‘Nobody puts Baby in a corner’ – Johnny Castle, Dirty Dancing
Did anyone else ever fantasize about staying at Kellerman’s Resort in the Catskills every time they watched the film Dirty Dancing? Particularly there is a scene in the beginning that I remember clearly that would always excite me; after the Houseman family checks-in to Kellerman’s, they are shown around and given instructions on all the activities that take place at the resort. Like most 80’s children, I grew up dreaming about being Francis ‘Baby’ Houseman and vacationing at a resort where my days were filled with activities and a mysterious romance. I recently visited Salishan Resort located south of Lincoln City, Oregon and though I did not meet a sweaty, dancing, tight-pants wearing heart-throb via carrying a watermelon…I did have a perfectly well-rounded stay at a beautiful location surrounded by nature.
Salishan Resort was recently purchased by new owners and offers the coastal hospitality you would expect paired with a vision to connect guests to the natural beauty of its surroundings through wellness, eco-adventure and local cuisine. I took my mom and Beatrix (my golden-doodle) on this sponsored trip and although this was sponsored by Salishan Resort, all opinions and recommendations are genuinely my own.
Before jumping into the Salishan Resort review, I want to point out that the Spa at Salishan was so impeccable, I thought it warranted its own blog post, which can be read here and therefore, is not mentioned below.
Sleep at Salishan Resort
First, I love that Salishan Resort is pet friendly. So often Beatrix is benched at home while I am gallivanting around and the guilt sets-in. I appreciate a location that welcomes four-legged companions as part of the family and Beatrix made herself right at home. We had the luxury of staying in a premier room and it was 1.5 times larger than my apartment…I am not kidding. There was more than enough room to stretch out with two humans and a large fur-beast. I particularly loved the outdoor rocking chairs on our private balcony overlooking the Siletz Bay. We enjoyed glasses of wine outside, as the weather was perfect. I would love to come back and stay during a stormy winter evening to enjoy the stone fireplace and the whirlpool tub. Each premier room also came with a comfortable sofa-sleeper and dining area.
Eat at Salishan Resort
We experienced two of the three Salishan Resort restaurants and both came with beautiful views and very reasonably priced local cuisine. The Attic Lounge located upstairs has both incredible sunset views and live music on the weekend evenings accompanied by fresh specialty cocktails. The Sun Room located off the lobby also offers outdoor seating options overlooking the lawn and is the ideal spot for breakfast.
What to order; The Sun Room: Dungeness Crab Eggs Benedict
What to order; Attic Lounge: Dungeness Crab Soup or Tacos
Play at Salishan Resort
Welcome to Salishan Basecamp, a guide that you receive upon check-in with a complete schedule and descriptions of all the activities happening during your stay. I recommend (if you are a detailed planner like myself) sitting down with a glass of wine on your private patio, reading the listings and making a schedule for your stay. Although we did not have time for every activity, in true 100PercentDay fashion, we crammed in more than most might over the course of two days. My thoughts on each of the activities we participated in are below. I suggest signing up for the activities at the front-desk to receive detailed information on where to meet for Forest Bathing and Yoga.
The Japanese developed Forest Bathing in the 1980s as a holistic healing method for treating depression. In its simplest form the term means ‘taking in the forest atmosphere.’ This was hands-down my favorite activity and I received so many benefits from our 45-minute experience. We walked into the forest on-property and upon instruction went off into our own space taking observation of the native spruce, hemlock, cedar, moss and forest sounds as we meditated and breathed in that fresh forest air. I asked the forest a question with a still mind (per instruction) and I do believe I received a clear answer. This activity should be on your list, kids are welcome to join as well.
Welcome Drink and Yappy Hour:
Beatrix happily put her paws on the patio for some gourmet-infused water. Adult drinks are also available and we enjoyed sipping our costal sangria at the fire-pits after Beatrix had licked the last drop of her dish. I cannot speak for Beatrix but her aggressive lunges towards the dog dish every time I topped it off would tell me this is a major hit among the four-legged friend community.
S’mores and Pours:
The table set-up for this activity is as adorable as its name. Grab a brew, a stick, and a mallow and head over to the fire to roast to your hearts perfection. We actually paired our s’mores with a glass of wine (which I prefer) and enjoyed a s’more before dinner each evening. The first evening we were lucky enough to have the sun come down over the lawn as we partook. Do not be afraid to have seconds if you have a sweet tooth! They are delicious; don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Both sunrise and sunset yoga were offered during our stay. I am not an early riser so we chose the sunset yoga. Typically, the sunset yoga session is outside, however although it was a nice evening, the class was moved inside unexpectedly. The class itself was restorative and focused on rest and relaxation to wind down your day and prepare you for sleep. My mom found it spectacular and was very pleased with how well she slept that evening. My assumption would be that this class would be better experienced outside and I would recommend checking with the front-desk on its exact location to set your expectations.
Explore near Salishan Resort
Whether you are looking for a scenic drive or an invigorating surf session, there are plenty of places to explore north and south of Salishan. We ventured south past Depot Bay to Otter Rock for an afternoon surf. Otter Rock is located on the south side of Cape Foulweather and is a very popular break for all levels, including beginners. You can access the beach by parking at the Devil’s Punchbowl State Recreation day use park. There are also bathrooms.
There is a nice beach walking distance from Salishan or you can also drive to Gleneden Beach and find a place to lay out and read a book.
For longer stays at Salishan, you may be looking for an offsite restaurant to complement your dining experience. I would recommend the Side Door Café located in Gleneden Beach. The desserts are as enticing as the décor and rumor has it that Harrison Ford once flew his private plane to the area to have a burger here for lunch.
Overall, if you are planning a trip to the beach, I would recommend Salishan Resort as not only a hotel but a destination, especially for families and pets. I was impressed with its unique focus on connecting guests with the natural beauty of the central Oregon Coast.
And if you haven’t watched Dirty Dancing in a while, I would recommend queuing it up on your Netflix. Maybe Kellerman’s will have you feeling inspired to book your stay at Salishan Resort.
This is a handsome life.