While Central Oregon may get their fair share of snow, the Portland Metro area and Southwest Washington are used to more gray days and rain than anything. It is up to them to seek out their own winter wonderland and, let’s be honest, winter is most enjoyed when you don’t have to shovel your own driveway. So, if you’re looking for a great winter escape that’s close to home, check out our top picks for Southwest Washington, Portland Metro, and Central Oregon below.
In order to get the most out of the fresh powder that lands in the Cascades, there are a few places residents in Central Oregon can go for an escape from their own snow related responsibilities. Camp Sherman is a short drive from Bend and offers a remote outdoor experience with the added comfort of a cozy cabin. Lake Creek Lodge and House on Metolius are two places you can take in all that Camp Sherman has to offer, including fly fishing the Metolius, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and golf if the weather allows. Continuing East, you’ll come across Brasada Ranch. Located on Powell Butte, this getaway is conveniently positioned to allow for a spread of winter activities with the added bonus of a spa for those who like to be pampered. Lastly, if you’re looking to spend most of your days up on Mt. Bachelor, Bend’s Seventh Mountain Resort is the closest lodging you will find. Backing up to the Deschutes River, Seventh Mountain has an ice skating rink and heated pools to help you unwind after returning from a full day of skiing on their daily shuttle.
Mt. Hood, the tallest mountain in Oregon at 11,240 feet, is just an hour and a half outside of the Portland Metro area and the perfect place to embrace winter. Timberline Lodge allows you to stay right in the action with lots of rooms to choose from and access to many winter activities. Declared a national historic landmark in 1977, the lodge’s architecture alone is worth making the trip. A short ways down the mountain you’ll find Collins Lake Resort located in Government Camp. Staying at the resort can get you discounts to the surrounding areas including Mt. Hood Skibowl, Timberline, and Mt. Hood Meadows. You can also take advantage of the various restaurants and shops located throughout Government Camp and take in the sites from a wintry sleigh ride. No matter the age, you’ll have plenty of activities to enjoy this winter on Mt. Hood! If the mountain isn’t your thing, you can explore the nearby Columbia River Gorge. Located in Hood River, the Oak Street Hotel is a historic nine-room bed and breakfast that was built in 1909. The small town offers many places to shop and eat, and if you’re looking for a little mountain action, Cooper Spur is great for kids. Located nearby, the ski area offers mainly beginner runs, sledding and nordic skiing.
A short trip across the Columbia River brings you to Husum Highlands Bed & Breakfast, a perfect place to embrace winter in Southwest Washington. This Victorian style farmhouse overlooks Mt. Hood and the White Salmon River valley. With spas and wineries located nearby, you’ll have plenty of activities to fill your day. Not to mention, Mt. Adams and the surrounding Gifford Pinchot National Forest provide plenty of snow for cross country skiing, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing. Further West, along the same stretch of river, is Skamania Lodge. Located on 175 acres of forest, Skamania Lodge allows you to embrace nature in style. If you book early enough, you can snag one of their brand new tree houses and take advantage of their spa, restaurants, and their unique Canopy Zip Line Tour. An easy drive North brings you to Mt. Rainier, and Alta Crystal Resort gives you full access to the mountain. There, you can watch wildlife, participate in a snowshoe dinner tour, or go for a scenic gondola ride.
The Pacific Northwest is filled with outdoor activities, so no matter your location the perfect vacation destination is a short drive away. Take advantage of all Oregon and Washington have to offer!