Black Butte Ranch Completes New Complex

Some new digs at an old favorite.

Black Butte Ranch recently gave residents and visitors a new reason to enjoy a stay at the destination resort west of Sisters, Oregon. The 1,800-acre community recently finished Lakeside, an $11.5-million redevelopment plan, situated on the edge of the iconic Phalarope Lake, and began welcoming visitors this June.

“The new facility matches our focus as a destination resort aimed at families,” says BBR President Scott Huntsman.


While the 45-year-old lodge, and its award-winning Lodge Restaurant and Aspen Lounge, still stand, Lakeside complements it and has become the focal point of family fun. The activity center features a recreation room, crafts and games and athletic equipment rentals. Outside, the playground offers kids a place to play while the parents relax. The pool is almost twice the size of the original pool, and suitable for lap swimming. There is also a spacious locker and changing room, sauna and hot tub.

The new Lakeside Bistro offers year-round indoor and outdoor dining surrounded by multiple fireplaces, with breathtaking Cascade Mountain Range views. The casual menu offers seasonal selections centered around locally-sourced produce.

When building the new facility, THA Architects of Portland and Kirby Nagelhout Construction of Bend paid particular attention to the aesthetic value of Phalarope Lake and the surrounding landscape. Like the other buildings and homes in BBR, the structure was designed to match the original post-modern, sea ranch aesthetic. In addition, the low-profile rooflines and the proximity of the facility to the surrounding trees hide the new building from view, even from the top of Black Butte.


“The architecture honors Black Butte Ranch’s design plan, as well as the site,” explains Huntsman. “The framed, panoramic views are spectacular.”

Black Butte remains a terrific destination for families, with many recreational opportunities. Phalarope Lake is large enough for kayaking, standup paddling and fly fishing. For wintertime fun, try BBR’s carriage rides, campfires, or their popular Christmas and Winter Solstice dinners.

See blackbutteranch.com

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