First, a little history: For more than 20 years after the Pine Tavern's opening in 1936, diners enjoyed views of the Deschutes River in the distance, along with two old pine trees that stood close by, in the eatery's backyard. In 1957, the restaurant added on — and brought part of the view indoors, enclosing the trunks of the two pines in its new garden room. In 1983, the smaller of the trees died of pine beetles, leaving just its trunk. The older tree, thought to be more than 150 years old, is in reasonable health for its age, but it must be cared for daily.
Move over, large lap pools. Smaller swimming holes are making a big splash. Sure, the economy is playing a role in making this luxury littler: Smaller pool equals smaller budget. But it's more than that, says Brett Berry, owner of Landscape Renderings, a Missouri business that designs and builds outdoor living environments. “You can create a fantastic sense of intimacy and atmosphere with a small… ... more