The Insider’s Guide to Mount Hood

Indoor Activities at Mt Hood for Those Who Loathe Winter Sports

Not a skier? Hit up a museum or book a spa treatment while your pals hit the slopes.

By Michelle Harris and Sam Stites Illustrations by Chris Koelling December 5, 2022 Published in the December 2022 issue of Portland Monthly

So, you’ve booked a family trip to Mount Hood for your winter getaway, but what if your idea of vacation is hanging by the fireplace at Timberline Lodge and sipping hot toddies? For those of us who’d rather be doing pretty much anything else while our loved ones hit the slopes, there are plenty of other options besides being on a first-name basis with the bartender on the ski hill (not that there’s anything wrong with that). Here are a couple of options.

Mt Hood Cultural Center & Museum

Maybe plummeting down mountains isn’t your jam, but you can learn all about the area’s skiing history at the Mt Hood Cultural Center & Museum, which houses a display of ski equipment used back in the day. There’s also a gallery showcasing local artists and an exhibit on the area’s natural history. 88900 E Government Camp Loop  

The Spa at the Mt Hood Oregon Resort

Forget that it’s below freezing and book yourself a session at the spa at the Mt Hood Oregon Resort, just 20 minutes’ drive down the mountain. Pamper yourself with a massage or skincare treatment, manicure and pedicure, or, for the ultimate chillax experience, a soaking tub. Then bask in the spa’s cedar saunas and call it a day. 68010 E Fairway Ave, Welches

Mt Hood Brewing Co

Instead of charging down the face of the mountain, plummet face first into a pint of suds made just steps from the slopes. Pulled pork poutine and a smoked porter are better than a bruised tailbone any day of the week. Wait for your friends in the comfort of a brewpub while they finish the day freezing their asses off on the hill. 87304 Government Camp Loop, Government Camp


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