What is this day, you ask? It’s a day to remind hardworking people such as yourself that doggone it, you deserve a break!
Why do you need a reminder? Because odds are you’re one of the millions of Americans who didn’t use vacation time you’ve got racked up. In fact, Americans lost 658 million vacation days last year alone. Just to bring that into starker clarity, that’s more than 1.8 million years, which is longer than humans have been around. So yeah, we lost out on a LOT of enriching and rewarding experiences last year. Time to take that back, and plan your vacation this year! May we suggest Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory? Here are a few ideas:
Get out and play!
Mt. Hood Territory is where people go to get out and play year-round, and this year will be an amazing year for snow sports lovers. We’re already home to the longest skis season in North America at Timberline Lodge. Thanks to a very active winter, we’re looking at some of the largest snow packs we’ve seen in years. Mt. Hood resorts also boast some of the largest packs in the country. That means this epic season will continue through the end of summer.
That awesome snow will fuel other popular activities as well. The rafting season will be amazing as all that snow melts to fill the rivers. Same with the fishing. And the wildflower blooms this spring and summer should be simply stunning, all awesome excuses for you to use up that vacation time here.
Know your history
Mt. Hood Territory is the official end of the Oregon Trail; it’s where the pioneers completed their months-long journey to start a new life. We can help you really experience that history beyond the computer game so many of us grew up with. Museums and interpretive centers throughout the region tell the stories through interactive exhibits, docents dressed in period costumes and engaging activities that will inform as much as entertain.
The same fertile soils that attracted the pioneers continues to bring people to Oregon to this day. Our farm loops offer a wide array of activities and attractions. Farmer’s markets, experiences with animals, wine tasting, farm-based cooking classes and dinners in the field are some excellent options to experience what the Willamette Valley region of Mt. Hood Territory has to offer. Seriously though, try the dinners in the field; the food is beyond amazing.
Book your stay
Of course no vacation is possible without the perfect lodging. It doesn’t matter if you’re an avid camper, or someone who’s idea of roughing it still includes a good latté, we’ve got your bases covered. So make the commitment to plan (and book) your vacation today! You’ve earned it, tell your boss we said so. She’ll understand.
Jarrod Lyman has more than 12 years tourism experience. He is currently loving his job overseeing content for the #omht Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest accounts. His work has recently been recognized by the TTRA with the J. Desmond Slattery Professional Marketing Award.