Run Oregon loves running – that’s no surprise. But we also love the Pacific Northwest and all that it has to offer. Running is a part of us, but it does not fully define us. In our new “Make a Day of It” feature, we aim to showcase some great local non-running events and highlight where to run and how to make the most of your experience!
The next installment of this series is the Salishan Resort.
You have probably heard of or seen Salishan Resort before. It’s the really nice resort just south of Lincoln City on the 101. It sits just off the bay and boasts golf course, spa, and lodging opportunities for those looking to escape to the Oregon Coast. We came back in March of 2017 and ran some nearby trails. I myself have been a handful of times in the past 10 years, but always felt it was missing…something. I never knew what it was, but I felt that unless I was an avid golfer (I’m not) or wanted a top-quality and expensive fine dining experience (I don’t often) then it really wasn’t the ideal place for me. It wasn’t bad, per se, it just filled a niche that I wasn’t really a part of. So when we were asked to come back out for another stay, I wasn’t sure what to expect. And after spending the last weekend of July there, I can honestly say I’m super excited to see the new and improved Salishan come to fruition.
In reading some news articles, and talking with new General Manager Ryan McCarthy, the idea behind Salishan was to connect guests with the beauty of the central Oregon Coast. Ultimately, that (in a nutshell) isn’t that hard to do. The gorgeousness that is the coast is pretty well-documented and the area on which Salishan itself sits is quite nice. It’s secluded enough to get away from it all, yet not so isolated that you can’t make an easy trip into a grocery store or restaurant in one of the great small coastal towns nearby. But I think it may have been the “connecting” part that had been lost in recent years. The modern traveler, especially those in the Pacific Northwest, is starting to morph (for better or worse). Travelers are looking a little less like golfers and fine-diners, and more like adults and families desiring to make the most of their vacations or getaways by experiencing all the local flavors and practicing some personal wellness in the process.
Back in February of 2018, an ownership and management change was made, and the group has this exact idea and vision. They want to keep the ideals of the classic Salishan – a place for relaxation, art, and dining – and fuse it with adventure seeking travelers who want a basecamp or hub to be a part of. I went on the new Saturday morning General Manager’s run (a new activity on their updated summer schedule) and we chatted about the vision and some new multi-million dollar investments being put into place. Here is some feedback on additions.
- Expanded Running Opportunities
On our run, we went for about 3 miles across the property, running on some paved trails, nature trails, roads, and even the beach. This specific opportunity isn’t set up for a long and fast run (not sure if this will be something in the future – the GM was a triathlete), but did a great job at highlighting some great areas on and off property to further explore. The nature trail on property is relatively short, but could be looped to make it longer. They have upgraded some of the trails, remade some bridges, and hope to continue to expand as possible. Our run showcased a coast trail and showcased how to close and easy get some extended miles on the sand.
- Updated Food and Drink
Opting to move a little away from a fine dining menu, their updated food options will consist of a more casual coast-to-table dining. Vegetables from a new on-site garden highlight some dishes with locally-caught fresh seafood at the foundation. They also are working on forging relationships with farmers, fishermen, brewers, winemakers to really showcase the area. Look forward to an unpretentious dining experience.
In addition to the on-site restaurant, there are a variety of other food and drink news. Friday and Saturday evenings bring wine and spirits tasting in the lobby area, and every night of the week will feature s’mores and Pours – where you roast your own treat and enjoy 50% off craft beers and wine on the patio. We did this while we stayed and had a great experience with tons of the resort guests talking and playing games together!
In addition to the main lodging grounds, the new owners have also purchased the small shopping center on the other side of the highway. That location is the current spot for the beautiful Salishan Spa (see pictures below), but there are also a variety of vacant spots that hope to be filled soon. In addition to adding in a local art gallery, one big source of news is that it will be home to a new brewery, Beachcrest Brewing Company, which should be opening in the Fall of this year!
- A Commitment to Wellness
In addition to the General Manager’s Saturday AM runs, there are also a variety of opportunities to promote overall wellness. Taking a gander at their activity sheet showcases a variety of yoga opportunities – both in the morning and in the evening as well. I walked past one during our stay, which was occurring on a great stone area surrounded by trees with a relaxing fire in the middle of the plaza. There were at least a dozen people participating and it looked quite awesome. Mats are provided free of cost.
Additionally, one other wellness activity promoted is Forest Bathing. I wasn’t 100% sure what that was, but found out that it is essentially a guided meditation in the nearby forested area. Here’s a little excerpt from an NPR article:
In Japan, the country that has the highest population density in the world but also vast expanses of green forests (about 3,000 miles of them), an ancient tradition tries to balance out the crush from urban living. It’s known as shinrin-yoku, or “forest bathing.” It’s the practice of spending prolonged periods of time with trees in order to gain from their many health benefits.
- A Commitment to Experiences
With the new tagline of Salishan being the ‘Basecamp on the Oregon Coast’, it’s obvious to make the connection that they want to make sure people are not only coming there to stay, but also to experience activities during their time there. We have highlighted some above, but here are a few more exciting additions, some of which have been started and some which are in planning stages:
- Arial Adventure Park and Ropes Challenge
- New mountain biking trails
- New outdoor shop (Salishan Adventure HQ) in the shopping village, complete with an “REI-lite” store with all sorts of gear for purchase or rent (clamming necessities, SUP’s, kayaks, bikes, fishing gear, etc)
- Potential addition of Zipline Tour
- Treeology (tree climbing)
Clearly there is huge investment going into Salishan, and it is very evident that they are taking this very seriously and putting some great thoughts into what they want to become. I can say that I finally have a reason to return to Salishan again in the future and am now excited and intrigued to do so!
*More about the Salilshan Resort
To recenter, to reunite with friends and family, to step into your comfort zone, to seek new adventures, to experience all the majestic Oregon Coast has to offer; whatever your reasons for coming here, this is the place to get to “there.” Whether you’ve been here before or this will be your first time, Salishan is your basecamp for adventure on the Oregon Coast.
Hike trails carved over millennia during our free, Guided Interpretive Hike. Kayak a coursing river. Stand-up paddleboard among seals and whales. Go for Guided Art Walks, Sunset Yoga, Forest Bathing or Poses and Pints. Play our signature 18-hole golf course, join us for a gourmet dinner, and unwind at our spa. We have everything you need to get “there.”
Summer programming guarantees an invigorating, inviting array of summer activities to choose from. Treat your pooch to Yappy Hour, complete with gourmet bacon-infused water. Follow up with an evening concert on our sprawling, manicured lawn, thirst-quenching craft beers and can’t-eat-just-one handmade, complimentary, gourmet s’mores.
Regardless of what you seek, your journey starts here at the new Salishan.
*”More About” information taken from the company’s website. We like to let their own stories speak for themselves, because we review companies that have real personality and passion about what they do.
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