A relaxing evening at the historic and beautiful Timberline Lodge. There was snow on the ground this mid-October weekend (it turns out the upper ski slopes had opened early this year) and snow was falling as we arrived. We had reserved a fireplace room which was very nice. In the afternoon, as we waited for our room to be ready, we had a nice snack at the Ram's Head Bar - looking out the large window at the snow falling; browsed the gift shops and took in the artwork and handcrafted details of the lodge. Our room was nice with a king bed and a single bed. This was 1 too many beds for us (a couple) but I can understand the extra bed given the number of people who want to stay at Timberline. We had a nice dinner in the Cascade Dining Room and went back to our room to start our fire and relax. The lodges lays the fire out so, basically, all you have to do is light the match and we had a roaring blaze - perfect for a chilly, snowy night. The bed is extra comfortable with both a feather bed top, down comforter and wool blanket. Sunday morning the snow had stopped and clouds had cleared and it was a glorious sunny day with great views of Mt Hood.
Now some advice - the lodge is crowded during the day with tourists just coming to see the handmade craftsmanship of the lodge. But, in the evenings and mornings, the guests have plenty of time to look around without all of the people. Because it is a tourist spot, ski resort and lodging, parking is not always available right at the lodge. The furniture in the rooms is in the same handcrafted style as the original lodge - much of it is original. So, it is not always as comfortable as a modern luxury hotel. But, it is very cozy and the beds are REALLY comfortable.
Overall, a great, relaxing weekend.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Declared a National Historic Landmark in 1977, Timberline Lodge is one of Oregon's most popular tourist attractions. Considered an architectural wonder, it's still being used for its original intent-a magnificent ski lodge and mountain retreat for all to enjoy. Timberline Lodge is filled with amazing spaces. The main headhouse features three fireplaces at the base of a 90 foot chimney. The outdoor patios offer the most stunning views in Oregon. The outdoor pool is heated and open year round. Each room in Timberline Lodge has a unique rustic elegance, yet a modern and comfortable feel. All rooms have period furnishings, artwork and decor. Rooms range from premier fireplace rooms to European style bunk rooms. Timberline offers the longest ski season in North America. The winter season begins early to mid-November and continues through Memorial Day. Our Palmer Express high-speed quad lift allows us to operate later into the summer season than anyone else (usually through Labor Day). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Timberline Hotel Timberline Lodge