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“Summit Meadow Cabins - Great Getaway”

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Summit Meadow Cabins
Portland, Oregon, United States
1 review
“Summit Meadow Cabins - Great Getaway”
Reviewed January 27, 2013

We've been staying at one of these cabins in winter for 7 years. After the first couple of years, we picked one (Chimney Rock A-Frame) and made it a New Year's (and my husband's birthday) tradition. Because you ski or snowshoe in, winter evenings are quiet and skiing by headlamp is a special treat. (This year we were lucky enough to do this on a clear night with a full moon!) We also try to get out the door to the meadow early enough to catch the sunrise before we finish getting ready for the day's adventure.

My daughter really enjoys skiing a tiny bit to the meadow to meet people on sunny days or on the trail around Trillium Lake where we often meet new people. The adults in our group like to go beyond the usual loop and find adventures where we rarely see more than a couple of people until we're nearly back at the cabin. You can easily find routes to fill your entire day. Many people don't bother going back out to their cars but we sometimes find skiing to town fun and have skied up West Leg to Timberline Lodge for lunch.

For some people snowshoeing/skiing in to a cabin will be enough of an adventure and they'll find a cozy place to visit and play games when they arrive.

All the cabins are well appointed and the larger cabins have washers and dryers which are great for longer stays (you can pack in less!). We also like the larger cabins because we invite friends to drop in when they can. We enjoy the smaller cabins for shorter stays and smaller groups.

We have stayed in the cabins in summer as well. Its a different kind of fun - finding salamanders in the lake, floating around on tubes and watching for eagles or osprey. In summer, you can drive right to the cabin door.

Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 8, 2012

Twice a year, in February and August, I go to Mt Hood with a group of friends for a four-day “women-only weekend” at Summit Meadows Cabins near Government Camp. I look forward to these visits all year long, and the memories of our happy times in this idyllic forest retreat have seen me through many a challenge elsewhere.

The cabins are cozy, very well-maintained, and perfect for a getaway with friends and family. And once we have gathered at “our” mountain cabin (as we like to think of it), there are so many options for the kind of fun that makes you feel invigorated and good about yourself: we hike, mountain bike, swim or boat on Trillium Lake, and cross country ski in winter.

A few of the women in our group have been coming here to Trillium with family at other times of the year for so long that kids who were once babies are now fielding marriage proposals on the trails. We look at wildflowers and birds, cook savory meals together, do art projects, have a little wine and share the stories of our lives. So it's a cherished tradition in our group of friends to come to Summit Meadow Cabins. It's part of our lives now and we love it.

The cabins are close to fun places like Timberline Lodge if you want to go out and do things, but private and nestled in the forest so you can also feel like you have really gotten away from everyday life. In winter, we park our cars out at the highway and cross-country ski into the cabins, which makes us all feel like we've done something really special.

We have spent many a wonderful meal at the long kitchen table, and sang many songs around the cozy gas stove/fireplace in the living room. Friendships have been established and strengthened inside these walls. We cherish our getaways – and so appreciate the folks at Mountain Meadows Cabins for making us feel so welcome and having these special places available for us to recharge our spirits. To help us remember what's really important in life – enjoying it with those we love.

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Property: Summit Meadow Cabins
Address: 90800 E Morgan Rd, Box 235, Government Camp, OR 97028-0225
Location: United States > Oregon > Clackamas County > Government Camp
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Government Camp
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Summit Meadow Cabins have been providing memorable getaways for families and small groups since 1982 when Dave and Wendy decided to share this unique setting located south of Government Camp in a small section of private land surrounded by national forest. Our fully outfitted cabins are located in a wooded, creekside setting on Mt Hood's southern flank.Close to hikes, bike trails, lakes, wildflowers, birding and more, it's the perfect place for a summer family reunion, a small group activity or a secluded getaway for a couple. Once the snow falls, guests leave their car behind and GET to xc ski or snowshoe 1.5 miles to reach the cabins which are in the middle of a great xc ski and snowshoe trails system. Most don't return to their cars until it's time to head for home. ... more   less 

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