I don't write many reviews but felt compelled to write one for Timberline and our experience there last week. We are Marriott Platinum members and usually stay at JW's. We love to vacation and our expectations are very high. If you are expecting Timberline to be like a Ritz, then you need to stay somewhere else. If you are a ski enthusiast and love the rustic elements, the history and untouched beauty, this is the place for you! Remember you are here for a ski vacation, not a first class hotel with top notch amenities.
We checked in on a Wednesday late afternoon and had just enough time to head out to the hot tub and pool. Our children (ages 7 and 6) loved it and even swam in the pool. What could be cooler for kids than swimming outdoors in the middle of winter surrounded by snow? It was surprisingly warm out (high 40s) given we were coming from Chicago (5 when we left). Our room was so cozy and perfect for our family of 4. We had one King bed, one twin and then a smaller child bed perfect for our 6 year old. We had a fireplace and I would highly recommend the FP room (for a family) as it is bigger than the others and we were able to spread out. Yes, the walls were thin and I am a light sleeper but had no problem with the sound and slept very well.
We checked the kids into the ski school Thursday morning for all day lessons. It was sleeting and I thought they would get cold and tired, but they LOVED it. The ski instructors were great and handled everything while the parents could go out and enjoy skiing. The trails were nicely groomed and at the end of the day, I saw the instructor had our children on one of the green runs on the mountain. How cool is that, to be skiing and running into your children on the slopes. I was able to grab a video and a few quick picks and let them go on their way.
We had breakfast and lunch at the ski lodge and all were excellent meals. We love our food, have high expectations and this did not disappoint! All the meals looked mouthwatering! At the end of the day... around 4:00pm at this point we were back in our hotel and noticed that my daughter had a autoimmune reaction to an upper respiratory infection that she had the week before. It was scary enough for us to call our doctor and they directed us to the Children's Hospital Emergency Room in Portland. We had to go down to the front desk and explain to them that we had to leave ASAP. We packed up and checked out at 5:30 that night. Timberline let us out of our reservation and didn't even charge us for that night (we were reserved for 4 nights)! Wow, not many hotels would be that understanding! At that point, I knew this place was genuine and cared about our situation. We also called the ski school the next day (we originally pre-paid for the passport membership for kids - 3 days of all day lessons) and they only charged us for the first day.
We drove to Children's Hospital Emergency Room in Portland and very glad that we did. The hospital was amazing and we spent the next day and a half there making sure our child was okay. Again, can't say enough about how wonderful the hospital and doctors were to us!
In the end, we were only at Timberline for about 30 hours, but it was enough for us to be so impressed with the place that we are already trying to figure out when we can go back. I didn't mention before that I lived in Crested Butte, Colorado for a year and have skied different Colorado locations many times before and Timberline is hands down a no-brainer for a family with kids learning to ski! It also helps that their prices are CHEAP compared to the large ski resorts in Colorado and Utah! This is a hidden gem!
We would like to thank Timberline for their service and their understanding and we hope to be back very soon!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Declared a National Historic Landmark in 1977, Timberline Lodge is one of Oregon's most popular tourist attractions, drawing nearly two million visitors every year. Considered an architectural wonder, it's still being used for its original intent-a magnificent ski lodge and mountain retreat for all to enjoy. Timberline Lodge is filled with amazing spaces that beg enjoyment. The main headhouse lobby features three fireplaces at the base of a 90 foot chimney. The outdoor patios offer the most stunning views in Oregon. The outdoor pool is heated and open year round. With so many places to explore all under one roof, you'll feel as if the Lodge is an extension of your guest room. Each room in Timberline Lodge has a unique rustic elegance, yet a modern and comfortable feel. All rooms have period furnishings, artwork and decor. Enjoy fresh powder feather beds, the year 'round heated pool, spa and sauna. Rooms range from premier fireplace rooms to European style bunk rooms. Regardless of which room suits you best, they all share an authentic sense of place found only in one of the Historic Hotels of America. Timberline offers the longest ski season in North America. The winter season typically begins early to mid-November and continues through Memorial Day. Our Palmer Express high-speed quad lift allows us to operate later into the summer season than anyone else (usually through Labor Day). Many years, we're open for fall skiing as well. ... more less
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