Oregon Roadtrip- MT Hood and The Timberline Lodge
The drive and hikes around Crater Lake wore me out. We drove directly to Bend, Oregon, our overnight stop. Bend is known for having an abundance and craft beer and breweries. Deschutes and Bend Brewing Company are the two most popular. Our Hampton Inn front desk attendant preferred Deschutes so that is where we ended up. She made an excellent recommendation.
Deschutes Brewery ended up being my favorite beer drinking stop of our Oregon roadtrip. From the taster tray of 6 samples the pale ale and the porter were my favorites. I don’t even like porters but this one was great. Mom and I split some pizza to help soak up the booze. I would definitely return to the Deschutes Brew Pub for dinner and more beer if I am ever back in Bend.
Bright and early the next morning, the roadtrip continued to Mt. Hood. Mt Hood has the only ski resort in the Lower 48 states that is open year round for skiing.
We ran into a group of guys were in between runs at the Timberline Lodge. The Timberline Lodge is 7 miles off the main drag up a long, windy road.
Stephen King’s The Shining was made into a movie in 1980 with Jack Nicholson. The outside facade of the hotel was used in the movie as the haunted Overlook Hotel. It definitely had a creepy vibe but that may have been because The Shining book scared the crap out of me and I kept picturing Stephen King’s story.
Inside the Timberline Lodge is 1930s décor. The Blue Ox Pub was my favorite little section. The glass mural sign and tiny doorway were neat!
The Lodge itself was built during the Depression through the government program Works Progress Administration (WPA) that built so many wonderful attractions to manufacture jobs.
Since the Timberline Lodge is only about 70 miles outside of Portland, it would make for a great skiing getaway.
A very late lunch happened later in Troutdale, Oregon on our way to the Columbia River Gorge Area.
We stopped at McMenamins Winery, Brewery, hotel, spa, and more. It is a complex with lots of food and services that came highly recommended on Yelp and in our Fodors guidebook. Unfortunately is was one our my least favorite Yelp recommendations. The complex was confusing, there was no signage, the food was okay, the beer was okay. We ate at the Black Rabbit Restaurant in McMenamins– I guess you can’t win them all.