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Timberline Lodge and Ski Area, Government Camp

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Timberline Lodge is a mountain lodge on the south side of Mount Hood in Clackamas County, Oregon, about 60 miles (97 km) east of Portland. Constructed from 1936 to 1938 by the Works Progress Administration, it was built and furnished by local artisans during the Great Depression. Timberline Lodge was dedicated September 28, 1937, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

The National Historic Landmark sits at an elevation of 6,000 feet (1,829 m), within the Mount Hood National Forest and is accessible through the Mount Hood Scenic Byway. Publicly owned and privately operated, Timberline Lodge is a popular tourist attraction that draws two million visitors annually. It is notable in film for serving as the exterior of the Overlook Hotel in The Shining (1980).

The lodge and its grounds host a ski resort, also known as Timberline Lodge. It has the longest skiing season in the U.S., and is open for skiers and snowboarders all 12 months of the year. Activities include skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, hiking, biking, and climbing.
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Timberline Lodge and Ski Area reviews

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TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.5
341 reviews
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4.6
TripAdvisor
  • The hotel is beautiful, its history is very interesting and worth taking the hotel tour, the hotel as a lot of potential to be a 1st class destination but the staff service is very mediocre... 
    The hotel is beautiful, its history is very interesting and worth taking the hotel tour, the hotel as a lot of potential to be a 1st class destination but the staff service is very mediocre...  more »
  • We were lucky to catch one of the ranger-led tours and it was fascinating to hear about how the lodge was constructed during the Depression. It's also amazing to be able to sit on and interact with... 
    We were lucky to catch one of the ranger-led tours and it was fascinating to hear about how the lodge was constructed during the Depression. It's also amazing to be able to sit on and interact with...  more »
  • We didn’t stay here but stopped to see the snow (in summer) and the old lodge. Impressive lodge with a couple of bars and one restaurant. We didn’t eat because they only had a buffet available. Very.....  more
    We didn’t stay here but stopped to see the snow (in summer) and the old lodge. Impressive lodge with a couple of bars and one restaurant. We didn’t eat because they only had a buffet available. Very.....  more »
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  • This place is absolutely amazing. Finally had a chance to stop here on my way to Bend, and I'm so happy I did. The whole lodge has such a warm vibe of history, and is absolutely gorgeous inside and out. Everything is super clean and immaculately maintained. The views are absolutely breathtaking, and can't be beat. The lodge sits so high on top of the mountain it literally sits above the clouds you drive through before you reach the parking lot. I can't wait to come here and stay for the weekend. What an incredible place!!
  • Amazing holiday experience! We loved it so much that we just booked our stay for next Christmas and look forward to making this an annual tradition. As someone in the hospitality industry who can have high expectations I must say that Timberline exceeded mine. The staff are attentive and friendly, the historic lodge is absolutely beautiful and unique. We loved how cozy everything is and chatting with all of the other guests, it almost has a summer camp feel, like you are staying with extended family (in a good way:). Add in the holiday decorations, roaring fires and lodge dogs and you feel like you’re wrapped in a big Christmas hug. Thank you to that staff for working over the holidays and doing so cheerfully, we can’t wait to come back! 🎄❤️
  • We didn't stay here but attended the historic tour and want to give a special thank you to our guide Jerry. He was so enthusiastic about the craftsmanship of the property, very well informed and an all around awesome human being. I'd highly recommend taking the tour if you're visiting, definitely worth the hour if you're into history! We want to come back and stay as guests simply because of the hospitality of Jerry and the majesty and scale of the property.
  • Excellent, historic, impressive hotel, but expensive, especially the restaurant. However, the restaurant's waiters, both nights we ate there, were some of the best - affable, knowledgeable, and fun. The food was fantastic, too. The front desk staff were not very aligned on what time ski tickets could be sold, and charged us different amounts the two times I went there. The rooms were rustic and nice, and appeared to have been redone or remodeled. The lodge itself is tremendous. I only give it 4 stars as it is very expensive.
  • For us, Timberline is one of the must-see stops for us to go with each and every visitor that comes to Oregon. Between the history of the building, easy access to a unique elevation (hence the name), and access to snow at any time of year, this is a great place to visit. Over the years, dining experiences have been mixed in terms of both food quality and the levels of service. Our most recent visit included an inordinately long wait just for drinks to go. Dining is not generally a part of our visits. Luckily, the public spaces in the building are open to everyone, hotel guests or not. From the views to the north. looking towards the Mt Hood summit, to the south facing view of Mt Jefferson and the Sisters, there's always something to see. The day lodge is a big utilitarian box serving skiers and mountain bikers - it would be nice if they had put more effort into the design, but I guess you could say it helps appreciate the main building all the more.

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