Hideout on the Metolius

A historic family retreat becomes the new best place to escape in Central Oregon's Camp Sherman.

By Kasey Cordell October 10, 2012

House on Metolius sits on 200 acres of riverfront property with picturesque views of Mt. Jefferson and Three Fingered Jack.

Crackling fire. Check.

River sneaking by outside. Check.

History whispering down every hallway. Check.

Welcome to Camp Sherman's hottest new hideaway, House on Metolius.

New is a relative term, of course. The original House on Metolius (there's no "the") was built on a small hill above the gurgling Metolius River in 1929 by the Zehtnbauer family (of Jantzen Mills fame). It burned down in the '50s and was replaced by the current House, which has served as a private family retreat for 50 years. While several cabins southwest of the main house have long been available for rent, until this spring, the House itself remained the family's domain. This spring, the owners welcomed the rest of us the clan.

Situated on a forested bluff above the Metolius, just a few miles up the road from Camp Sherman, House on the Metolius combines classic architectural detail with the beauty of Central Oregon. Juniper and pine flank the house, their scent mingling with that of a wood fire sizzling and popping in the Main Lodge's massive living room. In a clearing below, the Metolius wanders along, beckoning fly fisherman, painters, and wanderers. There's no cell service here, thank goodness, giving you all the excuse you'll need to ignore the rest of the world as you savor the serenity of this sanctuary.

Tripster takes you behind the locked gate with our slideshow.

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