It is officially the time of year when I search for hotels by cozy fireplaces and hot tub amenities instead of air-conditioning and welcome (paper-umbrella) cocktails. I’ve traditionally never loved autumn, but with my recent pregnancy news, I have enjoyed the crisp air, shorter days and changing leaves. All of these fall characteristics give me a more than reasonable excuse to do the only thing I naturally want to do in my first trimester; sleep.
I typically gallivant around five countries per year. The pregnancy news rattled me when I contemplated how it would affect my travel. But then something dawned on me, a saving grace, a term I had overheard a pregnant couple mention when I was on a past flight to Hawaii; BABYMOON! Babymoon is my ticket to continue to travel throughout this pregnancy and I plan to take every advantage of it.
A weekend at Riverhouse on the Deschutes was our first scheduled babymoon. We were graciously hosted by the hotel and I have plenty to say on why this is a perfect location for both adventure vacations as well as a low-key ‘napcation’ as we cleverly named it. In addition, our fur-baby Beatrix was also invited as this is a pet-friendly hotel and she received a gift-basket at check-in. (thoughtful touch)
My partner Sev and I drove 2.5 hours to central Oregon on Friday for our two-night stay. Conveniently located near downtown Bend, Riverhouse on the Deschutes is the perfect jumping-off point for Bend attractions such as shopping, ale trail, and fine-dining but also offers adventure seekers accessibility to mountain biking, hiking, skiing, rafting, kayaking, and rock climbing. As the name suggests, the hotel is located right on the Deschutes River so nature is literally at your doorstep if you choose to relax on property.
With that said, the winter ski season is almost upon us. Riverhouse on the Deschutes is offering a discount code for anyone reading this who wants to enjoy the beauty and adventure sports of central Oregon before December 23rd. Use the code: Bre19 on this link to receive 15% off your stay if you book by November 30th.
We cozied up in a ‘premiere river view king room with fireplace and sofa bed” for our babymoon weekend. The room featured a private balcony overlooking the Deschutes River and a wood-burning fireplace. The room created a peaceful environment for our ‘napcation’. I particularly enjoyed waking up, making tea with the in-room Keurig and stepping out on the balcony to feel the morning sun on my face.
Currents, located onsite, offers riverside fine dining with nightly specials. The Currents menu is innovative and refined and features local Pacific Northwest fare. I would highly recommend ordering the Rogue Blue Cheese Cake as a starter if available. With fireplaces located on the patio tables I also advice imbibing hot drinks next to the river. Don’t worry, if you do dine inside, the view is still stunning with large windows overlooking the Deschutes. There is also a bar and lounge with a pool table and shuffleboard adjoining the restaurant. Although we only had dinner, Currents is open for breakfast, weekend brunch and lunch as well.
Drift Spa is also located on the property. I walked from our room straight into a luxurious massage. The facility was simple yet clean and tranquil. My massage therapist was amazing. This was my first pregnancy massage and she was incredibly accommodating, informative, kind and professional. She easily convinced me a massage should be another part of my regular pregnancy routine for the next six months.
Our low-key adventure was a hike to Tumalo Falls and it was STUNNING. Trails for all skill and adventure levels are easily accessible from the hotel. In the winter, skiing on Mount Bachelor is only 15 minutes away.
This is a handsome life.