The New Lodge at Suttle Lake

The group behind restoring the Ace Hotel Portland has overhauled the historic Lodge at Suttle Lake outside of Sisters, rebranding it as Suttle Lodge & Boathouse. Tucked deep in the ponderosa pines, set on the edge of the majestic blue-hued waters of Suttle Lake, the lodge embodies a minimalist-eclectic motif with a touch of scout camp. The rustic yet chic retreat serves visitors as an escape from the daily grind. There is no cell phone service and sparse Wi-Fi; you will feel the intention to disconnect. “It’s a luxury few people know anymore,” said Donald Kenney, co-owner of Suttle Lodge.

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The developers, Portland-based firm A&R Development, joined forces with the restaurant and hotel group The Mighty Union and have built a surreal summertime Shangri-La. The minimalist theme pairs perfectly with the rich contrast in colors of the surrounding environment, allowing one to focus on the outdoors and solitude. Rent a room with a loft straight out of a child’s tree house dream, or a cozy cabin. The lobby has a tiny bar with six seats, where you can enjoy a cocktail. An enormous fireplace and a record player are directly across from the bar.

On the shoreline is the restaurant, The Boathouse, with an amazing food menu created by chef Joshua McFadden of Ava Gene’s in Portland. The counter-service, flip-flop-friendly restaurant is reminiscent of old-timey lake marinas where you could fill up your boat, get some bait and grab a fried fish sandwich. There’s also an adjoining market where you can get goods to go and a rental kiosk where you can rent just about anything: boats, paddleboards, canoes or a pair of snowshoes.

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There is live music on the books as well as an exciting lineup of visiting chefs from some of Portland’s best restaurants. Take a weekend to escape to Suttle Lake and check out the new Suttle Lodge for a unique lakefront experience. Visit thesuttlelodge.com for more information. 

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