The homey Flathead Lake Resort has a private beach dotted with sculptural driftwood on what is the largest lake west of the Mississippi. My father was in me as I paddled, my grandmother when I swam (though I dunked my head, not having a hairdo to protect), my mother when I read a book on the beach. A lake for everyone, confessions of a pool crasher, and the BBQ king of California. SUNSET is a registered trademark Its individuated, chinked-log cabins are available during high season for rental by the week, with guests congregating in the evenings in the lakeside bar and dining rooms. In the evenings, they relax over board games, bonfires, and gourmet camp food such as trout chowder and lodge mac ‘n’cheese paired with classic cocktails and Willamette Valley wines. I take after my Dad and unwind by paddling out on the lake, letting muscle memory execute the J-strokes needed to guide the canoe from the stern. We’re getting our groove at last; of course, just in time for us to leave. The new owners of this old resort built six roomy cabins with slate fireplaces and elegant furnishings, then turned the old boathouse into a restaurant ($$$). Since the 1920s, this lakeside site in the thick of the Deschutes National Forest has played host to multiple retreats—three burned down, one got damaged by a flood. In 2013, the team behind Portland’s hip Ace Hotel and new hospitality brand, Mighty Union, bought the down-on-its-luck place and refurbished it, giving it a scout camp feel right out of Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom. Suttle Lodge is Wes Anderson meets the Pacific Northwest. This improvised meal is as big a success as the sweated-over, planned-out one was a flop. Get fresh recipes, wine pairings, weekend getaway ideas, regional gardening tips, home design inspiration, and more. Now, as an adult, I’m carrying on my childhood summer tradition with friends. I’d imagined that midway through the afternoon of the second day’s drive north from the Bay Area, we’d pull into Sisters, the congenial town nearest the lake and stock up at the local farmers’ market, grocery, and butchers. There’s something about a lake that resuscitates them, the sunniest hours of my youth. A lake for everyone, confessions of a pool crasher, and the BBQ king of California. Rooms in the lodge are high-ceilinged, with views out over the lawn and the lake. Sunset; Travel Outdoor Adventure ... We reached The Suttle Lodge & Boathouse after dark, and although our cabin’s kitchen was now well-stocked, all of us are road-weary and agree to grab a bite at the Boathouse, the lodge’s casual restaurant. During the warm months, the nearby town of Bigfork programs festivals (cider, guitar) and summer-stock theater. It is located South of Portland in Sisters, Oregon and is the perfect long weekend escape. Glacier National Park is a short drive away, as are the Swan River’s rapids, famous among rafters and kayakers. We are none of us in the first flush of youth, and, by this point, we all have our particular ways of doing things. of Sunset Publishing Corporation. Where Does a Family of Lifelong Road-Trippers Settle Down. Most days, my grandmother would do an hourlong swim in the frigid waters, always keeping her head well above the water so as not to ruin her hairdresser’s hard work. The lodge is civilized but simple. Built in 1915 on a headland jutting out into the water, Lake Crescent Lodge’s classic dining room occupies a glassed-in porch facing the water and Pyramid Mountain beyond. Three generations of the Browning-Hunt family have run Sardine Lake Resort, set on a boating and trout-fishing lake at the base of the Sierra Buttes since 1941. Our last supper comes together in near silence. Someone makes succotash from the leftover corn, some tomatoes and bread become a panzanella, and the last of the marionberries get used in a crumble and infused into a whiskey cocktail. Copyright © 2020 Sunset Publishing Corporation. Thus cued, Martin says he remembers a woman in a floppy hat, from distant and exotic Los Angeles, coming to the step of that store, in the 1950s, looking around her and declaring it the most beautiful place she’d ever seen. That we’d then go to the resort, settle into our cabin, and take a dip just as the sun was setting. Seven miles from the nearest paved road, Lake O'Hara Lodge, constructed in 1926 from Douglas fir logs, overlooks an alpine lake in Yoho National Park. Mesa Verde National Park has been named Best Cultural Attraction by Sunset magazine, the premier guide to living and traveling in the West. After a strenuous day of hiking, unwind with a drink in the old-timey bar, scoring tips from the outdoorsman bartender for the next day, then try the sous vide Idaho trout in a dining room overlooking the water.