Recent Mt. Hood, The Gorge reviews
"The home is cozy and very comfortable and clean. We really enjoyed the hot tub. The only qualification we had about our experience was that it took us about 45 minutes to get to the top of Timberline. We had expected the home to be closer to Hood than it was. That said, we had a wonderful time and would definitely recommend the experience. I appreciated that Matt was so easy to contact with questions about the stay."Guest: Liza Date of Stay: March 2014 Review Submitted: April 2, 2014View listing
"A group of 8 of us stayed at this lovely home the first week in September. It was very clean and neat upon arrival and it was clear that the owner's took great pride in ensuring their home was well cared for. The room sizes were nice and several living rooms/deck areas for everyone to gather. The close proximity to downtown made it ideal for getting around Hood River. This is the nicest VRBO we have stayed at and would recommend to anyone. Thanks for the great accommodations for a fabulous week in the Gorge!"Guest: Caitlin B. Date of Stay: September 2014 Review Submitted: October 27, 2014View listing
"Description and photos are accurate, but can't truly convey how absolutely relaxing this studio is. We stayed 4 nights to try to unwind from very busy jobs and were surprised at the degree to which this studio allowed us to "de-stress". The bed was extremely comfortable. The view of Mt. Adams from the back patio is phenomenal. We were able to walk to a winery just down the road. Our East Valley hike allowed us incredible views of Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood, and Mt. Ranier, with a peak of Mt. St. Helens. Enjoyed one afternoon of ziplining, as that's been on our "bucket list". All necessary kitchen utensils and appliances were there, so we could prepare all of our meals and eat them at our leisure at the table or counter. Upon the owner's recommendation, our last evening we had delicious pizza at Double Mountain. All in all, we feel like we got so lucky finding this perfect studio. We can't wait to find a time to come back and stay again. Thanks so much for offering such a clean and well-maintained rental in the beautiful Hood River area. This one tops our VRBO experiences!"Guest: Richard Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: June 2, 2014View listing
"We were here from Florida visiting family in Oregon and decided to spend a couple of days on the mountain. The location of the condo was close to everything we wanted to do. This unit had a very nice nature view from the patio. It snowed the day we left, and the parking lot was being cleared early in the day to make an easy exit. The large hot tub in the woods was great. We were not expecting the amount of stairs in the unit, but the modern furnishing, soft beds and large kitchen made up for it. Had some trouble getting the remote controls to work, but otherwise, everything else was perfect. Would definitely stay here again."Guest: Tina Date of Stay: March 2014 Review Submitted: April 13, 2014View listing
Mt. Hood, The Gorge Travel Tips
Winter Snow at Mt. Hood
Mt. Hood is a premier ski destination in Oregon with five expansive ski resorts and many different snow activities available. There's something for everyone in the family to enjoy including alpine skiing, cross country skiing, Nordic skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and snow play at the various resorts and parks. If traveling to the area in wintertime, choose from the Mt. Hood vacation rentals that are located near the resorts. This will give you easy access to the ski lifts.
The five ski resorts of Timberline Lodge and Ski Area, Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Area, Mt. Hood Ski Bowl Area, Summit Ski Area and Ski Bunny, and Cooper Spur Ski & Recreation Center all have a wide range of ski slopes, cross country and snowmobiling trails, pipes and snow play parks. There are daily fun activities for the kids, ski schools and festive après ski options.
Mt. Hood Lodging Options
The area of Mt. Hood and Columbia River Gorge is scenically beautiful in summer, spring, winter or fall. Accommodation options range from small, cozy wood cabins for two to large spacious homes that can accommodate two or three families. Regardless of the size of your rental home, all are comfortable and well-equipped, ensuring that you feel right at home. Because it's such a popular winter destination, many Mt. Hood cottages are equipped with fireplaces where you can snuggle down with some hot chocolate after a tiring day out on the slopes. The mountain vistas make you want to never head back to city life and many visitors return regularly to their favorite spots. If visiting in the summertime, you may want to look at the option of river-front homes. They tend to be spacious and many have canoes or small fishing boats so that you can explore the waterways.
Traveling to Mt. Hood
The closest major city is Portland which is approximately 50 miles by road. The Portland International Airport is served by all major national and regional airlines which makes access to Mt. Hood convenient. On arrival, you can hire a car and drive yourself to Mt. Hood or make use of one of the many shuttle bus services and public transit coaches. Amtrak rail will take you as far as Portland or Oregon City and from there, you can connect on to Mt. Hood using the bus service. Within the Mt. Hood area, there are several good shuttle bus services that you can use to get around to the various resorts. Seasonal passes can be purchased and are relatively affordable.
When the snow melts, the region opens up to whole range of outdoor recreation activities. Commercial whitewater rafting trips are run on the Sandy, Clackamas, and Deschutes Rivers and loads of fun. River trails and kayaking trips can also be arranged. Fishing is a popular pastime and equipment can be hired from local resorts. The Mt. Hood National Forest is a mountain biker's dream. With miles of winding single track trails, you can enjoy days of awesome riding. Hiking is a popular summertime activity and horseback rides can also be arranged.
The Mt. Hood area has a rich historical heritage and the many museums, interest centers and historical sites provide some great insight into the lives of the early pioneers. Take a day out to explore. You will appreciate the conveniences of modern life when you see pictures of the early towns and hear the personal stories as recorded in journals of settlers that came to make Oregon their home.