Once upon a time, only monarchs could afford to stay at high-end resorts, which featured attractions such as peasant skiing—a brisk, upright trip down a mountain on the backs of two callus-covered villagers. Comfortably rule the mountaintop with today's Groupon: for $122, you get a one-night stay for two at The Resort at The Mountain, Mt. Hood's premier resort (up to a $291 value, $12 resort fee included), plus a $40 credit toward fine dining at Altitude, the resort's restaurant. Lodgers will receive the best available room at time of booking.
Located about an hour southeast of Portland, The Resort welcomes superfluous, car-horn-weary urbanites to its serenely forested environs. Take up temporary residence in an amenity-stacked, bucolic night in one of three guest-room types—Resort, Croft, or Fireside. Outside the confines of each room lies a combination of natural majesty with manmade luxury, making the resort an ideal venue for romantic peak watching, Yahtzee-free familial relaxation, and nature-enhanced business retreats. There is a golf course and a spa for mountaineers seeking tranquil competition or a rejuvenation spot set against a cadre of calming evergreens. A night at The Resort facilitates easy access to any of Mt. Hood's popular attractions, and the $40 credit for Altitude gives diners the freedom to explore the menu of well-above-sea-level fare such as the elk burger ($14) or the Oregon lamb shank ($23).
Like many of the world's most breathtaking scenes, The Resort's views can only be done justice in exactly 1,000 words, provided those words are written in a pictographic language of mountainscapes and treetopped vistas. On-site recreation includes tennis, swimming, and croquet, and the multitudinous trails make mountainside exploration as accessible as a bank vault with a lock made of beef jerky.
Reservations may only be made by calling (877) 439-6774 and mentioning Groupon. Reservations may be canceled up until 4 p.m. five days prior to arrival; after that, Groupon is forfeited. This deal is not valid for December 31, 2010.
- The grounds are very well kept and it was nice walking along the many trails from place to place. The staff were very helpful and gracious. – travelgal12359, TripAdvisor
The Courses at The Mountain
Situated in the western highlands of Mount Hood National Forest, The Courses at The Mountain combines three nine-hole layouts for 27 holes sculpted into the forest's pristine displays of flora and fauna. The resort's three nines, titled Thistle, Pine Cone, and Foxglove, challenge golfers of all stripes to navigate streams, forests, and secret flagstick passwords needed to unlock each track. Established in 1928 by locals Ralph Shattuck and George Waale, Pine Cone represents the site's original playing terrain and the fourth-oldest course in Oregon. The middle sibling, Thistle, attracts beginners and novices with a shorter length and forgiving fairways for game improvement. The newest and most difficult nine, Foxglove, challenges skilled players with narrow fairways and endless lies to lose a golf ball, forcing golfers to dip into an extra sleeve of golf balls or continue harboring a hardboiled egg trying to escape an inevitable egg salad.
Course at a Glance:
- Three 9-hole courses
- Up to 6,586 yards from the back tees
- Course rating of 71.2 from the back tees
- Slope of 130 from the back tees
- Four sets of tees
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