Timberline is an outstanding national park-type lodge that speaks well of years gone by and what was accomplished during the Depression to build such a magnificent lodge. Yes the rooms are small and you might hear noise in the hallway and it's not cheap, but if you enjoy the national park lodge experience that wreaks of history in a spectacular setting - you won't be disappointed with Timberline.
First - the setting on the side of Mt. Hood speaks for itself - beautiful snow-capped peak with great views from the lodge lobby and patio. The view is wonderful and watching skiers and climbers on the upper slopes is pretty cool. Second, the construction is magnificent considering it was largely built by hand using locally available materials during the Depression in a relatively short period of time. The related history displays throughout the lodge are well worth the time to check out. The main lobby is spectacular with soaring ceilings and timbers surrounding a beautiful multi-sided rock fireplace. It is truly an inviting place to sit and read, gaze at Mt. Hood or visit or have a drink. We also enjoyed the outdoor hot tub, pool and sauna.
Our room was small and there were noisy people in the hallway early one morning. But sound proof rooms are not expected in an old historic place like Timberline - so that did not take away from our experience. We'd highly recommend Timberline for those who enjoy the national park-type lodges and don't mind paying a little more for the experience.
The main restaurant is excellent but expensive. You can get a good meal in the bar restaurant at a much lower cost and also get a great view of Mt. Hood.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Timberline Hotel Timberline Lodge