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Planning a Mt Hood Romantic Getaway
Posted by Mt Hood Vacation Rentals | Friday, January 10, 2020


Planning a Mt Hood Romantic Getaway

Whether you're planning a honeymoon, an anniversary, or you're just looking for a spot to reconnect with your loved one, Mt Hood is the perfect escape for a romantic getaway. Mt Hood's quaint and quiet villages offer a great mix of nature, relaxation, outdoor exploration, privacy and home-town establishments... not to mention cozy log cabins with fireplaces and the best views. Just imagine watching deer walk through your expansive yard as you sip coffee in the hot tub, or enjoying a riverside picnic while the sun beams down on you! All of these scenarios play out beautifully throughout The Villages of Mt Hood in Oregon. Your significant other will love being surprised with an intimate trip away from the city.

Mt Hood Romantic Cabins

Planning a Mt Hood romantic getaway always starts with finding a cabin you can call home during your visit. Luckily there is no shortage of romantic cabins with hot tubs, fireplaces, riverside locations and decks with breathtaking views. Check out some of our favorite cabins for your upcoming trip below, or search all of our romantic cabin rentals.

River View Cabin

  • Village: Welches
  • Why we love this cabin: vaulted great room, wood-burning fireplace, private hot tub & panoramic views of the Sandy River

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Bear Den Log Cabin

  • Village: Welches
  • Why we love this cabin: open great room, wood-burning woodstove, jetted whirlpool tub in the master bathroom, deck with a BBQ grill & pet friendly

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Moondance Cabin

  • Village: Zigzag
  • Why we love this cabin: stunning wood interior, secluded creekside setting, wood-burning woodstove, private hot tub & deck with a BBQ grill

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Salmonberry Retreat

  • Village: Brightwood
  • Why we love this cabin: on the Sandy river with surrounding woods, wood-burning fireplace, private hot tub, deck with a BBQ grill & pet friendly

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Firwood Cabin

  • Village: Zigzag
  • Why we love this cabin: beautiful forest and mountain view, 3 private acres, open great room, private hot tub, deck with a BBQ grill & pet friendly

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Dream Catcher Cabin

  • Village: Brightwood
  • Why we love this cabin: Riverfront on the Salmon River, vaulted great room, fireplace, private hot tub, firepit & picnic table, pet-friendly

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We offer all of these romantic retreats and more! Browse our full collection of romantic cabin rentals.

Romantic Activities Around Mt Hood

Once your cabin is reserved you'll want to plan some activities to enjoy with your loved one. There are many romantic things to do throughout the Mt Hood villages for every taste, from intimate fireside conversations at your private cabin to being wined and dined around town. Here are some of our top picks for ways to spend time with your significant other:

Fireplace, Wine & Games

What could be more intimate than a night spent cozied up in front of the fireplace playing games and sipping a bottle of good wine? Take a break from TV and your smartphone and spend some time talking, planning and reminiscing by firelight! 

Sunrises, Sunsets & Star Watching in the Hot Tub

Hot tubs are always great, but they're even better when you're surrounded by nature. Get up early with a cup of coffee to enjoy the sunrise from the hot tub, or have a cocktail while the sun sets. Star watching is absolutely magical in Mt Hood, and you'll stay nice and warm in the hot tub. If your timing is right, you may even see some wildlife when you're soaking. 

Romantic Dining

We often don't give food enough credit for the role it plays in our lives. Taking the time to share a meal with your loved one, putting the phones down and truly connecting and sharing conversation is an excellent way to say "I love you". All of our cabin rentals have fully equipped kitchens so that you can cook an intimate dinner at home. Mt Hood also offers a great selection of restaurants if you prefer to go out. The Rendezvous Grill and Tap Room has a Happy Hour every Monday and Tuesday from 2pm - 5pm where you can enjoy $2 off adult beverages and small plates, and Wine Down Wednesdays every Wednesday. 

Outdoor Adventures

We'd be remiss if we didn't mention the ample opportunity for outdoor adventuring throughout Mt Hood! You can hike year round at Mt Hood since the trails at lower elevations don't always have snow. Skiing or snowboarding is also a great activity to try out with your loved one and there are a variety of runs to accommodate everyone from beginners to advanced skiers. One of our favorite romantic outdoor activities is snowshoeing, and you can even take a guided snowshoe tour at Mt Hood Meadows. Make it extra special by coming for the Vista Showshoe Tour which starts with a scenic lift ride and ends with dinner at the Alpenstube Restaurant.

Live Music

There's something extremely romantic about feeling the vibrations of live music move through you as you hold your honey's hand or look into their eyes. Several establishments throughout town offer live music throughout the week. The Skyway Bar and Grill offers live music Friday through Sunday nights and an open mic night on Thursdays. You can also catch live music at the Ram's Head Bar at Timberline Lodge and the Alpenstube Restaurant and Bar and the Vertical Bar at Mt Hood Meadows. 

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Start planning your romantic getaway to Mt Hood, Oregon with Mt Hood Vacation Rentals! We offer a great selection of cozy and cute cabin rentals, and we also offer pet friendly rentals so you can bring Fido.

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Give the Gift of Time Well Spent This Holiday Season
Posted by Mt Hood Vacation Rentals | Tuesday, December 17, 2019


Holiday markets are abound and the end caps at stores are shimmering with paper and ribbons, but a new theme is also appearing in our holiday culture… and this one doesn’t come in a package. Articles about giving the Gift of Time this holiday season are popping up on Facebook and we couldn’t agree more. It’s time to take a small step back from our consumer culture and focus on the true spirit of the holidays - time well spent with family and friends. 

Instead of wrapping up plastic toys that will be broken and tech that will only pull us further away from our family and friends, let's wrap up an experience that we can share together. There may be less to unwrap but the memories you create will serve you for years to come. Here are some solid reasons to ditch the paper and plastic and head to Mt Hood, Oregon for a holiday vacation this year.

What Are We Actually Spending All This Money On?

Did you know that the average consumer expects to spend over $1,000 during the holiday season this year? That’s enough to cover lodging for 3-7 nights at Mt Hood, Oregon! What’s more? Best-selling psychological author Oliver James said in an interview with the Telegraph that kids don’t even want or value an “extraordinary proportion” of the gifts their given.

So why do we continue to buy, buy, buy every holiday season? We want our families to know we’re thinking about them and care about them. Instead of spending $1,000 on gifts and trying to fill up the holiday season with entertaining things for the family to do, why not stay in a Mt Hood cabin where entertainment will be right outside your door? Kids will eventually outgrow their holiday presents, but memories from a family vacation will stick with them forever.

Creating Opportunities to Play Together

Psychological author Oliver James goes on to explain that what children really crave is prolonged play experiences with their families… and what adult doesn’t love a good escape from reality? While adults and children both seek different experiences out of vacations there is one common interest - time well spent with each other. It seems like when we’re not wrapping presents we’re wrapped up in work or in our phone. It’s the little moments when we stop wrapping and stop scrolling that matter.

It’s tricking dad to come outside and starting a snowball fight, or getting enough of mom’s time for that second bedtime story. It’s sneaking a cookie before dinner and staying up late playing board games next to the wood burning fireplace. It’s ordering in pizza because you spent longer than expected at the ski hill, or starting cocktail hour just a wee bit early because you spent more time falling than skiing. Whatever your family dynamics, quality time with your loved ones is a truly special gift.

Will You Join Us?

Save yourself some shopping and stressing this year. Put the ribbons and paper down and let your family and friends know you’re opting for a different type of experience this year. Tell them you want to give them a gift that can never be erased… memories! Read more about giving the gift of travel or browse our Mt Hood vacation cabins and plan your holiday experience today.

Do you have your holiday plans firmed up for this year? Reservations are now available for 2020. Booking early will give you lots of choices in vacation homes.

A Gift Certificate for a visit to a Mt Hood Vacation Rental is the ideal holiday gift, letting your loved ones choose their favorite vacation home and ideal dates for Creating Memories That Matter in their lives. Mt Hood Vacation Rental Gift Certificates can be for any dollar amount and can specify your favorite vacation rental or you can let your giftee choose the perfect cabin, chalet or lodge for their vacation. We will prepare a full-color gift certificate that will be emailed to you in PDF format, so you can print it for a card insert or in a gift wrapped box. Call us at 888-424-9168 to get started. 

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Holidays At Mt Hood

Holiday Fun at Mt Hood (Thanksgiving to Christmas to New Year's Eve)
Posted by Mt Hood Vacation Rentals | Wednesday, November 20, 2019


Fun Activities and Events at Mt Hood for the Holidays

Whether you're 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 a ton of activities for you to enjoy. From snow play to shopping, Christmas caroling, visiting Santa Claus and more, there is something for everyone in the family. From Thanksgiving through New Years Eve, here are some of our favorite things to do at Mt Hood during the holidays.

2019 Winter Holiday Events & Activities at Mt Hood

Events on Thursday, November 28th, 2019

Thanksgiving Dinner at Cooper Spur (1pm, 3pm & 5pm) - Just 12 miles North of Mt Hood Meadows, Cooper Spur Mountain Resort offers an excellent Thanksgiving meal with all the fixings. Seatings are available at 1pm, 3pm and 5pm. Reservations are required, so be sure to call ahead at 541-352-6692.

Thanksgiving Dinner at Timberline Lodge (1pm - 7pm) - Thanksgiving Dinner at Timberline Lodge is sure to please! A multi-course meal will be available from 1pm - 7pm in the Cascade Dining Room and Main Lobby Headhouse. They offer a huge menu, with options like Wild Pacific King Salmon, Cascade Natural Beef Prime Rib, Rubbed Turkey Breast and more. Reservations are required, so be sure to call ahead at 503-272-3267

More Thanksgiving Dinners:

Events on Friday, November 29th, 2019

Timberline Lodge Tours (11am, 1pm & 2pm) - Take a tour of the Historic Timberline Lodge with a US Forest Service Ranger! Admission is free and tours start at 11am, 1pm and 2pm. 

Cosmic Tubing Season Opener (5pm, 7:15pm & 9:30pm) - Take an innertube downhill to the tune of rocking music and colorful lights at the Cosmic Tubing Season Opener at the Mt Hood Skibowl. Reservations are recommended as this is a popular event. 

Events on Saturday, November 30th, 2019

Holiday Artisan Fair at Mt Hood Oregon Resort (9am - 6pm) - This Annual Event is a must! The local artisans of Mt Hood come together under one roof to offer jewelry, bath products, wines, knit goods and so much more. You can attend this free event in the Cascade Ballroom at the Mt Hood Oregon Resort.

Timberline Lodge Tours (11am, 1pm & 2pm) - Take a tour of the Historic Timberline Lodge with a US Forest Service Ranger! Admission is free and tours start at 11am, 1pm and 2pm. 

Sallies Trunk Sale (11am - 5pm) - Sallies Trunk Sale is the perfect place to pick up a unique gift for loved ones. Enjoy unique and handmade items from around the world like jewelry, clothing and textiles at the Zigzag Inn Cellar from 11am - 5pm. 

Cosmic Tubing Season Opener (5pm, 7:15pm & 9:30pm) - Take an innertube downhill to the tune of rocking music and colorful lights at the Cosmic Tubing Season Opener at the Mt Hood Skibowl. Reservations are recommended as this is a popular event. 

Oregon Civil War Game at The Shack - Don't miss the Oregon Ducks versus the Oregon State Beavers on 15 TVs at The Shack. There will be a special food menu for the big game.

LIVE MUSIC! Lloyd Jones at Skyway Bar & Grill (9pm) - Live music at the Skyway Bar & Grill is always a treat. Enjoy Blues music from Lloyd Jones, who will have your soul hopping to his contemporary tunes.

Events on Sunday, December 1st, 2019

Holiday Artisan Fair at Mt Hood Oregon Resort (10am - 3pm) - This Annual Event is a must! The local artisans of Mt Hood come together under one roof to offer jewelry, bath products, wines, knit goods and so much more. You can attend this free event in the Cascade Ballroom at the Mt Hood Oregon Resort.

Timberline Lodge Tours (11am, 1pm & 2pm) - Take a tour of the Historic Timberline Lodge with a US Forest Service Ranger! Admission is free and tours start at 11am, 1pm and 2pm. 

Sallies Trunk Sale (11am - 5pm) - Sallies Trunk Sale is the perfect place to pick up a unique gift for loved ones. Enjoy unique and handmade items from around the world like jewelry, clothing and textiles at the Zigzag Inn Cellar from 11am - 5pm. 

Cosmic Tubing Season Opener (5pm, 7:15pm & 9:30pm) - Take an innertube downhill to the tune of rocking music and colorful lights at the Cosmic Tubing Season Opener at the Mt Hood Skibowl. Reservations are recommended as this is a popular event. 

Events on Friday, December 6th, 2019

Timberline Lodge Tours (11am, 1pm & 2pm) - Take a tour of the Historic Timberline Lodge with a US Forest Service Ranger! Admission is free and tours start at 11am, 1pm and 2pm. 

Sandy Ski Swap & Warren Miller Ski Movie (5pm - 10pm, Movie at 6pm) - Peruse a great selection of new and used snowsports equipment, join a silent auction and raffle, and catch Warren Miller's "Timeless". All proceeds benefit the Sandy High School Ski Team. 

Winter Friends Paint & Sip Night (6pm - 8pm) - Enjoy a cozy evening of painting wintery scenes and fireside cocktails at Mallard's Pub

Events on Saturday, December 7th, 2019

Sandy Ski Swap & Warren Miller Ski Movie (10am - 7pm, Movie at 6pm) - Peruse a great selection of new and used snowsports equipment, join a silent auction and raffle, and catch Warren Miller's "Timeless". All proceeds benefit the Sandy High School Ski Team. 

Timberline Lodge Tours (11am, 1pm & 2pm) - Take a tour of the Historic Timberline Lodge with a US Forest Service Ranger! Admission is free and tours start at 11am, 1pm and 2pm. 

Geren's Farm Store Pictures with Santa (11am - 2pm) - Come take pictures with Santa and enjoy face painting and balloon animals! Dogs are welcome at this event, and the admission is a suggested donation of 2 cans per person for Gerens food drive. Each group gets one free picture, with additional pictures just $1.

Lindsoe Clayworks Holiday Studio Sale (10am - 5pm) - Find the perfect hand-crafted holiday gifts made of hand-made pottery in Dulcie's Mt Hood studio. 

Live Music! Winter Season Kickoff Party at Mt Hood Meadows (5pm - 8pm) - This family-friendly event will feature music from Junior on the Prowl, Double Mountain Brewery's release of their Cascade Corduroy beer and much more. This free event takes place from 5pm - 8pm at the Vertical at Mt Hood Meadows. 

Events on Sunday, December 8th, 2019

Special Needs Santa Visit (8am - 10pm) - Santa comes to Geren's Feed Store for a visit just for kids with special needs and sensory issues. There will be less crowds and no overhead music, so everyone can get a photo with Santa!

Breakfast With Santa at the Mt Hood Oregon Resort (9am - 11am) - Do more than just take a photo with Santa, eat breakfast with him!

Timberline Lodge Tours (11am, 1pm & 2pm) - Take a tour of the Historic Timberline Lodge with a US Forest Service Ranger! Admission is free and tours start at 11am, 1pm and 2pm. 

Hoodland Farmers' Market (12pm - 8:30pm) - Find the perfect gifts for your loved ones at this holiday market.

Teacup Tea Party Cross Country Ski Day (10am) - Enjoy ski lessons, ski demos, soup, tea and cookies at the Teacup Tea Party Cross Country Ski Day! Season Pass holders get in free, or you can purchase a Day Pass to join. Bring cookies to share with everyone. 

Lindsoe Clayworks Holiday Studio Sale (10am - 5pm) - Find the perfect hand-crafted holiday gifts made of hand-made pottery in Dulcie's Mt Hood studio. 

Events on Thursday, December 12th, 2019

Aaron Meyer Holiday Concert at the Ant Farm (6pm) - Enjoy Concert Rock Violinist Aaron Meyers at the Ant Farm! There will be a silent auction and desserts. Kids 18 and under are free and adults are $20. This event does sell out, so be sure to get tickets early.

Open Mic Night at the Skyway Bar & Grill where everyone has a chance to get up on the stage starting at 9pm. All ages welcome until 10pm.

Events on Friday, December 13th, 2019

Timberline Lodge Tours (11am, 1pm & 2pm) - Take a tour of the Historic Timberline Lodge with a US Forest Service Ranger! Admission is free and tours start at 11am, 1pm and 2pm. 

Christmas Tree Lighting at Timberline Lodge (6pm) - Kick off the holiday season with Timberline Lodge as they light their 30' evergreen tree in the Main Lobby Headhouse! Afterwards, everyone is welcome to join in singing carols and decorating the tree.

Events on Friday, December 13th, 2019 through Saturday, January 4th, 2020

Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides in Government Camp (10am - 4:30pm) - Get into the holiday spirit with a horse-drawn sleigh ride through Government Camp. Belgian horses pulling the sleigh will take you through town ending your 20-minute ride at the holiday lights of the village Christmas Tree! Reservations required.

Events on Saturday, December 14th, 2019

Winter Brewfest at Mt Hood Meadows (1pm - 5pm) - Try out the Northwest's finest microbrews at the Winter Brew Fest. This event will be at the Vertical North and kids are welcome in the Vertical during the event.

LIVE MUSIC! The Strange Tones at Skyway Bar & Grill (9pm) - Live music at the Skyway Bar & Grill is always a treat. Enjoy blues, rock, surf and R&B fusion music from The Strange Tones at 9pm. 

Metal Head Christmas Party & Annual Winter Steelhead Clinic (9am - 4pm) - Calling all fly fishers! Enjoy 15% off everything in the store, free food, prizes, programs and demonstrations.

Christmas Tree Lighting in Government Camp (6pm) - Join Santa, Frosty, and Hoodland fire trucks at this very special tree lighting in Government Camp! There will be Christmas carols, donuts and hot cocoa.

Events on Thursday, December 19th, 2019

Open Mic Night at the Skyway Bar & Grill where everyone has a chance to get up on the stage starting at 9pm. All ages welcome until 10pm.

Events on Friday, December 20th, 2019

Timberline Lodge Tours (11am, 1pm & 2pm) - Take a tour of the Historic Timberline Lodge with a US Forest Service Ranger! Admission is free and tours start at 11am, 1pm and 2pm. 

LIVE MUSIC! The Steelhead Stalkers at Skyway Bar & Grill (9pm) - Live music at the Skyway Bar & Grill is always a treat. Enjoy Jazz music from The Steelhead Stalkers at 9pm. 

Events on Saturday, December 21st, 2019

Nordic Opening Day Celebration at Mt Hood Meadows (11am) - Celebrate the opening of the Nordic Ski Season with a 5k skate race. Registration begins at 9am with races starting at 11am.

Timberline Lodge Tours (11am, 1pm & 2pm) - Take a tour of the Historic Timberline Lodge with a US Forest Service Ranger! Admission is free and tours start at 11am, 1pm and 2pm. 

Christmas Song Sing-a-Long (3-5pm) - Jil Heimensen with pianist Jim Heimensen leads a spirited Family Friendly Christmas Song Sing-a-Long at the Skyway Bar & Grill.

LIVE MUSIC! The Resolectrics at Skyway Bar & Grill (9pm) - Live music at the Skyway Bar & Grill is always a treat. Enjoy Rock & Soul music from The Resolectrics at 9pm. 

Events on Sunday, December 22nd, 2019

Breakfast with Santa at Mt Hood Meadows (8am & 9am) - Enjoy a fireside breakfast with Santa at The Vertical at Mt Hood Meadows. There will be a build your own waffle and yogurt bar.

Timberline Lodge Tours (11am, 1pm & 2pm) - Take a tour of the Historic Timberline Lodge with a US Forest Service Ranger! Admission is free and tours start at 11am, 1pm and 2pm. 

Christmas Song Sing-a-Long (3-5pm) - Jil Heimensen with pianist Jim Heimensen leads a spirited Family Friendly Christmas Song Sing-a-Long at the Skyway Bar & Grill.

Events on Tuesday, December 24th, 2019

Christmas Eve at Timberline Lodge - Welcome Santa, singing carols around the fireplace and enjoy a delicious Christmas Eve dinner at Timberline Lodge. Reservations are required, so be sure to call ahead at 503-272-3267

Christmas Eve Karaoke (8pm) - Sing your favorite holiday songs in front of a crowd at the Skyway Bar & Grill

Events on Wednesday, December 25th, 2019

Christmas Dinner at Timberline Lodge - Enjoy a multi-course meal in the Cascade Dining Room at Timberline Lodge. Reservations are required, so be sure to call ahead at 503-272-3267

Christmas Dinner at the Mt Hood Oregon Resort (2pm - 6pm) - Relax while the chefs at Mt Hood Oregon Resort serve up Christmas Dinner! For reservations, call 503-622-3101.

Events on Thursday, December 26th, 2019

Open Mic Night at the Skyway Bar & Grill where everyone has a chance to get up on the stage starting at 9pm. All ages welcome until 10pm.

Events on Friday, December 27th, 2019

Timberline Lodge Tours (11am, 1pm & 2pm) - Take a tour of the Historic Timberline Lodge with a US Forest Service Ranger! Admission is free and tours start at 11am, 1pm and 2pm. 

Events on Saturday, December 28th, 2019

Timberline Lodge Tours (11am, 1pm & 2pm) - Take a tour of the Historic Timberline Lodge with a US Forest Service Ranger! Admission is free and tours start at 11am, 1pm and 2pm. 

Vintage Ski Movie Outtakes (7pm - 9pm) - This family friendly event is a blast. Check out vintage ski movie outtakes at the Mt Hood Cultural Center and Museum

LIVE MUSIC! Billy D and the Hoodoos at Skyway Bar & Grill (9pm) - Live music at the Skyway Bar & Grill is always a treat. Enjoy Blues-Rock music from Billy D and the Hoodoos at 9pm. 

Events on Sunday, December 29th, 2019

Timberline Lodge Tours (11am, 1pm & 2pm) - Take a tour of the Historic Timberline Lodge with a US Forest Service Ranger! Admission is free and tours start at 11am, 1pm and 2pm. 

Events on Tuesday, December 31st, 2019

Live Music! New Year's Eve at Timberline Lodge - Enjoy a multi-course dinner, champagne toast, fireworks, favors and live music from Nobody's Sweetheart. Reservations are required, so be sure to call ahead at 503-272-3267.

Live Music! New Year's Eve at Mt Hood Meadows (8:15pm - 12:15am)  - Get the whole package at the New Year's Eve Celebration at Mt Hood Meadows! There will be dinner, dancing, fireworks, music and late night lifts.

Live Music! New Year's Eve Extravaganza at Mt Hood Ski Bowl (8pm - 2am) - Don't miss two spectacular fireworks display, live music from DJ Blair and DJ Casey, a torch light parade, cosmic tubing, multiple beer gardens, dance parties and much more.

Live Music! New Year's Eve Party at The Skyway Bar & Grill (9:30pm) - New Year's Eve for just a $5 cover? Get it at The Skyway Bar & Grill!

Lodging For Your 2019 Holiday Getaway to Mt Hood

Mt Hood is magical in the winter, and we've got the perfect cabin for you and yours to cozy up in during your stay. We offer over 30 carefully selected cabins throughout the Mt Hood area. Find a pet friendly rental so you can bring Fido, or choose a Government Camp Rental to be close to all the ski action.

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Where to See Mt Hood Fall Colors
Posted by Mt Hood Vacation Rentals | Wednesday, October 2, 2019


Mt Hood is renowned for year-round skiing and snowboarding, and countless miles of hiking and biking trails. Most people visit during the winter and summer months to enjoy these activities. What these folks are missing out on only happens in the fall, and it is such a spectacular occurrence we want to share it with our Mt Hood Vacation Rental guests…the brilliant fall foliage!
 
As the seasons transition from summer to autumn, the days get shorter and leaves change from green to the many colors of fall—gold, amber, red, orange and even pink. Once winter is in full swing, there is not enough light or water for photosynthesis, and the leaves dry up and fall to the ground. The trees will rest, and live off the food they stored during the summer.
 
So where and when can you see this spectacular phenomenon while it's in full swing? We've got all the details right here in our guide to Mt Hood Fall Colors!
 
Photo courtesy of Gary Randall Photography

When to See Mt Hood Fall Colors

Throughout Oregon, mid- to late-October tend to be the best time to view fall foilage. However, prime fall color viewing varies each year depending on the weather and what nutrients the trees had all year. The Mt Hood area can entertain bright bursts of fall foilage as late as mid-November. If you're planning a fall color trip, late October is a great choice!

Where to See Mt Hood Fall Colors

Mt Hood Fall Color Hikes

One of the best ways to see fall colors, especially if you're looking to snap some pics, is by hiking. Bring a jacket and pack your camera and some snacks, here are three places to hike and see the brilliant fall foilage.

#1 - Mt Hood National Forest

Besides evergreens, the Mt Hood National Forest is full of vine maples, oak, huckleberry and Oregon grapes shrubs with colors that strike a remarkable contrast to the dark greens of Douglas fir and hemlock in the fall. Vine maples, in particular, show off the brightest and most diverse color spectrum, from deep dark red to the most vivid yellow.

#2 - Hunchback Mountain

For a magnificent, sweeping view of the Welches Valley and the abundant autumn colors of the Mt Hood National Forest, hike up Hunchback Mountain, accessible from the Zigzag Ranger Station. While it is a somewhat strenuous hike up (an hour each way), you will be well-rewarded with sweeping views of the colorful valley and the Salmon River below once you reach the top.

#3 - Old Salmon River Trail

For a more relaxed experience, meander along the Old Salmon River Trail and watch as the fall leaves float peacefully into and down the Salmon River while the salmon are spawning.

Mt Hood Fall Color Cruises

To experience Mt Hood’s fall foliage from the comforts of your car, cruise along the Mt Hood Scenic Byway and the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Byway, which join to create a breathtaking loop around Mt Hood. Fall colors are particularly glorious through Hood River Valley, on Highway 35 between Government Camp and Hood River as you drive from forest to field.

Take breaks along the Hood River County Fruit Loop at the many orchards and wineries that dot the beautiful landscape, and watch apple, pear and grape harvest in full swing before tasting the fruits of the farms’ labors. Apples, pears, cider and other fall harvest fruits and vegetables are available for sale at many locations.


Photo courtesy of Gary Randall Photography

Plan Your Fall Getaway to Colorful Mt Hood

If the idea of cozy fireplaces, apple cider, brilliant fall colors and relaxation have you smiling, it's time to pack your bags and head to Mt Hood. Check out our guide to fall trip planning and four fun things to do in the fall at Mt Hood. We offer a great selection of cabins that are perfect for your next adventure. Book a romantic retreat cabin with your loved one, or choose a pet friendly cabin so your furry friend can join you. 



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4 Fun Fall Things To Do at Mt Hood
Posted by Mt Hood Vacation Rentals | Sunday, September 29, 2019


Vibrant Fall Colors + Crisp, Cool Days + Quiet Walks in the Woods
= A Restfull Fall Vacation at Mt Hood

Fall is one of our favorite seasons around Mt Hood. The weather is still sunny, but not too hot with crisp, cool nights and ever-changing colors on the big leaf maples, vine maples, alders and cottonwoods surrounded by the deep greens of the Douglas fir and cedar trees. And because this is our Quiet Season, the rates are reduced, especially when you stay midweek.
 

HIKING

Hiking at Mt Hood in Fall Colors

Fall is the best time for hiking. The trails are less crowded and the fall colors on the trees are vibrant making for an eye-popping scenic adventure. Some of our favorite trails are:

Little Zigzag River Trail: A short 1.2 mile out and back hike that is easily accessed by most people including small children and less-abled walkers alike

Old Salmon River Trail: A relatively flat trail that follows the Salmon River for 5 miles total, out and back. Or you can hike the Salmon River Trail (trailhead is at the bridge) for up to 9 miles one-way!

Trillium Lake: Not only will you see a spectacular view of Mt Hood at the lake, but you will also see lots of fall colors. You can hike, run or bike around the lake on forest roads or hike the 1.9 mile trail that goes around a portion of the lake.

Castle Canyon Trail: This 2.2 mile out and back hike is rated moderate, but feels difficult and is not for the less fit, however it you want to get a workout and spectacular pinnacle views, this is a must-do hike. Watch for chantrelles along the trail, too.

Timberline Trail and Pacific Crest Trail from Timberline Lodge: These two trails are popular for summer hiking and should be considered for fall hiking before the snow falls. You can do as little or as much as you like from Timberline Lodge with amazing views of Mt Hood. Then head into the lodge for a snack and hot beverage.

Check out all of the hiking trails in the Mt Hood National Forest. For trails near your Mt Hood Vacation Rental, we are surrounded by the Zigzag Ranger District.

 

SALMON SPAWNING

Salmon River at Mt Hood in the Fall

Salmon will be spawning in the rivers around the Villages of Mt Hood during the fall. The exact timing is different every year based on weather (rainfall and temperatures), but once they arrive to spawn, the show lasts for a few weeks. The salmon run is when the salmon swim upstream from the ocean back to the rivers to lay eggs for the next year's new fish. In our case, the salmon have a long trip from the Pacific Ocean up the Columbia River to the Sandy River, then on up to the Salmon River and other tributaries like Still Creek. After this arduous and tiring trip, the eggs are laid and fertilized, then the salmon die. When the salmon eggs develop into new fish, these fish will eventually swim back to the ocean, only to return to the same river they were born in to spawn and then die just as their parents did. The aptly named Salmon River is the best place to see the salmon spawning, but check out this video of salmon in Still Creek from a few years ago.

 

HOOD RIVER COUNTY FRUIT LOOP

Mile-High Apple Pie

Just a short drive to the east side of Mt Hood, you can visit the Hood River County Fruit Loop when vacationing at Mt Hood. Fall is apple and pear season in the Hood River Valley and their are many farm stands open with freshly picked apples and pears of multiple varieties as well as fresh-pressed apple cider. They will also be selling pumpkins and other squash and late season vegetables just harvested from their farms. Bring the apples back to your vacation rental and make an apple pie with the kids (all of our vacation rentals include pie pans). Our favorite recipe is Martha Stewart's Mile-High Apple Pie. Of course, you an buy a pre-made pie crust and just make the filling to make things easier. The adults may want to do a little wine tasting at one of several wineries in the Hood River region as well.

 

GATHER AROUND THE FIREPIT

Roasting Marshmallows Around an Outside Fire

As the nighttime air chills down during the fall, the outside campfires in the firepit at your vacation rental become more fun. Gather around the fire with a hot beverage and make s'mores for dessert. Everyone will have fun talking about the day's adventures and where you want to go next.

 

MORE FALL EVENTS

Hoodland Farmers' Market

Looking for more things to do? From listening to live music, running a 50K trail run, visiting local farmers' markets and more, there is something fun and interesting to do at Mt Hood for everyone this fall.

 

MT HOOD VACATION RENTALS

The best part about visiting Mt Hood during the fall is that it is our Quiet Season, so there are less crowded trails, restaurants and stores and less traffic on the roads plus you can stay in a Mt Hood Vacation Rental at reduced rates especially midweek. When is your trip? For friendly, personalized assistance in finding the best vacation rental to meet and exceed your expectations, call a Vacation Planner at 888-424-9168.

 



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Oregon Fall Vacation Trip Planning Guide
Posted by Mt Hood Vacation Rentals | Friday, August 30, 2019


Fall in Oregon is absolutely magical. Temperatures begin to cool a little and leaves start to change colors, offering spectacular conditions for hiking and mountain biking. Crowds are subsiding from attractions and trails as kids make their way back to school. Apples and pears are ripe for picking and something in the air seems to whisper "warm chili and cozy fireplaces"! As locals at Mt Hood in Oregon, we've experienced many memorable Oregon falls, and we'd like to share some of our favorite tips and tricks with you.

Planning The Ultimate Oregon Fall Vacation

Get a Great Deal on a Fall Vacation Rental

One of the reasons we love Oregon fall vacations so much is because the price is right! Families are heading back home for the school year which means more vacation rental availability and lower prices. Imagine spending the day leaf-peeping and then coming home to a private cabin that you only paid $125 a night for. Choose a cabin below your budgeted price and then spend that extra money on activities or a special meal, or stay in a cabin with all the bells and whistles that you normally wouldn't splurge on. Whatever you choose, be sure to book directly through a vacation rental manager's website like ours, that way you don't have to pay the extra fees associated with big vacation rental listing sites.

Find Great Deals in Fall Vacation Cabins

Make Your Must-Do Activity Checklist Ahead of Time

With smaller crowds, crisper air and vibrant colors, fall is easily one of the most relaxing times to take an Oregon vacation. It's so relaxing that you might find yourself opting for a book on the deck of your vacation cabin instead of going for a mountain bike ride. While we're 100% on board with the relaxation, we would be remiss if we didn't tell you to make time for a short hike or a trip to the Hood River County Fruit Loop. Check out our recommendations for fun fall activities and put one or two on your must-do checklist for the complete Oregon experience.

Fun Fall Activities

Pack & Wear Layers for Fall Weather

No matter what the weather forecast says, you'll want to pack a good assortment of clothing for your trip. The temperature in Oregon can feel really different from the actual temperature, and your surroundings and elevation will also affect that. If you go on a hike, you may be warm at lower elevations and cold at higher elevations. If you decide to leave your cabin for an adventure, be sure to bring a jacket even if it feels warm out. And while the sun in the sky during the day will be warm, the nights cool down during the fall.

Come Home to a Crockpot Meal

Oregon is truly an adventure state, so there will surely be a day or two where you get back to your vacation rental later than planned with a big appetite. On those days, there's nothing like a crockpot meal waiting at home to keep you going. All of our vacation rentals come with crockpots, so all you need is a quick recipe and the ingredients. If you don't have time to get the crock pot going in the morning then cook up one of these cozy and quick comfort dishes instead.

Start Planning Your Fall Trip to Oregon

Vibrant fall colors, ample opportunity for outdoor adventure and cozy cabins... sounds like the makings for a perfect vacation. Start planning your trip to Oregon today by finding the perfect vacation cabin. We offer homes with fireplaces and cabins with hot tubs too. You can even bring Fido along in one of our pet friendly rentals.

Browse Mt Hood, Oregon Cabin Rentals

 

 



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Cozy & Quick Comfort Food Dishes for Fall
Posted by Mt Hood Vacation Rentals | Thursday, August 29, 2019


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.
 
Cake
1 package yellow cake mix
1 egg
8 tbsp butter, melted
 
Filling
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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