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5 Bargain Winter Getaways

Five destinations in Oregon and California promise winter inexpensive fun by the seaside or on the slopes.

Via Staff
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The beach at Point Arena, Calif., makes for a perfect cold-weather escape.

Bend, Oregon

PLAY Skiers roam Mt. Bachelor, the state’s largest resort, on 71 runs overlooking peaks in Three Sisters Wilderness Area. Lift tickets from $49. (800) 829-2442,

STAY On a wooded stretch of Highway 46, between town and mountain, lies clean, quiet, skier-friendly Entrada Lodge. From $79. (888)505-6343,

EAT At the Pilot Butte Drive-In sip a chocolate blackberry shake ($4.50) or grab a booth to order one of 18 distinctive burgers under $10. (541) 382-2972,

Cayucos, California

PLAY Good Clean Fun, a surf shop, rents kayaks by the hour on clear days. Book a tour or paddle solo to a kelp forest to spy sea otters and pelicans. (805) 995-1993,

STAY Guests at the Seaside Motel stroll on sand in late-winter sunshine, then barbecue on a patio surrounded by flowers. From $73. (800) 549-0900,

EAT In an outdoor pavilion at Hoppe’s Garden Bistro, savor local abalone in lemon butter ($18), then share a smoked-pheasant pizza ($10). (805) 995-1006,

Manzanita, Oregon

PLAY In Oswald West State Park, hike Short Sand Creek trail to Necarney Creek, then cross a bridge to coastside Lookout Point. (503) 368-3575,

STAY Find heated yurts amid low pines at Nehalem Bay State Park. Visitors venture over the dunes to watch roaring waves. $27. (800) 452-5687,

EAT At Marzano’s Pizza Pie in Manzanita, imported cheeses and house-cured sausage enliven hearty pies. From $9. (503) 368-3663.

Mount Shasta, California

PLAY Welcoming Mt. Shasta Ski Park, just five miles east of I-5, boasts 32 runs and two terrain parks spread over 425 acres. Lift tickets start at $16. (800) 754-7427,

STAY Ten miles from the ski slopes, Mount Shasta Resort offers chalets near a lake or lodge rooms with Jacuzzi tubs. From $80. (800) 958-3363,

EAT Locals crowd downtown’s Billy Goat's Tavern for hot garlic fries ($2) and blue cheese burgers with caramelized onions and mushrooms ($10). (530) 926-0209.

Point Arena, California

PLAY Park at Schooner Gulch State Beach, then walk north on the sand to Bowling Ball Beach, paved with hundreds of wave-smoothed boulders. (707) 937-5804,

STAY A continental breakfast, balconies, and surf are standard amenities at the Wharf Master’s Inn, perched above a fishing pier. From $85. (800) 932-4031,

EAT Enjoy locally caught rock cod and chips ($14) with one of 31 draft beers ($4) at the Pier Chowder House & Tap Room. (707) 882-3400,

This article was first published in March 2010. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.