood timbered building, to the reception area and the locker room, you are wrapped in the spa cocoon way of life. In fact, I felt my shoulders drop a notch and my body relax as I slipped into the plush spa robe and slippers supplied by Sage Springs.
Come in and be pampered at Sunriver Resort's Sage Springs Spa
Sage Springs Spa tour – the road to relaxation
I followed the receptionist, like an eager dog waiting for his treat, as she pointed out the private whirlpool, steam room and showers. After my time in the relaxation room, with its herb tea, soft furniture, low lights and relaxing music, I was ushered into the treatment room by Tifany LeGuyonne. Unlike the doctor’s office, where I have to step on the scale, check my blood pressure and discuss my maladies, LeGuyonne explained the iSun detoxifying body ritual I was about to experience
Gemstone energy massage
On a prior visit to Sunriver Resort, the year before, I had tried the spa’s gemstone energy massage. It’s plants, minerals and colors are meant to re-balance the body, while the gemstone oils offer deep relaxation when partnered with Swedish massage. I’m getting more relaxed just thinking about my massage.
Relax before the iSun detoxifying body ritual at Sage Springs Spa
iSun detoxifying body ritual at Sage Springs Spa
My body treatment began with a dry brush exfoliation, followed by an aromatherapy oil application. A quick spritz on the body is followed by a light layer of Moraccan clay rubbed into my skin to form a body mask. Cocooned in warm blankets, I drift off to la-la land while LeGuyonne gives me a relaxing scalp massage. All too soon, the mask is removed using warm towels that have been steamed. LeGuyonne finishes my 80 minute treatment with a quick massage and gently drapes the Spa robe over my shoulders with the familiar suggestion to keep myself hydrated – an important reminder in this high desert atmosphere – and tells me to take my time getting dressed.
I could have taken a nap in the treatment room. Instead, I obligingly put on my robe and headed for the steam room, before a quick shower and dip in the hydrotherapy spa.
Arrive at least 30 minutes early to take advantage of all Sage Springs Spa has to offer. Leave your cell phone behind; no one wants to be reminded of the outside world in a spa environment. The cost of my 80 minute iSun detoxifying body ritual was $185.
Sage Springs Club and Spa offers gemstone massage that will rock your world
Massage Therapy in Sunriver, Oregon at Sage Springs Spa
Truth be told, I’ve never met a massage I didn’t like. The Sage Springs Spa in Sunriver Resort is no exception. Walking into the Central Oregon club and day spa, guests and members are immediately embraced in the spirit of the high desert region with its massive stone fireplace in the lobby, high beamed ceilings and rock pillars by the reception area. Once ushered into the Sage Springs Spa, the smell of indigenous, natural and organic products fill your senses, while water features and subtle music play in the background. Open year round, the two story building includes the first floor day spa, as well as an indoor fitness center, featuring three tennis courts, state-of-the art conditioning center and three lane lap pool.
Make sure to arrive early to your spa treatment to fully enjoy the steam room and hot tub, as they are especially inviting for relaxing sore muscles after a day of horseback riding, river rafting, skiing or outdoor adventure in Central Oregon.
The lobby of Sage Springs Spa at Sunriver Resort in Central Oregon
Sage Springs Spa Facilities
Once inside Sage Springs Spa, your nose will guide you to the day spa with its aromatherapy scents. Spa guests are shown to the locker room and provided with a private locker, plush robe and spa slippers. From here guest may relax in the steam room, hydrotherapy spa or chill in the lounge with a hot cup of tea or lemon water.
Sage Springs Spa Treatments
From sun up to sun down, there is a Sage Springs Experience for everything your heart desires. Wake up tired skin with a scrub, try a Sunriver body wrap, hot stone massage or Sage Springs pedicure.
My 50-minute Gemstone Energy Massage rocked. My therapist, Debbie Simmons, introduced me to three ISUN gemstone massage oils to choose from. While the Rose Quartz Crystal energy supposedly opens the heart and elevates the spirit, the Amethyst Quartz Crystal is said to have calming and purifying benefits. I opted for the garnet gemstone, noted for giving strength to the body and grounding the nervous system. Personally, I liked the garnet smell and who am I to pass up on extra strength for my body?
Relax under the stars in Sage Springs hydrotherapy spa
According to Sage Springs Spa Esthetician Debbie Simmons, Isun skincare founder Bunnie Gulick, “adds the best ingredients, with gemstone infused in small batches to absorb the energy of the crystal.” While I didn’t walk away from the Gemstone Energy Massage channeling my inner Superman; able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, I was definitely relaxed and feeling grounded. Sage Springs Spa: I’ll be back!
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Kayak or canoe the Deschutes River in Central Oregon
Beer drinkers delight in Bend Ale Trail
Will your travels take you to Central Oregon? Visitors definitely won’t want to miss The Bend Ale Trail. Bend probably has more microbreweries per capita than any other city in the state!
You can download the free app for iPhone or Droid, and get a passport from Visit Bend so you can make the rounds gathering stamps and beer samples. If you’d prefer not to meander on your own, and easy way to knock out four of the seven bend breweries in a fairly short time is with The Bend Brew Bus from Wanderlust Tours.
Wanderlust actually has a TON of really fabulous tours, ranging from caving to moonlight kayak and everything in between.
For visitors interested in trying mountain biking, the folks at CogWild offer great tours for riders ranging from first-timers to experienced cyclists.
Traveling with kids?
If you are traveling with kids, there is SO MUCH to do in Bend. I’ve mentioned before that my husband is from Oregon and I went to school at University of Oregon. There is plenty of activity to keep the kids busy from the Lava River Cave at Newberry National Volcanic Monument to whitewater rafting the Big Eddy Thriller. Kids can feed the fish at Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery in Camp Sherman or take pictures with eagles at the High Desert Museum.
Bend, Oregon eats
Velvet and Astro Lounge are two “typically Bend” hotspots if you’re looking for a way to kick off an evening with good drinks and appetizers. The food is a little better at Astro, the service is better at Velvet. If you’re trying to hit happy hour, start at Astro. Theirs goes ‘til 7 p.m. and is particularly good.
Blacksmith feels a tiny bit more upscale, but still has a really cool feel and excellent drinks and apps. Good history, too. High end Bend dining? Try Ariana Restaurant.
McMenamins at the old Saint Francis school is a neat place. Their soaking tub is pretty cool, and O’Kane’s at the back of the property offers a nice place to sit by the fire pits at the end of an evening and sip a local craft beer. There’s also Brother Jon’s, 10 Barrel Brewing Co. and Zydeco – get the house-smoked trout dip!
Fish on in Central Oregon! Kyle Connolly reels in a 6 pound, 25 inch trout
If you want to squeeze in a nicer dinner, try 900 Wall.
Another AMAZING restaurant that’s a little outside the downtown area is Trattoria Sbandati. Still walkable from downtown, but a bit off the beaten path. Some of the best food in Bend, but the location is teeny-tiny, so you’ll need reservations.
Best bets for breakfast or lunch, close to downtown, Jackson’s Corner is a great local fave, as is Alpenglow. Ditto for Chow. All three specialize in locally-produced ingredients, super fresh, unique food. You might also like:
Bellatazza, downtown Bend
Thump, downtown Bend
Backporch, two locations in Bend
Nancy P’s Bakery
Debi Smith of Seventh Mountain Resort Stables, horseback riding on the banks of the Deschutes River
Looking for a little spa time after all that outdoor exercise? Check out Anjou Spa in Bend or Shibui Spa at FivePine Lodge in Sisters, Oregon.
When you want to send a home made postcard from Central Oregon, get your picture taken at Smith Rock State Park with the monkey face in the background. (You’ll know what I’m talking about when you see it.)
The Old Mill District in Bend offers great views and is the best place to watch or experience headliner and free summer concerts, in addition to annual sporting events!
Looking for a little exercise? Try the Upper Deschutes River Trail - also a good place to go fishing.
The Bend Bulletin is the local paper in town. Go Magazine is published on Friday’s. The Source Weekly is, well, the weekly newspaper.
There’s always something going on in Bend/Central Oregon.
2011 USGA of Cyclocross – The Deschutes Brewery Cup – Bend, Oregon, December 10th and 11th, 2011
Munch n’ Music
Bend Farmer’s Market
Pole, Pedal, Paddle take place in the spring time, as does pond skimming at Mt. Bachelor (you gotta see it, to believe it.)
Visiting Bend in the summer? Join in on Downtown Bend’s Old Fashioned Fourth of July Pet Parade.
Did you know that Central Oregon is known for world-class golf? Thomas, four-years-old, from Portland, Oregon, takes a swing.
Did you know that Central Oregon is also known for world-class golf? Surrounded by the Cascades, most offer spectacular views, but the following are stunning gems in the fall:
Crosswater Club at Sunriver Resort
Aspen Lakes in Sisters
Crooked River Ranch
Black Butte Ranch
Come to Central Oregon for skiing, snowboarding and other snow-play at Mt. Bachelor in the winter.
What are your favorite things to do in Bend, Oregon?