Oregon Business Magazine publishers recently announced the 2020 100 Best Fan-Favorite Destinations in Oregon list, and Mt. Hood Territory businesses shined. More than 95,000 reviews from Yelp, TripAdvisor and Google were analyzed to compile this list of top Oregon attractions, and we are so glad to see that so many visitors love our businesses and attractions as much as we do. We are particularly proud of our friends from Alpacas at Marquam Hill Ranch for earning the #1 spot on this list in their first year of consideration!
This farm in Molalla has always been a favorite of ours and now that it's formally designated as the #1 destination to visit in Oregon, we hope you'll be inspired to visit soon! The family run Alpacas at Marquam Hill Ranch features more than 80 alpacas that at happy to meet you during a farm tour or special event (like yoga in the field!) and provides a beautiful country escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Plus they sell their super soft fiber in their gift shop... Can you say alpaca socks?
The nation's largest dahlia grower is in our own backyards, and once a year at the Swan Island Dahlia Festival, its unbelievable beauty glows for all to enjoy. The fields fill with blooming color in addition to more than 15,000 cut flowers and hundreds of arrangements on display during the two weekends at the end of summer. There's still plenty to enjoy outside of festival time, with ample parking and picnic space to bring your own lunch and soak in the serenity. And they have a gift shop filled with treasures year-round.
Being the only ski in ski out lodging destination in Oregon is just one of the unique qualities about Timberline Lodge & Ski Area. Constructed in 1937, there is a bounty of history to be enjoyed in addition to boasting some of the most scenic skiing with the largest vertical terrain in the Pacific Northwest. Not to mention they have mouthwatering food and drink offerings at one of their many restaurants.
The largest night ski area in America is just down the road in Government Camp at Mt. Hood Skibowl, featuring 36 fully lit runs and 69 runs in total — plus the most black diamond runs of any resort in the state. And, if that wasn't awesome enough, they offer the world’s first Cosmic Tubing®, where families can enjoy more than 600,000 LED lights and heart pumping music while cruising down the snow hill. Check out their events calendar, so you can be sure to attend at least one of the many crazy-cool experiences they put on each season.
This neighborhood micro-roastery has beaten to the tune of their own drum since day one... and a whole lot of people like their sound. Happyrock Coffee Roasting has been crafting award winning concoctions for nearly 20 years and has cultivated an everybody knows your name vibe at their quirky shop in Gladstone. Come experience it for yourself while getting your caffeine fix. Tip: Their lavender mocha is a solid staff pick.
The Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival has garnered worldwide fame with their magical display of tulips. But they offer so much more than those gorgeous blooms. With everything from tractor rides, kids' activities, yummy eats, hot air balloon rides, wine tasting and views of Mt. Hood, they are THE place to be in the spring. With such popularity, especially on the weekends, there are ample incentives to visit midweek — including fewer people, cheaper entry fees, more parking and better photo opportunities!
The End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive & Visitor Information Center resides at the very spot the Oregon Trail pioneers ended their arduous journey to the West. The Center's importance is significant, and dedicated volunteers help share stories rich with history at this interactive museum. Bonus: Kids can have fun engaging in activities similar to those performed on the Trail, such as butter shaking and candle making, while also getting a history lesson.
Molly Johnson grew up in Mt. Hood Territory and loves getting to write content inspiring others to visit her beloved home.