Renovation transforms Oregon's Salishan Lodge

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GLENEDEN BEACH, Ore. -- When the Spring Capital Group, a Eugene, Ore.-based investment firm, purchased the Salishan Lodge and Golf Resort in May 2003, they knew they had much to do.

But, unlike many properties needing multimillion-dollar renovations, the 40-year-old Salishan Lodge had a reputation to uphold as an award-winning resort. It also had a prime location on 750 acres of unspoiled central Oregon coast, overlooking Siletz Bay.

With renovations under way (now slated for completion in June), the Salishan is beginning to shine. For one thing, the golf course has improved dramatically. For another, the Salishan spa experience has begun to take on new life.

"Within a week of the sale, we walked the course with Peter Jacobsen, Oregon golf legend and PGA Tour veteran," said Mark Swift, the lodge's golf director.

Jacobsen's design firm, Jacobsen-Hardy Golf, was signed to do the renovation. Already a classic Scottish links 19-hole, par-71 course, the course required redesigned greens and better drainage.

"We now can play all year on a dry course, even in the rainy season," Swift said.

The 7,000-square-foot spa, expected to be completed in the fall, will offer massages, facials and wraps, steam and saunas as well as a line of spa products. A fireplace will warm up each treatment room.

Adding to the renovated golf course and new spa facilities are the lodge's fine dining and the return of award-winning chef Ken Martin.

The newly revised menu features locally caught Pacific oysters, Dungeness crab and steelhead salmon along with specialty beef and game dishes.

It also showcases one of the largest wine collections in the Pacific Northwest, with more than 10,000 bottles.

The dining room was honored by the DiRoNA (Distinguished Restaurants in North America) Guide 2003 as one of the top restaurants in North America. Entree prices range from $25 to $39.

The many structural enhancements have enabled Salishan to refine its traditional ambience.

Improved lighting and landscaping, a transformation of the facility's entryways and a massive stone fireplace, now the focal point of the central courtyard, are a few of the changes.

Room rates range from $139 to $194 through June 19 and $169 to $224 from June 20 to Oct. 23. Commission is 10%.

For more information, call (888) 725-4742 or visit www.salishan.com.

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