A faded Oregon icon is undergoing a complete makeover that
officials say will reestablish it as a top year-round Pacific
Dating back to 1971, Inn of the Seventh Mountain is being
redeveloped and repositioned as a 300-unit, full-service property
with guest rooms, suites and condominiums. Utah-based Fandango
Resorts is overseeing the project and will manage the renovated
“Our main objective is to lure back the leisure guest who came
here for 20-plus years, but was turned away by the lack of service
and updates to the product over the last decade,” said Davis Smith,
sales and marketing director for Inn of the Seventh Mountain. “At
the same time we want to attract the 30-somethings who came here
with their parents during the ’70s and ’80s, and who want to come
back now with their own kids.”
The inn boasts a prime location in Central Oregon’s Deschutes
National Forest, 14 miles from Mount Bachelor and five miles from
When it opened, the inn was an instant hit with skiers. In the
early 1980s, it expanded into a four-season resort by adding river
rafting on the Deschutes River, horseback riding, tennis courts,
hiking, fishing, children’s programs, volleyball, basketball and
two outdoor pools.
The inn reaped many years of success until it developed the
Seventh Mountain Golf Village, now Widgi Creek. According to Smith,
funds were distributed incorrectly and the resort filed for
bankruptcy in the early 1990s. A series of subsequent managers
alienated longtime repeat guests by running the inn without
improvements. The resort filed for bankruptcy again in October
2001, and Fandango Resorts was contracted to oversee the
renovations in December 2001.
Smith said 85% of the inn’s market comes from the Pacific
Northwest, with 15% from other states, primarily Northern
California. With that in mind, the inn will focus most of its
promotional efforts on Oregon and Washington communities during the
“Families are a big market for us because we offer activities
for all age groups,” Smith said.”
The renovated property will feature an elaborate new interior
design, upscale cuisine, an arts program, recreational amenities
and concierge services.
Inn of the Seventh Mountain remains open during renovations.
Renovated rooms are scheduled to be ready by March 2003.
A two-night package for $222 includes a pair of all-day lift
tickets for Mount Bachelor and two breakfast vouchers. The package
is valid for stays through April 30, 2003 (Closed Dec. 20 to Jan.