we stayed in a cozy chalet in government camp and then one luxurious night at the resort at the mountain (complete with massages!) it was hard to leave.
my mt. hood favorites:
the timberline lodge - this was one of the first and last places we stopped on our trip to mt. hood. my husband and i both agree that we need to stay there one day so that we can properly explore the grounds (if you plan to stay, definitely book well in advance...like a year in advance!) it's well known for being in the exterior shots of stanley kubrick's the shining. more importantly it has a beautiful wood bar sitting below the looming mt. hood with a lovely menu featuring fondue and hot toddies. all of the art is depression era and the curtains all have insane patterns dating back from when the timberline opened in 1932. we went here twice.
all the hikes!
during our trip, we did a lot of hiking. there was still quite a bit of snow on the ground and so papa and elodie were hand in hand almost the entire time we were on the trails. it was so sweet to see their camaraderie and to hear their banter. i had my trusty ergobaby and francesca stayed bundled up taking several cat naps as we made our way through the woods. it was fun to look down and see her sweet face and to sing songs together. if you go, do not miss little zigzag falls!
ski bowl cosmic tubing - tubing is fine and good. but tubing in the dark with neon lights and fireworks? next level. michael volunteered to stay home with baby while elodie and i hit the slopes. her little mind was blown! we lasted for about an hour and then headed to glacier haus bistro for some hot cocoa and strudel. she loved it so much that she wanted to go back the next night (sadly we couldn't.)
we stayed in a perfect little a-frame in government camp which is a perfect base for exploring mt. hood. it is spitting distance from the surrounding ski areas and has the cutest little restaurants and ski shops. our chalet had a pretty little pond in the back and a jacuzzi that we went in after our long days hiking and tubing. we spent a lot of cozy family time in front of the wood stove playing games and reading books. it was the first glimpse of us just relaxing as a family. that doesn't happen tons with a toddler but even francesca seemed to sense that we were slowing down and just laid around with us. sigh. take me back.
maurice and a latte made with oregon hazelnut milk at heart coffee roasters. i need to import oregon hazelnut milk immediately.
1. traveling with little ones is a bit challenging but it made me really appreciate how we can make each other happy in a way that no one else can. don't overplan or worry that you are missing something. being on the road experiencing something new is enough.
2. i grew up in southern california and have never really had cold weather gear. on this trip i acquired a pair of amazing danner hiking boots and a nau vest that saved my hide. i always wondered why people wore vests. didn't make much sense but i am now enlightened.
3. the west is new, much newer than the east coast, but oregon feels old. there is a lot of history here that i never knew about. it's so cool to see the pride oregonians have in their home. i hope i get a chance to explore the other wonders of oregon soon. until then, i'm living vicariously through travel oregon's beautiful instagram.
thank you travel oregon for taking us on this wondrous adventure!