THE BEST WAY TO MT. HOOD
From LAX, nonstop service to Portland is offered on Alaska and United, direct service (stop, no change of planes) on Southwest and connecting service (change of planes) on United, Alaska, American and Delta. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $230.
WHERE TO STAY
Timberline Lodge, Government Camp, Ore.; (503) 272-3311, http://www.TimberlineLodge.com. Each room has rustic, hand-hewn 1930s-era furniture, artwork and décor. Rates range from $110 for a tiny chalet room to $290 for a deluxe room with fireplace.
The Resort at the Mountain, 68010 E. Fairway Ave., Welches, Ore.; (877) 439-6774 or (503) 622-3101, http://www.TheResort.com.. The resort's 157 rooms are crisply decorated in a modern style, and each has a private patio or deck. Rates start at $129 and vary by season.
WHAT TO DO
Wy'East Day Lodge at Timberline, (503) 272-3158, (503) 222-2211. Equipment rentals, lockers, restaurants and gift shop. Operating hours are 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. daily; longer in fall and winter. Lift tickets are $54 for all ages.
The Courses, the Resort at the Mountain, 68010 E. Fairway Ave., Welches, Ore.; (503) 622-3151, http://www.theresortcourses.com. From June through September, greens fees start at $28 for nine holes. Other activities include bike rental, tennis, croquet and lawn bowling, and 18-hole putt-putt course, for $5 to $8 a person. Activities are free for hotel guests.
WHERE TO EAT
Mallards Café & Pub, the Resort at the Mountain; (503) 622-3101, Ext. 1762. The café offers generous salads and sandwiches, such as the oyster club with tomato aioli ($12).
Ram's Head, Timberline Lodge, (503) 272-3391, Ext. 4456. This open mezzanine-level eatery offers entrees such as barbecued pulled pork sandwich ($14) and smoked salmon Caesar salad ($14). There is a selection of local brews and 20 coffee and chocolate specialty drinks.
Cascade Dining Room, Timberline Lodge, (503) 272-3104. The elegant Cascade serves breakfast, brunch and dinner, and is open from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Farmers Market Brunch, featuring locally grown goods, is served buffet style every day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and costs $16.95 a person and up. Dinner entrees range from $21 to $38.
TO LEARN MORE
Mt. Hood Information Services, http://www.mthood.info/