Coastal Mountain Sport Haus: A Bike Lodge in Vernonia
Travel Oregon’s Bike Friendly Business program launched in January 2014 as a way to enhance and encourage opportunities for biking and bike tourism around Oregon.
Some of the first and most enthusiastic participants were Glen and Sandy Crinklaw, owners of the Coastal Mountain Sport Haus in Vernonia. But they didn’t have to make any changes to their lodge to fit the program’s requirements. “We designed the lodge and our offerings around our love of the outdoors and sharing our passion for cycling,” Sandy says.
The Coastal Mountain Sport Haus includes all kinds of bicycling-inspired decor, from vintage bikes on display to wheels used creatively around the property. According to Sandy, the lodge offers cyclists the following services and opportunities:
- A welcoming and relaxed atmosphere. The Sport Haus offers a discount to those arriving by bike, and a pitcher of water is ready to help them rehydrate.
- Cyclists can have their kits washed and ready for them the following day.
- Bikes are stored in a secure garage.
- Guests are free to use whatever tools are on-site to help keep them or get them back on their bikes.
- The warm-water soaking spa is a great way to sooth tired legs.
- A Yoga for Cyclists session is include in the stay.
- The Sport Haus also provides healthy and hearty meals, and for those traveling to the coast or back to Portland, Sandy will send a killer peanut butter and jelly sandwich, some fruit and homemade cookies to get you there — along with advice about where to stop for water bottle refills.
- Road and mountain biking opportunities abound nearby, and in the fall of 2015, a brand-new cyclocross course is set to open on the property.
“We want guests to get a travel experience, not just a place to stay,” Sandy says. “Being bike-friendly means taking care of the guests before they arrive and until they connect with their next destination. We’ve adopted this mantra: Everybody deserves a good bike ride.”
Non-cyclists will enjoy the lodge too — off-bike activities include fishing, hiking, mushroom foraging, wildlife viewing, yoga and mingling with the Crinklaw’s herd of Piedmontese cattle.
Contact the Crinklaws or make a reservation by visiting the Coastal Mountain Sport Haus’s website or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.