CLAIM TO FAME: Operated by the swish Auberge Resorts since last year, Pronghorn still has lots of old-time charm. Running through the 640-acre property is a bit of the historic Huntington Wagon Road. Some scar trees—into which pioneers notched trail markers—are
SIGNATURE DRINK: Ghost trees—the bony white, seemingly sculpted remnants of long-dead junipers— twist and turn throughout the property. But there are plenty of living, not-so-eerie junipers, too, to lend flavor to the bar’s delicious cocktails made with Bendistillery Crater Lake gin, like the Northeast Bloody Mary.
IDEAL GUEST: You don’t have to play golf to enjoy your time here, but it helps. The resort’s Jack Nicklaus course, with its juniper stands, lava deposits and views of the Cascades, is superb. Learn the names of the peaks and you’ll be ready when the forecaddie says, “Take dead aim at Three Fingered Jack.”
HOT PLATE: At the signature restaurant, Chanterelle, executive chef Kevin Linde dries his own meats for the charcuterie platter and makes his own pasta from scratch. Follow the Dungeness crab and wakame salad with fennel sausage and veal bolognese on fettuccini, and thank us later.
AMAZING AMENITIES: Bend has a reputation for great outdoor recreation, and Pronghorn Adventures will make sure you’re part of it, whether it be climbing the 350-foot Monkey Face, fly-fishing on the Deschutes River or enjoying a somewhat less strenuous traverse of the Bend Ale Trail.