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My cell phone rang just as we were pulling into the parking lot at Timberline Lodge…and it seemed so odd, even though this particular friend calls me every day….rain or shine, just to say, “I love you.”     Going to this place is like taking a step back in time.   I don’t think I would have even thought of my phone had this call not come in.   Visiting this place is like being back in the 1940’s.  Everything is so authentic and real that modern accoutrements such as cell phones,  seem foreign.

This  was another sunny, clear and perfect time to go on one of our favorite day trips.  I’ve written about going here before….Timberline Lodge, located near the peak of Mt. Hood.   One of the best vacations we ever had was when we flew out here from Houston for my November birthday years ago, and spent a romantic 5 days at the lodge.  I still smile to think of it.  It was snowing, and we had a fireplace in our room.  Just a lovely, romantic time.  Fondest memories.

This from Wikipedia:

“The 1980 movieThe Shining used aerial shots of the Timberline Lodge as part of its opening scene, and exterior footage for some establishing shots of the fictional Overlook Hotel throughout the movie. The movie was based on theStephen King novel of the same name, which was inspired by The Stanley Hotel in Colorado. Several of the exterior shots in the film which purport to show the lodge, such as those of the hedge maze and loading dock, were taken at Elstree Studios in England, using a mock-up of the south face of the lodge. There is no hedge maze (and hardly any level ground) at the Timberline Lodge.  All interior scenes were shot at Elstree Studios as well, and do not depict the interior of the Timberline Lodge.”

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The drive up to the lodge was very nice.  Hardly any traffic, and, of course, even more stunning scenery.  We played the blues and jazz and some classical music along the way.  We chatted and laughed and sang along to some of the music.

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Once we turned off the highway, we were greeted by a smattering of small waterfalls that spilled out of the side of the mountain near the road.  Beautiful!  There were probably 5 in all.

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We went into the lodge and explored for a bit, noting the incredible hand forged ironwork and hand carved wood.  These light fixtures are among my favorites.

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Just look at the detail on this door!

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All of the iron was forged, formed and installed on site.

Same deal with the wooden detail.  It was all done as the lodge was being constructed.

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A lot of the original furniture that was also made on site, still exists and is used there daily.

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This fireplace is in the center of the great hall and is two stories tall.

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We sat outside in the fresh air and sunshine for awhile and talked before we had lunch. What a view!  I’m tellin’ ya!

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Lunch began with cocktails.  I had a drink called the “Bees Knees” which is an old version of today’s lemon drop.  This one was developed to disguise the flavor of bad gin during prohibition. It consisted simply of Crater Lake Gin, lemon and honey with a rosemary garnish.  See that golden drop of honey in the bottom of the glass.  Mmmmm…..sexy drink!

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I had a salad…..ok, 1/4 of a salad, because the thing was HUGE!  It was bibb lettuce, matchstick pieces of apple and hazelnuts with a nice, light yoghurt tarragon dressing.

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John ate a salad also.  His was comprised of whole leaf romaine, vinaigrette, rosemary garlic croutons and asiago cheese.

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We also had a small Aprés Ski Fondu that was a creamy blend of melted Raclette, Swiss Fontina and White Cheddar cheeses with roasted garlic and Ice Axe IPA.  I asked that a Black Truffle Coulis be added, which was the right decision, for sure.  It was served with Hood River apple, caraway pickled onions, and fresh baked artisan bread.

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We we ate a leisurely lunch as we both eavesdropped on a Russian man at the table next to ours as he read some delicious poetry from his phone to the rest of his party.  Very nice with the dramatic peak of Mt. Hood within direct view of our open window.  It was a lovely experience….but not really a bona fide “adventure.”