Mt. Hood, at 11,250 ft, is the tallest mountain in Oregon. Join us for a fun time and learn about the history of Timberline Lodge, considered one of the great lodges of the West, and the geology of Mt. Hood, while enjoying the magnificent views on the third highest mountain in the Cascade Range. After exploring the lodge and eating a fine lunch, we will travel to Trillium Lake for the quintessential postcard view of Mt. Hood. We will continue on around the mountain to the Hood River Valley stopping off at one of the area’s noted wineries before heading back to Portland along the majestic Columbia River Gorge.
Meeting PlaceFor the time being, all pick ups will need to arranged outside the Portland City limits until I get all my licensing taken care of.
PriceBase Fee: $540 (6 tickets), then $90 per person after that.
(All wine and sightseeing tours are based on $90 per persons except Coastal Tours.)
IncludedWater and snacks.
Not includedBeverage tasting fees or lunches
Lunch OptionsThere are two lunch options (not included):
▪ Mt Hood Brewery in Government Camp, fine food and beer at a reasonable price
▪ Timberline Lodge buffet, fine food but more expensive
OptionsWe can also make this an alcohol-free tour.
TIMBERLINE LODGE (SEASONAL)
Our destination is the impressive Timberline Lodge, a handcrafted 1930s WPA project built of massive stones and timber. Every element of the lodge, from the furniture and fabrics to the metal work is handcrafted. This year-round ski facility nestled at the timberline embraces an unobstructed breathtaking view of Mt. Hood and the Cascade Range. Learn about the interesting geological processes that built these mountains. For an additional charge, take a ride on the Magic Mile Chairlift for the view from the 7000 ft elevation
TIMBERLINE LODGE BUFFET - Timberline Lodge offers a wonderful buffet that cost $19 per person.
MT HOOD BREWERY - Mt Hood Brewery in Government Camp has fine food and wonderful beer at a reasonable price.
(Lunches are not included in the price of the tour.)
Traveling down the mountain, the next stop is Trillium Lake. This man-made lake, nestled in a Douglas fir forest, offers one of Oregon’s most beautiful and quintessential picture postcard views of Mt. Hood. (Please note that in the Spring, the road into Trillium Lake maybe blocked by snow and undriveable.)
MT. HOOD LOOP-HOOD RIVER VALLEY
After Trillium lake, we will travel the backside of Mt. Hood to the orchards and vineyards of Hood River Valley. We will stop at one of the local boutique wineries in the Hood River Valley for a sampling of the fine wines produced in this region. Then it’s back to Portland by way of the scenic Columbia River Gorge.
WINE TASTING ROOMS
We will select one tasting rooms based on the size of your group and the tasting rooms availability. Listed below are the wineries on this tour.
WY’EAST VINEYARDS - Wy’East produces handcrafted wines from estate-grown Pinot noir, Pinot gris and Chardonnay grapes and also sources fruit from top-notch vineyards in the region. From the harvest, crush and barrel-aging — it all takes place at this facility. And for added entertainment Wy’East has two outdoor bocce ball courts where you can try your hand.
MT HOOD WINERY - Their tasting room is designed with a Northwest lodge style featuring warm cork floors, a custom rock fireplace, and an elegant 30-foot bar with plenty of room for you and your friends. This makes for a nice cozy environment on chilly autumn days, but we also have a space to take advantage of the summer sun. After tasting a few, enjoy your favorite wine with glass in hand on our outdoor patio where you can truly savor the view and the experience. Mt Hood Winery has the honor of being “Oregon’s 2016 Winery of the Year”.
THE GORGE WHITE HOUSE - Situated in a beautiful 1908 Dutch Colonial home in the heart of the Hood River Valley, the Gorge White House has been a landmark on the Mount Hood Scenic Byway, for over 100 years. Their amazing orchards produce famous pear wines, hard ciders, and melt-in-your-mouth fresh fruit, Their location offers a magnificent view of both snow-capped Mt. Hood to the south and snow-capped Mt. Adams to the north. They also serve an assortment of local microbrews.
American_in_Italy_7 | August 2018: We were simply blown away by Sean and his stunning bus! The Vintage Tour Bus Company is not transportation; it’s a remarkable experience. Thanks, Sean!
kmacfarlane | September 2018: So glad I went with this tour! There are several transportation choices for wine tasting, but you have to choose Sean. Seriously, the bus is everything! It is so darn cute and comfortable - it's like you're in an old movie.