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Ski without the scene in Oregon

In Baker City, there are feet of fresh powder, a village-free vibe, and seriously retro prices

Geiser Grand Hotel
Photo by John Clark

Hotel room: $99

Head into Baker City for better-than-decent pub food (and the gold medal–winning Hot Blonde chile ale) at Barley Brown’s Brew Pub ($$; 2190 Main St.; 541/523-4266). Then saunter over to the Geiser Grand Hotel (30 rooms from $99; geisergrand.com). After an ongoing renovation, the historic hotel and its oversize rooms remain low-key and ridiculously affordable. Friday evenings are especially fun, with horse-drawn sleigh rides and a crackling bonfire by the rushing Powder River, with hot cider and s’mores to boot.

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