On our engaging Oregon Adventure, we spend the day traveling up the historic Columbia River Highway that features Vista House, the Gateway to the Gorge, Multnomah Falls, The Dalles, the Lewis and Clark Columbia River Discovery Center, and the Hood River Fruit Loop with spectacular views of Mount Hood-finally ending in the comfort and warmth of Timberline Lodge.
Emily, who works to promote all aspects of the lodge and her husband, Jason, the Executive Chef both put a focus on the food & beverage side of the lodge, and its sister brewing company. Emily has a passion for the lodge, and she gave us an inside look at how to make the most of your stay at Timberline.
“My favorite parts of the lodge are the hidden nooks, like the Blue Ox Bar, and the unbelievable architecture of the Main Headhouse.” said Emily.
Timberline Lodge is only a little over 60 minutes from Portland, right in the middle of the lush Mt. Hood National Forest. The lodge is situated at a high elevation of 6000 feet on the impressive south slope of Mt. Hood. Timberline ski area spans a vast distance-from the bottom of Still Creek Basin at 4850 feet, to the top of Palmer at 8540 feet. As Mt. Hood’s summit elevation is 11245 feet- Timberline is Oregon’s only slopeside, ski-in-ski-out hotel that and is open year-round.
Did You Know…
that Timberline is considered a historic landmark? Built in 1937 as a product of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration, the iconic landmark provided jobs to unemployed Oregon residents during the Great Depression, assisting Oregonians to get back up on their feet!
A Lodge Unlike Any Other
The lodge definitely has its own unique look, with high pointed tiled roofs and stone walls. There are 70 hotel rooms that each differ from one another. The rooms are charming with original artwork and furnishings and complete with Pendleton bedding to curl into at the end of an engaging day. The larger king-size rooms have ornate stone fireplaces that give each room warmth and life.
Perks and Entertainment
The lodge provides a variety of engagements for in between guests scheduled activities. Their heated pool, hot tub, and sauna are open year round, and they also offer shuffleboard and ping pong in the Barlow Room any day of the year as well.
The lodge isn’t only an extraordinary getaway during the winter months, but we also we love to take our guests there during the warmer seasons. Timberline has live music and interactive games on the back patio all summer long. One of their most popular summer activities is a ride on the Magic Mile Chair Lift to the mountains– no skis or snowboards required!
Guests can also go for an easy hike or bike around the lodge during their visit. Emily mentioned that they have just been granted approval to build a lift-assisted mountain bike park and will start construction this summer. In the meantime, guests can bike down the Timberline to Town Trail. Make sure to look out for Timberline’s mascots, Bruno and Heidi, two adorable St. Bernards that can be seen taking walks and snuggling any child they can find around the lodge.
What can guests do to preserve Timberline?
Visit! Your travel dollars help to maintain and preserve the lodge, which is located on US Forest Service land. Otherwise, you can join or donate to the Friends of Timberline– a non-profit that works to conserve and restore the furnishings and art of Timberline.
To visit Timberline and other premier resorts in the Pacific Northwest on a small group luxury tour, check out our Oregon Adventure trip.