We used our Shell Vacation Club points to stay at the Whispering Woods, near Mt. Hood in Oregon. It was our first experience with Shell and our first stay at Whispering Woods. We were very pleased with the experience.
Whispering Woods is about 45 minutes from Portland, driving towards Mt. Hood. As you leave the city behind, you notice the small towns and lots of Christmas tree farms that dot the roadside. Roll down your windows and smell the air - a wonderful pine scent. Being from Phoenix, we were so happy to see green everywhere, rivers and streams and nice cool, clean mountain air.
Our one bedroom unit at Whispering Woods was pleasanty comfortable for our 9 day stay. It felt like we were staying in an apartment, more than a hotel room. The room (D5) had a washer/dryer, a full kitchen (fridge, oven, microwave, dishwasher, pots/pans, etc.), a gas fire place, two TV's, and a gas grill on the balcony overlooking the woods by the golf course.
At the clubhouse, there is a heated outdoor swimming pool and a hot tub that operates at the same time as the clubhouse 8am-8pm. The girls that worked the front desk during the weekends were very friendly and pleasant.
Outside our door, there was a hiking trail that leads to the Salmon river. It's about a 5 minute walk, that takes you through some woods and a golf course. We could hear the river from our front door! It is a beautiful river!
Since Whispering Woods seems to be like a 'sister' complex to the larger Inn at the Mountain - a golf resort, you are likely (as we did) to see lots of golfers around the property. Indeed, part of our nightly walks, were around the residentual homes that overlook the golfcourse. The residentual properties near that surround Whipsering Woods make you feel like you are 'at home' while on vacation.
There is no restaurant or 24 hr service at Whispering Woods. For that, a stay at the Inn at the Mountain would be more appropriate. Maybe we were a bit naive, but the only thing we were surprised about was the fact that there is no day to day housekeeping during your (our) stay. If you want somebody to pick up after you, I guess you need to stay at the Inn at the Mountain. This wasn't a big issue for us, we just wished we knew about it beforehand - so now YOU know!
There is a TON os activities to do around Whelches. We visited the Timberline Lodge near the summit of Mt. Hood (only a 30 minute drive from Whispering Woods) and had a snow ball fight (in mid September!). We drove to Bend, Oregon (2 hours), took the Mt. Hood scenic train ride (about an hour drive from Whispering Woods) and enjoyed Multnomah (sp?) Falls, the Columbia River Gorge and watching tha salmon at the Bonneville (sp?) dam fish ladder.
These are all easy day to half day trips from Whispering Woods. We enjoyed our stay, and loved Oregon. Ussually at the end of a vacation, we are ready to go home. This time, we wished we could have stayed!
- Also Known As:
- Whispering Woods Hotel Welches
- Whispering Woods Hotel
- Whispering Wood Resort
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With world-famous Mt. Hood only minutes away, Whispering Woods Resort offers you and your family the best in accommodations, relaxation and fun. You can ski in one of Oregon’s finest and most highly rated ski areas or enjoy the many activities within the surrounding area of Welches, Oregon. Whispering Woods Resort in Oregon isn’t just for outdoor adrenalin junkies. It’s also perfect for a relaxing family getaway, mountain wedding or business retreat. And when you’re ready to kick back and recharge your batteries, a well appointed one or two bedroom condominium awaits, complete with kitchen, dining room, and patio or deck. In addition to Mother Nature’s attractions, you’ll also find a heated swimming pool and spa, tennis courts and clubhouse with hot tub, sauna, and big screen TV. So come check out all Oregon has to offer at Whispering Woods Resort. ... more less
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