Travel: Mt Hood: Birthday 2015

Travel: Mt Hood: Birthday 2015

My trip to Mt Hood for my birthday got a little lost in the blog redesign, but I loved it so much I had to still share it. D and I are big into “birthday trips.” Rather than getting big gifts, we gift each other little getaways. I love to get out and see new places, and it’s fun to spend time together. For my birthday last year, we decided to head up to Mt Hood on a beautiful fall weekend. It was filled with foggy fall days, perfect for getting out and exploring. Since the snow hadn’t started falling, it was quiet and we rarely saw any other people. I loved the stillness of it all.

We stayed at The Resort at the Mountain. I’d stayed there once as a kid, but I’ll be honest, I was really surprised at how nice it was. The rooms were clean, big and even had a large wood burning fireplace. It’s a great choice if you are heading up to Mt Hood for your own mini adventure.

Drew and I had several stops over the weekend including Timberline for lunch, Trillium Lake and Lost Lake. All were spectacular and peaceful. The Mt Hood area is still a little sleepy and has hidden secrets to find, there are so many places to explore. Some will be filled with people, others will be your own winter wonderland.

If you get the chance, head up to Mt Hood soon. I think you will really love it.

β€œThis mountain, the arched back of the earth risen before us, it made me feel humble, like a beggar, just lucky to be here at all, even briefly.” (Bridget Asher)


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Rachel xo



  1. Dave Lyons
    January 21, 2016 / 7:01 pm

    Beatiful, looks like you captured the moment. I love The Resort at the Mountain and Timberline.

    • January 21, 2016 / 7:05 pm

      Thanks Dave!! It was a blast. I love exploring Mt. Hood!

  2. January 21, 2016 / 8:47 pm

    This looks like a great vacation! Exactly the kind I enjoy.

  3. January 21, 2016 / 9:08 pm

    Love the idea of rather than objects that you make memories together with a trip to celebrate. As always you do an incredible job capturing the majesty both big and small of nature!

    • January 29, 2016 / 4:38 pm

      I know, memories last forever! It’s nice to get away too, as I’m sure you know πŸ™‚

    • January 29, 2016 / 4:37 pm

      It really was! You’ll have to go sometime.

  4. January 21, 2016 / 10:30 pm

    Great photos!! The lake looks stunning!!! I’ve always heard good things about Resort at the Mountain. Hopefully I can make it there sometime!

    • January 29, 2016 / 4:37 pm

      Thank you Erin! It was, to be honest I had low expectations, but I was REALLY pleased. Timberline is also like $300-400 a night which is a lot to spend. Here is a little secret, a King room with fireplace was only $99!!! What a steal.

  5. January 22, 2016 / 7:25 am

    Those nature shots are amazing! So glad you had a wonderful birthday, and I love giving each other getaways as gifts too. Great memory-making!

    • January 29, 2016 / 4:36 pm

      Thanks Marlynn!! I agree, sometimes its about the memories those last forever.

  6. January 22, 2016 / 8:25 am

    Those photos are absolutely AMAZING! We just spent the night up at Timbeline for the first time and loved it!

    • January 29, 2016 / 4:35 pm

      Thanks Melissa, I saw some of your pics! Beautiful!!

  7. January 22, 2016 / 11:15 am

    Love the photos and the post the idea of making memories is amazing, memories are the obnly thing we going to have left when we are old. x

    • January 29, 2016 / 4:35 pm

      Thanks Anna, you should try it on your next occasion, see what you think instead of gifts.

  8. January 22, 2016 / 12:26 pm

    Wow- I’ve wanted to go to Mt Hood for a while now and these photos are absoloutely amazing!

    • January 29, 2016 / 4:34 pm

      Thank you Sarah!! You need to, it’s really something to see.

  9. January 22, 2016 / 5:14 pm

    Why have I never been to Mount Hood? We’ve passed through the area lots and lots – we’ve just never stopped. Such great photos, too!

    • January 29, 2016 / 4:34 pm

      Thank you Tara!! Im sure your photos will be beautiful once you spend some time at the mountain!

  10. January 23, 2016 / 1:39 am

    This post seriously looks like the coolest Instagram feed EVER! πŸ™‚ I love the idea of birthday getaways–we’ve done similar trips for anniversaries and birthdays, too! I’ve never been to Mt. Hood, but when I do my spectacular road trip across the U.S., it’s on my list of places to visit!

    • January 29, 2016 / 4:34 pm

      Thanks Natalie!! You need to get there. It’s stunning!

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