The Oregon Trail

East of Government Camp, near the junction of US-26 and Hwy-35, which comes from Hood River and the Columbia Gorge, be sure to turn off north toward Mt. Hood to visit Timberline Lodge (503/272-3311 or 800/547-1406, $255 and up), an elegantly rustic national landmark dedicated in 1937 by the Depression-era artisans of the Works Progress Administration. The actual hotel seen (from the outside, not the inside) in Stanley Kubrick’s creepy 1980 film, The Shining, Timberline Lodge is an unforgettable place, with a humongous fireplace in the three-story main lobby, a cool pool, plus grand dining rooms and cozy guest rooms decorated in characterful Pacific Northwest motifs, not to mention an unbeatable setting high atop the Cascade Mountains. Even if you don’t stay, check out the Cascade Dining Room’s award-winning cuisine, the more-casual pizza and sandwiches at the Blue Ox, and the Ram’s Head Bar, which has locally brewed beers and ales.