Winter Trip to Smith Rock and Bend, Oregon
During my Christmas break we took a short overnight trip down to Bend, Oregon to go skiing at Mt. Bachelor. On the way, we stopped at Smith Rock State Park to snap a couple photos.
Near Redmond, Oregon, Smith Rock is in the high desert, considered a mecca for climbing enthusiasts, and is assumed to be the birthplace of modern American sport climbing.
Wow, I loved this place and definitely want to go back. I hear Smith Rock State Park is crowded during the summer because of all the rock climbers and other outdoor sports enthusiasts, but at the end of December it was quiet and serene.
It feels like it must have been considered sacred place during earlier times, but I can't seem to find any information from local Native American tribes.
From Smith Rock we drove to Bend, Oregon and stayed at The Oxford Hotel downtown. I had to take pictures of their eco-chic rooms that were so lovely to sleep in. We had a cozy fireplace on the TV and wonderful room decor to enjoy while it snowed outside.
Service at The Oxford Hotel in Bend was incredible and everyone was mountain friendly. That night we had a delicious meal at their restaurant 10 Below that serves urban organic cuisine and then enjoyed some quiet time in their sauna and steam room.
The next day when we went skiing at Mt. Bachelor it was a whiteout -- cold, windy, and snowy. Unfortunately, I couldn't take pictures because it was just too darn freezing. So the last thing from this trip to Bend that I couldn't forget was this amazing bathroom.
Is it me or do other women fall in love with a great bathroom? Wish I had been able to take a soak in this tub :)