Activities and Things to Do
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.
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 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.
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. We partner with Timberline for Seasonal Lift Tickets at a discounted rate and with White Water Rafting and Fishing.
We do! We offer 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.
The Skyway Bar and Grill is the closest family friendly restaurant/bar for live music.
Timberline Lodge sometimes has offers small concerts. During the summer, the City of Sandy has a small concert series in the local park.
Edgefield, which is located in Troudale also has a summer concert series and fun atmosphere.
Many local establishments offer karaoke and Smokey Hearth in Sandy hosts “kids karaoke” every Friday evening.
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. Mountain Sports located at the Hoodland Plaza also has bike rentals and assorted Summer and Winter activity rentals.
In the winter months, to park at ski resorts, trailheads or in Government Camp, a snow park permit is required for each vehicle. In the summer months a national forest recreation pass is required at most hiking trailheads. We offer both 1-day and 3-day passes for winter and summer at our front desk.
You can rent kayaks and canoes through:
Mountain Sports, located in Welches (503) 622-3120
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.
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.
We have a Saturday scavenger hunt, coloring contests, movie night, bingo night, and ice cream Sunday night. There is a playground on property and also a basketball hoop. There is a great park nearby, as well as other seasonal activities.
There are three major rivers in the state of Oregon that are ideal for whitewater rafting – all within 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.
The following rafting outfitters offer guided rafting trips for these rivers and more:
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 Highway 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 on 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 .5 miles east of Multnomah Falls is WahkeenaFalls replete with a convenient picnic area from which to view its 242 feet plunging falls.
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 path. The journey goes along the scenic Columbia Gorge and the mighty Columbia River.
From Whispering Woods Resort, the closest farm on the Fruit Loop, on Hwy 35 is Aubert Fruit Company, 6955 Hwy. 35, Mt. Hood. This location is a 40 mile drive from the resort heading north on Hess Road. If you are visiting the town of Hood River, the official Fruit Loop starting point is Cherry Karma’s “Purple Pit Stop” located at 1120 Eastside Road in 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 Alpaca 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.
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 mountain 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.
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
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.
For the outdoor enthusiasts, activities in Portland include:
Hiking – Portland has consistently ranked as one of America’s best walking cities, featuring dozens of hiking trails with degrees of difficulty ranging from easy to moderate.
Distances range from 1.4 miles (SW Portland’s Marshall Park Hike), to as long as 30 miles in the nation’s largest urban wilderness, Forest Park.
Sources: Portland Hikers.org, Forest Park
Jogging – Pick up the pace and enjoy Portland’s 2.9 mile Waterfront Park Loop Waterfront Park – Eastbank Esplanade Loop
Bicycling – If you’re more of a peddler, bike your way around Portland on the hundreds of miles of bike friendly roads and paths.
Golf – Portland boasts two of Golf Digest’s 75 top rated public golf courses in the nation: Heron Lakes Golf Course and Eastmoreland Golf Course. Another of Portland’s golf boastings is Pumpkin Ridge, 2 miles NW of Portland, which hosted the 2003 U.S. Women’s Open.
Water Sports – Not only does Portland have solid trails and courses it also possess miles of waterways. Paddle the Willamette River right through downtown Portland in a rented kayak: Portland Kayak Company. Or have fun exploring one of two (or why not both) of Portland’s protected wildlife sanctuaries, Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge and Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural Area
If canoeing or kayaking isn’t your thing but you’ve got a hankering to be in the water, perhaps swimming is more to your liking. The city of Portland offers 13 indoor and outdoor public swimming pools: Portland’s Public Swimming Pools open mid-June to early September.
Portland also offers numerous water parks, fountains and water features to splash in and cool off during the hot summer months.
And, for the person who enjoys indoor entertainment, the Portland Art Museum, offers amazing year -round displays and exhibits which tour nationally and worldwide. Downtown Portland is a cultural potpourri with places like the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, The Portland Symphony, ballet and comedy clubs just to mention a few but for a pretty good overview of what there is to do in Portland, visit the Guardian website as well as Travel Portland…you will not be at a loss for places to visit.
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!