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Observation Tower Cabin with Mt. Hood View

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,620 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 39 nights


About the property

Cabin, 2 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

This custom-built cedar cabin is four stories high and is located at the 4000 foot level of majestic Mt. Hood. The eastern exposure and large windows bathe the interior with bight, natural light. The tall vaulted ceiling adds to the spacious feeling. A spiral staircase leads to the tower. It's a favorite area for viewing the alpenglow on Mt. Hood, enjoying a glass of wine, planning the next day's activities, reading or taking a nap near the wood stove. You are in the tree tops, eye-to-eye with the ravens. It's everyone's favorite spot.

We hired Jerry Gomes as our builder, not only because of his excellent reputation, but also because he was in charge of the quality restoration projects at historic Timberline Lodge. His touch is evidenced by the custom Timberline front door with its handmade wrought iron hardware and rams head knocker. He hand-selected the blue pine used for the interior. Since the cabin was built it has been repeatedly updated and meticulously maintained.

On a warm day you can open the windows to allow the pine-scented alpine air to waft in. To take the chill away you can light a fire in the wood stove or simply turn up the thermostat for central forced air heat.

Summer or winter, outdoor activities, total relaxation, and lifelong memories are a certainty.

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Heidi Lawrence
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english,
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
April 13, 2018

About Heidi Lawrence

Signe Lawrence's father moved to Mt. Hood in the late 1930's. He owned and operated a ski shop in the winters and conducted horse pack trips around Mt. Hood in the summers. In 1948 he married my mother and, as they say, the rest is history. I grew up in Government Camp. I am fortunate to have met and married my soul mate (pictured) who loves the mountain as much as I do with all the year-round recreational opportunities it has to offer. Now our children and grandchildren look forward to their trips to the mountain to play, breathe the alpine air, and feel more relaxed than ever in the high altitude. Gary and I own the Lawrence Galleries in Portland, Sheridan in the wine country and at Salishan Resort on the coast. We now have returned to live in Government Camp, so we are available to handle requests you may have.

Heidi Lawrence purchased this cabin in 1986

Why Heidi Lawrence chose Government Camp

The cabin is built on land that has been in the family since the 1930's. I grew up in the shadows of Mt. Hood, learned to ski on the nearby slopes, and hike most of the trails on the mountain. It is a recreational wonderland. Those fortunate enough to experience this place develop memories to last a lifetime.

What makes this cabin unique

The cabin is a five minute walk from the Government Camp town center as well as the Mt. Hood National Forest Service boundary. By car or shuttle it is minutes away from Timberling Lodge and three major ski resorts. In the summer, it is a beautiful area for backpacking, day hiking, kayaking, fishing, horseback riding, mountain biking and any manner of outdoor activities. An action park with an alpine slide, go carts, bungee jumping and other activities is available for entertaining kids. Wild flowers abound throughout the summer depending on the altitude and wild huckleberries may be picked in the late summer.

Guestbook comments from the owner

What a wonderful time we had hiking, boating and swimming. We did a hike every day. We all really enjoyed our stay and hope to come back again.

Thank you.
Aug 2015
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Government Camp Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1620 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Non-Refundable Damage Deposit from VRBO ($59) required for all pet(s).
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Other (See Description) - 1 queen , 2 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Double in observation tower
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • wind-surfing
'The tower is everything' according to our children and grandchildren. Our cabin is located 0.2 mile/10 minute walk from the town center in the alpine village of Government Camp. It is also a short drive to Historic Timberline Lodge. The village is surrounded by the Mt. Hood National Forest and Recreation Area. The Mt. Hood Wilderness boundary is 1/4 mi. up the hill.


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Observation Tower Cabin with Mt. Hood View
average rating of 4.9545455 based on 43 reviews

Wow! Gorgeous cabin!

  • 5 of 5

What a lovely place! This cabin is sooo cozy - really comfortably furnished and very interesting photos of Timberline from days gone by. The fireplace adds so much ambiance - it was so nice to sit in front of the fire and still see the snow outside. The kitchen is really nicely supplied with all the cookware and utensils you might need, which made preparing dinner a breeze. The cabin is located just a very short walk from downtown Govy, so very convenient to the store, restaurants, and outdoor recreational rentals. Ski Bowl is right there, and it's not far from Timberline and Meadows,

Those are all great things, but the appeal of this cabin is that it's very inviting, and offers a wonderful combination of relaxation and celebration. It's just a beautiful place to return to after fantastic adventures in the snow! And there are so many amazing hiking opportunities nearby - I will definitely return this summer as well! I highly recommend this one!

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Portland, OR


  • 5 of 5

House was clean, well stocked with whatever you needed in the kitchen. Plus, games, blankets, etc. We walked to Government camp and also walked the other way to play on the trails and in the snow. We had 3 adults and 2 kids plus an old dog. Stairs for the dog were a little challenging. But the basement room was easy access and had a bathroom so that worked out good. A real mountain retreat.

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy, bright and playful.

  • 5 of 5

This is our second spring break at Ravens Nest We love it!

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic memories made in this special spot

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic time staying at the Raven’s Nest this past winter. The cabin is great and location perfect for time on the mountain. I would happily recommend this cabin to anyone who is looking for a cozy spot to call your home away from home.

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful mountainside home in a secluded quiet neighborhood.

  • 5 of 5

Warm wood burning stove providing cozy family time. Tower loft was a highlight for my son. Would definitely come back again!

  • Submitted: Dec 7, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. We're so glad you enjoyed your stay at our Mountain Home.
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Cooperstown, NY

Mt Hood Retreat

  • 4 of 5

Great house for our family of five adults with plenty of private space and comfortable beds Well equipped kitchen and cozy living room.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure having you as a guest. I'm glad you enjoyed your visit to our beautiful mountain.
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Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort
Mount Hood Ski Bowl Resort
Timberline Lodge
Charlie's Mountain View
Skyway Bar & Grill
Mt. Hood Brewing Co
Marchesi Vineyards
Mt. Hood Adventure
The Fly Fishing Shop
Huckleberry Inn
Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Portland International
Nearest Barpub
0.3 Miles
Charlies, Ratskeller, Mt. Hood Brewery
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Nearest Train
55 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Hwy 26
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Huckleberry Inn
Nearest Ski
0.5 Miles
Ski Bowl
Nearest Beach
110 Miles
Lincoln City
Car: necessary

Raven's Nest is on the historic Blossom Trail ski network, 3 miles from Timberline Lodge. It is wtihin 1 mile of Ski Bowl, the nation's largest night skiing area, and 10 miles west of Mt. Hood Meadows ski area. The alpine village of Government Camp is about a 5-10 minute walk away.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125
Pet Fee (per pet) $50
Tax Rate 7.8%

Maximum of 6 guests. Nightly rates apply to 4 guests. Each additional guest may stay for $25/night. 5 night Minimum stay December 18-January 3.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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