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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.

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Fall Foliage on Mt Hood
Posted by Mt Hood Vacation Rentals | Thursday, August 29, 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 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.

 

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.
 

Photo courtesy of Gary Randall Photography

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. 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.
 

 

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
 


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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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Holidays At Mt Hood

Mt Hood Labor Day Events & Lodging
Posted by Mt Hood Vacation Rentals | Friday, August 2, 2019


Labor Day weekend at Mt Hood, Oregon is a special time. The weather starts to cool and there is a crisp feeling in the air. The leaves are just on the brim of transforming the area into a colorful oasis and hot cocoa with toasted marshmallows begins to find its way back into our midst. Labor Day weekend 2019 is sure to please, with a great variety of local events popping up around town. We’ve got all the details on what to do and where to stay right here!

Mt Hood Labor Day Weekend Events 2019

Events on Thursday, August 29th, 2019

Summer Yoga With a View at Timberline (5pm) - Gear up for Labor Day weekend by getting stretchy at Timberline. All ages and levels are welcome, and a class is just $5/person. Bring your own mat or towel and enjoy beautiful views all around. Book a Government Camp cabin to be close to this event.

Open Mic Night at Skyway Bar & Grill (9pm) - Express yourself at Open Mic Night! All ages are welcome until 10pm and there is no cover charge. Sounds and setup are provided, just bring your musical talent or come enjoy the show. Find a Zigzag or Rhododendron vacation cabin for this event.

Events on Friday, August 30th, 2019

LIVE MUSIC! Green Mountain Guild at Skyway Bar & Grill (7pm) - Enjoy live music in the garden at Skyway Bar & Grill. Green Mountain Guild offers Folk Soul Blues music with rich harmony and lyric melodies. Find a Zigzag or Rhododendron vacation cabin for this event.

Events on Saturday, August 31st, 2019

Mt Hood Artisan Market (11am - 6pm) - Come find out what makes Mt Hood so unique with a gathering of our area's creative artists and vendors. This event is located at Mt Hood Village and RV Resort. Find a Brightwood vacation cabin close to the Artisan Market.

LIVE MUSIC & MORE! Mushroom Festival at Mt Hood Meadows (12:30pm - 6:30pm) - Mushroom hunting is all the rage, but identification of mushrooms can be tricky and dangerous. Head over to Mt Hood Meadows for guided mushroom hunting tours, expert mushroom identification, cooking demos and live music from Dave Tragethon. Adult tickets for the food festival portion are $25 online or $28 at the event, and kid tickets are $14/$16. Find the perfect Mt Hood cabin rental for this event now.

WINE TASTING Wine Tasting at Timberline (4:00 PM) - Taste local and regional wines in the Main Lobby Headhouse at Timberline Lodge)

LIVE MUSIC! Fortunes Folly at Skyway Bar & Grill (7pm) - Enjoy live music in the garden at Skyway Bar & Grill. Fortunes Folly offers 90's Rock Music and was voted the "Best Band in Eugene" in 2017. Find a Zigzag or Rhododendron vacation cabin for this event.

Social History Happy Hour at Mt Hood Museum (7pm - 9pm) - Enjoy an engaging presentation with great company at the Mt Hood Museum. Soda, wine and beer will be available for purchase. Entrance to this event is free, but donations are welcome. Book a Government Camp cabin to be close to this event.

Movie on the Deck at Mt Hood Meadows (8:15pm - 10:15pm) - Watch this fairy tale movie with the entire family. Food and drinks are available, too. The movie starts just after dusk, so bundle up and bring a blanket.

Events on Sunday, September 1st, 2019

Hoodland Farmers Market (11am) - The Hoodland Farmers Market is an absolute dream for fresh fruit and veggie lovers. Start off your morning right by picking up your produce for the week here. They also have a great selection of crafts available for sale. Find a Welches vacation cabin close to the Hoodland Farmers Market.

LIVE MUSIC! Son of Trees at Skyway Bar & Grill (7pm) - Enjoy live music in the garden at Skyway Bar & Grill. Son of Trees is a Portland, Oregon based band that serves up American Rock with a Latin twist. Find a Zigzag or Rhododendron vacation cabin for this event.

Trivia Night at Pub 26 (7:30pm) - Head out to the Pub for a fun night of Trivia. The winning team gets 10% off their tab! Sign up starts at 7:30pm and the questions start at 8:00pm. Find a Welches vacation cabin close to Pub 26.

Events on Monday, September 2nd, 2019

LIVE MUSIC! Timberline Labor Day Mountain Music Festival (12pm - Sunset) - Calling all Dead Heads! Timberline's Labor Day Music Festival is back for another year and this year's theme is "Steal Your Mountain," a tribute to The Grateful Dead. There will be four bands, including the Garcia Birthday Band, doling out bluegrass, folk, blues and rock and roll. 

LIVE MUSIC! James Eliot Jones of The Needs at Skyway Bar & Grill (7pm) - Enjoy live music in the garden at Skyway Bar & Grill. James Eliot Jones of The Needs is a Portland, Oregon based musician playing American Rock and Alternative Country. Find a Zigzag or Rhododendron vacation cabin for this event.

Where to Stay in Mt Hood for Labor Day 2019

Mt Hood vacation cabins are filling up fast, but if you make your reservation soon you might be able to snag one of these great places!

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9 Beautiful Cabin Rentals at Mt Hood Oregon
Posted by Mt Hood Vacation Rentals | Monday, June 24, 2019


Staying in a cabin rental at Mt Hood in Oregon offers an experience that you’ll never want to leave while creating memories to last a lifetime. We know that finding the perfect vacation rental can be overwhelming, so we’ve comprised a list of our favorite Mt Hood cabin rentals to make your trip planning easier.

9 Beautiful Cabin Rentals at Mt Hood Oregon At a Glance

  1. Cedar Creek Hideaway
  2. Dream Catcher Cabin
  3. Firwood Cabin
  4. Bear Den Log Cabin
  5. Salmonberry Retreat
  6. Crystal Creek Chalet
  7. Moondance Cabin
  8. Cedar Springs Cabin
  9. Riverview Cabin

9 Beautiful Cabin Rentals at Mt Hood Oregon Details

#1 - Cedar Creek Hideaway

Cedar Creek Hideaway

Cedar Creek Hideaway Interior

  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Sleeps: 9
  • Featured Amenities: Secluded, Geodesic Dome, Woodstove, Dog-Friendly

Find peace at the beautiful and unique Cedar Creek Hideaway in Welches. Sitting on seven private acres, this cabin rental at Mt Hood in Oregon allows you and your family a deserving getaway. Hang out on the wrap-around deck grilling dinner on the gas BBQ and take in all of the beauty of the Mt Hood area.

#2 - Dream Catcher Cabin 

Dream Catcher Cabin

Dream Catcher Cabin Rental - Exterior

  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Featured Amenities: Private Hot Tub, Dog-Friendly, Riverfront, Fireplace, Romantic Retreat

Nestled under the forest, you can find the magical Dream Catcher Cabin. Sip on coffee and enjoy the view of the Salmon River, soak in the riverside hot tub and gather around the patio table dining al fresco. You'll never want to leave this Mt Hood cabin rental. 

#3 - Firwood Cabin

Firwood Cabin Mt Hood Vacation Rental

Firwood Cabin Rental at Mt Hood Oregon

  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Featured Amenities: Forest and Mountain View, Outdoor Hot Tub, Private 3 Acres, Dog-Friendly

Wake up to stunning Cascade Foothills views at the secluded and cozy Firwood Cabin. Off the beaten path and sitting on three private acres, this cabin rental at Mt Hood, OR is in close proximity to Mt Hood National Forest trails. Spend the afternoon on an adventurous hike or settle in and relax at this peaceful cabin.

#4 - Bear Den Log Cabin

Bear Den Log Cabin Mt Hood Rental

  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Featured Amenities: Dog Friendly, Creekfront, Fireplace, Classic Log Cabin

A classic log cabin experience, Bear Den Log Cabin is nestled alongside Billy Creek and is just a short walk to the Salmon River. Enjoy the sounds of the brook flowing and find your peaceful moments during your Mt Hood vacation. 

#5 - Salmonberry Retreat

Salmonberry Retreat Interior

Mt Hood Salmonberry Retreat Exterior

  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Featured Amenities: Riverfront, Private Hot Tub, Fireplace, Dog Friendly

An abundance of natural light greets you every morning at the Salmonberry Retreat cabin. The warm and inviting atmosphere of this cabin rental at Mt Hood is sure to be a hit amongst you and your family. Dine at the outdoor picnic table, explore Mt Hood and then soak away your tired muscles after the day's adventures in the private, outdoor hot tub.

#6 - Crystal Creek Chalet

Crystal Creek Chalet

Crystal Creek Riverfront View

  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Sleeps: 10
  • Featured Amenities: Secluded, Dog Friendly, 2 Fireplaces, Riverfront

Overlooking the Salmon River, the Crystal Creek Chalet is the perfect home for large families looking for a Mt Hood vacation. Take in the sights and sounds of the Salmon River and Hunchback Mountain or grill out on the deck that overlooks the river with family and friends. This cabin rental at Mt Hood, OR makes for an amazing Mt Hood getaway.

#7 - Moondance Cabin

Moondance Cabin Mt Hood Vacation Rental

Moondance Cabin Interior

  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Featured Amenities: Fireplace, Creekside, Secluded, Private Hot Tub

Moondance Cabin's classic mountain charm and character make for a peaceful retreat to the mountains. This cabin's secluded, creekside setting allows you to sit right next to Clear Creek, listening to the water flowing by. The Moondance Cabin is popular for romantic getaways but is also perfect for two couples or a small family.

#8 - Cedar Springs Cabin

Cedar Springs Cabin Mt Hood

Cedar Springs Cabin Interior

  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Featured Amenities: Secluded, Fireplace, Private Hot Tub, Romantic Retreat

Cedar Springs Cabin is a new custom-built and artfully crafted cabin located in Welches. This Mt Hood cabin rental comes with everything needed for your Mt Hood escape including a private hot tub, amazing views, and a secluded setting next to Mt Hood National Forest. 

#9 - River View Cabin

River View Cabin

River View Cabin View

  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Featured Amenities: Riverfront, Fireplace, Secluded, Private Hot Tub

Spend some quality time with your loved one during your getaway to the River View Cabin. Soak in the private hot tub after a day of exploring Mt Hood or snuggle in the great room by the wood-burning fireplace. With views of the Sandy River and the Cascade Foothill mountains, this warm and cozy cabin is sure to be perfect for your special trip. 

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Our Mt Hood vacation rentals offer space to relax, unwind and enjoy Mt Hood’s beauty. Browse our selection of Mt Hood vacation rentals to reserve the perfect property for your retreat. We know that vacation planning can be overwhelming, so our Vacation Planners are available to assist you. 

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6 Lakes at Mt Hood for Summer Cool-down Fun
Posted by Mt Hood Vacation Rentals | Friday, June 7, 2019


Having Fun at the Lake this Summer

What better way to cool down on a sunny summer day than to visit the lake. There are 6 lakes nearby Mt Hood Vacation Rentals: Trillium Lake is just 3 miles east of Government Camp, Lost Lake is about 15 miles up Lolo Pass Road, Frog Lake is 5 miles past Trillium Lake and Timothy Lake is another 12 miles southeast of Frog Lake. Burnt Lake is in the Mt Hood Wilderness and ideal for hikers. Mirror Lake is just off the highway, 1 mile west of Government Camp.(There are actually more than 150 lakes and 14 wild and scenic rivers throughout the Mt Hood National Forest.)

Mt Hood at Burnt Lake during the Summer

Burnt Lake is a high-alpine lake that is only accessible via hiking trail. You can get to the lake from the south or north or do a through hike if you pre-arrange a shuttle. Whether you do an out and back from the north or south or the through hike, expect to hike about 8 miles, so bring food and water. The reward is a refreshing dip in the lake when you get there.

Romantic Couple at Trillium Lake at Dusk

Trillium Lake is perfect for swimming because only non-motorized boats are permitted. Being a smaller lake, the water is warmer, too. You can fish, canoe, kayak and paddle board at Trillium Lake. There are also several trails for all abiliites for hiking, running and biking around the lake, too. Stay at the Marshall Cabin in the Trillium Lake Basin and you will be just 2 miles to the lake. Mt Hood is also popular for romantic retreats. Many of our cabins have played a part in engagements, honeymoons and anniversaries.

Fishing on Timothy Lake with Mt Hood in View

Timothy Lake is the one of the few lakes that allows motorized boating (10 MPH speed limit) making it easier to explore the entire lake or to go fishing. There is a 13-mile trail around the lake that is open to hikers and horses and most of the trail is also open for mountain bikers.

Checking out the Polliwogs at Frog Lake

Frog Lake is named for the frogs that live in the trees near the lake (they are actually Western Mountain Toads). During the early summer, you will find lots of tadpoles swimming in the shallow areas of the lake and by mid-July, they will be toads. There are several trails you can access from the Frog Lake parking area including the Twin Lakes Trail. Family reunions are fun, too with all of the activities for adults and kids to enjoy.

Lost Lake is the most difficult to get to requiring some gravel road driving, but the views are well-worth the drive with some of the best Mt Hood views in the area. You can fish, canoe, kayak, paddle-board and hike at Lost Lake. Boat rentals are available at the lake, too.

Mirror Lake is just off the highway near Government Camp. This is one of the most popular hiking trails in the area, so you will want to hit it early. The good news is that the Forest Service has built a new parking lot and trailhead at the west end of the Mt Hood Adventure Park parking lot to ease the congestion. Don't forget to bring your dog for a swim in the lake, too. View our pet-friendly vacation rentals.

If you are flying in or did not bring boats with you, you can rent kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddle boards from Mt Hood Outfitters in Government Camp. They will even meet you at the lake with the boats and pick them up when you are finished boating.

Ready to plan your Mt Hood vacation? View all of our vacation rentals, then pick the perfect cabin or lodge for your summer vacation.

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Best Places to Stay Near Mt Hood Oregon
Posted by Mt Hood Vacation Rentals | Friday, May 17, 2019


When I close my eyes and picture Mt Hood, I think of summer campfires with melty s'mores, fall hikes with brilliant foliage, and winter adventures followed by cozy gatherings around a fireplace. It seems that no matter how many times you have visited the area, there is always a new adventure awaiting - a new village to explore. Romantic cabins line the roads that kiss Mt Hood, and the memories we make here are held near to our hearts. Whether you're a first-time visitor or you're on a mission to turn over every leaf in the area, here are our picks for the best places to stay near Mt Hood, Oregon.

Best Places to Stay Near Mt Hood Oregon at a Glance

  1. Welches
  2. Zigzag
  3. Brightwood
  4. Government Camp
  5. Rhododendron

Best Places to Stay Near Mt Hood Oregon Details

#1 - Welches

Welches is snuggled between Mt Hood Village and Zigzag, encompassing the Three Nines Golf Course. It extends South of U.S. Highway 26, following the Salmon River and E Salmon River Road. It's the perfect village to score a riverside cabin surrounded by tall trees or a secluded cabin for maximum relaxation. It's proximity to U.S. Highway 26 also offers easy access to a great selection of restaurants and grocery stores, like Barlow Trail Roadhouse and Hoodland Thriftway.

If Welches sounds like the escape you're been pining for, check out these beautiful vacation homes:

#2 - Zigzag

Zigzag is an unincorporated community between Welches and Rhododendron. The Zigzag River and Sandy River weave throughout the area, and lush greenery surrounds homes and cabins. Several creeks with origins in the hillsides meander throughout the area, and Zigzag hums with the relaxing sound of running water. Visitors can grab comfort food at the Zigzag Inn, or stop by the Zigzag Mountain Store & Cafe for breakfast in a restored historic building. The Skyway Bar and Grill is home to the most amazing BBQ and mac and cheese, and offers live music four to five nights a week at their huge outdoor garden and dining area.

If Zigzag sounds like the escape you're been pining for, check out these beautiful vacation homes:

#3 - Brightwood

Brightwood is situated between Wemme and Sandy, and is part of the Villages at Mt Hood. Brightwood gets its name from the way the sun shines on the cottonwood trees in the spring. Just north of U.S. Highway 26, the Sandy River and the Salmon River loop through town, chilled from fresh snowmelt. Visitors can enjoy the Sandy Ridge Trail System, with miles of mountain biking and hiking trails. After a full day of adventure, unwind with dinner and drinks in the historic log building of Brightwood Tavern.

If Brightwood sounds like the escape you're been pining for, check out these beautiful vacation homes:

#4 - Government Camp

Government Camp is Mt Hood's Alpine Village, with out-the-door access to trails and skiing. Many sports enthusiats come here to train in the winter, and the scenery is breathtaking. Government Camp is just across Mt Hood Highway from Mt Hood Skibowl East, and just down the road from skiing and cosmic tubing at the Mt Hood Skibowl. Charlie's Mountain View restaurant is an absolute favorite for apres-ski and the Mt Hood Cultural Center and Museum offers the perfect break from the sun. 

If Government Camp sounds like the escape you're been pining for, check out these beautiful vacation homes:

#5 - Rhododendron

Rhododendron is just past Welches, and before the Mt Hood Ski Bowl. Several creeks and rivers cross through the area, including Henry Creek, the Still Creek and Zigzag River. Hikers love Rhododendron, with quick access to Pioneer Brindle Trailhead, Flag Mountain Trailhead and Castle Canyon Trailhead. The Oregon Trail 1845 Historic Marker is in the center of town, and visitors enjoy great eats at the Still Creek Inn and Mountain High Coffee.

If Rhododendron sounds like the escape you're been pining for, check out these beautiful vacation homes:

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Planning a Mt Hood escape is a breeze with Mt Hood Vacation Rentals. We offer a great selection of cabins throughout the Mt Hood area, and pet friendly lodging means that your dog can come too!

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