Holiday Fun at Mt Hood (Thanksgiving to Christmas to New Year's Eve)
Posted by Mt Hood Vacation Rentals | Monday, November 20, 2017

Fun Activities and Events at Mt Hood for the Holidays

Fun Activities at Mt Hood during the Holidays

Whether you are spending a few days in a Mt Hood Vacation Rental this holiday season or just visiting the Villages of Mt Hood for a few hours there are lots of activities for you to enjoy from snow play fun (tubing, skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing) to shopping to Christmas Caroling, visiting Santa Claus and more for everyone in the family to enjoy. Beginning the day after Thanksgiving through Christmas and New Years Eve, check out our list of things to do at Mt Hood during the holidays.

Friday, November 24: 2-Hour Turkey Trot Snowshoe

Join Mt. Hood Adventure the Friday after Thanksgiving for a fun 2 Hour Snowshoe Tour! Meet your guide at the Mt. Hood Adventure Store in Government Camp (located in the Huckleberry Inn Building) at 9:30 AM to register and get your snowshoe gear (which is included in the price). At 10 AM we will head outside and begin hiking up Mt. Hood towards the Crostown Trail System!

Pray for Snow

Saturday, November 25: Pray for Snow Party at the Skyway Bar and Grill

Pray for Snow Party! Shout out to the snow gods for another awesome winter season. Gather with your friends to dance, celebrate the mountain and pray for snow. Live Music and fun. 9 PM

Holiday Artisans' Sale

Saturday, November 25: Holiday Artisan Sale at The Resort

Join us on Small Business Saturday, for a day of small box shopping and get ahead of your holiday gift list! Support over 35 local artists, shop owners and winemakers while sipping wine and getting your shopping done early. This free event takes place in the Cascade Ballroom at The Resort at The Mountain. 10 AM - 6 PM

Welches Holiday Bazaar - Christmas Shopping

Saturday, December 2: Welches Holiday Bazaar

Family-friendly holiday shopping at the Welches School 10 AM - 4 PM. Come support and shop local vendors, members of our great community, enjoy food & beverages and get your picture taken with Santa! Pictures with Santa will be 11am-2pm! Non-profit. Not affiliated with the Oregon Trail School District.

Sandy Oregon Ski Swap and Warren Miller Movie

Friday & Saturday - December 1 - 2: Sandy Ski Swap and Warren Miller Movie

Sandy High School Ski Team Ski Swap benefits the ski team with all kinds of great deals on ski and snowboard equipment. Plus watch Warren Miller's Line of Descent.

Christmas Toy and Food Drive Dinner

Saturday, December 2: Mt Hood Christmas Toy and Food Drive Dinner

Mt Hood Lion's club hosts this benefit dinner every year. Happy Hour at 6 PM. Dinner at 7 PM. Bring an unwrapped gift or toy and join us for a delicious dinner with roast beef, ham and all the trimmings while helping those in need. $15 at the door. Mile Post 41 on Highway 26 in Welches.

Lindsoe Clayworks Pottery

Saturday and Sunday, December 2-3: Lindsoe Clayworks Holiday Studio Sale

Functional and Unique Stoneware, hand-thrown at Mt Hood. 10 AM - 5 PM. 69177 E Barlow Trail Rd, Zigzag

Sue Allen Studio Ink Holiday Studio Sale

Saturday & Sunday, December 2-3: Sue Allen Studio Ink Holiday Studio Sale

Screenprints, Bookarts, Sazzisnaps, Artcoor all locally crafted by Sue Allen. 20-40% off original prints, cards, photos, bookarts and much more. 10 AM - 4 PM

Christmas Tree Lighting at Timberline at Mt Hood

Friday, December 8: Christmas Tree Lighting at Timberline

Each year we find a beautiful 30’ tall evergreen to adorn the Main Lobby Headhouse and kick off the holidays! Join us on Friday, December 8, 2017, at 6pm when we officially light up the tree. Afterwards continue the fun and help us decorate. We will sing carols after the lighting for anyone who wants to join in!

Christmas Photos with Santa Claus

Saturday, December 9: Geren's Farm Store Pictures with Santa

Come have your FREE picture taken with Santa here at Geren's from 11 AM - 2 PM! Four legged, two legged, feathered and furry kids are all welcome! Lots of in store discounts too! Door prizes - Face Painting - Balloon Man. Suggested donation of 2 cans per person to go towards our perishable goods food drive. 1 FREE picture per group - each additional picture will be $1. You can also have us upload your picture to the group event page so you can share as you'd like.

Mt Hood Winter Kick-off Party at Timberline Ski Area

Saturday, December 9: Winter Kick-off Party at Timberline

Now that we’ve had some snow, we’re ready to kick this winter into gear at Timberline Lodge! We’ll bring the powder, you bring your friends and family! 9 AM - 6 PM

Y’Bar Traeger specials, Live Music in the Wy’East Cafe, Red Bull DJ on the Deck, Free Quick Wax with food & beverage purchase, Rail Jam, On-Snow Demos, Contests & Giveaways, and much, much more!

Fly Fishing Shop Metal Head Christmas

Saturday, December 9: Metal Head Christmas Party and Annual Steelhead Clinic

A new winter steelhead season is here for celebration! Free Food, Prizes, Programs, & Demonstrations! Factory reps and fly fishing experts will share their knowledge. 15% off all non-sale items in the store.

Cosmic Tubing at Mt Hood Skibowl

Saturday & Sunday, December 9 - 10: Cosmic Tubing with Frosty & Santa

The jolly elf himself will be visiting Mt Hoood Skibowl with Frosty the Snowman at the Snow Tube & Adventure Park at Skibowl East. Santa and Frosty will be visiting the tube hill, and then Santa will set up shop in front of the fireplace inside the Multorpor Lodge. Kids will be able to sit with Santa and tell him what they want for Christmas. There will be photo opportunities and treats for the kids, too.

Special Needs Kids Visit Santa Claus

Sunday, December 10: Special Needs Santa Visit

At Geren's Feed Store, 8 AM - 10 AM. Santa will be coming back for another visit just for kids of all ages with special needs and sensory issues! This free event will be taking place before stores open, giving families the opportunity to visit Santa and receive a gift and get photos with no overhead music, and fewer crowds. Pictures will be available for pick up on Tuesday, Dec. 12th.

Christmas Caroling Sing-along with Julie McCarl

Friday, December 15: Caroling Sing-Along with Julie McCarl

2nd annual sing along we had so many laughs where doing it all over! Special menu featuring prime rib. Come enjoy the holiday season and your vocals! 5:30 - 8:30 PM. Reservations required, 503-622-4618

Poetry Slam and Open Mic Night at AntFarm

Friday, December 15: Poetry Slam and Open Mic Night

At the AntFarm in Sandy, 6 PM - 9 PM. Bring yourself, your friends, and your performance for a night of art filled sharing! This event is open to poetry, music, storytelling, any and all forms of performance! All ages welcome, sign up at the door. AntFarm Cafe & Bakery will provide coffee, tea, and light snacks.

Elysian Brewery Taster and Fundraiser

Friday, December 15: Elysian Brings the Party to Hood Taster & Fundraiser

Come PARTY with us and Elysian Brewing at the Ratskellar in Government Camp for our Tasting and Fundraiser Event. Specialty beers, photobooth, live music & fundraiser for Multnomah County Special Olympics Snowboard Team. 100% of donations going to PDX Special Olympics.

Winter Brew Fest at Mt Hood Meadows

Saturday, December 16: Winter Brew Fest

Mt. Hood Meadows presents The Winter Brew Fest. Visit Meadows December 16th! Be sure to try some of the Northwest's finest microbrews! We are excited to host locally owned and operated breweries who share our passion for the mountain and the outdoors. 

Ugly Christmas Sweater Party at Mt Hood Skibowl

Saturday, December 16: Ugly Sweater Party

Dig in the closet and find the ugliest sweater you can find - you know, the one grandma knitted for you for Christmas? Wear it to Skibowl on December 16th, 2017 and receive $7 off a night lift ticket! Good from 3:00 PM to 11:00 PM. This fun event is sponsored by Widmer Brothers Brewing, who will be hosting an Ugly Sweater Fashion Show / contest at 8:00 PM in the Beerstube. There will be great prizes to hand out, along with food and drink specials for the night.

Fireworks at Mt Hood Skibowl

Saturday, December 16: Saturday Night Lights Fireworks

The party will be at the Skibowl Snow Tube & Adventure Park for our "Saturday Night Lights"!  Join us for a fantastic FREE firework display at 8:00pm. Cosmic Tubing will be rockin'  with a DJ spinning the hottest tunes starting at 6:00pm and going until 10:00pm.  The Multorpor Lodge will be open for full food service with the Multorpor Lodge Cafe on the main floor serving up all your basics, and the 70 Meter Bar & Grill upstairs featuring gourmet burgers and hot drink specials! Let's get Cosmic!

Christmas Tree with Lights in the Snow at Government Camp

Saturday, December 16: Christmas Tree Lighting in Government Camp

Santa Claus is coming to town! Join Mt. Hood skibowl and the town of Government Camp, Saturday evening December 16th in the middle of town, right next to Huckleberry Inn. Santa and Frosty will arrive on a special fire engine from the Hoodland Fire Department.  The festivities start at 6:00pm as the switch is flipped and the town Christmas tree is lit up in all its splendor.  Santa will be available for the youngsters to tell him what they would like for Christmas.  Donuts and hot cocoa will be on hand provided by Huckleberry Inn.  Sign up for a romantic horse drawn carriage ride through town.

Cosmic Tubing at Mt Hood Skibowl

Saturday & Sunday, December 16-17: Cosmic Tubing with Santa & Frosty

The jolly elf himself will be visiting Mt Hoood Skibowl with Frosty the Snowman at the Snow Tube & Adventure Park at Skibowl East. Santa and Frosty will be visiting the tube hill, and then Santa will set up shop in front of the fireplace inside the Multorpor Lodge. Kids will be able to sit with Santa and tell him what they want for Christmas. There will be photo opportunities and treats for the kids, too.

Christmas Music at Skyway Bar and Grill

Sunday, December 17: Christmas Music at the Skyway Bar & Grill

Transcendental Brass Band (Christmas Time Jazz Show) 7 - 10 PM

Breakfast with Santa at Mt Hood Meadows

Saturday & Sunday, December 23-24: Breakfast with Santa at Mt Hood Meadows

Bring the kiddos for Breakfast with Santa at Mt. Hood Meadows, December 23rd or 24th. Enjoy great food and tell Santa what you want this season!

Christmas Dinner and Caroling with Santa at Timberline at Mt Hood

Sunday, December 24: Caroling with Santa on Christmas Eve at Timberline

You’ll believe all over again when Santa comes down our chimney. Join in our Christmas traditions as we welcome Santa, sing carols by candle light around the fireplace and enjoy a sumptuous meal. Guests will be seated in the award winning Cascade Dining Room and Main Lobby Headhouse from 2:30pm to 5:45pm. This year, we’ll have a Magic Show at 7:15pm for kids in the Barlow Room. Santa arrives at 7:45pm! Reservations required.

Christmas Dinner at Timberline at Mt Hood

Monday, December 25: Christmas Dinner at Timberline

The holidays are a magical time at Timberline Lodge. On Christmas Day, enjoy a multi-course meal at Timberline Lodge with friends and family while watching the snow drift down outside the cozy lodge.Guests will be seated in the award winning Cascade Dining Room and Main Lobby Headhouse. Reservations are required

Tony Starlight Music and Comedy Show

Saturday, December 30: Tony Starlight Show at the Resort at the Mountain

The Tony Starlight Music and Comedy Show is a hybrid of music and comedy rooted in the classic nightclub style of entertainment. The show is a combination of song parodies and musical impressions of iconic artists like Neil Diamond, Frank Sinatra, Bob Seger, Elton John and more. Tony is an interactive entertainer who works the crowd as he lovingly lampoons American pop culture.

New Year's Eve Party at the Skyway Bar & Grill

Sunday, December 31: New Year's Eve Party at the Skyway Bar & Grill

Blue Flags & Black Grass (American Roots String Band playing Bluegrass, Viper Jazz, Jug Music and Ol' Time Country Blues) 9:30 PM, $5 Cover Charge

Torchlight Parade at Mt Hood Skibowl on New Year's Eve

Sunday, December 31: New Year's Eve Extravaganza at Skibowl

Ring in the New Year in style with the biggest event on Mt. Hood.  Mt. Hood Skibowl will celebrate 30 years of its legendary fireworks extravaganza December 31st, 2017. The fun will be going on all day and continue until 2:00am.  A live DJ kicks off the party spinning your favorite tunes from 8:00pm to 1:00am at Skibowl west.  A torch light parade down the Lower Bowl will precede the evenings two firework displays which happen at the stroke of midnight.  Another live DJ will be spinning the hotest tunes during Cosmic Tubing at Skibowl East from 8:00pm to 1:00am. There will also be fun winter games, multiple beer gardens and a dance party that lasts into the night. Watch the spectacular firework displays at either Skibowl West or East. Ski and ride until 2:00am, and Cosmic Tube at Skibowl East until 1:00am.

Fireworks on New Year's Eve at Mt Hood

Sunday, December 31: New Year's Eve at Timberline

A wintry evening of skiing or snowboarding is such a memorable way to enjoy the last day of the year that many have made it an annual tradition. This is the year to make it yours too. Night skiing begins at 4:00pm and continues until midnight. Dance the night away with Nobody’s Sweetheart. Warm up in the Ram’s Head Bar and watch our beautiful fireworks show at 10:00pm.

Mt Hood Vacation Rentals Apple Pie Christmas Special

Friday, November 24 - Thursday, November 30, 2017: Mt Hood Christmas Pie Special

Spend Christmas in a Mt Hood Vacation Rental and we will buy the pie! Book a reservation including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and there will be a ready-to-bake Willamette Valley Pie Company 9-inch apple pie in the home upon your arrival. And to "sweeten the pie", the rates have been reduced for a limited time! Valid for a holiday reservation booked between November 24-30, 2017 with arrival dates of December 15-23, 2017 and including the nights of December 24 & 25, 2017 in a Mt Hood Vacations Rental based upon availability while these dates last.

Winter Midweek Specials in Mt Hood Vacation Rentals

November 27, 2017 - March 22, 2018: Winter Midweek Deals

Stay in a Mt Hood Vacation Rental Sunday - Thursday nights this winter and add a 3rd night for 1/2 price. The 4th night will be free.


  • November 27 - December 14, 2017
  • January 3 - 11, 2018
  • January 16 - February 15, 2018
  • February 19 - March 22, 2018
  • Not valid during holiday periods or with other discounts, specials or promotions. Discounts will automatically calculate upon booking.
Mt Hood Vacation Rentals Lift Ticket Specials for Skiers and Snowboarders

December 1, 2017 - March 31, 2018: Lift Ticket Discounts

Save on lift tickets at Mt Hood Meadows and Timberline Ski Area when you stay in a Mt Hood Vacation Rental this winter. All lift tickets are valid open to close (excluding the night shift ticket). Lift tickets may be purchased during business hours in our Welches office throughout your visit. Limit of one lift ticket per vacation rental guest per day during your stay. No pre-purchase necessary. Black-out dates may apply. Lift tickets are valid after ski areas are in full operation.

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4 Tips for Viewing the Total Solar Eclipse at Mt Hood
Posted by Mt Hood Vacation Rentals | Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Top Ways to Prepare for the Great American Total Solar Eclipse, August 21, 2017

Magnitude of Totality Interactive Map for the Solar Eclipse
Find the Magnitude of Totality for your Solar Eclipse Viewing Location on this Interactive Map

If you are excited about and anticipating this spectacular astronomical event, the Great American Total Solar Eclipse happening on August 21, 2017, we have the top 4 tips to make this the most memorable experience of the year. When you are in the Villages of Mt Hood, you will be the north of the path of 100% totality. You can relax at your vacation cabin and see the eclipse in 97% - 99% totality with your friends and family or make the short drive south to the area of 100% totality.
1. Read Up: Start your research now about the how and why a total solar eclipse even happens. It will make the day that much more amazing. When you are in the path of totality you will see one of nature’s most incredible and rare sights, a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun's tenuous atmosphere known as the corona will first pass over the United States at Newport, Oregon at about 10:15 AM. At 10:17 AM, the Mt Hood area will experience 2 minutes of almost total darkness. You can Google search Total Solar Eclipse 2017 and find dozens of websites with information, however, we have two websites that we especially like for science nerds and every-day enthusiasts alike. The National Aeronautics and Space Association (NASA) is one of the best resources to learn everything there is to know about the science of a total solar eclipse., an online magazine is filled with interesting articles and ideas about how to enjoy the eclipse written by astronomy experts. Plus all guests of Mt Hood Vacation Rentals during the August 17th eclipse will receive the book, "Get Eclipsed: A Complete Guide to the American Eclipse".
2. Eclipse Glasses: To view the eclipse, you will need special eclipse glasses to avoid damage to your eyes. Regular or even the best sunglasses on the market will not protect your eyes. You need to view the eclipse through these funny-looking cardboard eclipse glasses with lenses of optical mylar that allow you to safely look directly at the sun. The mylar filters out most of the light and all of the dangerous infrared heat and ultraviolet radiation (the same stuff that causes sunburn). Good news for guests of Mt Hood Vacation Rentals; we will have free eclipse glasses for every person staying in a Mt Hood Vacation Rental during the Great American Solar Eclipse.
3. Don't Take Photos: While you are fiddling around with your camera or trying to figure out how to take a photo with your cell phone, you will miss the 2-minute eclipse. Leave the photography to the professionals who have the best and most expensive equipment. According to NikonUSA, "When viewing or photographing the partial phases of a solar eclipse or the maximum phase of an annular eclipse, you must use a solar filter. Even if 99% of the sun is covered by the moon, the remaining 1% crescent is dangerous to view with the naked eye and can cause serious eye damage or blindness." Just kick back, look up (with your eclipse glasses on) and enjoy the day.
4. Find Your Spot: Figure out where you are going to watch the eclipse now. This is going to be the most popular event of the summer, so you want to find your viewing place soon. When you stay in a Mt Hood Vacation Rental, you will see 97% - 99% of the eclipse, or you can drive about 30 miles south to be able to view 100% of the total eclipse. Either way, staying in a fully-furnished vacation rental will give you a comfortable place to gather with everyone for your solar eclispe watching party with your friends and family. There are a few cabins, chalets and lodges available during the eclipse so you will want to secure your lodging soon before they are all gone. Check out this cool interactive map to discover the magnitude of totality in your solar eclipse viewing location.
Mt Hood Vacation Rentals Total Solar Eclipse Package:
Stay in a Mt Hood Vacation Rental during the Great American Total Solar Eclipse and included with your cabin, chalet, cottage or lodge:
  • E-Passport filled with specials and coupons for activities and recreation throughout Oregon's Mt Hood Territory
  • Eclipse Glasses for everyone staying in the Mt Hood Vacation Rental with you
  • Get Eclipsed: The Complete Guide to the American Eclipse
  • Commemorative Eclipse T-shirt: One per reservation; more t-shirts available for sale while they last
Call a Vacation Planner at 888-424-9168 to make your reservation in a Mt Hood Vacation Rental for the Total Solar Eclipse or Book online soon before they are all gone.

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Are you an Umbraphile? You Could Become One this Summer: Experience the Great American Total Solar Eclipse
Posted by Mt Hood Vacation Rentals | Thursday, June 15, 2017

umbraphile (plural umbraphiles)

  1. One who loves eclipses, often traveling to see them.

​For the first time in 38 years, a total solar eclipse will occur in the United States on August 21st and Oregon will be one of the best places for eclipse-chasers and umbraphiles to view this rare astronomical phenomenon. While the Mt Hood area is not in the path of totality for the solar eclipse, we will be in a 97% totality region. When you visit a Mt Hood Vacation Rental, you will be staying in the perfect basecamp for a short drive to the south where you can observe total darkness.

Great American Total Solar EclipseThe solar eclipse will first make landfall along the Oregon Coast just north of Newport at 10:15:50 AM where people will experience almost two full minutes of totality (complete darkness). When you stay at Mt Hood, you will experience a 97% percent solar eclipse. The total solar eclipse will be viewable just a few minute later in the Mt Hood region. Or you can drive to the southern part of Clackamas County to experience total darkness. A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon completely blocks the sun turning daylight into a dark twilight, with the sun's glow shimmering behind the shadow of the moon.

Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm is in the middle of the path of totality. The farm is celebrating with activities all weekend-long, August 18-21 including farm tours, live entertainment, food vendors, sunset and eclipse photography lessons, astronomy lessons and star-gazing. The admission each day is $5/person (max of $20/vehicle), however as a guest of Mt Hood Vacation Rentals, you will receive free admission!

We have special gifts for our guests who will be staying with us during the eclipse. Guests of Mt Hood Vacation Rentals will receive:

  • E-Passport: Mobile app filled with specials, deals and links to businesses throughout Oregon's Mt Hood Territory
  • Eclipse Glasses for each person in your reservation (required to view the eclipse)
  • "Get Eclipsed: The Complete Guide to the American Eclipse", a book that is jam-packed with cool facts and helpful hints on how to prepare for and experience the eclipse

And the good news is that you can still reserve a Mt Hood Vacation Rental for the Great American Total Solar Eclipse. Call a Vacation Planner at 888-424-9168 to find the perfect cabin, lodge or chalet or you can book online at

For more eclipse info:

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Riverfront Vacation Rentals will Energize and Relax You
Posted by Mt Hood Vacation Rentals | Thursday, March 9, 2017

Riverfront Vacation Rentals at Mt Hood for Energy and Peace and Quiet

A riverfront getaway to a Mt Hood Vacation Rental will both energize you and relax you during your vacation. While you are in riverfront environments, negative ions which are odorless, tasteless and invisible molecules are inhaled in abundance. When these ions flow throughout your body, they produce biochemical reactions that increase levels of the chemical serotonin, which is known to help in relieving stress and boosting daytime energy; it also helps to stabilize sleeping, eating and digestion. Pretty awesome that your riverfront vacation can do all of this, naturally!*
Dream Catcher Cabin is one of our most popular romantic retreats at Mt Hood. Enjoy the Salmon River just steps from the outside hot tub, firepit and picnic table during your Mt Hood vacation. You will be off the beaten path, but still close to all mountain recreation, shopping and dining. You can even dip your toes in the water during the summer months. Watch for frequent visits from ducks and geese.
Rapid River Retreat is a long-time favorite gathering place for families and friends. Located close to the end of a 1 ½ mile dead-end and gated road, this is the perfect place for morning walks with your dog. You will want to gather on the deck in the back yard at sunset with a glass of wine and good friends and conversation. Relax in the riverside hot tub at the end of the day to top it all off.
Getting a group of people together for a meditation or yoga retreat or a writing seminar? The Salmon River Rendezvous is perfect for gathering everyone for a calming retreat away from the city. With a large kitchen, 3 living spaces and room to accommodate up to 16 guests, you will have plenty of room to literally stretch out. The riverfront garden and firepit is just right for evening sing-alongs and story-telling. End the day with a soak in the private hot tub.
If you are dreaming of the classic log cabin vacation, you will love the Riverwoods Lodge. This hand-built log cabin sits on 4 private acres along the Sandy River. Take a walk to the riverside gazebo and read a good book or eat a picnic lunch. Gather around the firepit under the stars to relive the day’s adventures. Just minutes from the Sandy Ridge Trails, you will want to bring your mountain bikes on this vacation.
The perfect place to enjoy the river from inside or outside is the Salmon River Retreat. This well-loved home sits just steps from the river and enjoys panoramic views from the great room, the riverside deck and the hot tub. Gather around with cocktails, grilling dinner in the evening while you watch the sun go down. The slow-moving river is ideal for splashing around on hot summer days, too.
If you would like to explore more Riverfront Vacation Rentals at Mt Hood, visit our website. If you have questions or would like to make a reservation, call us at 888-424-9168 or you can book online 24/7/365.
*Want to know more about the benefits of negative ions and serotonin? Check out this article.


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7 Books to Read While Planning your Summer Vacation at Mt Hood
Posted by Mt Hood Vacation Rentals | Thursday, February 9, 2017

7 Books to Get You Started on Your Mt Hood Summer Vacation Planning

It may seem too early to start planning your summer vacation to Mt Hood, but during the cold winter months is the perfect time to cozy up with a stack of books and dream about how you and your family will spend your time at Mt Hood this summer. We have compiled a group of books to get you started on your vacation planning. These books will get you excited about the places you will be visiting and the fun activities you will be enjoying during your Mt Hood trip.

Two popular hiking books that have been around for over 20 years still remain as two of the best guides for hikes throughout the Mt Hood National Forest in the area of Government Camp and up to Timberline Lodge.These self-published books are written by "Little Old Ladies In Tennis Shoes", Sonia Buist and Emily Keller, hence the name of their publishing company, LOLITS. The goal of these two hiking guide books is to break down longer trails such as the Timberline Trail, a 41-mile trail that circumnavigates Mt Hood at "Timberline", into shorter, easy-to-do day hikes.They have provided detailed directions to trail heads, maps, difficulty ratings along with personal commentary and interesting information about the history of the area, flora and fauna and other relevant information.

Whether you ski or snowboard at Mt Hood during the winter or summer, or you are a history buff, Timberline and a Century of Skiing on Mount Hood is an easy and fun book to read with lots of photos and anecdotal stories from many long-time local residents and employees of Timberline Lodge. The author, Jean Arthur, grew up skiing at Mt Hood and working at Timberline Lodge throughout high school and during the summers while in college. P. S. When you stay in a Mt Hood Vacation Rental during the winter and purchase 4 Timberline lift tickets in our office, we will give you a copy of this book!

These days if you are traveling to Mt Hood from Portland, it is about an hour to 1 1/2 hour drive to get here. During the early 1900's when the first automobile trips were made to Mt Hood, it really was an adventure taking up to 3 days to get from Portland to Government Camp, a 60-mile trek over mostly dirt (and mud) roads. The book, Off to Mt. Hood chronicles the early days of road trips to Mt Hood as told by Ivan M. Woolley, who was a college student at the time and would drive tourists in a 1907 Pierce Arrow, a 4-cylinder, 48 horse power vehicle. This book is sprinkled with stories of personal experiences of Mr. Woolley and his compatriots and passengers. He shares the hardships and stories of many of the early settlers who also opened road houses in the area including Wemme, Welches, Faubion, Tawny, McIntyre and more.

Mount Hood, A Complete History by Jack Grauer is the quintessential and most comprehensive chronicle of the people, events, adventures and history of the Mt Hood area. Mr. Grauer writes about everything from the early Native Americans, the first settlers passing over the Barlow Trail, winter and summer recreation including mountain climbing, animals and flora, geology and geography, famous and not-so-important buildings and much more. Jack Grauer's first love was mountain climbing, with his first of 131 ascents of Mt Hood happening in 1947 when he got the bug. The book has a definite slant on the mountaineering history of Mt Hood. First published in 1975, this book has had several updates and revisions with the most recent edition being published in 2010. 

It's been 38 years since the last total eclipse was seen in the continental USA. The moon's shadow completely covers the sun August, 21, 2017 creating the opportuntity to experience Totality. Next year's "Great American Total Solar Eclipse" will darken skies all the way from Oregon to South Carolina, along a stretch of land about 70 miles wide with the full eclipse being visible just south of Mt Hood. Imagine the morning Sun dwindling down to a narrow crescent and a moment later it vanishes as you're plunged into an eerie twilight. This is a celestial event that is an indescribable sight that is among the most awe-inspiring and beautiful in all of nature. And it is not to be missed! Get Eclipsed is written by Fred Espenak (aka "Mr. Eclipse") retired NASA astrophysicist and leading authority on eclipses, and his eclipse chasing wife Pat Espenak (“Mrs. Eclipse”). Their infectious enthusiasm will get you excited for the eclipse. For more books about the Great American Total Solar Eclipse, click here.

The "wildly" popular book that was made into a movie, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed is the book to pick up this winter to read about a personal life transformation with many of the author's experiences centered around Mt Hood. Much of the movie was also filmed throughout the Mt Hood National Forest and at Timberline Lodge. Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman at a crossroads in her life after sufferening loss as she forges ahead on a trek from Mexico to Canada along the Pacific Crest Trail that eventually strengthens her will and heals her soul.

Mt Hood Vacation Rentals are scattered throughout the Villages of Mt Hood, from Brightwood to Welches, Zigzag, Rhododendron and on up to Government Camp. Our cabins, cottages and lodges are from 1-bedroom to 5-bedroom and accommodate 2-16 guests. All homes include fully-equipped kitchens, fireplaces or woodstoves, cable, satellite or Internet TV and wifi and washers and driers. Most homes welcome your well-trained dogs at least one year of age. Many include a private, outdoor hot tub, too. All are non-smoking
Search here for the perfect Mt Hood Vacation Rental for your summer vacation or call us today at 888-424-9168.


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3 Hearty Dishes + Turkey Sandwiches for the Day after Thanksgiving
Posted by Mt Hood Vacation Rentals | Monday, November 14, 2016

Thanksgiving Cabin
Aaahh, the day after Thanksgiving. Friends and family are gathered around watching football, playing board games or maybe taking an afternoon nap. And the refrigerator is stuffed with leftover turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing and veggies. Of course, everyone has a preferred way to make a turkey sandwich. Here are the favorites from the Mt Hood Vacation Rental team.

Turkey Sandwich Ideas

Turkey Sandwich

Paul likes just plain white or wheat bread, white meat, mayo, iceberg lettuce and salt and pepper.
Cari likes her turkey sandwich on a seedy whole wheat bread with cranberry relish, pepper jack cheese, romaine lettuce and slices of sweet pickles.
Betsy uses a whole grain bread, the more textured and interesting the better, white meat, sliced tomatoes, leafy greens and Miracle Whip. Cheese added is ok, too.
Kayla likes her turkey sandwich hot; she uses leftover rolls from the night before with hot turkey, gravy and mashed potatoes open-faced and of course, eats it with a fork.
Debi is a purist and likes dark meat on a grainy, wheat bread and lots of mayo.
Cailin likes dark meat only on thick-sliced garlic Texas Toast, mayo, tomato and romaine lettuce or spinach.
Rachael and her family do not make turkey sandwiches with the leftovers; they make turkey soup with homemade noodles using her husband's grandmother's recipe.
Turkey Cranberry Sandwich

Of course, if you have had your fill of turkey sandwiches,
we have 3 tasty recipes for using up turkey day leftovers below.

Mashed Potato Pancakes

2 cups mashed potatoes
1 egg
1/4 cup flour
dash of salt & pepper, to taste
dash of garlic powder
canola oil for cooking
Combine all ingredients thoroughly. Form into golf ball sized balls, the flatten with your hands to about 1/2 inch thick. Heat 1 - 2 tbsp. canola oil in cast iron skillet or other large pan. Cook the pancakes on each side until they are golden brown and crispy, about 3-4 minutes. Serve with sour cream.
For a really flaMashed Potato Pancakesvorable variation, try adding one or more of the following ingredients to the mashed potato mixture.
1/2 cup shredded cheese
Diced scallions
Diced cooked bacon or ham
Substitute sweet potatoes for the mashed potatoes

Turkey Biscuit Pot Pie

2 cups frozen peas, carrots and green beans, thawed (or leftover cooked veggies from Thanksgiving Dinner)
1/2 cup diced celery
1/3 cup chopped onion
1/3 cup butter
1/2/3 cup flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp celery seed
1/4 tsp poultry seasoning
1 cup chicken broth
2/3 cups milk
2 cups chopped cooked turkey (light and dark meat is ok)
1 package ready-to-bake refrigerated biscuits
Preheat oven to 350°.
Turkey Biscuit Pot PieSaute onion and celery in butter until soft, but not browned. Add the flour, salt, pepper and seasonings and stir to make a roux, cooking off the flour flavor. Add the milk and stir until it bubbles and you have a creamy sauce. Slowly add in the chicken broth and stir until combined; bring back to a slow simnmer. Add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Pour into at 13" X 9" X 2" pan. Top with the biscuits, spreading evenly over the top.
Bake in the preheated oven according to the biscuit package instructions. Remove from oven and cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Turkey Soup

Turkey carcass with meat still on it
1 tbsp canola oil
1 small onion, minced
2 stalks celery, minced 
1 16 oz. package frozen peas and carrots
1 cup uncooked rice
season to taste (salt, pepper, poultry seasoning, garlic powder, turmeric)
Turkey SoupThe most important and time-consuming task in making your soup is in prepping the carcass and making the turkey stock. First, remove all the skin and any other little bones or gristley pieces. You may need to break the carcass into 2 or 3 pieces to fit into your stock pot.
Put the carcass into your large pot with water to completely cover. Bring to a boil, then simmer slowly for about 3 hours, partially covered. This will pull all of the meat off the bones and pull flavor out of all parts of the turkey. You will need to scoop out the bones and place them on a plate. When it cools to the touch, pull off any turkey meat that did not come off in cooking and reserve. Discard the bones and other inedible parts. Pour the stock left in the pot into another pot or bowl, through a strainer. This will help you find any small bones, but keep the meat that ends up in the strainer. Put your stock and all turkey back into the pot and simmer on low.
In the meantime, sauté the onion and celery in the oil until it is soft and translucent. Add the onion, celery and frozen vegetables to the simmering stock and bring back to a simmer. Add the rice and cook for another 30-45 minutes or until the rice is fully cooked.
Your turkey likely already had seasonings from roasting, however, you can add more salt, pepper and other seasonings to your liking. A pinch of turmeric will brighten the color of your soup stock.


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Cozy & Quick Comfort Food Dishes for Fall
Posted by Mt Hood Vacation Rentals | Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Easy Versions of Favorite Fall Comfort Foods
One of the best reasons to stay in a vacation rental when you visit Mt Hood is for the fully-equipped kitchens. You and your friends and family can easily prepare a group meal in the kitchen, then you can gather around the dining table for conversation and a delicious feast.
During the fall months, with the cooler and wetter weather, it is the time of year when we start to cook inside more often, too. We have 3 of our employees’ favorite fall comfort food recipes below. These dishes are all versions of more complex dishes in easy to make versions that will be sure to please a crowd, but if you want leftovers, make an extra pan.
Cari’s Pan Burrito
This is Cari’s quick version of burritos. You can make a large batch and feed a crowd without having to do all of the work of making individual burritos. You can substitute shredded chicken or pork in this recipe, too.
1 lb ground beef
1 small onion, diced
1 package of burrito seasoning
1 12 oz can of refried beans
1 small can of tomato paste
1.5 cups of water
4 cups of grated cheese
1 cup of salsa
4 large flour tortillas
Sour cream
Fresh chives, diced
Brown beef in skillet with diced onions then season beef and onions with salt and pepper.  Drain off fat.  Add packet of burrito seasoning, water, tomato paste and refried beans to the same skillet and mix well.  Let simmer for 10 minutes.
In a greased 9 inch pie pan, place ¼ of beef/bean mixture then a layer of cheese topped with a tortilla, repeat this process until you have 4 tortilla layers.  On the top of the final tortilla spread 1 cup of your favorite salsa and more grated cheese.
Bake at 350° for 30-45 minutes until pie is thoroughly heated.  Serve with sour cream & chives.
Betsy’s “Fake” Lasagna
This recipe includes most of the ingredients you will find in lasagna, but it is a lot less work to make as a casserole. Make 2 batches for a large crowd.
3 cups orecchiette, farfalle or fusilli pasta cooked according to package directions.
2 jars marinara sauce
1 tbsp. olive oil
½ onion, diced                                                                                                                             
1 bell pepper, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 lb chicken Italian sausage (mild or hot)
1 pint ricotta cheese
3 cups grated mozzarella cheese
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
Saute onion and bell pepper for about 5 minutes. Add the sausage and cook until browned. Add the minced garlic and cook for a couple of minutes (do not let the garlic turn brown). Add the marinara sauce and cook for 5 more minutes to meld the flavors.
Pour a layer of sauce in the bottom of a 13” x9” pan or a 3 quart casserole dish. Add 1/3 of the cooked pasta. Spread ½ cup of the mozzarella cheese over the pasta, then a layer of sauce so that it seeps down into the pasta. Add spoonfulls of ricotta cheese and another ½ cup of mozzarella cheese. Continue with 2 more layers, topping the casserole with the grated parmesan cheese.
Bake covered at 350° for 30 minutes. Bake uncovered for another 15 minutes. Take out of the oven and let the casserole rest for about 10 minutes before serving.
Rachael’s Pumpkin Dump Cake
When Rachael makes this cake for work, she has to make two, so her husband has one to eat at home. The first time Rachael brought this to the office, the team devoured the entire cake by mid-morning.
1 package yellow cake mix
1 egg
8 tbsp butter, melted
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
8 tbsp butter, melted
1 (16-ounce) box powdered sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
Preheat oven to 350°. Combine the cake mix, egg and 8 ounces melted butter and mix well with an electric mixer. Pat the mixture into the bottom of a lightly greased 13x9 inch baking pan. To make the filling: In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and the pumpkin until smooth. Add the eggs, vanilla and 8 ounces melted butter and beat together. Next, add the powdered sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg and mix well. Spread the pumpkin mixture over the cake batter and bake for 40-50 minutes. Make sure not to overbake as the center should be a little gooey.

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