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#BookDirect with Mt Hood Vacation Rentals and Save Money!
Posted by Mt Hood Vacation Rentals | Friday, January 31, 2020


Save Big on Your Next Mt Hood Vacation When you Book Direct

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What Does it Mean to Book Direct?

Our options for finding the perfect vacation rental have increased tremendously over the past decade. Today, you can shop online and browse thousands of vacation rental homes. Online Travel Agencies (OTAs) like VRBO, HomeAway and Airbnb make this process easy, but do you know who owns the properties you're looking at?

The truth is, many of the properties that you see on these sites are actually managed by local property managers, and they're putting their homes on these sites just to get in front of you. You can often find the exact same vacation rental on the property manager's local website. Booking Direct means that you make your reservation through the property manager's local website - like mthoodrentals.com - instead of VRBO and other OTAs. 

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What Are the Benefits of Booking Direct? 

Pay Less for the Same Vacation Cabin

Yes, you read that correctly! Rent the same exact cabin you were eyeing on that OTA site without all the extra fees. VRBO, HomeAway, Airbnb and many other 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% 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. We also often have specials and promotions that you can only get when you #BookDirect.

Local, Knowledgeable and Friendly Vacation Planners

When 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 60 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.

Mt Hood Vacation Rentals Local Office in Welches

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.

Get Access to Our Entire Inventory

Many 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 about half 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.


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How to Book Directly Through a Vacation Rental Manager

So you understand what booking direct means, and the benefits make it a no-brainer. But how can you find these local property manager's websites? Here are our top five tips for finding local websites with the best inventory and pricing:

#1 - Do a Google Search Using [Destination] Vacation Rentals

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 - Google Search the Name of the Rental you Found on an OTA

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 just below the paid ads. 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 will be in the Vacation Rental Managers' listing.

#3 - Search Google Local

You know that little map that shows up with local businesses sometimes when you search on Google? That's called Google Local! You can start out by going to Google Maps and typing in "[Destination] Vacation Rentals". The names of local property management companies will show up and there will be a link to their website so you can start shopping for the perfect rental.

#4 - Check out the Local Chamber of Commerce Website

Check out the local 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 - Consult Social Media

Search FacebookInstagram and Pinterest for a "vacation rental manager in [Destination]". Most vacation rental managers use social media to connect with their guests, so you can find their contact information that way, too.

Book Direct with Mt Hood Vacation Rentals Today

Your cozy cabin getaway is calling! We offer over 35 vacation homes with amenities like hot tubs, riverfront settings and so much more. Make your reservation today and get access to all of those special #BookDirect perks you've been reading about.

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7 New Mt Hood Vacation Rentals for 2020
Posted by Mt Hood Vacation Rentals | Tuesday, January 28, 2020


Staying in a cabin or lodge at Mt Hood in Oregon is the best way to experience your vacation while creating life-long memories. Whether you are spending some alone time with your sweetheart in a romantic retreat, taking your family on an adventure-filled vacation or gathering with a large group of friends and family, we have something that will be just right for you. We're pleased to showcase seven of our newest Mt Hood, Oregon cabin rentals in 2020.

7 Amazing New Cabin Rentals at Mt Hood Oregon at a Glance

  1. Thistle Dew
  2. Leilani Cottage
  3. Eagle's Nest
  4. River Breeze Chalet
  5. Holzhutte
  6. Huckleberry Mountain Lodge
  7. Lazy Bear Lodge

7 Amazing New Cabin Rentals at Mt Hood Oregon Details

#1 - Thistle Dew

  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Sleeps: 3
  • Featured Amenities: Riverfront, Woodstove, Private Hot Tub, Romantic Retreat

Thistle Dew, a completely renovated historic cabin along the Salmon River in Welches has been the center of Mt Hood memories for more than a century. One of the original Welches family summer camping cabins, you can enjoy a vacation in the same cabin that has been creating memories since 1908. Sit back on the deck and watch the river flow by or soak in the private outdoor hot tub.

#2 - Leilani Cottage

  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Featured Amenities: Riverfront, Private Hot Tub, Dog-Friendly, Romantic Retreat

Leilani Cottage is a brand new custom built riverfront cabin crafted by 3rd generation family members to continue the memories made here for decades. You will create life-long memories, too, whether relaxing by the river or in the hot tub or reclining in the great room with a good book and a glass of wine.

#3 - Eagle's Nest

  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Featured Amenities: Riverfront, Outdoor Hot Tub, Fireplace, Dog-Friendly, Family Cabin

Listen to the Sandy River rushing by when sitting on the back patio or relaxing in the hot tub at Eagle's Nest. This popular cabin has a fresh new look and updated furnishings that you are sure to enjoy. Spend the afternoon on the Sandy Ridge Mountain Bike Trails, just a mile from the cabin or settle in and relax at this peaceful cabin.

#4 - River Breeze Chalet

  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Featured Amenities: Riverfront, Private Hot Tub, Dog Friendly, Woodstove, Family Cabin

Relax and unwind at the secluded River Breeze Chalet while being serenaded by the nearby Sandy River. Your dogs are welcome to join you here and they will love taking walks on the mile and a half gated, dead-end road. The kids will have lots of fun exploring the forest tree fort in the backyard.

#5 - Holzhutte

  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Sleeps: 10
  • Featured Amenities: Government Camp, Private Cedar Hot Tub, Fireplace, Friends and Family Gathering Lodge

Holzhutte, a mid-century modern cedar chalet on the Blossom Trail near the Glade Trail in Government Camp is a European chalet-style lodge that was hand-built entirely from local cedar carried to the site by sled. During the winter months, you are close to snow-fun activites and during the summer, you will have easy access to hiking, mountain biking and paddling on the lakes.

#6 - Huckleberry Mountain Lodge

  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Sleeps: 14
  • Featured Amenities: Secluded, Fireplace, Private Outdoor Hot Tub, Dog Friendly, Friends and Family Gathering Lodge

Huckleberry Mountain Lodge is a magnificent custom-built lodge surrounded by the Mt Hood National Forest in Welches. Gather in the vaulted great room with the double-sided floor-to-ceiling wood-burning fireplace and amazing views. Venture out for a hike or bike ride, however, you just might want to make the lodge your relaxation destination.

#7 - Lazy Bear Lodge

  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Sleeps: 18
  • Featured Amenities: Golf Course Frontage, 3 Fireplaces, Private Hot Tub, Friends and Family Gathering Lodge

Lazy Bear Lodge is a comfortable custom-built lodge with relaxed mountain décor along the golf course in the Mt Hood Village of Welches. There is plenty of room for everyone with the vaulted great room, the loft TV room and the downstairs game room. Whether you are visiting for a family get-together or a business trip at the Resort, you are sure to enjoy this spacious lodge.

Plan Your Mt Hood Vacation Getaway

Our 7 new Mt Hood vacation rentals are close to hiking, biking, skiing, golfing and paddling with comfortable spaces to relax, unwind and cook dinner at the end of the day. Browse our selection of Mt Hood vacation rentals to reserve the perfect cabin, cottage or lodge for your retreat. Want to know more? Our Vacation Planners are available to assist you. 

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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. 

Plan Your Mt Hood Getaway Today

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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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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