Our community is filled with great activities, restaurants and events. We’ve listed below a few of our favorites.
From table service to carry-out, from pizza to Pinot Noir, we have it all for the tasting. These are a few of our favorite restaurants in the area, with links if available.
The Rendezvous Grill
67149 E. U.S. 26 Welches, OR 503-622-6387
www.rendezvousgrill.net – Frommer’s Review
This is definitely one of our favorites on the mountain, especially when you are looking for something just a little more formal.
Zig Zag Inn
70162 E. Hwy 26 Welches, OR 97067 503-622-4779
Coffee House 26
67211 East Highway 26, Welches Oregon 503-622-4074
Skyway Bar and Grill
In the summer, this place also has the most an awesome outdoor seating area. Great hang out all year round with live bands every weekend.
Winter/ Snow Activities
Helpful hints for your drive to play in the snow. You must purchase a Sno-Park Pass I suggest buying it from Fred Meyer in Sandy they are the cheapest. Also check out the winter driving conditions, chain requirements and 4×4 vehicle info.
Snow Shoeing and XC Skiing-
Check out this link for maps – The cabins are located in the Zig Zag District, pets are allowed at all of the Sno-Parks except Tea Cup
Trillum Lake is the only groomed cross country skiing and show shoeing site
Tea Cup Nordic is the only groomed cross country skiing only site
Pay to Tube-
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl – www.skibowl.com
Summit Ski Area/ Snow Bunny- www.stayandplayhood.com
Bring your own Sled or Tube-
Mt. Hood Adventure (winter adventures)- provide guided xc skiing tours, snowmobile rentals and horse sleigh rides and Rentals.
Non-snow related Activities
All of the activities can be done year round in most places there are some restrictions on Fishing and before you go hiking please call the Zig Zag Ranger station 503.622.3191 to make sure your hike is free of snow and accessible. Don’t forget a Forest Service Pass.
If you are planning on fishing you must follow local laws visit www.dfw.state.or.us/online_license_sales/ or call (503) 872 5268
Fly Fishing Shop
Mark, the owner of the Welches Fly Fishing Shop, has been in the business for years and taught Brad to cast out behind the shop (he has suggested that Brad continue to practice, since chances of catching fish with the fly in the trees is not very good). Mark guides himself and is totally connected to where the fish are, whether its Winter Steelhead in the Sandy or trout on the Deschutes, which is just an hour a way.
67296 East Hwy 26 Welches, OR 503-622-4607 or 800-266-3971
Rainbow Trout Farm
No license needed to fish here, it is a pay by the size of your fish. They provide the poles and even clean your fish for you!
52560 E. Sylvan Dr. Sandy, OR 503-622-5223
There are some spectacular hiking trails in the Mt. Hood area, many of which are less than 15 minutes away from your Bungalow. Don’t forget a Forest Service Pass. There are free days you will not need a Forest Service pass click here for a list.
- Ramona Falls, great in the summer when the temperature near the falls is ten degrees less than the rest of the trail. A great loop. It is a 6 mile hike with a 1000 foot elevation gain going to the falls
- Salmon River Trail. While not a loop, for most people, it offers some spectacular views of the Salmon River. Great on a spring or summer day.
- Wildwood Recreation Site offers a little something for everyone you do need to pay to get in because it is on BLM land
For a complete list of hiking trails, check them out at www.mthood.info/hikingtrails/. You will find maps for many of the trails in your Mt. Hood Lifestyle Bungalow!
There is an amazing new trail network for Mountain Biking just down the road, less than a mile from Mt Hood Bungalows. This is a world class mountain biking park almost right outside your front door. Maps and detailed descriptions are available viewed here. Here’s a local review that you can read.
If you are really up for speed, you can check out the Mountain Bike Park at Mt. Hood Skibowl. Take the lifts up and go for speed on the way down! This is also the best place on the mountain to rent mountain bikes.
Mt. Hood Skibowl Adventure Park
The Mt. Hood Adventure Park at Skibowl is among the top things to do in Portland, offering something for everyone! We’ve got great activities for the whole family, the Adrenaline junkies, the naturalists and even the young ones! Our friendly and experienced staff will make sure your visit to the Mt. Hood Adventure park is memorable and fun, guiding you through 20 attractions where you’re in control! Come try out the go karts at Malibu Raceway, go bungee jumping and more at Mt Hood Skibowl’s Summer Adventure Park
Mt. Hood Adventure (summer adventure)- provides guided kayaking, paddle boarding, canoeing, whitewater rafting, waterfalls, lakes, hiking, Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing and Fishing Tours and Rentals
Here are a few links for more activities
- Berry Picking
- Nature Viewing – Plants, wildlife and scenery
- Day Hikes- Zig Zag trails by Distance
- Scenic Drives – Check the milage and weather before going on a scenic drive
- Hood River Activities- Wineries, fruit orchards and The Mt. Hood Rail Road
There are several grocery stores near your bungalow. The best is probably the Thriftway in Welches. However, check out the Brightwood Store, it’s close and we have found that they have what we need. Shopping as a recreational activity is not a big part of the Mt. Hood Lifestyle. If you are really looking for that, hop in the car and go to Portland.
There are 27 holes of fun mountain resort golf available at the Resort at the Mountain.
- Resort at the Mountain Spa- The spa offers more than just massages check out the link to see their full menu
- Mt. Hood Massage- Many massage options with budget friendly prices. They also have yoga classes