7 Best Mt Hood Cabin Rentals with Hot Tubs
Posted by Mt Hood Vacation Rentals | Wednesday, April 17, 2019

7 Best Mt Hood Cabin Rentals with Hot Tubs

After a long day of hiking, biking and enjoying outdoor activities, nothing beats a relaxing soak in a hot tub and taking in the mountain views. Mt Hood Vacation Rentals offers plenty of Mt Hood rentals with hot tubs for those looking to make their Mt Hood experience, a truly serene vacation. Here are a few vacation homes to check out that offer a private, outdoor hot tub for your vacation.

Rapid River Retreat

The Rapid River Retreat is spacious and offers a cozy atmosphere for your Mt Hood vacation. The home is located along the Sandy river, providing guests views of the river and mountains during their stay. Relax and unwind with a dip in the private, riverside hot tub after a day of activities.


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Mountain View Hideaway

Located in Rhododendron, this Mt Hood cabin with a hot tub is the place to be for your Mt Hood getaway. The cabin sits on 7 private acres and boasts an outdoor area perfect for entertaining such as wood-burning fireplace, gas BBQ, outdoor heaters, and a hot tub. Soak in the views of Mt Hood and the stars when you book this vacation rental.


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Sandy River Retreat

Surrounded by tall Douglas Fir and cedar trees, Sandy River Retreat is an ideal spot for those looking for a fun-filled, relaxing retreat. Hang out with family and friends in the great room or spend some time at the end-of-the-road riverfront setting. To cap off the day, spend the evening grilling out and soaking in the hot tub.


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Riverwood Hideaway 

For those looking for a romantic escape, Riverwood Hideaway is the perfect vacation spot for you and your loved one. The cabin is located on a private acre, where you can enjoy seclusion and peace and quiet. Spend a cozy evening by the fireplace or soak in the private, outdoor hot tub and relax. 


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Zigzag Mountain Lodge 

Zigzag Mountain Lodge is an inviting log home with spectacular views of Zigzag Mountain. Great for large families or groups, this Mt Hood rental with a private hot tub provides entertainment such as a firepit right off the deck and a 52-inch TV for all the sports fanatics in the family.


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Salmon River Rendezvous 

A custom built lodge, Salmon River Rendezvous is our most popular Mt Hood vacation lodge for large families. The lodge accommodates 16 people and provides plenty of in-home entertainment such as two living rooms downstairs and a family room upstairs for fun and games, a fireplace, and a private, outdoor hot tub.


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Dream Catcher Cabin

Popular for romantic retreats, the Dream Catcher Cabin is surrounded by beautiful Douglas Fir trees and stunning views of the Salmon River. Get cozy by the fireplace in the great room or soak in the hot tub that sits right next to the river. Experience the full Mt Hood experience when you book the Dream Catcher Cabin. 


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7 Best Things to Do Around Mt Hood Oregon in Summer
Posted by Mt Hood Vacation Rentals | Thursday, March 21, 2019

7 Best Things to Do Around Mt Hood Oregon in the Summer

60 miles east of downtown Portland is the most popular mountain in Oregon. Depending on your interests, Mt Hood is perfect for summer activities, making it the ideal summer vacation destination. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best things to do around Mt Hood, OR to make your vacation planning easier.

7 Best Things to Do Around Mt Hood Oregon at a Glance

#1 - Trillium Lake
#2 - Mt Hood Cultural Center & Museum
#3 - Hike Timberline Trail
#4 - Barlow Road and Laurel Hill Chute
#5 - Mount Hood Wilderness
#6 - Mt Hood Scenic Loop
#7 - Mt Hood Adventure Park

7 Best Things to Do Around Mt Hood Oregon in the Summer

#1 Trilium Lake

Located in the Mt Hood National Forest, Trillium Lake is a popular place that offers spectacular views of Oregon’s highest point, Mt. Hood.  A 5-minute drive from Government Camp vacation rentals, Trillium Lake is an extremely popular place in the summer time for cooling off and offers a wide variety of activities such as kayaking, swimming and more. Trillium Lake’s small sandy beaches provides picnic tables which makes it perfect for an afternoon lunch and is also bike friendly and dog-friendly though dogs must remain on leash at all times.

#2 - Mt Hood Cultural Center & Museum

Mt Hood Cultural Center & Museum can be found in the heart of Government Camp and is a perfect place to stop by and visit when in Mt Hood. The museum displays the history of skiing, snowboarding, early exploration, settlement and the natural history of Mt Hood. Find exhibits like the Mt Hood Gallery which includes an interactive 3D mountain model, an exhibit on the evolution of skiing at Mt Hood, a miniature replica of a fire lookout, and more!

#3 - Hike Timberline Trail

The Timberline Trail is a trail that circles Mt Hood at or near timberline and is near 39 miles. For those who are looking for a challenge, the 39 mile hike crosses multiple glacial creeks and rivers that flow from the mountain. This intermediate to difficult hike provides rewarding views of Mt Hood and the trails are well maintained. A multi-day hike for backpackers, you can choose shorter sections of the trail for day hikes. The most popular sections of the trail for hikers are accessed at Timberline Lodge.

#4 - Barlow Road and Laurel Hill Chute

Barlow Road, a portion of the Oregon Trail was built in 1846 by Sam Barlow and Philip Foster allowing wagons to cross the Cascade Range and reach the end of the Oregon Trail in Oregon City in the Willamette Valley. Today, a portion of the road can still be driven on, but most of it is a trail. Trace the steps of pioneers from the Historic Barlow Road and enjoy highlights such as a replica of the old tollgate between mileposts 44 and 45 in Rhododendron where pioneers were charged $5 to cross and see where settlers used to lower their wagons down an almost vertical slope at Laurel Hill Chute near Government Camp.

#5 - Mount Hood Wilderness

The Mount Hood Wilderness was designated by the US Congress in 1964 and now has a total of 64,742 acres. Oregon's highest summit, Mt Hood, (11,240 feet) is a dormant volcano covered with 11 active glaciers. More than 10,000 climbers a year come to Mt Hood making it the most visited peak in America. The most popular time to climb Mt Hood is April - June. You can find dozens of trails ranging from moderate to advanced levels of hiking within the Mt Hood Wilderness. 

#6 - Mt Hood Scenic Loop

If cruising around Oregon’s stunning views sounds like your type of thing, then hop in your car and drive around Mt Hood connecting the Mt Hood Scenic Byway and the Columbia River Highway Scenic Byway. The 105-mile drive takes three to four hours, but you will want to make it a day with the trip that winds you around the mountain, fruit valleys, thick fir forest, and along the Columbia River. Photographers, this is one thing you don’t want to miss as the drive provides views of Mt Hood from all sides.

#7 - Mt Hood Adventure Park

Mt Hood Outfitters formerly known as Mt Hood Adventure Park offers an abundance of thrilling activities for those seeking adventure. Try out over 20 attractions such as zip lining, bungee jumping, miniature golf, GoKarts, Malibu Racing, rock climbing and more! One of the most popular attractions that kids and adults alike love is the Alpine Slide. The park is home to multiple attractions including a guide company that takes you on kayak tours at Trilium Lake and the Mountain Bike Park. 


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Early Spring Waterfall Adventures at Mt Hood
Posted by Mt Hood Vacation Rentals | Saturday, March 2, 2019

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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3 Short & Sweet Early-Season Hikes at Mt Hood
Posted by Mt Hood Vacation Rentals | Friday, March 1, 2019

Shake out the winter cobwebs with these low-distance Mt Hood area hikes

As you think about putting away your skis and snowboards and start pulling out your hiking shoes and hydration packs for spring hikes, here are three trails that will get you excited, get your heart pumping and get your legs in shape for longer hikes this summer (2 of these hikes are short versions of longer hikes). Lower elevation trails (2500 feet and below) are free of snow and uncrowded this time of year.

Castle Canyon Trailhead

Castle Canyon Trail - #765

Castle Canyon Trail offers a good season-starter for a 2-hour hike through lush forest. The steady uphill climb leads to a craggy viewpoint looking out across the Zigzag River Valley.

Elev. Gain 840 feet, 2435 ft elev at the top
Distance  8/10 mile to the top, out and back trail for a total of 1.6 miles
Hiking Time about 1 hour to the top
Trailhead From the store in Rhododendron, OR – drive west out of the parking lot onto E Arlie Mitchel Road (parallels highway). This road curves to the right /north in 1/10 mile and becomes Henry Creek Road. In 2/10 mile, Henry Creek Road curves to the right; turn left here onto Road 19 (Historic Barlow Road Route) and drive ¼ mile to the end. Trail is on the right ½ mile down Road 19.
Highlights  Interesting rock formations at the top; rhododendron in bloom May and June; wild mushrooms in the fall
Vacation Rentals Nearby River Rock Lodge - 3+ bedroom, 2 bathroom on the river, fireplace, hot tub, pet-friendly, sleeps 9
Zigzag Mountain Lodge - 3+ bedroom, 2 bathroom, fireplace, hot tub, pet-friendly, sleeps 10
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Welches Valley view from Hunchback Mountain

Hunchback Mountain Trail - #793

Hunchback Mountain Trail is a 9-mile strenuous trail with over 3000 feet of elevation gain, however, a steep, switchback 1.9 mile hike from the trailhead leads you to a rocky opening with sweeping views of the Welches Valley, the Salmon River and the Cascade Foothills. Turn around and head back to your car for one of your first spring hikes. 

Elev. Gain      2000 feet to the viewpoint; 3270 feet for the 9-mile hike
Distance 1.9 miles to the viewpoint, out and back trail for a total of 3.8 miles
Hiking Time 1 – 2 hours to the viewpoint
Trailhead The trailhead starts in the parking lot at the Zigzag Ranger Station a few hundred feet east of the visitor center
Highlights Thick forest of fir, cedar and hemlock; rhododendron in bloom May and June; panoramic views
Vacation Rentals Nearby Rapid River Retreat - 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom on the river, fireplace, hot tub, pet-friendly, sleeps 8
Moondance Cabin - 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom on a creek, fireplace, hot tub, sleeps 6
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Mt Hood view from Salmon Butte

Salmon Butte Trail - #791

Salmon Butte Trail is a long view hike perfect for long summer days, however the first 2 1/2 miles gradually meander along an old road bed, making this a moderate and easy early season hike. Build up to the full 12-mile round-trip hike to the summit of Salmon Butte for breathtaking views of the Mt Hood National Forest.

Elev. Gain 430 feet in the first 2 ½ miles; 3170 feet for the 12-mile hike
Distance 2.5 miles to the spring turn-around, out and back trail for a total of 5 miles
Hiking Time 1 – 2 hours to the turn-around
Trailhead Salmon Butte Trail starts when Salmon River Road ends just past the bridge crossing the river.
Highlights Thick forest of fir, cedar and hemlock; rhododendron in bloom May and June; panoramic views
Vacation Rentals Nearby Cozy Bear Cabin - 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, secluded, woodstove, hot tub, pet-friendly, sleeps 6
Forest View Lodge - 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom, secluded, woodstove, hot tub, pet-friendly, sleeps 10
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Après Ski Fun at Mt Hood
Posted by Mt Hood Vacation Rentals | Monday, December 31, 2018

What's Happening After Skiing & Snowboarding

Looking for something fun to do after you get back from skiing and snowboarding? There are tons of fun things to do après ski throughout the Villages of Mt Hood.


Hit up the Mallards Pub and Cafe for NFL Ticket Football all day long through Super Bowl Sunday.

Do you always know the question to the answer on Jeopardy? Then grab a beer and burger at Pub 26 for Trivia Night every Sunday at 7:30 PM.


Stop in at The Rendezvous Grill and Tap Room for Happy Hour: $2 off alcoholic drinks and small plates. 2 - 5 PM

Grab some local BBQ and a cocktail and listen to local musicians Fingers and Chilly at the Skyway Bar and Grill. 7 PM, all ages

Skyway Bar and Grill


Stop in at The Rendezvous Grill and Tap Room for Happy Hour: $2 off alcoholic drinks and small plates. 2 - 5 PM.

Belt one out at Karaoke Night at Pub 26 serving cocktails and delicious pub food. Free darts and pool. 9 PM - Midnight


"Wine Down Wednesday" at the Rendezvous Grill and Tap Room with $2 - $3 off glasses of wine. 5 PM - close

Stretch your muscles and relax your mind in a Vinyasa Flow Yoga class at the Mt Hood Cultural Center and Museum in Government Camp. 5:15 - 7:30 PM


Show everyone else your hidden talents at Open Mic Night at the Skyway Bar and Grill. 9 PM - close; all ages until 10 PM, so bring the kids.

Open Mic Night


Listen to Live Music and maybe shake your bootie, too at the Skyway Bar and Grill. Eclectic styles of music with someone new performing every night. 9 PM - Midnight; all ages until 10 PM, so bring the kids.


Listen to Live Music and maybe shake your bootie, too at the Skyway Bar and Grill. Eclectic styles of music with someone new performing every night. 9 PM - Midnight; all ages until 10 PM, so bring the kids.

Watch the Saturday Night Lights Fireworks Show at Mt Hood Skibowl. Every 3rd Saturday; January 19, February 1, March 23. 8 - 11 PM


For some folks, snow tubing is their snow play for the day, however, if you want to hoot and hollar after skiing and riding, go Cosmic Tubing at Skibowl with lights, DJ, music, and drinks and food in the lodge. 5 PM - 11:30 PM

Cosmic Tubing at Mt Hood Skibowl


Unwind with a relaxing and quiet snowshoe throught the forest under the full moon or as the sun sets. There are several moonlight and sunset snowshoe tours to choose from. Full Moon Snowshoe Tours at Timberline are guided and leave from the lodge. January 21, February 19, March 19, April 18, 6:30 - 7:00 PM. Sunset Snowshoe Tour at Mt Hood Meadows are guided and start with a chairlift ride up giving you panoramic mountain views as you snowshoe down the hill. The evening ends at the lodge with a special dinner. March 9, March 16, March 23, March 30, April 13, 3 - 7 PM

Snowshoeing at Sunset


When you are done skiing and riding, hang out at Skibowl's 10th Annual 80's Night in your best 80's garb, listening to and dancing to the best 80's music. Fashion Contest at 8 PM. February 15, 6 - 10 PM.

80's Ski Night at Mt Hood Skibowl


Bring your sweetheart to a romantic cabin in the woods for Valentine's Day and enjoy a special dinner at one of many awesome restaurants throughout the Villages. Celebrate your love with the best culinary experience in the area in the Cascade Dining Room at Timberline Lodge. Ski or ride all day at Mt Hood Meadows, then have dinner in your ski clothes (no need to dress up) in the Alpenstube Loft. One of the best restaurants in the lower villages is the Rendezvous Grill and Tap Room serving serious food in a not-so-serious place. If you can't make it midweek for the actual Valentine's Day, then visit us the weekend before and kick up your heels at the annual Valloween Costume Party at the Skyway Bar and Grill.

Valentine's Day at Mt Hood


Weekends are the most popular at Mt Hood and they are filling up. If you can visit mid-week, you will save up to 20% off the nightly rate for cabins, lodges and chalets in Brightwood, Welches, Zigzag, Rhododendron and Government Camp. AND when you visit midweek, there is less traffic, shorter lift lines and fewer people. Contact our Vacation Planners Fay and Kayla at 888-424-9168 or to find the perfect Mt Hood Vacation Rental for your ski and snowboard trip this year or visit us online.

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What is Your Favorite Way to Play in the Snow?
Posted by Mt Hood Vacation Rentals | Monday, December 17, 2018

10 Ways to Have Fun in the Snow When You Visit Mt Hood

One of the reasons you are visiting Mt Hood during the winter months is to play in the snow.There are plenty of ways to have fun in the snow for hard-core athletes as well as those of us who would prefer to take it easy. Which one of these looks like your cup of cocoa?

Who doesn't love rolling balls of snow and building a snowman? Or snowwoman, or snowdog? Anyone can do it and have fun in the snow. Plus the moving around will help keep you warm, too. You can build a snowman just outside the front door of many Mt Hood Vacation Rentals. The higher elevation at Government Camp Vacation Rentals is your best bet for having snow all around you. If the snow hasn't reached your elevation, you will be a short drive to one of many Sno-Parks and snow play areas throughout the Mt Hood National Forest.

With three major ski areas and two intimate ski hills for beginners, there is plenty of opportunity to get out and shred on a snowboard or skis. Mt Hood Meadows is the largest ski area with the most varied terrain. Being on the east side of the mountain also means the snow is typically lighter and the days are brighter with more sunshine. Timberline Ski Area is Oregon's first ski resort with the lodge being built between 1936-1938 and home of the Magic Mile chairlift which was built in 1939. It was the second chairlift ever built. Mt Hood Skibowl, located in Government Camp is the local's favorite and the easiest ski area to access, especially for visitors who are staying in Government Camp. Skibowl is known as America's largest night ski area and for their Cosmic Tubing. Cooper Spur Ski Area near Parkdale on the north side of the mountain is operated by Mt Hood Meadows and is ideal for beginners and kids. Summit Ski Area and Tubing Hill, is located on the east end of Government Camp. With one chairlift, it has long been the favorite place to teach kids how to ski. RLK & Co., the managing company for Timberline recently bought the ski area with long-range plans of joining the two ski areas.

For snow enthusiasts who like getting their cardio workout on the snow, Mt Hood offers a number of places for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing for all fitness levels. The wide-open and relatively flat area at the White River Sno-Park is ideal for beginners who do not want too much steepness or trying to wind their way through the trees. And you will get amazing views of Mt Hood. Most cross-country areas do not have set tracks, so if you are the early bird who gets on the trail first, you will be breaking trail for others. Note to snowshoers, please do not trek over those hard-earned ski tracks; go along the side.

For set cross-country tracks, try the Teacup Lake trail system with 12 miles of groomed trails from flat and easy, to challenging hills with turns. Tracks are set by a full-size Snocat for both skating and touring skis. Just across Highway 35 at Hood River Meadows is the Nordic Center at Mt Hood Meadows with more than 9 miles of groomed and set track including skating and traditional striding lanes through beautiful wooded trails and meadows.

Reclaim your inner child and make an angel in the snow. You can do this just about anywhere and with anyone.

Sledding and tubing has been around since kids have been playing in the snow. There are a number of designated sled and tube hills around the mountain (duh moment here: please do not sled or tube down the roads where cars are driving). The most popular areas for sledding and tubing are Summit Tube Hill at the east end of Goverment Camp, Snow Bunny just east of Government Camp and the White River West Sno-Park.

Ramp up the tubing experience with Cosmic Tubing at Mt Hood Skibowl with over 600,000 LED lights, laser light shows, black lights, colored lights, rocking music and more it will be the most fun you’ve had all weekend. At the bottom of the tube hill, a dual conveyor lift takes you and the tube back up the hill. The Multorpor Cafe is at the top of the tube hill for hot cocoa, chili, burgers and more.

On select Saturday nights and New Year's Eve, you can catch the fireworks show at Mt Hood Skibowl.

There is nothing more peaceful and serene than a winter walk in the snow. Many hiking trails are accessible during the winter months and as long as the snow is not too deep, you can walk in a winter wonderland. Be sure to wear the warm winter clothes (no cotton) and winter boots.

Let the kids and the family dog get tired out with a romp in the snow. Many Mt Hood Vacation Rentals are surrounded by snow during the winter, so they can just head out the back door. Or you can take a short drive to one of many Sno-Parks and join in on the fun. The best Mt Hood Vacation Rentals for playing in the snow are in Government Camp, however, we often have snow around the cabins and lodges at the lower elevations, too.

Whether your idea of a good time in the snow is to play in it or if you prefer to sit inside near a cozy and warm fire while it snows outside, you will love one of our Mt Hood cabins, lodges or chalets for your winter snow play vacay this year. Call one of our Vacation Planners, Fay or Kayla at 888-424-9168 or send them an email to find the perfect winter vacation rental. Need a little more time to plan, search Mt Hood Vacation Rentals online.

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Christmas Vacation Fun at Mt Hood
Posted by Mt Hood Vacation Rentals | Tuesday, December 11, 2018

There is something for everyone this Holiday Season!

Whether you are spending a few days in a Mt Hood Vacation Rental this holiday season or visiting Mt Hood for just a few hours, there are lots of activities for you to enjoy from snow play fun like tubing, skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing as well as making snow angels and snowmen or throwing snowballs, to shopping to Christmas Caroling or visiting with Santa; there is something for everyone in your family and friend group to do. Beginning before Christmas and on past the New Year, check out our list of favorite things and not so typical things to do at Mt Hood this holiday season.

Snowshoe Tours

Find a trail and take off into the woods on snowshoes on your own or join a guided tour, exploring the snow in a quiet and remote setting is relaxing and fun. And because you are moving, you will stay warm and burn calories, earning your pizza and beer when you are done.

Mt Hood Meadows Snowshoe Tours - Daily, 1:30 - 3:30 PM, December 26-31 and January 5-6
Enjoy a wonderful afternoon away from the hustle and bustle of the holidays on a guided snowshoe tour through trees and meadows with a scenic view of frosty Umbrella Falls. Mt Hood Meadows Snowshoe Tours are an incredible way for visitors who don't ski or snowboard to experience the beauty and inspiration of the being on the mountain. The tour begins at 1:30 PM each day from the Lesson Meeting Area located in front of the North Lodge. Learn more...

Mt Hood Outfitters Guided Snowshoe Tours - Daily, Times vary depending upon the tour
Mt Hood Outfitters, operated by Mt Hood Skibowl has several options for snowshoe tours including Daytime Tours on the Crosstown Traail of 2-4 hour and 2-6 miles and Moonlight Tours that are 2-6 miles that are lit up by the snow. However, for a really fun adventure, sign up for the New Year's Eve Bonfire Snowshoe Tour with expert guides taking you on little known trails to a beautiful viewpoint of Mt. Hood Skibowl. Enjoy a backcountry fire pit with lots of treats while you ring in the New Year watching the fireworks show over Mt. Hood Skibowl at midnight. A truly unique experience without the craziness and the crowds. This tour goes from 9:00 PM - 1:00 AM on New Year's Eve. It always fills up, so book your spot soon. Learn more...

Party with Santa and Frosty

Santa Claus and Frosty the Snowman will be making several appearances in the Mt Hood area during the holidays. The kids will get a last chance to tell Santa what they want for Christmas and Frosty the Snowman is just lots of fun to hang out with.

Christmas Tree Lighting in Government Camp, December 15, 6:00 PM
Santa and Frosty will arrive on a special fire engine from the Hoodland Fire Department to the center of town to assist in lighting the Christmas Tree. The festivities begin at 6:00 PM when the switch is flipped and the town Christmas tree is lit up in all its splendor. Donuts and hot cocoa will be on hand. Learn more...

Breakfast with Santa at Mt Hood Meadows, December 22-23, 8:00 & 9:00 AM
Join Santa for a waffle and parfait bar breakfast at Mt. Hood Meadows. Enjoy great food and tell Santa what you want this season! Get your picture taken with Santa and receive a North Pole gift bag. Learn more...

Cosmic Tubing with Santa and Frosty, December 15-16 and December 22-23, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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. Learn more...

Live Music and Dancing

There are lots of choices for live music and dancing around the Villages of Mt Hood during the holidays including Open Mic Nights and Karaoke if you like being part of the show.

Skyway Bar and Grill, Every Night (closed Christmas Day), Music Starts between 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Music styles are varied throughout the holidaysat the Skyway with more danceable music on the weekends in the genre of country, rock, jazz and blues and local folk artists on Sunday and Monday nights. Thursdays are Open Mic nights for all ages until 10:00 PM (your kids can get in on the fun). And on Christmas Eve, all ages Christmas Karaoke starts at 8:00 PM. Learn more...

Pub 26, Friday - Tuesday, 4:00 PM - Midnight
Pub 26 is a popular new bar for adult time away from the kids. Long-time local mixologist Jarod opened the bar with lots of TVs showing sports, a pool table, entertainment stage, bar food menu and great cocktails and local craft beer on tap. Sunday nights are Trivia Nights and Tuesday nights are Karaoke Nights. Then to mix things up, the first Saturday of the month is Comedy Night (January 5). Learn more...

Relaxation Vacation

Do the holidays feel stressful and hectic? If so, make your holiday vacation a relaxation break with a yoga class or visit to the spa or schedule a relaxation massage.

Vinyasa Yoga Flow Class, December 26 and January 2, 5:15 PM - 6:15 PM
Join an energizing evening Vinyasa Flow Yoga Class at the Mt Hood Cultural Center and Museum. The class on December 26th will be a New Year Intention Setting theme and on January 2nd, the class will celebrate birthdays with cake. Please bring your yoga mat if you have one, a few mats will be available. Suggested Donation of $5-$10/person. Learn more...

The Spa at the Mt Hood Oregon Resort, Hours vary; call for an appointment
The full-service 5,000 square foot facility features seven treatment rooms, including three massage rooms, a skin care treatment room, wet treatment room with a Vichy Shower, a deluxe doubles treatment room with an oversized two-person soaking tub and a manicure/pedicure room. Completing the indulgent spa experience are separate brand new cedar saunas for men and women, plus a relaxation area with a stone fireplace and our Infiniti Tea Garden. Learn more...

Massage Therapy
Sometimes a relaxing and rejuvenating massage is what you need to melt away the stress of getting ready for the holidays. There are several licensed massage therapists throughout the Villages of Mt Hood. However, if you think you want to treat yourself to a massage when you are here, please call ahead to set an appointment.  Learn more...

There is A Whole Lot More to Do...

Looking for more fun things to do during Christmas Vacation at Mt Hood? Head to our Events page and our Concierge page to learn more.

If you are still thinking about a renting a cabin or lodge for Christmas or New Year's Eve, call a Vacation Planner today at 888-424-9168 or send us a quick email. There is limited availability for the holiday stays. We do have more choices in Mt Hood Vacation Rentals December 14-21, 2018 and January 1-5, 2019.


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