Resort at the Mountain

With a recent $14 million facelift and the limitless playground of Mt. Hood in its backyard, the Resort at the Mountain makes a perfect year-round getaway for you and your pooch.
Written by Cathy Herholdt
Location, location, location
Less than an hour east of Portland, and just 15 minutes from the outdoor playground of Mt. Hood, surrounded by the splendor of the Salmon River Valley, The Resort is situated on 300 pristine acres in the town of Welches, Oregon.

The Resort’s 157 completely remodeled guestrooms include cozy fireplace suites, king size memory foam beds with luxury linens, double queen rooms and a separate pet-friendly building, The Crofts, with ground level rooms that open to a fully-fenced grassy play area, furnished with patio seating for owners and a doggy bag dispenser. You can leave the leash inside and enjoy watching Fido meet neighboring friends and play away.

The 800 square-foot, one-bedroom Croft Suite has a huge living room, wood-burning fireplace, mini-kitchen and dining area. Spa-like bathrooms are stocked with Green Natüra environmentally friendly soaps, shampoo and lotion.

Guests with dogs receive a goodie bag upon check in that includes a doggie dish, water bottle, treat and flea collar.

Delectable dining
Chef Paul Bosch and his team have created a culinary experience that far surpasses a typical “hotel restaurant” with the menu at Altitude. The Salmon Roulade with hazelnut pesto, yukon potato rosti, eggplant agrodolce and arugula melts in your mouth, and the Country Beef Tenderloin is grilled to perfection, served alongside Oregon black truffle mac and cheese, seasonal vegetables and tomato-mint salad.

Chef Paul ensures canine guests sleep soundly after their own fresh cooked meal, delivered at perfect room temperature to your door. Dog menu offerings include prime rib with carrots, fennel and veal gravy ($9); chicken, gnocchi and seasonal vegetables ($8); and breakfast for a champion: eggs, ham, potato and vegetables ($6). Treats include a doggie biscuit created by Chef Paul, or six roasted short rib bones ($4).

Ample activities
At 11,249 feet, Mt. Hood is Oregon’s highest mountain—an adventurer’s paradise. Hiking, guided fly fishing trips, rafting excursions and mountain bike trails are all nearby. Cyclists can even ride the Mountain Bike Sky Chair at the Adventure Park at the Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, providing access to alpine trails in summer months.

Resort fees include use of the 18-hole putting course, croquet, badminton and lawn bowling equipment, fitness center, tennis, volleyball, kids playground, basketball hoop, mountain bikes and board games.

The heated swimming pool is open seasonally, and golfers can relax after a long day on the linksin the whirlpool spa.

The Resort is famous for its 27-hole golf course, which attracts golfers year-round from all over the Northwest. A 2009 renovation of The Courses, designed by Washington’s own John Harbottle, created awe-inspiring views and three nine-hole tracks that cater to golfers of all levels, from beginners to seasoned pros.

Not-so-serious golfers and families can take up a little friendly competition on The Greens, a lighted 18-hole putting course with 18 distinct holes.

Those planning a trip next winter can take advantage of snow activities, including alpine skiing or snowboarding on nearly 200 combined runs at five ski areas (Resort guests can purchase discount lift tickets at the front desk for Ski Bowl and Timberline areas). There’s also cross-country and Nordic skiing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing.

Spectacular spa
With a mission of being one of the best boutique spas in all of Oregon, the brand new 5,000 square-foot spa facility is self-indulgence in its purest form. Guests are greeted by the warm and gentle demeanor of spa director Joan Southon, who brings 13 years of experience, including several at the award-winning Salish Lodge and Spa. Southon ensures a calming, revitalizing experience from start to finish. Slip on a pair of plush booties and a luxurious robe and escape into this tranquil environment, which includes a fully-equipped fitness center, for an hour or a day. Your mind and body will thank you.

Getting there
From I-5, take I-205 south toward I-84 (Portland/Salem). Merge onto I-84 east/US - 30 east via Exit 22 toward The Dalles. Take the 238th Drive exit (Exit 16) toward Wood Village. Turn right onto NE 238th Drive. Turn slight left onto NE Burnside Road. Follow US - 26 east/Mt. Hood Highway. Turn right onto East Welches Road, then right onto East Fairway Avenue.

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The Resort at the Mountain
68010 East Fairway Avenue
Welches, Oregon
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