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Mt. Hood Area | Oregon Homes


The area around Mt. Hood is a patch-work quilt of quaint mountain villages and resort towns, with easy access to Oregon's prime year-round outdoor recreation escape and all the amenities of a suburban city. The area, part of the sprawling Clackamas County, includes the towns of Welches, Government Camp, Rhododendron, Wemme, Zig Zag and Brightwood. These communities make up the Villages at Mount Hood, the common quasi-government of the unincorporated communities of the Mount Hood Corridor. Each of these small villages provide mountain charm, easy access to the mountain, and an escape from the bustling Portland life.

Government Camp, known as Mt. Hood's Alpine Village, is a quaint community located in the middle of recreational heaven, south of Mount Hood and north of Tom, Dick and Harry Mountain. As a gateway to several ski resorts like Timberline Lodge and Mount Hood Skibowl, it has its own smaller ski resort, Summit Ski Area. The debut of Collins Lake Resort has added even more prestige to the bustling shops, restaurants and nightlife, not to mention the newly refined streetscape, to give Government Camp a truly beautiful downtown area. You'll feel like you're in the Swiss Alps, where mountain sports and fine dining are in season year round!

The community of Welches is an outdoor recreational hub near Mt. Hood named after Samuel Welch, a homesteader who settled near Welches Creek in 1882. Alpine Springs and glaciers feed the area's pristine rivers affording prized steelhead and trout fly fishing, river rafting, kayaking, and camping opportunities. The first golf course in Oregon was built in Welches in 1928, and today the largest hotel and golf resort in the corridor is located in the area, complete with croquet courts.


The Mt. Hood communities are located within the Mount Hood Corridor in Clackamas County on the Mount Hood Scenic Byway (U.S. Route 26). Government Camp lies near Route 26's intersection with Oregon Route 35 and the Barlow Pass summit of the Cascade Range. Welches is an unincorporated community in Clackamas County between Zigzag and Wemme along Route 26.


Many homes in the Mt Hood real estate market have of cabin styling, log, chalet etc, cedar siding, metal roofs with steep angles to alleviate snow build up. There is so much charm in these hills, and everyone has their own piece of mountain living. For Real Estate in Welches, Government Camp, Rhododendron, Wemme, Zig Zag or Brightwood, check out the McDonald Realty Property Search.


Arts Cabins Project
The Arts Cabins Project in Government Camp offers year round classes and workshops in a variety of studies. Try your hand at blacksmithing (yes, they have a community forge) or learn to make glass beads. If you want to just paint, draw, or make jewelry they have a plethora of those classes too, (they also have fiber arts classes) and many of the art resulting from these workshops can be viewed at the Mt. Hood Cultural Center and Museum.

The Resort at The Mountain
The premier Oregon golf, ski & meeting resort, The Resort at The Mountain is surrounded by the natural beauty of national forests and clear running streams and is nestled in the western highlands of Mt. Hood, just an hour southeast of Portland. Offering a wonderful array of experiences for couples, families, outdoor enthusiasts, The Resort has a unique ambiance and exceptional service. They recently-concluded a $14 million renovation that updated all of their lodging and two seasonal restaurants, Altitude and Mallard's Café & Pub, for the finest quality. Other amenities include four tennis courts, two regulation croquet & lawn bowling courts, an outdoor heated swimming pool (seasonal) and whirlpool spa, nature walks, golf, volleyball, and bicycle rentals.

"The Courses" and "The Greens" Putting Course
The Resort at The Mountain has two courses for golf lovers: the 27-hole golf course called "The Courses," and "The Greens Putting Course", a lighted 18 hole putting course for the less serious golfing excursion. The Courses offers awe-inspiring views, and its three nines provide an unmatched golf experience for well-intentioned beginners, seasoned pros, and anyone in between. Golfers seeking an exceptional outing in the Mt. Hood area, will find The Courses an exceptional choice, as each hole is approachable in a variety of ways to ensure a challenging course every round. The Courses also supplies a Pro Shop and individual lessons from professionals. Be sure to check out The Greens Putting Course for some friendly competition set within the natural beauty of The Resort grounds. Ideally suited for solo or family fun, The Greens features natural turf (the same variety as The Courses) with fescue grasses planted between the 18 distinctive holes.

Thanks to seven rivers and more than 40 lakes, the Mt. Hood Territory has become an ideal destination for water sports adventurers. Get your adrenaline pumping by challenging the whitewater on the Sandy and Clackamas rivers, relax paddling a canoe on one of the pristine lakes, or try water skiing on the Willamette River. You can also take a jet boat ride on the Willamette from Portland to the historic Willamette Falls in Oregon City for some up close views of the locks and lavish homes.

Pitch your tent or park your RV for some R & R that's not miles away from your home; you have over 40 campgrounds to choose from. Great hikes and forest trails or fishing are just footsteps away from your campsite. And there's nothing more satisfying than roasting marshmallows for s'mores over an evening campfire.

Mt. Hood and Government Camp have lakes, rivers and streams full of salmon, winter steelhead, trout, and small mouth bass, so get out the frying pan! Imagine drift boating for winter steelhead, or getting waist-deep in a mountain stream for some fly-fishing.  There is also a large selection of seasoned fishing guides and outfitters to provide the gear you need, let you in on the best fishing holes, or just grab friends and family and go!

Horseback Riding
If you own horses or not, there are great riding trails along the Molalla River Recreation Corridor and in the Mt. Hood National Forest, and there are places to grab a horse for horseback exploration, like the Adaptive Riding Institute, which has horses specially trained to accommodate handicapped riders. In the winter, Mt. Hood Skibowl has horse-drawn sleighs, and Joe Graham Horse Camp is an ideal campground with corrals and hitching posts for your four-legged friends.

Bagby Hot Springs
Officially discovered in 1881 by miner Robert Bagby, Native Americans used the springs for healing purposes centuries prior to Bagby's discovery. Today hotspringers soak in the 136-degree water nestled in a forest of old growth Douglas fir, hemlock and cedar. The water comes from two hot springs that mix with cold water from other nearby springs, and bathers can choose between three rustic bathhouses with communal hot tubs or get their own private stall complete with a hollowed out cedar log "canoe-style" tub especially for relaxing.

Skydiving/Scenic Flights
Check out the spectacular view of the Mt. Hood Territory from a peaceful scenic hot air balloon ride with Portland Rose Hot Air Balloons or an exhilarating skydive experience gazing out at the Cascades and Willamette Valley farmlands 13,000 feet above ground. There's training and skydiving for both veterans and beginners, offered by Skydive Oregon and Western Parachute, Inc.

Skiing/Winter Sports
Ski and snowboard on more than 3,000 acres of slopes in one of the three Mt. Hood ski areas: Timberline Ski Area, Mt. Hood Skibowl, and Summit Ski Area. With 35 lighted runs, Mt. Hood Skibowl boasts of being America's largest night ski area. Skiing doesn't stop in the summer either; Timberline Ski Area operates 12 months a year, with summer skiing on the Palmer Snowfield. U.S. Olympic Ski and Snowboard teams train here in the summer, so pay attention to who your ski lift buddy might be! You can also strap on your cross-country skis and experience the 200 miles of trails through the forest's quiet splendor. Don't forget about the family fun in sledding, inner tubing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, sled dog tours and sleigh rides for the skiing challenged.

Mt. Hood Skibowl Summer Adventure Park & Alpine Slide
Skibowl turns into a Summer Adventure Park after the snow melts. They have everything for fun family summer adventures, like a 1/2 mile dual alpine slide, indy karts, bungee jumping, a mountain bike park with 40+ miles of trails, and the best part is they offer bike rentals & tours. For the athletically inclined check out the automated batting cages, frisbee,18 hole mini golf plus so much more to keep your mind off the sorrow of losing the snow!


Ice Axe Grill & Mt Hood Brewing Co.
This quaint place has amazing fingerling potatoes and a hardy and filling veggie chili bowl to warm you up after a cold day of traipsing about in the snow. They also offer some especially tasty nachos if you get a hankering, as well as nearly perfect hot chocolate. They offer local and regional options when possible and have some good brews to go with. Two words: Beer float. Vanilla ice cream contrasting, yet complimenting a dark malt flavored stout beer is a sweet surprise while the beer still provides that subtle bitter finish in the back of your throat. It could become a new guilty pleasure.

Cascade Dining Room, Timberline Lodge
Winner of Willamette Week's 2006 "Best Atmosphere" award, the Cascade Dining Room, and Timberline Lodge, was built during the 1930s from woods in the surrounding forest that no longer exist in the wild. Timberline Lodge's exterior was also used in Stanley Kubrick's movie "The Shining", which paired with the dark wood interior adds to the mysterious atmosphere. They serve "Gourmet Pacific Northwest Cuisine" and it is exquisite. But it's not just about how the food tastes that makes it gourmet, it's how it's served also. Expect nimble wait staff in crisp white shirts, black ties and trousers, not to mention their polite and unobtrusive presence, and artfully arranged dishes on fine dinnerware. Between courses, clean your palette with the small dish of raspberry sherbet and marvel at the ambiance of the old dining hall. Together with your spouse or great friends, the Cascade Dining Room can give you an experience to treasure as a high point in your dining memories.

Blackberry Café: Offering home-cooked breakfast and lunch, with a focus on freshness, the Blackberry Café has made fresh daily items including pancakes, Belgium waffles, crepes, baked goods and a variety of omelets. Challenge yourself to the 26-ounce omelet, or 26 silver dollar pancakes for the chance to get your picture up on the wall of fame. Their extensive lunch menu lists homemade soups, gourmet hamburgers, and paninis, including a Reuben famous in Welches. Keeping true to their name, many items are available with blackberries or other fruit. The Café also has a loft dining area for groups, a ceiling of open beams that adds a richness and charm to the Café to make any customer relaxed and comfortable.

Altitude Restaurant and Lounge: Soar to new culinary heights at Altitude Restaurant and Lounge, part of The Resort at The Mountain, which offers an unregimented and non-stuffy upscale, yet casual, dining experience. Guests feel not only welcome but at home in cozy, contemporary surroundings where the food speaks for itself and an intelligent selection of wines finds its own voice. Dishes such as tie-dye sashimi, buffalo short ribs with blue cheese bread pudding or pumpkin won't find any other place like this around the Mt. Hood region.

El Burro Loco: At El Burro Loco, the staff is driven to provide their guests with the best tasting authentic Mexican cuisine. By using only the finest ingredients, all of their meals are prepared from scratch, including smoked pork, tamales, even the chips and salsa. They don't make just any kind of French toast for breakfast, they make it with thick bread slices smothered in custard and pan-fried. Turn it into Mexican toast by topping it with brandy and rum glazed bananas. The menu lists a variety ofbreakfast burritos, omelets and scrambles, and breakfast sandwiches for your morning taste buds. For lunch there's just as much variety in appetizers, soups and salads and some entrees like Wild Boar Tacos, Crab and Shrimp Enchiladas and Burro Blaster Burritos (monster burritos). They also stock twenty different tequilas, and can make any meal vegetarian and vegan friendly.

Rendezvous Grill & Tap Room: With two different rooms (The Grill Room and The Tap Room) and innovative food at reasonable prices, The Rendezvous has become a destination for curious Portlanders and discerning local diners. The chef designs innovative, seasonal lunch and dinner menus using many local products, including chanterelle mushrooms and huckleberries, and has developed a reputation for devastating desserts, all prepared freshly in-house. They have a rotating wine selection at great prices, and a classy comfortable look. Some consider it the "top stop" on the way to Mt. Hood. Try the Rigatoni and Alder Smoked Chicken, a house specialty with fresh rigatoni pasta, house-smoked chicken, toasted hazelnuts, dried cranberries and fresh spinach in a Champagne cream sauce for lunch. For dinner check out some Shanghai Shrimp with snap peas, red peppers, spicy shanghai sauce and Chinese candied walnuts; or an Herb-rubbed New York Steak with Yukon gold mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables.


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