Unique Open House | Breakaway Lodge

Nestled in the heart of historic Gearhart, just blocks from the beach. Rare opportunity to own a charming and spacious property in a choice location. Operated as a lodge/retreat center the past fifty years, this unique, well-maintained facility on a prime lot is ready for your vision. Potential uses include nonprofit or corporate camps/retreats, school, daycare or private residence. Eleven sleeping rooms can be left alone or reconfigured to make a spacious master suite and guest rooms. Two private bathrooms accompany two communal ones, which have the possibility for spa-like features. Use the commercial-style kitchen as is or turn it into a culinary playground. A large dining hall features one of the two gas fireplaces. Garage has a carpeted room above for added use options.

This is the perfect family compound for generations to come. Consider shared ownership as well. Endless possibilities…just bring your ideas!

History:

 The Breakaway Lodge has been owned and operated by Young Life as a camp/retreat for the past 50 years. The Lodge was purchased in 1969 from the Episcopal Church of Oregon. The church had used the building as an educational retreat for young people. Originally known as The Convent of St. Margaret’s by the Sea, it was built in 1924 by the Society of Sisters of Holy Names. Each summer, the sisters traveled by train from Portland to Gearhart to stay at the retreat for a period of about ten days throughout the summer. The convent closed down each winter.

Located on the North Coast of Oregon, the lodge sits on a half-acre total acreage for this property, as the sale includes two tax lots is actually .92 acres, so just shy of an acre not a 1/2 acre in the middle of the small beach community of Gearhart. Access to the rugged and beautiful Oregon Coast and its sandy beaches is just a short walk away. The beach communities of Seaside and Cannon Beach are in close proximity and are used extensively by groups and for program activities. Accented by large decks and terraced gardens, the lodge has developed into a highly desirable retreat center. There is an outdoor, sand volleyball court, an outside basketball court, and an outdoor octoball courts – so 3, outdoor courts.  

For more information and details about The Breakaway Lodge or to set up a private showing, please contact Nicki Whittle or Sally Conrad or visit www.cascadesothebysrealty.com


Bend Office Updates

A Fun Place To Work 

This week’s sales meeting for our Bend brokers kicked off with a hotly contested costume competition. The costumes encompassed a vast variety of genres and styles. We saw everything from a surprisingly accurate depiction of a Mesozoic era dinosaur to a domesticated take on Stephen King’s beloved and feared character, Pennywise. The competition was not at all half-hearted but turned rather fervid as brokers were clamoring for the top spots. The vote came down to the wire, but ultimately, Dinosaur Skeleton ‘she’s shorter in person’ Stephanie Ruiz walked away with the coveted victory. 2nd place went to Michelle Anderson and Jaquie Sebulsky with the Huffman & Loughlin ‘too soon?!’ costume followed closely by Brandi Wanker’s Mime, ‘use your words!’ outfit.

Agents of Change

The Scotch Award

After the costume contest, Northwestern Home Loan’s Matthew Bassitt presented Caleb and Ellie Anderson with the “Keeper of the Scotch Coin Award” for the month of November. The inscription on the award reads as follows: “The Keeper of the Scotch Coin represents a commitment made to saving a solider’s life. For the month it hangs on this wall, a warrior suffering from post-traumatic stress will have the opportunity to participate in the Save a Warrior Program because of this business’s generous donation of $2,500. This pledge takes place each month of the year, and started September of 2016 at The Scotch Golf Tournament”. For information about how to get involved or to learn more about The Scotch Award, please visit https://warriorimpact.org/.

Keeping Our Brokers Well Informed

COAR Guest Speaker

Tyler Neese, the Government Affairs Director at COAR, was the featured guest speaker. Tyler updated the group on new policies being implemented throughout Oregon. He talked about the ‘Road to 3000’, which is a new Bend City Council goal of adding 3,000 new housing units by June 2021. Tyler also educated the group on the new Bend Climate Action Plan and Mandatory Energy Audits, which is just a reflection of the same Portland policies that were adopted 2 years ago. For more information about the new policies, please visit COAR’s Government Affairs page.


New Office Now Open in NorthEast Portland

On Thursday, October 24th, we celebrated the opening of our 15th office in Oregon and SW Washington. Collaboration with our brokers has been the essential ingredient for our growth to 325 brokers. We are the 11th largest Sotheby’s affiliate in the world in 2018 as well as being ranked the number 1 brokerage firm in Oregon by the number of transactions. We provide exceptional service to buyers and sellers in all price ranges. Please contact one of our market-savvy brokers to help you achieve your real estate objectives.


Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty continues its innovative approach to uniting extraordinary lives with extraordinary homes building on these statistics:

  • 325 brokers
  • 15 offices in Oregon and SW Washington
  • 2X market share in Central Oregon than nearest competitor
  • $1.5 billion company-wide sales volume in 2018

Cascade Sotheby’s affiliation with Sotheby’s International Realty offers a distinctive advantage to reach an affluent global audience. With over 20,000 sales associates in approximately 960 offices and 72 countries and territories, and 108 billion in sales, the Sotheby’s network provides a profound international reach to market properties in Oregon and SW Washington.

www.CascadeSothebysRealty.com


Moving Closer to Family

Baby Boomers are becoming Baby Chasers, and Here’s Why

According to the data trackers at Meyers Research’s Zonda, around 25% of boomers (those born between between 1946 and 1964) are choosing to pull up roots and move closer to grandkids after retirement. There are a number of perks fueling this popular trend. Running the gamut from practical and necessary to “I just want to watch my grandkids grow!,” there’s a reason so many retirees are choosing to bid farewell to their homes and move, sometimes all the way across the country, to be closer to family. 

While getting in on the fun during those first few baby years with the grandkids is often reason enough to hit the bricks, the opportunity to discover a new community and friends with similar lifestyles is a tremendous benefit that ought not be overlooked. Whether it’s a new partner for pickleball or someone to join for whisky tastings and cigars, finding someone who shares an interest is the perfect way to break the ice in a new place. At the end of the day, grandmas and grandpas deserve a little fun, too, ya know. 

Being There for Family

Raising a family is tough business, and no one knows that better than someone who’s made it all the way through to the other side and reached that golden age of leisure we like to call retirement. It’s a time to sit back, relax, and watch the next generation of teens make ridiculous fashion choices that they’ll almost definitely laugh at when they get older. Speaking of the next generation, older kids and teens can also be a big help around the house  — another perk to living closeby. 

Chores are a great way for kids to learn household skills, and it creates moments of bonding and shared experiences which help bridge generational gaps and encourage closer relationships. Whether shoveling snow or just watching a movie together, it’s an opportunity to spend casual time together outside of busy holidays and bustling family events. The support goes both ways, too. Grandparents can be a big help with after-school childcare and on snow days, sick days, and during seasonal breaks from school. 

Deciding to move to be closer to family is easy. Deciding exactly how close is a whole other conversation. Here are some common scenarios to think about, as well as a few pros and cons to consider when making a plan to move near grandkids after retirement. 

Moving in with Family 

This is likely the most affordable option for many people, as it may allow more adults to financially contribute to the household, but there are other budget-friendly options that can offer everyone a bit more breathing room. Adding an additional dwelling onto an existing homesite can be a cost-effective way to create a completely separate living space while still having all the perks of cohabitating with family, like daily breakfasts together or being there when kids come home from school. 

There are many benefits to cohabitating, but there are some challenges to keep in mind, as well, like different sleeping and waking schedules, housekeeping styles, and general living habits. It can be hard, no matter how much love is shared, so it never hurts to keep this in mind when considering living with loved ones. 

Buying a Separate Home

For those looking to be closer to family, but still wanting to retain privacy and autonomy, a  separate home is the best option. Using the profits from the sale of a previous home often means that a buyer has a budget which affords more options and even greater amenities that may not have been accessible previously. Gated communities are a popular option among boomers, as they provide a higher level of security and often include lifestyle amenities, like tennis courts, swimming pools, and clubhouses with resident events  — not to mention golf courses, gyms, and other resident perks which afford opportunities to get to know neighbors and build a sense of belonging within the neighborhood. 

Buying a Home Together 

Parents and grandparents looking to find a home for multigenerational living can choose to pool resources and purchase a larger home or one with an additional dwelling unit (ADU)  — a “mother-in-law suite,” as they’re commonly called. This option brings all the perks and challenges mentioned above; it’s also an opportunity to plan for the family’s future through smart real estate investments which can help support long-term financial goals and building assets to pass down to future generations. 

Here are a few examples of homes for sale with separate apartments and ADUs in Oregon and SW Washington. If you see something you like, or just want to know more about multigenerational homes, give us a call today for more information. 

Manzanita Separate Suite
Bend Extra Studio Unit
ADU in Tigard
Separate ADU in Washougal
Room for family on 12 acres in Sisters

Making the First Move

If you’re shopping for a new home, a shared home, or just curious to know what’s available near your kids and grandkids, the first step is to contact a reputable real estate agency which can guide you toward the best options in your desired area. Realtors are not just home experts, they’re local fixtures and ambassadors for the community. Getting to know a new place can seem overwhelming, but having a great realtor by your side can make it a little bit easier and a lot more enjoyable. 


Contact Cascade Sotheby’s now to explore homes for sale in Central Oregon, the Portland area, along the Columbia River Gorge, at the Oregon Coast, and in SW Washington.


Explore the Award-Winning Sunriver Arts Fair, Aug 9-11

Central Oregon may be best known as a mecca for beer lovers, mountain tamers, and intrepid cyclists, but this booming mountain-side community is also home to a thriving and exciting arts scene with a yearly tradition that’s made its way into the national spotlight.

Coming into its tenth year, the annual Sunriver Arts Fair has been named a top-ten Best Art Fair in America by Artfaircalendar.com, a patron-voted program meant to encourage attendance by highlighting innovative and exciting shows nationwide. Cascade Sotheby’s is proud to be a Premier Sponsor of the Sunriver Arts Fair, as a way of helping to make art, music, and culture more accessible throughout the community.

Raising Funds for Local Families & Children

The fair serves as the largest fundraising event for the Sunriver Women’s Club, a nonprofit corporation which, since its founding in 1974, has distributed $537,055 to agencies working to provide basic necessities, such as shelter, health, food, clothing, and education to families and children in the Three Rivers and south Deschutes County areas. All net proceeds of the Sunriver Arts Fair directly benefit these children and families. 

About the 2019 Fair

This year, the event features more than 80 artists and makers from Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and as far away as Illinois. Each brings a unique aesthetic, mission, and craft to the table, making the diversity of mediums represented truly reminiscent of of Central Oregon, and of the west itself. 

With hand-spun ceramics and mosaic sculpture to woodworking, metalworking, textiles, and painting, the fair is an opportunity for attendees to experience creation in various forms and connect with the local art community in an intimate and lively setting. And because no great summer celebration is complete without a live soundtrack, each day of the festival hosts different musical acts to inspire the spirit and, hopefully, the feet with a little incentive to hit the dance floor. 

For information about this year’s artists in attendance, explore the full list here. 

Tips for Enjoying the Fair

If you are travelling from outside of the area or just making the drive from Bend, you can make the most of your trip to the Sunriver Arts Fair with these simple tips. 

  • Shade tents will be set up, but hats and sunscreen are still the best bet for saving your skin from a long day of sun exposure. 
  • Displays and vendors are set up on grass, pavers, concrete, and other terrain, so plan shoes accordingly.
  • Reusable water bottles are welcome.
  • Pets are welcome/ not welcome.
  • If you are in need of local accommodations, the fair organized have compiled a helpful list. 

We hope you enjoy your experience with the Central Oregon art community. To stay informed of upcoming local events, including arts and culture, outdoors, and more, subscribe to our blog. 

Art Fair Hours

August 9-11, 2019

Fri. and Sat., 9:30am-6:00pm

Sun., 9:30am-4:00pm


12 Perfect Beach Cottages for Sale in Oregon Right Now

Some things are so quintessentially summer that it’s hard to separate the season from the sensation. The ease of cold water sipped straight from the garden hose; the way melted ice cream stays sticky between your fingers; the smell of sunscreen and sea air. We learn young about the magic of summer through 12 gloriously school-free weeks each year. That magic tends to dissipate later in life — typically somewhere between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm on any given weekday. But just because we outgrow childhood, doesn’t mean we can’t discover new ways to enjoy the season of carefree living. 

The Perks of Coastal Living

There’s a reason people of all ages are flocking to coastal cities large and small all across the U.S. In fact, there’s a lot more than one. Not only does life along the sea’s edge offer myriad lifestyle and recreation opportunities, there are a number of health, environmental, and financial benefits to coastal living, as well. 

Wellbeing & Wealth 

The desire to reclaim that feeling of summer freedom is driving more and more people to invest in lifestyle properties, like coastal homes.  Buying a home on the Oregon Coast is not only a way to relive or even re-imagine those treasured summer moments, it’s also an opportunity to invest in income-generating rental properties which see high tourist rates throughout the year. Yes, summer is the fair-haired season for most beach dwellers, but year-round living and vacationing by the sea offers lifestyle perks and benefits that might surprise you. 

Here are a few spacious homes for sale on the Oregon and Washington coastlines. Each offers enough space to host small to larger groups, as well as quintessential ocean vibes that will make any traveler happy to rest a while on these shores. 

Craftsman Cottage with a Bar for Salty Sailors

Old-School Beach Cabin

The Cutest Beach Decor You’ve Ever Seen

Find Your Community

Activities like surfing, kiteboarding, fishing, and hiking are tremendously popular in these areas, which can help recent transplants meet new people and become established within the community, which can have an immensely positive impact on self-esteem and wellbeing. 

A Perfect Cottage in a Great Community

Lincoln City is a premier destination for visitors and residents interested in a broad range of activities and interests. All the essential seaside sports are here, as well as microbreweries, restaurants, a famous skate park, and outlet malls that are well known throughout the state, so finding something to do is easy for just about everyone. 

The Culture Connection 

Many coastal towns are known as hubs of culture and the arts, so you’ll often find festivals and special events throughout the year. Not to mention fresh seafood, beautiful wharfs, cute and kitschy shops — all of which are attractive tourist features, making them ideal when investing in an income-generating rental property. 

An Ocean-side Arts Hub

Homes for sale in Cannon Beach are sought out by everyone from marine efficianados to art and culture fans. This little town hosts a variety of events, like the Earth and Ocean Arts Festival, sandcastle building contests, and more. 

Environmental Advantages 

You can even live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle due to abundant local natural resources, especially water. Living coastal virtually eliminates the need to water outdoors and makes hobby farming and sustainability farming more efficient. Not to mention the fact that many people report feeling a great sense of ease and peace when near water. 

A Little House with a Lot of Beach

This Cannon Beach home is perfect for anyone looking for a low-maintenance home that allows you to walk straight from your living room onto the sand. If you want the benefits of living near water, it doesn’t get much closer than this, unless you’re an actual fish.

Accessible Price Points

Homes on the Oregon Coast range from very affordable to top-tier luxury, so there’s often a home to match every price point, depending on where you choose to purchase. The closer to the beach, the more you’ll likely pay, but there are some great options out there for those who don’t mind a little more space between their home and the waves. 

Well Priced and Well Placed

This home for sale in Lincoln City offers beach access at a relatively low price point. It’s a great option for anyone looking to buy a beach home for year-round living, vacationing, or to use as an income property. 

High-End at a Mid-Range Price

For brilliant views and beach access, this well-priced home in Depoe Bay is one you’ve got to experience in person. The home features windows in all the right places, as well as beach access only a few steps down the pathway. 

Worth Every Penny

If you want to sip your morning coffee over views of an endless ocean horizon, this home for sale in Gleneden Beach gives you million-dollar vistas at a discount. 

There’s More to Sea

Find your perfect coastal vacation home, rental property on the Oregon Coast, or charming seaside home for everyday living by exploring our favorite beach houses for sale right now. You’re also welcome to explore all our listings right here. If you’re just not done looking at beach homes for sale on the Oregon Coast, here are a few more to tide you over. 

Open Spaces & High Ceilings

A Woodland Charmer

Hillside Gem



August First Friday Art Walk – Downtown Bend

Please Join in the fun Friday August 2nd at our Downtown Bend Showroom (821 NW Wall St., Bend OR) from 5-8 PM to enjoy the artwork of Janet Rawlings.

This event is sponsored by Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty and your hosts Silvia Knight and Sheila Balyeat, along with co-sponsor Sabrina Norton from First American Title Company, who will be serving wine and beer samples.

Artist BIO

Janet Rawlings is an Award-winning Fine Artist using Soft Pastels or Charcoal in soft realism.  Janet has received numerous awards, including “Painting of the Year” from Southern Oregon Society of Artists in 2007 and 2011. 

Her art shows exceptional light, color and strong values. “I have an eclectic taste, so you will find any number of subjects in my portfolio; portraits, still- life, landscapes, cityscapes, wildlife, and more.”  Rawlings is also available to paint commissions as requested.

 
Although disabled from fibromyalgia, Rawlings says, “being able to create art is the best therapy I can imagine”.  Rawlings is a member of the Pastel Society of Oregon, Plein Air Painters of Oregon and the SageBrushers Art Society in Bend. 
  
Rawlings tries to display as much of my art as possible through shows in the area, including coffee shops, libraries and the Senior Center along with many specialized shows.  You can also see her art by requesting an appointment at her “in-home” Studio.   

For more about Janet please go to Rawlings Fine Art website


Camp To Belong Oregon

Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty broker Diane Flansburg is on the Board of Directors of Kindred Matters, a 501(c)(3) which works to reunify siblings living in separate foster homes for a week at camp and now various activities throughout the year and through an annual summer camp program called Camp To Belong Oregon. She is thrilled to be a part of this endeavor and aims to help focus more attention on what is being done throughout the entire state.

Camp To Belong is an international camp program founded by Lynn Price in 1994. After discovering that she was in foster care and had a sister at the age of 8, Price founded Camp To Belong to provide separated siblings with opportunities to make memories together that she did not have. With member camps all over the United States and Australia, Camp To Belong camps have served nearly 13,000 separated siblings.

Since bringing Camp To Belong to the Northwest in 2006, nearly 2,000 youth have been served. Now serving primarily Oregon youth, two sessions of Camp To Belong are held each summer. Camp To Belong is a one-week long residential camp experience designed specifically to provide siblings with opportunities to make positive, childhood memories together, despite living separated. Activities at camp include an all camp birthday party, carnival night, sibling scrapbooks, campfires, arts and crafts, swimming, boating, rock climbing, archery, and so much more.

Camp To Belong has proven to be a powerful intervention for siblings living separated. In 2017, 97% of campers reported making positive memories with their siblings at camp and 85% reported that attending camp made their sibling relationship stronger. Beyond that, 92% reported that their time at camp made them more hopeful about their futures.

To learn more about the campers experience and help support Camp To Belong, click here.


The Morrigan Group knows the Coastal Community

LINCOLN CITY, OR – There’s no question that Lisa Morrigan, a Broker with Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty, has a true real estate pedigree. Her lineage dates back a generation, as her father was a real estate developer. It’s no wonder, Lisa has had no difficulty in establishing a robust client and referral base throughout the picturesque communities of coastal Oregon. As a Lincoln City resident, Lisa has extensive experience in coastal communities of Southshore, Whale Watch/DePoe Hills, Bella Beach, Salishan, Bayview, Road’s End and Sahhali to name a few.

Beach Front
Lisa “Understands the value of home is not just in the house itself, but is enhanced by the surrounding environment and community. I am a firm believer that selling real estate is providing clients a personalized service to find the property that fulfills their dreams.” In her search for the ideal place to raise her own family, Lisa discovered the scenic Oregon Coast, specifically Lincoln CIty. What distinguishes her from other brokers? The ability to connect with the needs and wants of those wishing to buy or sell on the Coast, whether their interest lies in a permanent residence, vacation property or investment opportunity.

Morrigan Group
In an effort to provide a more comprehensive experience for all transactions, Morrigan formed The Morrigan Group with Brokers Ed Tanabe and Penelope Perez to provide clients with the highest quality support based on their needs and requirements.

After a long tenure with Boeing, Ed Tanabe transitioned to real estate, applying his multi-discipline background working in finance, industrial engineering, operations, business management and information systems to the real estate market. To Ed, “Integrity, facts/data and communication were the guiding principles I brought with me to my career in real estate. During my time at Boeing, I had been visiting and investigating property on the Oregon Coast and purchased a lot on the ocean in 1991. I continued to visit the Oregon Coast investigating the real estate market and experiencing the local communities. Over time, I felt that the lifestyle and community feeling on the Oregon Coast was a perfect fit and eventually built a home on the lot we purchased.” Ed has transitioned this knowledge and skillset to the real estate market to the benefit of their clients.

Yachats Oceanfront Chateau Estate
Integrating global cultural experiences with local knowledge and small business entrepreneurship, Penelope Perez brings a fresh and unique perspective to the team.  Having lived and worked overseas in Southeast Asia and France as well as California and Washington DC, Penelope’s goal is to “encourage people to follow their dreams, from one fantastic place to the next”.  For the past five years, Penelope has owned and operated a successful French inspired café in the neighborhood of Bella Beach utilizing her vast wine and palate knowledge she has acquired over the years.  Penelope utilizes her expertise to provide clients with an unforgettable and unique real estate experience.

Yachats Oceanfront Living Room

Yachats Oceanfront Chateau Estate

One of the premier listings that The Morrigan Group currently represents is the Yachats Oceanfront Chateau Estate. This magnificent property truly needs to be seen to be believed. Elegant touches, with a multi-generational floorplan, this meticulously maintained oceanfront estate rests majestically on over 2 acres of rugged Oregon Coast frontage. A private gated drive leads you to this spectacular 4,700 square foot. home, adorned with an “old world” feel, yet possessing every modern amenity imaginable. The entry opens to an expansive great room with vaulted ceiling, stone fireplace and a floor-to-ceiling-wall of windows providing breathtaking views of the Pacific.

Yachats Oceanfront Entry Foyer
There’s a chef’s dream kitchen, with a gourmet island, dual ovens, gas cooktop, built-in fryer and granite countertops. Two master suites, both with a stone surround fireplace, game and media rooms. Located south of the vibrant community of Yachats and to the north of the quaint coastal town of Florence, this residence sits in one of the most picturesque areas on the Oregon oceanfront. Contact Lisa Morrigan to schedule a tour of this impressive property, lisa.morrigan@cascadesir.com.

Yachats Oceanfront Kitchen


Join Cascade Sotheby’s & Bigstock in Support of Oregon Adaptive Sports (OAS)

BEND, OR ­– The 9th Annual Bigstock Music Festival, benefiting Oregon Adaptive Sports (OAS), takes place on Saturday, August 11, from 4:00 pm-10:00 pm. Bigstock is Central Oregon’s premier private concert, set in an intimate outdoor setting on a private ranch outside of Tumalo. The festival celebrates life, love and music, and is the largest fundraiser for OAS.

This year, Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers will headline the festival. In addition, there will be other world-class artists, up and coming performers and top local bands that will perform throughout the evening, including Mexican Gunfight, Franchot Tone and Phillip Austin & The Sleepless Truckers. This beautiful setting has plenty of parking, with views of the Three Sisters as its spectacular backdrop. In addition to fantastic music, there will be a silent auction, food, beverages and great fun!

Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty is a ‘Hope Level Sponsor’ of the festival. Tickets are limited to 550, and are all-inclusive general admission. Purchase includes all beverages and a voucher for one food cart dinner item. Ample parking available at the event site. Blankets and chairs are allowed. Buy tickets here.

OAS

Twenty years ago, some passionate local members of the ski community, came together to provide snow opportunities to members of the community with disabilities. OAS had its beginnings in 1996 when Jack Alexander, a retired biologist with the U.S. Forest Service, and Kendall Cook, an adaptive ski instructor from the Tahoe area, gathered a number of dedicated volunteers to begin a grass-roots adaptive program aimed at sharing their love of skiing and the outdoors with disable persons who needed assistance on the mountain.

According to OAS, “We envision a day when everyone has the benefits of outdoor recreation, regardless of ability. We see Central Oregon as a year-round destination for adaptive sports with OAS as the leader in providing state-of-the-art equipment, professional instruction, staff and dedicated volunteers, resulting in top quality experiences for participants.” View more about OAS.

In the summer of 2003, the early founders and volunteers recognized the need to revamp the organization to allow it more autonomy and maximize its potential for growth. This group teamed up with local volunteers and Bend Park and Recreation District and renamed the organization Oregon Adaptive Sports, which was incorporated on December 23, 2003 as a non-profit public benefit corporation in the State of Oregon.

In the first few years of the program, OAS conducted its skiing activities at Mt. Bachelor Ski Area. In 2003, Hoodoo Ski Area invited OAS to locate its programs at Hoodoo’s easily accessible and ADA-compliant base lodge. Beginning in the 2007-2008 ski season, OAS began to offer a full range of adaptive programs and lessons also at Mt. Bachelor, greatly expanding the level of participation. As a full-service destination ski area, Mt. Bachelor draws skiers and their families from all over the West Coast.  While the terrain at Mt. Bachelor is more challenging to adaptive skiers, the variety and extensive services make the resort attractive for a multi-day vacation. By offering full programs at both mountains, OAS can serve a larger number of participants and offer a larger variety of programs, skill levels and events.

OAS is proud of its growth to date and especially proud of its partnerships with both Mt. Bachelor and Hoodoo.  In the fall of 2011, OAS hired its first Executive Director and acquired its first office space. The Summer of 2012 brought with it US Paralympic Sport Club status and the first pilots of summer sports in golf and kayaking. OAS expanded on summer sports pilots in the summer of 2013 with more golf and kayaking, as well as cycling, deaf disc golf and nature hikes. In addition, OAS launched its first annual Heroes in Sunriver event. 2014 saw the initiation of their first summer youth day Camp OASIS for children with intellectual disabilities.

Today, OAS is the premiere adaptive sports organization in the Pacific Northwest providing a range of year-round programs. OAS provides life-changing outdoor recreation experiences to individuals with disabilities. Participants gain confidence, build self-esteem and strive for independence leading to an enhanced quality of life. Volunteers are the core and heart of OAS. It takes on average, 1-2 volunteers to assist each instructor depending on the sport. Volunteers come across exciting challenges, meet some cool people, learn and improve new outdoor skills, contribute to the community and have fun! OAS welcomes enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers age 18 and up to join.

OAS is working to empower people of all abilities to fully engage in the outdoors and to live an active, healthy and thriving life. Access to the outdoors includes many barriers for the approximately 1 in 5 individuals living with a disability. Adaptive sports equipment is prohibitively expensive for most, accessible transportation does not reach trailheads or open spaces, hours of training are required to facilitate safe and effective programs. View more about OAS.

Charitable gifts help OAS to continue to provide life-changing experiences for individuals with disabilities. In 2017, OAS once again served more individuals, in more activities, in more locations than ever before. They reached over 400 individuals with a disability through top quality programs from the slopes of Mt. Bachelor and Hoodoo to the waters of Hosmer Lake and the cliffs of Smith Rock State Park. Albert Diluzio, an OAS participant, sums up his experience with OAS by saying, “OAS is simply the difference between surviving and thriving.” The organization invites you to invest in their work and help create the opportunity for people of all abilities to thrive. Donate here.

OAS is a chapter organization of Disabled Sports USA, a nationwide non-profit group offering sports rehabilitation programs to persons with a permanent disability. The organization received designation as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization through inclusion in DS/USA’s blanket approval.