Wild Oregon Wonderlands "WOW!" At last, your chance to sail across Oregon's pristine dry lakes is here. The entire region has scenery on a grand scale, and at every turn.
For 3 days and 2 nights you'll enjoy this beautiful, peaceful land. It is your time to completely escape ordinary life. With the magnificent Steens Mountains providing a gorgeous backdrop, you'll harness the desert winds of the Alvord and Catlow Valleys.
Beginners will learn how to sail (it's super safe & easy) and for you experienced sailors - get expert tips & tricks to maximize performance. For instance, if speed is your goal, you'll learn the safest and most effective way to achieve it.
Sail solo or with a friend in a 2-person land yacht. Light or no-wind events are not an issue thanks to our pedal-powered sail trikes - they deliver a guaranteed experience with maximum versatility - both on and off the lake bed.
What's Included Round-trip land transfers from the meet up location in Boise, Idaho, 2 nights inn lodging, meals, snacks, beverages, expert land sailing lessons, support, photo & video capture, local attractions, and hot springs access.
Day 1 ♦ Alvord Valley Part I Departing from Oxford Suites hotel in Boise, Idaho at 10:00 AM local time, you'll travel through the scenic southeastern Oregon countryside to Alvord Valley - home to one of the largest dry lakes in North America. After being outfitted on your land yacht, you'll learn how to read the wind, use the points of sail, and master the Figure 8 Course.
Enjoy casual land sailing in any direction you want across this huge, beautiful playa.. For you experienced sailors, catch as much Big Air as you can safely handle, and later - everyone has the option to participate in a timed loop course. Lunch will be served, and snacks & cold beverages are always available.
Next, visit the Alvord Hot Springs for a soothing soak before dinner at the Drovers' Inn in Frenchglen - your home for two nights - where you'll see a million stars under a clear eastern Oregon night sky - far far away from city lights. Meals included: L, D
Day 2 ♦ Catlow Valley Challenge After a home cooked breakfast at the inn, get set for today's exciting land sailing challenge featuring a natural obstacle course. Master jibing, tacking, reaching, overtaking, and more.
The Catlow Valley playa has been blessed with a section of sage and creosote bushes spaced just enough apart to sail through - it is so much fun navigating around them! Just when it looks like you've sailed into a dead-end route, the lake bed presents an opening just in time! It also features plenty of open space for fast straightaways. Lunch, snacks, and cold beverages will be provided. Meals included: B, L, D
Day 3 ♦ Alvord Valley Part II Today's land sailing goal is to successfully circumnavigate the playa using GPS waypoints - in the shortest time. Separate timings for intermediates, who were only beginners on Day 1, and separate timings for experienced sailors. Complete the course in the shortest time and receive a Blue Ribbon & certificate with photo for bragging rights back home.
Another challenge will be formation land sailing. This means all sailors must maintain the same speed - sailing neither too fast nor too slow - it sounds easy but as you'll see, it takes a lot of finesse! Meals included: B, L
Shuttle to Jordan Valley and enjoy dinner at the highly recommended Flat Iron Steakhouse (cost not included) before the return trip to Boise.
Itinerary is subject to change due to weather, or adjusting course to where the weather will be most conducive for the day. Please be sure to bring: a jacket, sunglasses, closed-toe shoes, casual clothing that you won't mind getting a little dusty.
Drovers' Inn, Frenchglen Hotel ♦ Country inn with family-style dining under a million stars The modernized annex to the original hotel, Drovers' Inn offers serenity and comfort throughout. Morning coffee on the porch comes with a soundtrack of singing birds. Rooms are decorated in classic themes of the valley, with private individual bathrooms, queen size beds, and complimentary Wi-Fi access.
Dinner is served promptly at 6:30 PM each evening. Selections may include herb baked chicken, pot roast served with garlic potatoes, or glazed pork chops, all with very generous portions. For dessert, sample the local favorite: marionberry cobbler served with a scoop of ice cream (optional).
Oxford Suites Boise, Idaho (Boise Airport Code: BOI) Plan to arrive in Boise the day before your land sailing trip departure. Please do not book air travel until your trip is fully confirmed and your trip balance(s) are received by the due date (usually 45-60 days prior to trip date).
Meet your land sailing guide(s) at the pick-up area outside the main front entrance door of the hotel at 10:00 AM.
As an Omega Land Sailing guest, you will receive discounted rates for the day prior to trip departure, and for the final night of your trip. You must call the hotel directly at +1 888-322-8001 and request the Omega Land Sailing rate when booking your room. Your name will be added to the guest list upon completion of your land sailing trip deposit. The hotel provides complimentary shuttle service to and from Boise International Airport.
You will be provided with direct phone numbers for your guide(s) in case you need any assistance while in Boise.
Submit Trip DepositSingle travelers: supplment fee is billed separately
Or call: 800-377-9774. This is a secure, encrypted payment through PayPal® - registration is not required - simply choose the 2nd option ("pay with credit or debit card") on the form. Your information is protected and never shared.
Your deposit is applied toward total trip price; the final balance will be invoiced and is due no later than 30 days prior to departure. Trip guaranteed to run when minimum has been met, otherwise a full refund will be issued.
What happens next? You will receive a confirmation phone call within (3) hours of successfully submitting the deposit form. (Calls are made between 9am and 7pm Pacific Time.) Please do not purchase air travel before your trip is fully confirmed. We do not recommend non-refundable or non-changeable air tickets.
Thank you for choosing to sail with Omega Land Sailing.