Not since Johnny Utah dove out of a plane after Bodhi in a valiant act of
forbidden passion bravery has so much adrenaline been available as at Powell Butte's Brasada Ranch, an 1800-acre high-desert paradise a mere 3hrs from Portland that just unleashed a suite of high-octane sporting to go with its low-octane kickin' it. What you can get into:
Adventure: Their brand-new Adventures program offers insane, guided excursions like climbing Smith Rock, skydiving, white-water rafting on the McKenzie and Deschutes, and heli-biking, in which you get to, then into, da chopper (it quite baller-ly plops down right at the ranch), then fly to a Cascade Volcanic Arc mountain, and get set free to rocket down the crag like a Zoobomber from hell.
(Mild) Excitement: Hate concussions, like a loser? Get down with tennis, hiking, horseback riding, fly fishing, golf (on their 18-hole course), and bird watching expeditions, which hopefully involve checking out flocks of British chicks poolside.
You Crave Not These Things, Just a Back Rub and a Steak: Luxury ranch-style hotel suites and 2- & 3-bedroom cabins offer epic sunset views (especially from private hot tubs), plus there's a spa and a fine-dining resto with meats fired up by big shot chef Adrian Carpenter, so just remember that even though you're not in Utah, whatever you get, you should ask for two.
Published: May 18, 2012 at 4:00am EDT
16986 SW Brasada Ranch Road
Powell Butte, OR 97753
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