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6 Tips for Planning Your Summer Vacation at Mt Hood
Posted by Mt Hood Vacation Rentals | Sunday, April 15, 2018


Six Things to Consider While Choosing a
Mt Hood Vacation Rental to Stay in This Summer

Staying in a vacation rental home is the most popular lodging choice for summer vacations at Mt Hood. Mt Hood Vacation Rentals are located in scenic locations with forest, river or mountain views just minutes from hiking, biking, golfing, fishing, skiing and snowboarding. P.S. Even if you don't plan on hitting the slopes this summer (which you can do), it is fun to go up to Timberline to play in the snow in July! We offer fully-equipped cabins, cottages, lodges and condos to choose from, so one of our vacation homes is sure to meet your needs.

Benefits of staying in a Mt Hood Vacation Rental
  • Living like a local at Mt Hood during your vacation; get to know your neighbors and do the things the people who live here like to do during the summer
  • Relaxing with your friends and family in a spacious home, cabin or lodge; you may never want to leave your calming mountain retreat
  • Sitting by a fireplace in the great room or gathering around the backyard firepit; don't forget the s'mores kit
  • Preparing meals in a completely equipped kitchen or on the gas BBQ on the deck; you have options with everything you need in the kitchen and a deck with a BBQ and furniture
  • Watching your favorite shows and movies on flat screen TV’s with cable, satellite and Internet TV; or maybe you will just skip the TV and enjoy the scenery instead
  • Staying connecting with free wifi; find a restaurant or activity on your phone
  • Soothing your tired body in a private, outdoor hot tub; most of our vacation homes offer private hot tubs just for your group
  • Revitalizing your spirit while being surrounded by the peace and quiet of the forest, birdsong and flowing rivers

With the growth in popularity and availability of vacation rentals, there are some important things you can do to insure your visit will be everything you have been dreaming of and more. Here are 6 tips to help you decide which Mt Hood Vacation Rental is perfect for your summer vacation. Remember, we have Vacation Planners standing by at 888-424-9168 or VacationPlanner@mthoodrentals.com, 7 days a week to offer recommendations, too. 

#1. Location
Is riverfront or secluded acreage a necessity? Would you like to be tucked away under the trees or are wide-open views more to your liking? Do you feel more comfortable with being able to sePicnic area along the Sandy Rivere a cabin next door? Or do you need to be in Government Camp for summer skiing and snowboarding activities? Typically the riverfront and secluded vacation homes are the most popular and they fill up more quickly. If this is important to you, book your reservation early. Also, the larger homes that accommodate more people book sooner. Visit mthoodrentals.com to start your vacation rental search.

#2. Activities
Mt Hood as a place is a collection of several small villages sprinkled throughout the Mt Hood corridor surrounded by the Mt Hood National Forest. The villages each have their own personality and charm, Kids can catch fish during the summer months at Mt Hoodhowever, the “action” is primarily centered around outdoor recreation like hiking, biking, fishing, paddling, golfing, skiing and snowboarding. You will not find a lot of nightlife including bowling alleys or movie theatres here, but you will find lots of locally owned and operated eateries, bars, recreation providers and specialty shops. If you know what type of activities and events you will be enjoying while on your Mt Hood Vacation, share that information with our Vacation Planner, so she can find the best home in the best location to suit your vacation plans. And while you are planning your vacation, check out our Concierge page for a listing of everything there is to do throughout the Villages of Mt Hood.

#3. Size of Home
How much square footage would you like? How many bedrooms and bathrooms do you need to be comfortable? Do you want separate living spaces for the kids and the adults? Our Chalet am Berg in Government Camp sleeps 10 guestsvacation homes have occupancy limits for safety reasons, so you won't want to cram too many people into one home. With a vacation rental you can afford to spread out as the cost is typically much less per person than renting several hotel rooms would be. And you have the added benefit of cooking in the home, so you save a lot of money by not eating out as frequently. You can search and view Mt Hood Vacation Rentals by size on our search page.

 

#4. Size of Traveling Group
Are you traveling with a large group of friends or a multi-geneHikers taking a fun selfie at Mirror lake at Mt Hoodrational family? You may want to consider renting two or three homes that are near one-another. This will give you more space, more cooking areas and of course more bedrooms and bathrooms. You may want to split up the group into families with small children in one home and the grandparents in a different vacation rental. You can find vacation homes that will work together on our website. If you are planning a romantic getaway such as a marriage proposal, honeymoon or anniversary, take a look at our Romantic Retreats.

#5. Amenities
WhichRoasting marshmallows around a campfire amenities are necessary and which would be nice? All Mt Hood Vacation Rentals are furnished with a fireplace or woodstove, fully-equipped kitchens, cable, satellite or Internet TV, washers and dryers, gas BBQs and wifi*. Many vacation homes also offer game rooms, private outdoor hot tubs, access to recreation centers and more. Most of our vacation rentals offer direct river access, too. Check out our list of amenities and features that are included with every vacation rental and to see what you need to pack for your trip. *One location does not have wifi connectivity which is perfect for an unplugged retreat.

#6. Dog-Friendly
Do you want to bring the family dog with you while on vacation? Most Mt Hood Vacation Rentals are pet-Dog taking a swim at Trillium Lakefriendly (we welcome well-trained and fully vaccinated dogs over 1 year old). There are lots of things to do with your dog while at Mt Hood like hiking or swimming in a lake. It is important to your pet that this is a vacation that you will be spending with your dog. If your dog is left alone in a strange home, he may cause damage and it really isn’t very fun for him either. View all of our pet-friendly vacation rentals while you plan your vacation.

Are You Ready to Make a Reservation?
Cari, Kayla and Fay at Mt Hood Vacation RentalsContact Fay, Kayla or Cari, our Vacation Planners at 888-424-9168 or VacationPlanner@mthoodrentals.com and they will be happy to assist you in finding the perfect Mt Hood Vacation Rental for this year’s summer vacation. Or you can book online at our website, 24/7/365.

 



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Early Spring Waterfall Adventures at Mt Hood
Posted by Mt Hood Vacation Rentals | Tuesday, March 6, 2018


Mt Hood Waterfall Hikes (or Snowshoe and Cross Country Ski Treks) for Early Spring

When you visit Mt Hood in March and April, there is more to do than downhill skiing and tubing. Consider a waterfall hike. Depending upon the snow levels, you may need snowshoes or cross country skis; no one wants to post hole up to their knees. If trekking through snow is more than you want to do, wait a few weeks to visit these beautiful waterfalls; they are worth visiting during the summer and fall, too. However, the beauty of these waterfalls is magnified when surrounded by snow and ice.

Have you ever wondered why waterfalls are so popular? Besides their beauty, there is something scientific and magical about waterfalls that attracts people. It is something that you cannot see, touch or taste, but you can feel it: negative ions. Negative ions are actually a really positive thing. Negative ions are created when the surface tension of water is broken, such as when water is falling over a cliff or dam or rock wall. Inhaling the negative ions increases the oxygen in your brain and increases serotonin levels which leads to an elevated mood, increased mental awareness and stress relief. The amount of negative ions in moving water like waterfalls in the forest is magnified thousands of times compared to the still air in your home. So, are you ready to plan your next waterfall hike?

Tamanawas Falls with Snow on a Spring Hike

Tamanawas Falls

The trailhead to Tamanawas Falls is on the east slope of Mount Hood and follows the Cold Spring Creek surrounded by large Douglas fir, cedar and larch trees. The falls are 100 feet high and 40 feet wide. The trail is a short, out-and-back 1 mile in each direction, making it accessible to hikers of most ages and abilities. While this is very popular during the summer months (you will be rewarded with a cooling mist coming off the waterfalls), the beauty of the frozen falls surrounded by snow cannot be beat during the spring months. Of course you will want to be prepared for snowy conditions and wear your winter boots, coats, hats and gloves. You can find more information about Tamanawas Falls at the Mt Hood National Forest website.

Little Zigzag Falls in the Mt Hood National Forest in the snow

Little Zigzag Falls

Little Zigzag Falls is the reward at the end of a slightly uphill, meandering trail that follows the Little Zigzag Creek. You will access this trailhead at the end of the Kiwanis Camp Road about half way between Rhododendron and Government Camp. This easy trail is very popular during the summer months for families with small children, however, not everyone thinks to visit Little Zigzag Falls during the spring when there is still snow surrounding the falls. You can find more information about Little Zigzag Falls at the Mt Hood National Forest website.

White River Falls with a Dusting of Snow

White River Falls

White River Falls is a scenic destination if you are thinking of taking a drive to see the sights while visiting Mt Hood. The White River Falls are about a one-hour drive each way from the Villages of Mt Hood. You will pass through the scenic forest into the high desert area with expansive views and juniper trees. White River Falls is in White River State Park in Wasco County. During the summer months, this is a favorite picnic spot, but you will find the park fairly deserted during the spring. You can find more information about White River Falls at the Oregon State Park website.

Tips for Hiking to Waterfalls in the Snow

Here are a couple of things to remember when you are making early spring treks to waterfalls.

  1. If you are planning a hike, snowshoe or cross country ski trek to a waterfall in the early spring, there is a good chance that the roads leading to the trailhead may have some snow or ice on them. Be prepared with a four wheel drive vehicle with chains or snow tires.
  2. There may also be snow or ice on the trail so dress accordingly. Wear winter snow boots if the snow is not too deep or if it is packed down; no sneakers or light shoes. If the snow is deep use snowshoes or cross country skis.
  3. Wear your winter snow play clothes. This means warm sweaters and water-proof coats, gloves and hats.
  4. Bring your phone or a camera to take some really cool photos.
Warm Boots for Hiking to a Waterfall in the Snow

Mt Hood Vacation Rentals are located in the Villages of Brightwood, Marmot, Welches, Zigzag, Rhododendron and Government Camp, so stay for a couple of days and enjoy the waterfalls. For reservations, enter your travel dates here to find the perfect vacation rental or call a Vacation Planner at 888-424-9168.

 



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How to #BookDirect with Mt Hood Vacation Rentals
Posted by Mt Hood Vacation Rentals | Tuesday, February 13, 2018


5 Tips for Booking a Vacation Rental Directly with Mt Hood Vacation Rentals

1. Do a Google Search using  "mt hood vacation rentals" to start. The Mt Hood area does not have a huge inventory of vacation rentals, so you may not need to add more words to your search terms. If you have specific amenties that you want in your vacation home, try something like "mt hood vacation rentals with hot tubs" or "pet-friendly vacation cabins at mthood" or "vacation rental managers at mt hood". Almost always, Mt Hood Vacation Rentals' website will pop up at the top of the "organic" or unpaid search results. We also show up in the paid results, usually right behind the OTAs. Keep in mind that the first 4 search results are going to be paid ads. Also, try your search in Bing. Fewer companies and OTAs advertise there, so you may find fewer listings to sort through.
2. When you find a listing on an OTA that appeals to you, copy and paste the name of the vacation rental and Mt Hood in Google or Bing. Usually, the page for that specific vacation rental will pop up at the top. If the vacation rental does not have a name (Cozy Cabin for example), then copy and paste the first two sentences in the description with "mt hood" and search in Google or Bing. Our vacation home information is sent to the OTA and to our website, mthoodrentals.com from our reservation software via an API data feed. The listings will be identical, so the home you are looking for will show up at the top of your search.
3. Search Google Local for Mt Hood. Mt Hood Vacation Rentals is listed in Google Local. When searching for a vacation rental, scroll past the paid listings (the top 4 listings in your search that say Ad in small letters underneath them) down to the Google Local listings next to the map. Click on the map or in the listings for Mt Hood Vacation Rentals.

4. Check the Mt Hood Area Chamber of Commerce, Visitor's Information Center or Destination Marketing Organization websites. They will have listings for all of the local vacation rental managers as well as for restaurants, shops, attractions and other things to see and do in the area. Here are a few informative websites to visit while planning your Mt Hood vacation:

Mt Hood Area Chamber of Commerce

Oregon's Mt Hood Territory

Mt Hood Information

5. Search social media for Mt Hood Vacation Rentals. Mt Hood Vacation Rentals uses social media to connect with our guests, so you can find our contact information, interesting links for things to do and specials when you visit our Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter pages.

To learn more or to #bookdirect, visit mthoodrentals.com or call one of our vacation planners at 888-424-9168.




#BookDirect with Mt Hood Vacation Rentals and Save Money!
Posted by Mt Hood Vacation Rentals | Monday, January 29, 2018


Scenic Summer View of Mt Hood

Always . . .

  • Book Direct!
  • Book with a Local!
  • Feel Like a Friend!
  • Save Money!

VRBO, HomeAway, Airbnb and many other online travel sites (OTAs) add hundreds of dollars in fees to your booking total.
The traveler or service fee that is added on to your booked reservation by the OTAs can be 10% - 15% or more of the booking total and all of those fees go to the OTA. We want to make sure your vacation is perfect and that your budget is not stretched with extra fees when you plan your Mt Hood vacation. When you #bookdirect with Mt Hood Vacation Rentals, those additional fees are avoided, so you can use that money for a nice meal, discounted lift tickets or a memorable souvenir. Booking direct with Mt Hood Vacation Rentals will always provide the best value for your vacation.

Read on to learn why you should always #bookdirect.

Mt Hood Vacation Rentals Local Office in WelchesWhen you #bookdirect, you have direct contact with our personable and friendly vacation planners. Our professional and knowledgeable team knows our vacation rentals inside and out. They will assist you in finding the perfect retreat for your Mt Hood getaway. The vacation planners in our locally owned and operated office have a combined 55 years of living and playing at Mt Hood and enjoying everything there is to do here. We can point you in the right direction for restaurants, recreation, activities and more while you plan your vacation.

The best price isn’t on the OTAs’ websites. Mt Hood Vacation Rentals will always have the best price for your vacation. And we often have specials and promotions that you can only get when you #bookdirect. In fact, you can save hundreds of dollars by booking direct and booking local either online at mthoodrentals.com or by calling one of our vacation planners at 888-424-9168. Or visit our local office in Welches to plan your next Mt Hood vacation.

Most of our vacation rentals including our best homes aren’t even listed on the OTAs. Because of the cost of using the listing sites, the best and most popular vacation homes cannot be found on these travel websites. As a matter of fact only 10% of Mt Hood Vacation Rentals are listed on OTAs. By limiting your search to the OTAs, you might be missing out on the perfect vacation home for your family or group of friends. When you #bookdirect, you have the best opportunity of finding the the right vacation rental for your Mt Hood vacation.

Mt Hood Vacation Rentals Vacation PlannersThe vacation planners at Mt Hood Vacation Rentals have intimate knowledge about the vacation homes and The Villages of Mount Hood. We can direct you to the best vacation rental for your needs and send you to the right activities, restaurants and recreation in the area based upon your needs and interests.

If you have special needs, Mt Hood Vacation Rentals is here for you. Looking for assistance with your family’s special celebration or a specific request? Do you want to surprise someone with flowers and a bottle of champagne? Or would you like ready-to-bake lasagna in the refrigerator when you arrive? We can make things like this happen for you. As professional vacation rental managers located centrally to all of our vacation homes, we will work with you directly to assist with any of your individual needs and make sure everything is just right before you finalize your vacation plans.

During non-peak travel times, we have special offers available. During our Quiet Seasons, we offer great rates on vacation rentals making it easy to add a day or two to your visit. And with direct communication with our vacation planners, you get insider knowledge and the best offers.

5 Tips for Booking a Vacation Rental Directly with a Vacation Rental Manager

1. Do a Google Search using [Destination] vacation rentals to start. If you are searching in an area that has alot of vacation rentals, you may need to add more to your search terms. Try something like [Destination] vacation rentals with hot tubs or pet-friendly vacation cabins in [Destination] or vacation rental managers in [Destination]. Often local property manager websites will pop up at the top of the "organic" or unpaid search results. Keep in mind that the first 4 search results are going to be paid ads. Also, try your search in Bing. Fewer companies and OTAs advertise there, so you may find fewer listings to sort through.
2. When you find a listing on an OTA that appeals to you, copy and paste the name of the vacation rental and [Destination] in Google or Bing. Usually, the page for that specific vacation rental will pop up at the top. If the vacation rental does not have a name (Cozy Cabin for example), then copy and paste the first one or two sentences in the description and search in Google or Bing. In most cases, the vacation home information is sent to the OTA and their own website from the vacation rental managers reservation software via an API data feed. The listings will be identical, so that home should show up at the top of your search.
3. Search Google Local in the [Destination]. Vacation Rental Managers will have their businesses listed there. When searching for a vacation rental, scroll past the paid listings (the top 4 listings in your search that say Ad in small letters underneath them) down to the Google Local listings next to the map. Click on the map to find the local listings for vacation rentals.
4. Check the [Destination] Chamber of Commerce, Visitor's Information Center or Destination Marketing Organization websites. They will have listings for all of the local vacation rental managers as well as for restaurants, shops, attractions and other things to see and do in the area.
5. Search Facebook for a vacation rental manager in [Destination]. Most vacation rental managers utilize social media to connect with their guests, so you can find their contact information that way, too. You can also search Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.
To learn more or to #bookdirect, visit mthoodrentals.com or call one of our vacation planners at 888-424-9168.


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Log Cabin Vacations at Mt Hood
Posted by Mt Hood Vacation Rentals | Thursday, January 25, 2018


Mt Hood Vacation Rentals - Log Cabins of All Sizes and Styles

Do you imagine your Mt Hood vacation spent with family and friends in a classic log cabin along a stream or river, surrounded by tall trees? At Mt Hood Vacation Rentals, we offer a variety of log cabins from classic custom-built homes constructed with rough-hewn logs to Panabode log homes and log-sided homes with 2 - 5 bedrooms, sleeping up to 12 guests. All of our cabins are fully furnished including complete kitchens, fireplaces or woodstoves, TVs, washer and dryer, land line phones and wifi. And most have hot tubs, too.
Log Cabin Living on JGTVAt the end of January the Forest View Lodge will be featured on HGTV's Log Cabin Living. This episode takes log home buyers through the process of searching for the perfect vacation home. You can catch the Forest View Lodge episode on January 27 & January 28. Click on the Log Cabin Living link for more details and show times. HGTV
Mountain Vista Lodge with Mt Hood ViewsVisit our Log Cabins page at Mt Hood Vacation Rentals to view photos, read descriptions and book online all of our other log cabins. And of course, if you have questions or need assistance, our Vacation Planners are standing by 7 days a week to help you find the perfect log cabin for your Mt Hood vacation. Call us at 888-424-9168.


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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.

Valid:

  • 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. Astronomy.com, 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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