Hailing from Missouri, Solomon Tetherow led a wagon train party through this part of Central Oregon in the mid-1800’s. He knew a good thing when he saw it. So did Chris van der Velde and his wife Erin, along with business partner Willem Willemstein, when they purchased Tetherow in 2009. A lot has changed in this high desert town since the pioneer days, but some things remains the same; Central Oregon’s ideal climate and abundance of outdoor activities.
I had the opportunity to experience Tetherow Lodges on a recent trip to Oregon. This booming town is an active adventure lover’s dream destination. Situated on 700 acres on Bend’s west side, Tetherow Lodges 50 room boutique hotel was built in 2014. With an 18 hole links-styled golf course, that happens to be the first course in Oregon to achieve Audubon Certified Signature Sanctuary status, this is the place to stay and play – and I don’t even golf! The resort serves as an ideal base camp for fishing, kayaking, hiking, biking, skiing and, of course, golf. As I mentioned, I’m not the golfer in the family, but I had a blast checking out the course on a Golfboard. Watch the video below of Tetherow Golf Pro Jake Edwards on the Golfboard and try it for yourself when you visit. Keep an eye out for Border Collie Cosmo, the un-official goose chaser and golf greeter.
One of the things I love most about small, boutique hotels is the home-away-from-home feeling I get during my stay. From the warm welcome at the Redmond Airport from the hotel shuttle driver, to check-in and even the housekeeping staff, everyone was very friendly and full of suggestions for things to see and do in Bend.
Some of my favorite activities (besides surfing the course on the Golfboard) was fly fishing on East Lake with Cascade Guides & Outfitters from The Hook Fly Shop located in SunRiver Resort and taking a bicycle tour of downtown with Bend Electric Bikes. What a great way to explore the city. If you enjoy music and are visiting during the summer months, hitch a ride on the complimentary hotel shuttle to hear live music at Drake Park during the “Munch and Music” free concert series.
A hat tip to Tetherow for the use of local products in the restaurant, as well as the individual hotel rooms. Coffee & tea lovers will appreciate Sisters Coffee and Metolius Tea and Apothecary. Don’t miss trying Goody’s chocolates in the shape of the resort logo. I was also pleased to see that I’m not the only one who still enjoys old-fashioned bar soap. I loved the lavender-scented soaps from La Petite Savonneire, the little soap company in Sisters, Oregon. There’s also a pillow menu and complimentary high speed wifi in the rooms and adjacent grounds. Parking is free, daily housekeeping is offered and concierge service is available 24/7.
Dining at Tetherow
Tetherow Grill is the fine dining option at the Clubhouse, but I ate the majority of my meals at the casual Row. Here you’ll find the best Bleu Diamond Burger in Bend and some of the sweetest desserts around. Try the ganache brownie bar with homemade candied pecan butterscotch ice cream or the Oregon cider berry cobbler with malted vanilla ice cream. I’m currently trying to talk Chef Zac Hoffman into selling his house made granola to the general public. It is delicious.
The 25 meter heated swimming pool is family-friendly, yet offers private cabanas for those wanting more privacy. In addition to lap swimming there is a hot tub, poolside service, and fire pits are available, as well.
Tetherow is open year round and is dog-friendly with a $50 non-refundable pet fee. Rates range from $179. to $400. with AAA rates and special package deals offered. The resort is introducing Cairn vacation rental homes from 2,800 to 3,000 square feet. These five bedroom, 5 bath houses are ideal for family reunions, weddings or business retreats. As always, check the website for current pricing.
Need to know:
Check in: 4:00pm
Check out: 11:00am
Insider Tip: In 2017 Tetherow will open a new spa, recreation center and neighborhood park. For additional insider tips follow luxury travel writer Nancy D. Brown on Twitter and Instagram @nancydbrown and follow @TetherowGolf and @VisitCentralOR for local tips.
If You Go
Tetherow (541) 388-2582
61240 Skyline Ranch Road
Bend, Oregon 97702
Golf resort review written by, video and photos courtesy of Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown of What a Trip, Travels from Northern California. I was a guest of Tetherow while researching additional articles in Oregon. The post Tetherow in the Heart of Bend, Oregon first appeared on https://www.nancydbrown.com.