by Lisa Meyers McClintick
Even without the stunning backdrop of Mount Hood behind it, this mountain top lodge funded through the art division of the 1930’s Works Progress Administration ranks among America’s best historic properties. Wi-Fi is free throughout the property, too. Traditional rooms feature, king, queen and twin beds, with a sofa in the sitting area. The largest room can sleep up to 10.
You can catch a guided tour, wander on your own or ask for the kids’ booklets that launch them on a treasure hunt. They can look for Native American moon symbols carved into beams, blacksmithing work worthy of a castle, and railings capped by hand-carved woodland animals. Other fun for kids includes an outdoor pool (heated, of course) and a room where they can play Ping Pong or shuffleboard.
Teens who’ve been schooled in classic horror movies just might recognize the lodge from the movie “The Shining.” For younger kids, ask if you can say hello to Bruno, the lodge’s St. Bernard, who may be lounging near staff in the registration area. All ages may be surprised to see skiers heading to the slopes — even on a summer morning.
The Cascade Dining Room is best for adults, but kids may enjoy the more casual (but still swanky) Ram’s Head Bar with mountain views or pizza from the cozy lower-level Blue Ox Bar.
Our Editor Loves
- Free Wi-Fi
- Outdoor pool
- Onsite family dining
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
- Game Room
- Onsite Dining
Our first time visiting Oregon and staying at Timberline Lodge, we were very happy with our stay. The staff was very helpful and inviting, we had dinner at the Ram's Head Bar and breakfast in the Cascade Dining room, both were very good and priced reasonably. The room was 107, Fireplace room and King feather bed, full bathroom and plenty of space. The room was appointed very nice and loved the craftsmanship throughout the entire lodge. Hope to return and stay again some day!
by Nichole M
We decided to drive up to the lodge in late October since my husband and I who have both lived here for 30+ years have never visited. The lodge is really beautiful on the outside and the mountain is just huge in the background. When we arrived it was sunny and cold, in a matter of 2 hours, when we left, it was blowing and snowing blizzard like conditions. The main area of the lodge itself was really grand and the fireplace in the center is beautiful. The bar area upstairs was extremely busy for a Saturday afternoon not in ski season or the middle of summer. Maybe it is always this busy, it is a historic landmark. We ordered a salami plate, which came with fresh bread that was amazing. Drinks and food were priced appropriately for the area and being a ski lodge/destination area. We checked out the room prices and although a lovely place, I don't think it is worth $300.00 per night (minimum) for what you get. We will go back, maybe mid week when it is less busy.