BEND, Ore. — LOGE - It's a strange spelling of 'lodge' until you learn what it stands for: 'live outside, go explore'.

This North Bend Washington-based hospitality start-up finds old motels in recreational hotspots - then flips them into cool hangouts. They've got 5 properties in Washington, California, Colorado and Oregon, and more coming soon.

LOGE Bend opened in 2019, another once-tired place transformed into an Outside Magazine ad you can sleep in:

"When you enter our rooms, you find cool things that you can test drive while you're here, there are some fun hammocks, coolers, and cool headlamps, we have great demo gear on-site, bikes and snowshoes and skis and Traeger grills, and firepits to make smores,” said Lacy Langer, GM of LOGE Bend. LOGE partners with a handful of outdoor brands, stocking their gear in rooms for people to try, and buy if they like it.

The location on the road to Mount Bachelor, and also right on the Deschutes River Trail system means you can use feet, bikes, skis, and cars to get around when staying here. There’s even a mountain bike skills track winding through the grounds. Ski, snowshoe and bike rentals, plus complimentary cruisers for riding to town, can keep a visitor busy enjoying that Central Oregon fresh air. 

Also, sustainability is a big deal here. You won’t find tiny toiletries to swipe. The multipurpose bath soap/shampoo bottle stays put, and you have to make your own bed.

But, room prices start at one hundred a night. And Entrada Café and Taproom in the lobby serves good espresso and Bend-made brews.

And, a place to stay inside that encourages you to get outside might be a good deal in more ways than one.

"I think that that's the one really magical thing about this place, people walk in and regardless of what their expectation was before they got here, I think as soon as they arrive, they sort of step into this little wonderland and they kinda go, 'Okay, so it's not a standard environment, I'm not gonna get nightly turn down service, but I am gonna get to hang out with some really cool people who will tell me all about the fun stuff to do in town. And that's what we're here to do. Connect with each other, connect with the outdoors,” said Langer.

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