Activities and Things to Do

What is there to do at your resort and the surrounding areas?

Enjoy a hike, a book, a swing, a walk, a swim, a movie, or some world famous gardens. See creatures of all kinds, from all over the world at our own Portland  Zoo.   Take a trip to the ocean and comb the beaches for sea shells, or visit the Aquarium.   Try your skiing/snowboarding ability level at one or all three resorts on the slopes of Mount Hood, a ride down the alpine slide (seasonal), or float down some white water rapids (seasonal).   Enjoy a brunch cruise on the Sternwheeler or a Dinner Excursion on the Mount Hood Railroad.   Experience the fruit and wine tasting area of the northwest, some within minutes of the resort.   Head East and in a short time you are in the high desert, with spectacular sights and an entirely different weather system.

Also, visit our Things to Do page. It’ll give you a few ideas of the many adventures you can see and do throughout the region, and beyond.

Whispering Woods Resort is great “hub” location. The mountain is a 1/2 hour drive,  Portland and to the Columbia River  Gorge are 1 hour,  the coast is within 2-3 hours, the high desert/Central Oregon 3-4 hours, and Seattle is about 4-5 hours. There’s so many fun things to see and do in this part of Oregon.

Is your resort fun for the whole family?

We are family fun. We have a great playground for the kids, and a basketball hoop for some B-ball time.   We also have a variety of family friendly movies.   In the summer and around the holidays we have kids’ crafts for all to enjoy.   There is a nature trail about 1/8th of a mile long down to the river and we are located only a couple of miles from Wildwood Park.   And, let’s not forget our year-round swimming pool located on site for all your family fun.

Do we have any off site sponsored activities?

Whispering Woods does not sponsor any off site activities, however, we do partner with several other resorts and outfitters to make your stay more enjoyable.   We partner with The Resort at the Mountain for Golf,  Tennis, Lawn Bowling, The Spa and Dining. Be sure to pick up your “Friends of the Resort” cards from the  front desk, to receive these discounts.  We partner with Timberline for Seasonal Lift Tickets at a discounted rates and with White Water Rafting and Fishing.

Do you offer any on site adult activities?

We do!  We offer an adult swim time from 8 AM to 9 AM everyday and we have Bingo every Saturday at 6:30 PM.   We also have dessert night on Sundays.   These two events are fun for adults and kids alike, so come on out and enjoy.

Where’s the best place to hear music?

The Skyway Bar and Grill is the closest family friendly restaurant/bar for live music.

The Mallards Cafe at the Resort at the Mountain has live music on Saturday nights. 

*Occasionally other local bars have music throughout the week, including Karaoke. It is best to check with the front desk for more information. 

Timberline Lodge  sometimes offers small concerts. Labor Day weekend they offer a music festival. Visit their website for more information on musical events.

During the summer, the City of Sandy has a small concert series in the local parks.

Edgefield, which is located in Troudale  also has a summer concert series and fun atmosphere. Edgefield has brought in large bands, such as The Decemberists, Weezer, Panic at The Disco and many more. 

Do you have sporting equipment for loan/rent?

We do have basketballs available at the front desk to check out during your stay.  The Resort at The Mountain located nearby offers bike rentals, and tennis court rentals are available to the public. Be sure to pick up “A Friends of the Resort” card from the front desk for discounts. Mountain Sports located at the Hoodland Plaza also has bike rentals and assorted Summer and Winter activity rentals.

What kind of passes do we need?

In the winter months, to park at ski resorts, snow parks, or the town of Government Camp, a snow park permit is required for each vehicle. For a complete list and information, please visit Oregon Sno-Parks.  In the summer months a national forest recreation pass is required at most hiking trailheads. For more information on the summer passes, please visit Recreation Passes. We offer both 1-day and 3-day winter permits and 1-day recreation passes at our front desk.

Where can I rent kayaks, canoes, and boats?

You can rent kayaks and canoes through:

Mountain Sports, located in Welches next to the Thriftway (503) 622-3120.

Mountainology also has water sport options. Their phone number is 503-564-9156. They’re located at 73265 Hwy 26, Rhododendron, OR. Shortly before the Dairy Queen.

Mt. Hood Adventure (503-715-2175), located at Ski Bowl. (Delivery and pick up to local lakes including Trillium, Frog, Clear and Timothy lakes are available.) Call to make arrangements at 503-715-2175.

You can rent boats, kayaks, and canoes at Lost Lake Resort.



Do you allow social/event gatherings (weddings/reunions)?

 Whispering Woods does not have a conference room to host such events.  However, if several participants are staying at Whispering Woods, we will do our best to accommodate these guests by providing condos which are located close to each other.  Also, we can provide you with possible venues to contact for your gathering.

Do you have a spa on site?

No we do not have a spa on site, but The Resort at the Mountain right next door has a wonderful spa. Mt. Hood Massage is only a mile away and right next door is Glow, which includes massages, facials, and waxing.  Ruby’s Spa at historic Edgefield in Troutdale is about 40 minutes from Whispering Woods. They have an outdoor heated soaking pool, manicures, pedicures, as well as body treatments. There are also several licensed massage therapists in our area and many options for manicures or pedicures.

What does your resort offer to families for fun?

We have a  Saturday scavenger hunt and Saturday evening Bingo, Sunday night sundaes, daily coloring contests, and a movie night or matinee.  There is a playground on property, a basketball hoop, and of course the pool.   There is also a great park nearby-Wildwood Recreation Park, as well as other local seasonal activities.

Where can we whitewater raft?

There are three major rivers in the state of Oregon that are ideal for whitewater rafting – all within about an hour’s drive of Whispering Woods Resort:

Clackamas River – a moderate whitewater river, 30 miles southeast of Portland.

Deschutes River – the most popular whitewater rafting destination located in the high desert is an hour’s drive from Whispering Woods Resort taking US-26 east to OR-216 to Maupin.

Sandy River– the closest to Whispering Woods Resort, the Sandy river is 30 minutes from the resort heading west on Hwy 26.

There are many rafting outfitters in Oregon that offer guided trips for the above rivers, below are just a few of the companies:

Blue Sky Whitewater Rafting

River Drifters

River Trails Deschutes

Wet Planet Whitewater

Where are the waterfalls?

The Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area is bejeweled with an array of sparkling waterfalls.  There is a map available in our guest concierge corner and the front desk staff is happy to help with your questions.

The scenic area consists of 77 tiered, plunging, and horsetail waterfall formations.  All can be reached from Route 30 Historic Columbia River Highway, which parallels I-84.  For the sake of space we will cover the more popular falls here.

Multnomah Falls –  is the country’s second largest year-round waterfall and is the most popular waterfall for residents and visitors alike.  Multnomah Falls is located in Bridal Veil, Oregon:  From Whispering Woods Resort take US 26 W/Mt Hood Hwy to I-84 E/US 30 E toward Hood River. Take exit 28 toward Bridal Veil/Historic Columbia River Hwy, then merge onto E Bridal Veil Rd. Continue onto E Historic Columbia River Hwy. Multnomah Falls will be flowing away on your left. Enjoy the lodge, shop and restaurant while you’re there!

Latourell Falls – also is along the Historic Columbia River Highway.   From Whispering Woods turn left onto US-26 W/Mt. Hood Hwy; proceed for 25 miles. Turn right onto SE  Palmquist Rd then left onto SE 257thDr/NE Kane Dr, continue for 2 miles. Turn right onto SE Stark Street then right onto E Crown Point Hwy/Historic Columbia River Hwy.  Make a left onto E Bell Rd and continue on E Historic Columbia River Hwy for 6 miles.  Latourell Falls is a tiered falls that includes a picnic area from which to view the lower falls while you munch.

Shepperd’s Dell – is one mile from Latourell Falls along the Historic Highway off Interstate 84. Pack a picnic lunch and dine outdoors at Shepperd’s Dell State Park after you experience this combination of tiered and horsetail falls.

Bridal Veil Falls– Continuing further on Route 30 from Sheppard’s Dell Falls you will come to Bridal Veil Falls with its upper and lower tiered display. Wear your hiking boots for the 2.2 mile round trip or, if you didn’t bring your boots, you can conveniently view the falls from I-84.

Wahkeena Falls – 3 miles east of Bridal Veil Falls and 0.5 miles west of Multnomah Falls is Wahkeena Falls with a convenient picnic area where you’re able to view the 242 foot falls.

Horsetail Falls— is 3 miles east of Multnomah Falls, located along Hwy 30, near Ainsworth State Park. The waterfall is a 192 foot horsetail shaped, it’s narrow and long. It was named well. 

Where is the “Fruit Loop”?

A wonderful day trip from Whispering Woods, the Fruit Loop is a 56-mile scenic drive along Hwy 35 that meanders through the communities, orchards, vineyards, farmlands, and forests of Hood River County.  Hood River itself is along the route.  The journey follows along the scenic Columbia Gorge and the mighty Columbia River. Then back down the Dee Hwy 281 back to Hwy 35. 

From Whispering Woods Resort, the closest stop on the Fruit Loop, is the Aubert Fruit Company, 6955 Hwy. 35, Mt. Hood. This location is a 40 mile drive from the resort. Many stops are along Hwy 35 between the Community of Mt Hood and the city of Hood River.

Plan on taking a whole day touring the Fruit Loop and its irresistible offerings of baked goods, fresh fruit, nuts, jams and jellies, berries and award winning wines — and say hello to a few friendly Alpacas while you’re at it.

Maps of the Fruit Loop are available at our resort and the Hood River Visitor’s center off exit 63 on I-84 and at all Fruit Loop locations. You can also pick up a map at the Hood River Country Store, on the south end of the Hood River Valley, on Hwy 35. A digital map can also be found on the Fruit Loop Map site.

Can I climb Mt Hood?

Yes, you can climb Mt. Hood. In fact, Mt. Hood is one of the most climbed glaciated peaks in North America and the second most climbed mountains in the world!

The Mazama’s climbing group have been climbing Mt. Hood for over a century.

Mt. Hood’s shortest and most popular climb to the summit is South Side/Hogsback, a class 2 climb which begins at Timberline’s parking area.

Timberline Mountain Guides, provides various guided tours and climbs of Mt Hood. And Climbing Mt Hood for Beginners has some information to get you started.

There are four climbing approaches:
1. Timberline Approach
2. Cooper Spur Approach
3. Cathedral Ridge Approach (class 3 to 4)
4. Illumination Saddle Approach with maximum angles ranging from ~50⁰ to ~60⁰


What are the top 3 things we should do during our stay?

Timberline Lodge, this unique architecture and artistry was built in the late 1930’s as a project of President Roosevelt and the Works Progress Administration.   It sits at just about 6,000ft in elevation and is known for its year around snow sports, restaurants and the filming of  “The Shining”.

 Multnomah Falls,   This falls is one of many that you can see year around here in the northwest.   The cascading water provides some cooling in the summer and some real beauty in the winter.

 Washington Park is a unique area of Portland and includes the Oregon Zoo, The International Rose Test Gardens and the Japanese Gardens.   You will not be disappointed with the beauty, the views, and the history of each of these locations.

What is there to do and see in Portland?

Portland is the largest city in Oregon. There are tons of activities for everyone! Be sure to look at our Things To Do page. This has many of the top activities for Portland, as well as adventures that are near by. Another resource includes Travel Portland. This excellent website provides all kinds of activities for those visiting the city.

Examples of the endless activities include touring Portland via kayak, tour boat, jet boat, walking, or the Big Pink Trolley. Museums include: OMSI, Children’s Museum, Forestry Center, Portland Art Museum, the Maritime Museum, and many more. Take your children to the Portland Zoo or OMSI. Enjoy a play, musical, comedy, or concert in the theaters and venues all throughout Portland. Be adventurous and try one of the many food carts or restaurants. Cheer on the Thorns, or join the Timbers Army, meet Damian Lillard of the Blazers, watch the intense Rose City Rollers, or the young men of the Winterhawks.  Love to read? Get lost in Powell’s City of Books. Once again this is a small list, there is something for everyone!



What are some rainy day activities for kids?

Even it if rains, there is always something to do at Whispering Woods, in the Mt. Hood Territory or in the cities and towns within about an hour’s drive. Here are a few ideas for kids

We always have a coloring contest going at the Clubhouse.

Rent a kid-friendly DVD and watch it in the Clubhouse big screen TV or in your own unit.

Visit Wildwood Park (aka Wildwood Recreation Site), a great outlet even in the rain.

Visit the Sandy Library, a 20 minute drive from the resort. On certain days, they have story times.

Drive to Portland, about 60 minutes from the resort, and go to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI). Much of the museum is geared towards kids.

Visit the Portland Children’s Museum.

Inquire at the Clubhouse Front Desk for directions and visit our Things to Do page for many more ideas!

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