This weekend we finally were able to get a little alone time and R&R together after what seems like a very long time. After a weekend with Amy, a great mystery shop dinner at Sazerac for the two of us before dance class on Monday, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot movie with Polly for myself and dinner and drinks with Philipp for Bryan on Tuesday, dinner at our house with Billy, Valerie and Ed on Wednesday, FareStart for the oh-so-busy Poppy restaurant on Thursday, we were ready for an escape. So Bryan and I set out of town on Friday afternoon to Mt. Hood, Oregon.
The 4.5 hour drive to the Resort at the Mountain in Welches, Oregon wasn’t at all that bad considering what can be Friday traffic headed towards Portland. We made it to Portland around 7 pm and were treated to another exceptional three course dinner at the Red Star Tavern in downtown thanks to mystery shopping. We really LOVED the restaurant’s ambiance, food and drink selections. We split the very interesting cobb salad and tomato coconut soup with their housemade super fluffy white bread before moving on to our perfect main courses. Bryan went with a thick cut pork chop with yam and a mustard apple slaw that was all around well cooked and had a great combination of flavors. He was happy! I went with the bavette steak that was cooked just as I like and served with roasted brussels, sunchokes, and served on top the most interesting sweet and spicy chili sauce. We finished the night with a coffee and the vanilla custard with berry compote and biscotti. We made the last hour-long drive to the resort, checking into our fireside king suite right around 10 pm. We had a cozy room at a nice resort and were excited for a good two nights of sleep.
Saturday morning we enjoyed a continental breakfast in the resort’s nice Altitude restaurant before setting out to hit the slopes. There are quite a few ski resorts to chose from at Mt. Hood so logically we decided to try two different ones over the course of the two days. Saturday we hit up Mt. Hood Meadows. Unfortunately, the fresh snow hadn’t come yet so there were definitely frozen patches of ice and wind gusts that shut down the top part of the mountain. Bryan got to try his skis for the first time and loved them. I, on the other hand, wasn’t feeling the snow or the mountain and wasn’t enjoying the wind. We got a snack and hot chocolate in the littlest shack at the base of a lift away from the crowds and wrapped up skiing at 4 pm.
We headed back to the resort to do a little hot tubbing, cleaned up for dinner and set out to the Skyway Bar and Grill for their live music and BBQ. We loved this eclectic restaurant and had a pretty darn good dinner. Bryan chose their mac and cheese with shredded “brisket” per rave reviews and only slightly helped me with the half rack of ribs, grilled asparagus, and coleslaw. When the jazzy band started their gig we moved to the bar facing the fire, settled into the music and split the blueberry cobbler. Once we had our fill of music we headed back to the resort for another great nights sleep.
Sunday morning started much the same as Saturday but we hit Timberline to ski instead. OMG!! We had the best snow I’ve ever had skiing in my life…and even maybe the same is true in Bryan’s. Fresh powder galore. We made the 6 mile drive up to the historic Timberline Lodge (aka the Overlook Hotel from The Shining) and once in the parking lot it was visible that they had just recently gotten a dump of the fresh stuff. We were geeked. It was like a playground out there with snow that would get windblown and cover all the tracks so that you were always skiing fresh tracks, no lift line waits at all and trees galore to ski between. I just kept up with Bryan through the trees all day long. Around noon the weather got pretty interesting when Bryan and I had just reached the top of the lift and what we are guessing were 70 mph winds literally knocked me to the ground for shelter. Fortunately they were occassional and we kept on skiing. And those gusts just kept providing us with the best snow of my life. We had scheduled a couple’s massage, included with the Groupon deal, for 4 pm so we had to stop skiing at 2 pm to be able to check out the Lodge.
Timberline Lodge is so cool and so well built. In the center of this lodge is this huge stone fireplace that is probably 10′ in diameter that rises up three stories. In the main lobby they have showcased a lot of the historical information of the lodge, including FDR’s request for the lodge during the depression era in the 1930’s up through the filming of The Shining in 1990. After checking out the hotel we moved up to the third floor for a lunch in the Rams Head Bar. We had a great lunch with another very interesting and delicious wedge salad (must be a thing in Oregon), a clam chowder bread bowl for Bryan which was definitely award-winning like their menu said, and a bowl of the creamy mushroom soup with local mushrooms, truffle cream and hazlenuts (also very Oregon).
After lunch we strapped on the tire chains and drove back to the resort for a luxurious full on side by side hour-long massage treatment. They offered us water and tea, robes and sandals and we truly felt like we had drifted away for some time in the fireside and windowside relaxation room. We showered and set out for Seattle around 6 pm, knowing that it would be a late arrival back in Seattle, but perfectly content. We pulled into home after picking up a few things at the store around 9:30 pm. After a late dinner, some TV and a good nights sleep, I’m very grateful for such an awesome weekend we had together!