I can be all about roughing it, but I do like to mix in a bit of luxury too (especially as a grand finale). After the hiking the Paradise Loop trail, I found a slice of heaven at the historic Timberline Lodge. Constructed of native timber and stone, the exquisitely crafted lodge was built during the depression era as part of the Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration (WPA) program between 1936 and 1938.
One of the designated “Historic Hotels of America”, the lodge is a must stop, and a must stay if at all possible. It’s pricey, but not crazy – $200 range for a queen bed room. And if they’re not full, they might be willing to give you a little help on the rate. They also have group chalet rooms that accommodate 2 to 10 people and Silcox Hut at 7k feet for private lodge. And luxury condos off the mountain. Options for every group size and budget.
If you are out of time and cash, you should still walk around and explore this architectural marvel, the exhibits, wood carvings and artistry. Descend the narrow passageway to the Blue-Ox Bar and enjoy the rugged ambiance, the company of fellow hikers or skiers, and a cocktail or two. I had the “Lost Horizon”, huckleberry-beet tequila, rosemary, and lime – sumptuous!
Stay for the sunset – as you can see, it’s a must on clear day.
That’s my idea of a heavenly day. What’s yours?