Many of Central Oregon’s resorts pride themselves on offering remote experiences, away from the region’s population centers.
But Tetherow Resort zigs where the region’s other resorts zag, straddling the Deschutes National Forest and the city of Bend: Yes, you can leave the resort and arrive, after just 10 minutes, in the heart of downtown Bend. (The resort even offers shuttle service, so you can leave the driving to someone else.)
Of course, we’d understand if you have a hard time leaving the amenity-rich Tetherow Resort, which hosts an 18-hole golf course designed by an award-winning architect, a trio of restaurants serving all manner of filling cuisine, hotel rooms with panoramic views, rental homes with outdoor fire pits, a heated outdoor pool, and myriad other attractions. (Tetherow even offers free guitar rentals to aspiring and accomplished musicians.)
So whether you’re exploring the sites nearby or kicking your feet up at the resort, here’s a look at what makes Tetherow one of the most exciting resorts in Central Oregon.
Golf at Tetherow Resort
Tetherow’s golf course is no stranger to accolades—it’s been named one of the best golf courses in Oregon and one of the 100 best public courses in the United States by Golf Digest—and it’s easy to see what golfers love about the manicured course.
The 18-hole, Scottish links-style course was designed by David McLay Kidd (a renowned architect who’s designed award-winning courses on two continents) and takes full advantage of Central Oregon’s immense natural beauty. Holes sit surrounded by high-desert shrubs and stands of pine, and views can extend as far north as Mount Hood on a clear day—with the Three Sisters, Broken Top, and other nearby peaks routinely visible.
In addition to the resplendent course, Tetherow hosts a golf shop (featuring apparel, gear, and memorabilia for children and adults), an indoor-outdoor golf academy designed to help golfers hone their skills all year long, and personalized lessons tailored to each golfer.
Want to hit the links elsewhere around the region? Learn more on our page about golf in Central Oregon.
Restaurants and Lodging at Tetherow
Want the skinny on what it’s like to eat and stay at Tetherow? Here’s the low-down on what to expect from Tetherow’s eateries and overnight offerings.
Whether you’re done after a day on the links, returning from a road trip around the region, or just need a bite while sitting poolside, Tetherow hosts a trio of popular eateries to sate your appetite. Hungry for creative pub grub? Stop by The Row—open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. For something more upscale, Solomon’s dishes high-end fare inspired by the Pacific Northwest (such as seafood, foraged mushrooms, and steaks) alongside a curated wine selection. And if you need a quick bite, Tetherow Café dishes sandwiches, pizzas, bowls, salads, smoothies, coffee, and other light fare.
And with so many amenities—like those great restaurants—we’d understand wanting to spend a few nights at Tetherow. Would-be guests have two options for accommodations at the resort.
Tetherow hosts 50 hotel rooms with an in-room fireplace, balconies, plenty of natural light, views of the resort and nearby peaks, high-end furnishings, spa-style bathrooms, and other thoughtful amenities—all with a variety of room sizes and configurations to accommodate couples, families, and small groups alike. Rooms also include free Wi-Fi, special golf course rates, and access to the resort’s wide range of offerings—including the pool and hot tub, fitness center, free gear storage, and shuttle service into town.
For an extended stay, a group outing, or a more relaxed, home-like atmosphere, consider a few nights in Tetherow’s vacation rental homes. Lodgings range from high-end studios to five-bedroom homes to accommodate groups of all sizes—with amenities that include fully stocked kitchens, hot tubs, outdoor fire pits, Bluetooth-compatible speaker systems, smart TVs, spacious patios, and more. (Note that not all amenities are available in Tetherow’s studios.) Rental homes also come with access to Tetherow’s fitness center, golf course, pool, and other offerings.
Wherever you stay at Tetherow, your four-legged friends are more than welcome. The resort offers a pet-friendly package specifically for dogs that includes a special bed, doggie bowl, homemade treats, and waste bags.
Things to Do Around Tetherow Resort
You’ll find plenty to do around Tetherow Resort—whether on the grounds or just outside your door. Here’s a rundown of how to have fun on your next visit.
Take a dip: Tetherow hosts a heated outdoor pool and hot tub—both boasting views of Central Oregon forests, high desert, and blue skies—with lap swim and open swim opportunities throughout the day. Next to the pool are Tetherow’s rentable cabanas, replete with comfortable seats, adjustable privacy screens, heaters, and power stations for charging your mobile devices.
Head into town: We mentioned it earlier, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t bring it up again: Discover Bend, Oregon, the region’s biggest city and just a five- to 10-minute drive north of Tetherow. Bend is home to nearly two dozen award-winning craft breweries, eateries that range from up-and-coming food carts to fine-dining establishments, a walkable downtown brimming with boutiques, and—of course—four seasons of outdoor recreation.
Take a drive on the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway: Mere steps from Tetherow sits Century Drive, which becomes the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway—one of the most jaw-dropping drives in Central Oregon. The route—always open to Mount Bachelor, usually open June through October beyond the resort—passes alpine lakes, some of the region’s best-loved hiking trails, and several Cascade peaks over the span of 66 breathtaking miles. Enchanted by all that scenic beauty? Get a closer look at the lakes in Central Oregon.
And if you’re trying to brainstorm other ways to pass the time on your next visit,
check out our list of things to do in Central Oregon for ideas and inspiration.
Explore Nature’s Beauty
From the sagebrush-covered plains of the high desert to the towering pines and majestic mountain peaks, discover the diverse landscape Central Oregon has to offer.