There’s nothing quite like staying in a cabin in the woods. Our family has enjoyed the cabins at Odell Lake, high up in the Oregon Cascades for many years. We spent a week each summer and an occasional winter weekend, and watched the kids grow up loving it as much as we did. This weekend we took the two dogs and headed back up to the mountains for a mini vacation.
I love seeing the dogs so happy. It’s a bit more work to add dogs to a vacation. They were unsettled at first, trying to figure out what was going on, but as soon as we let them off leash, they knew they were in for a good time. Running and playing like little kids on a snow day.
Odell Lake Resort offers cabins as well as rooms at the lodge for year round rentals. From tiny one room cabins for 2 to large roomy cabins for families to share, there is something for any sized group.
There are many other campgrounds and resorts in Oregon and all over the Northwest. The current issue of Sunset Magazine offers a cover story on the West’s Best Cabins. Spending your vacation in a cabin is like the best of camping but with indoor plumbing and a cozy bed. You can enjoy the outdoors, hiking and exploring and then come inside for a hot shower and a good night sleep. Many cabins and small resorts allow dogs for a little extra cost.
If there’s any doubt about taking dogs, just look at our boys. Raleigh, the brown one is 9 years old but acts like a puppy when we head for the mountains. Harper is the younger one, and this was his first real vacation in the woods. He had a ball exploring the wonderful sights and smells. It's such fun to see their unabashed enthusiasm!