November, 2016

A Fond Farewell to Autumn

Hi, everyone!

Greetings from Black Butte Ranch, where the tumbling golden leaves across a crisp blue sky signal a fond farewell to autumn.

A Festive Fall

Autumn is a magical time in central Oregon, where we get some of the best foliage in the nation. And we’re extra blessed that Black Butte Ranch offers so many ways to enjoy the show, with miles of multi-use and hiking trails. There are even horses for hire if you fancy yourself a wrangling type!

Autumn is also time for everyone’s favorite fest: Oktoberfest! It’s no surprise that Bend has a particularly lively Oktoberfest, given its reputation as a beer wonderland. Along with the Bavarian-style food, brew, wine, tunes, and lederhosen, there’s the timeless spectacle of the annual Weiner Dog Race, sponsored by the Central Oregon Humane Society. It’s both adorable and surprisingly compelling. Come see for yourself next September!

Winter On The Way

As the thermometer begins to drop, Black Butte Ranch undergoes a bit of a personality change. To put it simply, the oars and golf clubs go in the closet and the skis emerge! Golf is closed up for the season, but once the snow arrives both of our courses will be available for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing (rentals available). But that’s just the beginning! The family-friendly HooDoo Ski Area is only 13 miles away, and nearby Mt. Bachelor is one of Conde Nast Travel’s top 50 Ski Resorts in North America. And Conde Nast Travel doesn't mess around.

Along with prepping for the slopes, we’ve got a couple other activities on our November calendar, as well. First is a little holiday called Thanksgiving! We do it up right here at the Ranch, starting with a Thanksgiving Day Plated Brunch (info at 541-595-1260). Then, on the Saturday after you can work off that third helping of stuffing at the Turkey Trot Fun Run and Walk (541-595-5879). Later that Saturday, it’s time to turn the page to Christmas with the Sisters Christmas Parade in festive downtown Sisters. Get in touch with Black Butte Vacations as soon as you can to line up your rental!

Featured RECIPE:
Slow Cooked Elk Loin

It’s getting cold out there, which means it’s time for comfort food! This slow-cooked elk recipe from our friends at Nevada Foodies will change your life.


  • Elk Loin or Elk Roast
  • 1 Bottle of German Wheat Beer
  • 1 Can beef broth
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1-2 Leek onions finely sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves sliced thin
  • 1 teaspoon fresh sage
  • 1/2 cup floursalt and pepper


1. In a dutch oven or heavy skillet melt 2 tablespoons of butter and saute leeks and garlic until they become softand translucent. Remove and set aside.

2. Dredge elk in a little flour shaking off excess. Add remainder of butter to the skillet and brown the elk on allsides. Remove from heat.

3. Turn your crock-pot on to the lowest setting. Add elk, leeks, sage, beer and beef broth. Be sure that there isenough liquid to cover most of the elk. If needed, add more beef broth. Cook on low for 8-10 hours.

4. Remove elk from the crock-pot, season as needed and enjoy!

Leek Onion Gravy

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups broth from crock-potsalt and peppersplash of Marsala wine (optional)

On low heat, melt butter in a saucepan and add flour slowly stirring together. Cook for a few minutes and thenslowly add the hot broth into roux while stirring at the same time. Your gravy will immediately begin to thicken. Bring to a simmer while stirring to avoid lumps in your gravy. Season with salt and pepper. Add more liquid if you would like a thinner gravy.

See You Soon!

That’s all for now! If you’re coming out this way for a visit, check in with us soon to secure the rental that best fits your group size, needs, and the activities and facilities you’re interested in. Remember, we’re out of the high season now, so rental dates are more flexible, making it easier to match a rental to your schedule.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Best wishes,

Your Friends at Black Butte Vacations



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