Fresh air, scented with pine and spruce. Rushing streams with waterfalls, big and small. Forested trails that emerge to stunning views of the surrounding territory. When these things beckon, it's time to plan a mountain getaway. Luckily, Oregon is rich in great mountain and forest getaways that offer year-round recreation along with all the modern comforts.
Here are my picks for resorts and hotels where you can enjoy a refreshing Oregon mountain getaway.
Lobby at Timberline Lodge (Photo courtesy Timberline Lodge, Mt. Hood, Oregon)
Located in Mt. Hood National Forest, just a couple hours east of Portland
, Timberline Lodge was built during 1936 and 1937 as a part of the Great Depression's WPA Program. The lodge interior features the careful work of local craftsmen and artists, which can be seen in the woodwork, iron fixtures, stone fireplaces, and textiles. Rustic yet elegant, Timberline Lodge provides many modern comforts and amenities to enhance your mountain adventure. The Cascade Dining Room offers fine dining featuring local ingredients and stunning views of Mt. Hood. The lobby at Timberline Lodge is a wonderful place to hang out by the huge hexagonal fireplace. A variety of eateries, bars, shops, and gear rental are available.
You can enjoy the full range of mountain recreation from Timberline Lodge. Timberline's ski season is the longest in North America, lasting most, if not all, of the year. In the summer you can enjoy skiing and mountain biking at the resort on the same day, as well as hiking and climbing. Venture out into nearby Mt. Hood National Forest and you can enjoy river rafting, picnicking, fishing, and more.
All the glorious scenery and recreation of Oregon's Cascade Mountains, including Mount Bachelor and the Three Sisters, is available when you base your mountain vacation at Seventh Mountain Resort. Located on the western edge of Bend
, this resort offers upscale accommodations in the form of rental homes, condos, and studios. For dining, you can enjoy fine Northwest cuisine in a casual setting at Seventh Mountain's on-site eateries, prepare a meal in your own kitchen, or head into Bend for many more options. Other on-site facilities and amenities include outdoor heated pools, a fitness center, sports courts, mini golf, and meeting and event space. During the summer you can choose from five nearby golf courses, hiking and biking in Willamette National Forest, or drive the incredibly scenic Cascade Lakes Highway. Recreation activities on the Deschutes River include white water rafting, fly fishing, and kayaking. Winter brings the full range of snow sports, from skiing at Mount Bachelor to ice skating at the resort's outdoor rink.
Guest Room at The Resort at the Mountain in Welches, Oregon
Located near the Highway 26 entrance to Mt. Hood National Forest, The Resort at the Mountain is a destination resort that offers guests a long list of activities and amenities. The rooms at The Resort at the Mountain, recently renovated, have a spa-like Northwest decor, and are loaded with many details to make your stay comfortable. Guests at The Resort at the Mountain will find a ton of fun things to do on resort property. There's a 27-hole golf course, a full-service spa, and fine and casual dining options. Tennis and volleyball courts, croquet and lawn bowling, and an outdoor heated pool provide more options for fun. The Resort's recreation staff is available to help you plan your on- and off-site recreation. Head out from The Resort at the Mountain and you're not far from all the mountain fun to be had on Mt. Hood and in the national forest.
FivePine Lodge and Conference Center is located in Sisters, Oregon, which lies within the boundaries of Willamette National Forest just northeast of the magnificent Three Sisters peaks. The forested complex includes guest suites and cabins, Three Creeks Brewing Co, the Sisters Movie House Cafe, the Shibui Spa, the Sisters Athletic Club, and the Teresa Conference Center. Staff at FivePine Lodge are available to help you take advantage of the full breadth of mountain recreation available nearby. During the warmer months you can choose from numerous hiking and biking trails, white water rafting, horseback riding, disc golf, and more. In the winter, snow sports abound. Cross-country ski, snowmobile, and snowshoe trails are all nearby; Hoodoo Ski Area provides terrain for both skiing and snow tubing.
Tu Tu' Tun Lodge is located in the foothills of Oregon's Coastal Mountain range, in a forested setting right on the Rogue River. Not only will you have access to all the popular mountain and river activities, you are also just a short drive from the ocean beach. Guests at Tu Tu' Tun Lodge can choose from well-appointed rooms, suites, or homes, most with fabulous river views. The lodge's dining room features fresh local foods and can also provide picnic lunches. The lodge is just seven miles from the ocean and less than two from the Rogue River National Forest. With river, forest, and coast access, you'll be able to enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities. Fishing, jet boating, and kayaking are all available on the Rogue. You have your choice of hikes, from easy to challenging, among old-growth forests or along the rugged Oregon coast
. Tu Tu' Tun Lodge is in the town of Gold Beach in Southwest Oregon.
Crater Lake National Park (courtesy of the National Park Service)
You'll definitely feel like you're "king of the mountain" at this historic lodge, perched on the rim of magnificent Crater Lake. A classic of National Park lodge architecture, Crater Lake lodge offers modern and comfortable, but modestly-appointed, guest rooms. The huge stone fireplace and bark-covered columns found in the Crater Lake Lodge Dining Room create a cozy and elegant ambiance perfectly in keeping with your mountain and forest surroundings. From the lodge you'll have access to all the recreation, facilities, and beauty of Crater Lake National Park. There are miles and miles of hiking and biking routes. Boat cruises, fishing, and even scuba diving are available lake activities. Crater Lake Lodge and the facilities around the rim are only open during the warmer months of the year, once the mountain roads have been cleared of snow.