North Lake county is featured on the June 4, 2016 edition of Northwestern Outdoors Radio. Interviews include Clark Hagler from the Paisley Ranger District, Martin St Louis from Summer Lake Wildlife Area and Gary Brain of The Lodge at Summer Lake and The Flyway Restaurant.

Links :
Northwestern Outdoors Radio June 4th, 2016 - Oregon Outback episode
NorthwesternOutdoors YouTube Channel
Northwestern Outdoors Radio website
Summer Lake Wildlife Area - Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
The Lodge at Summer Lake and The Flyway Restaurant
Fremont-Winema National Forest - Paisley Ranger District contact information and more

*** see updates after the article for more current hours, closings, etc. ***

From the February 2019 Edition of The Community Breeze

By Terry Crawford

Dining Out in Christmas Valley & Surrounding Areas

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner or a late night snack - all are dining options in Christmas Valley and surrounding areas - some with beer, wine, several with full service bars or cocktail lounges.

Gifts -N- More is ready to serve early risers beginning at 5:30am and closing at 5pm, Monday - Friday and 6am - 4pm on Saturday. Their menu is varied with daily homemade-soup offerings and breakfast being served all day.

The Lakeside Terrace also caters to the up at the crack of dawn crowd by opening at 5:30am and serving until 3pm Mon- Thurs and on Fri and Sat until 7pm.

Not an early riser? Check out the Hay Shed Pizza, Burgers & More for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. They’re open from 11am - 7pm Mon-Thurs, Fri & Sat from 8am-7pm and Sunday from 8am - 3pm. You can enjoy a cold beer or glass of wine and watch sports and other programs on two big-flat-screen televisions.

The Farmhouse Cafe and Bakery, recently opened and is serving a wide variety or breakfasts and lunches as well as soups, salads and some very tasty baked goods. Current operating hours are 7am-4pm Mon-Sat and Sunday from 7am-3pm.

If your looking for a quick coffee, tea or other beverage stop by the Stompin Grounds stand and chose from an extensive list of options. They also have breakfast and lunch sandwiches, soups and baked goods. Open Mon-Fri from 8am-2pm.

Opening at 11am is The Inn at Christmas Valley (The Lodge). You can order breakfast all day. They have a traditional lunch menu and several full dinner choices and house specials. Hours 11- 8pm Mon Wed Thrus Fri. Sat & Sun 8am to close. The Antelope Room, a full service cocktail lounge opens at five - close. Enjoy some snacks, music, conversation, darts and pool.

Cooper’s Chicken, a deli and take n bake pizza are all available at the Christmas Valley Market. The store opens at 6am and food is available until 8pm. There is seating inside the store.

If you enjoy Mexican, stop by Sid’s Produce where you will find Sid’s Mexican Food which is open on Thurs and Fri from 11am 4:30pm. The menu varies and is all take-out.

Fort Rock & Silver Lake

The Watern’ Hole Tavern in Fort Rock has a great burger, sandwich and salad menu. The tavern which holds a full liquor license is family friendly. Currently they open at 11am and stop cooking at 8pm. The Watern’ hole is open seven days a week.

The Fort Rock Restaurant and Pub is a full service lunch and dinner establishment with a full service lounge. Their lunch menu is mainly traditional burger, and hot and cold sandwich choices. Dinner menu includes Steak and Seafood choices - their specialty. The Pub is open from 11am to close (usually a bit after 7pm).

Silver Lake was for several years lacking a restaurant when the cafe and bar closed. But in 2017 It re-opened as the Silver Lake Cafe and Bar. Home cooking is their specialty and the menu reflects many familiar comfort foods. They are open Tues-Sun from 7am-7pm.

The Silver Lake Market provides travelers deli sandwiches and pizza and a small area to sit inside and eat.

The Silver Lake Mercantile has a nice selection of locally made sandwiches in their cooler, a great choice if you are hungry and in a hurry. They are also a state licensed liquor store.

Just outside the town of Silver Lake is The Cowboy Dinner Tree. This well know destination restaurant is a reservation only establishment. There are two dinner choices - Steak or Chicken -- a very big steak or a whole chicken. These choices are complemented with unlimited salad, cowboy bean soup, a giant baked potato, homemade rolls, dessert and a non-alcohol beverage. They are happy to bag and wrap your leftovers so bring a small cooler with you. Visit them on the web: or on facebook.

South to Summer Lake

The Flyway Restaurant at the Lodge at Summer Lake offers diners a calm cozy atmosphere, full breakfast, lunch and dinner menus and a spectacular view of Winter Rim and just out the window, Jack Lake. Each window table has its own set of binoculars so diners can take advantage of the amazing bird watching opportunities the lake affords. The Flyway has several house specialties, hand-cut steaks and hand-pressed burgers and great seafood options. They have a nice selection of Oregon beers and wines. They are open seven days a week during the following hours: Mon-Thrus 8am-2pm and 5pm-7pm. On Friday and Saturday they serve from 8am to 8pm and Sunday from 8am to close (usually during the winter months they will close at about 2pm on Sundays.

Happy Dining!

UPDATES : Please note, some things have changed since the publication of this article :

  1. The Watern’ Hole Tavern has been sold and had a celebration their last night open, March 15, 2019.
  2. The Inn at Christmas Valley is currently closed, but should be reopening soon.
  3. Stompin Grounds is currently closed, due to issues with equipment.
  4. The Farmhouse Cafe has extended their hours and are now serving dinners. Open at 7am, 7 days a week, closing at 3pm Sunday and Monday, 8pm Tuesday through Saturday.
  5. Gifts-N-More is now doing Friday Night Dinners, with a special menu, from 4pm to 7pm.
  6. Cooper’s Chicken hours are 6:30am to 8:00pm Monday through Saturday, 7:00am to 8:00pm Sunday
  7. Sid’s Mexican Food will be adding Wednesday 11:00am to 4:30pm, starting March 27, 2019
  8. Hay Shed Pizza, Burgers & More is currently open Tuesday through Saturday 2:00pm to 7:00pm

( last updated March 22, 2019 )


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Links :

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