Mount Bachelor Lodging and Accommodations
Written by Jack Lee
The Oxford Hotel - Bend Oregon
The Oxford Hotel in Bend is the ideal skier’s boutique hotel in Bend. You can’t stay slopeside at Mt Bachelor ski resort, it's within the Deschutes National Forest so there is no on mountain lodging. Your best bet is Bend, located 17 miles from Mt Bachelor Ski Resort, a pretty easy drive – literally scenic and straightforward. The Oxford Hotel in Bend is a beautiful lodging property, and a super convenient spot right in the heart of the fun town of Bend. The Oxford Hotel lobby and staff are completely welcoming upon your arrival. With concierge check-in, you feel the four-star treatment immediately from valet car service on up to your suite arrival with your encrypted private elevator key. With 59 rooms from standard hotel fare to fabulous multi-room suites, The Oxford has options and packages for skiers, even lodging with meal plans, romance add-ons, or pampering at local spas.
Our terrace suite at The Oxford Hotel was beautifully appointed with white leather couches, birch log lamps, and big flat-screen TVs featuring soothing channel choices - a tropical fish tank or a roaring virtual fireplace. My husband would insist that the best part of the room was the big balcony overlooking the restored brick firehouse across the block, with the mountains peeking out above the Bend skyline. I was a pretty big fan of the beautiful bedding, the pillow menu and palatial spa like bathroom. On the top 7th floor of the Oxford Hotel, a stately fitness room offers exercise equipment lined up by the floor to ceiling windows. Views of Mt Bachelor and the Sisters in the distance are your workout inspiration, but we had plenty of workout on Bachelor's 3,700 acres of ski slopes. A hot tub in an enclosed room promised relaxation after a day on the ski slopes - although this spa, unfortunately, does not provide the same spectacular view as the exercise bikes.
From top to bottom, the Oxford Hotel is luxurious but casual enough for skiers. 10 Below is the hotel’s restaurant, literally below the lobby, this subterranean sophisticated basement eatery is even popular with local Bendites. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, The 10 Below Chef incorporates local Oregon ingredients, paired with Bend microbrews and Columbia River wines. The Bar at 10 Below is very inviting as well, for a nightcap or après ski drink.
For boutique shopping, Bend is an amusing blend of fashionable art galleries and storefronts like Hot Box Betty’s to Birkenstock, outdoorsy bike and ski shops stores and the requisite REI.
Staying in Bend and skiing Bachelor provides a cool multifaceted trip. Skiing the big snowy cone of Mt Bachelor by day, surrounded by wintery weather, then retreating back to the town of Bend where the sun is shining, folks are enjoying the paths, walking kids and dogs, and drinking beer at pub patios. Bend has the most brewpubs per capita of any city - perfect for après ski a short stroll from the Oxford Hotel. The 80,000 population of Bend is a friendly community of outdoorsy, outgoing, active, dog and beer loving brood.
The drive back and forth Bend to Bachelor is a beautiful, a gradual two lane road, an access road many ski resorts would envy. Along the way, you pass a few lodging resorts in closer proximity to the ski mountain, Tetherow Golf Resort, Wyndham's Seventh Mountain Resort, and Mt Bachelor Village. We preferred staying in the heart of downtown Bend at the Oxford Hotel, four-star luxury in walking distance to the plethora of great restaurants like Zydeco and brewpubs including Deschutes Brewery Public House, creative coffee shops like Thump, and fun boutique shopping.
To reach Bend and Bachelor, fly into Redmond Airport - a 40-minute drive, or Portland Oregon for a three-hour drive.