Let’s start with the obvious: Silvies Valley Ranch is as much an island resort as a Topeka Waffle House. The sprawling, family-owned Oregon property is, however, its own type of paradise, with one of the most creative and celebrated golf concepts in the U.S. And, because it offers something for everyone and getting there is an adventure of its own, Silvies has taken a spot at the top of our list for places to visit in 2023.
Soon enough, it will also top many wish lists for vacation homeowners who prefer their views to be a little greener. In addition to cultivating a spectacular frontier setting for modern day ranchers and golfers alike, the Campbell family is putting a heavy emphasis on sustainability by setting aside 400 acres for Silvies Camp Creek Ranch, a community of luxury eco-cabins that will be constructed entirely off the grid.
Each home will be powered by its own lithium battery connected to solar panels, and the built-in greywater system will feed the vegetation. Obviously, this is a massive endeavor, which is why Silvies is only building a few cabins to start. That means owners who get in on the bottom floor will not only have premium site choices, but they’ll also be able to customize the residences in a wide variety of ways, matching the ecological commitment with plenty of personality.
Oh, and let’s not forget the Rancher Membership perks. Silvies is regarded, first and foremost, as a golfer’s getaway, so it goes without saying that cabin owners will enjoy special pricing on the ranch’s five golf courses—Craddock, Hankins, Chief Egan, McVeigh’s, and Claire’s, the world’s first 18-hole reversible putting course.
Except Silvies offers way more than golf. Owners will also have access to special ranch events and discounts in the property’s dining options and Rocking Heart Spa, which includes the fitness center with lap pool and climbing wall. Since getting here requires extensive planning, airport shuttle service is also included for cabin owners, which means even more time to relax before heading out with the legendary goat caddies, including newcomers Chunky and Charlie.
Sitting on more than 140,000 acres, Silvies is easily one of the most adventure-packed resort experiences in the U.S. Among the many activities, the tours include wildlife discovery, a cowboy roundup, birding, photography lessons, cattle branding, and even a fishing experience after which the chef cooks the guest’s catch. Trail rides can be enjoyed on horseback or wagon, and the shooting range is ideal for beginners who want to feel like authentic pistoleros.
Merely planning a vacation to Silvies Valley Ranch requires a lot of thought, so imagine how much easier it would be to live here.