About The Resort at the Mountain

History of the Hotel Near Portland

The legends and lore of the Mt. Hood Territory stretch back to the pioneering days of the Oregon Trail and Barlow Road. The history of Welches, Oregon, and The Resort at The Mountain is a tale that is both colorful and deeply personal. It is a tradition that has been passed down over three generations and evolves still today. 

Our History

The First Resort – “Welches”

In 1882, Samuel Welch and his son Billy purchased 320 acres along the Salmon River, where The Resort now lies. Nearby, Native Americans from many tribes picked huckleberries and hunted deer and elk during the summers. The Welches continued to acquire land in the area until they owned roughly 1,000 acres. In 1893 father and son began the first resort, which was a campground for travelers and vacationers. In 1898 Samuel died and Billy inherited the entire property.

In 1902 Billy leased a parcel of land to two businessmen who built a two-story hotel. This building, known today as “Old Welches Inn Bed & Breakfast,” still resembles how it looked then and can be seen across Welches Road from The Resort’s golf course

In 1909, the two businessmen sold the hotel to Billy, who ran it until 1917. His establishment’s hospitality became well known and people spent summer vacations with Billy and his wife, Jenny. Soon a small community sprang up around the hotel and was called, appropriately, Welches.

In 1928, two golfing enthusiasts – Ralph Shattuck and George Waale – leased Billy’s hayfield and built a nine-hole golf course, making Welches the first golf resort in Oregon. It was The Mt. Hood Golf Course and allowed golfers to play in an unusually picturesque Natural atmosphere. In 1939 the golf course reverted back to Billy and he continued to operate the resort until his death in 1942.

Bowman’s

Billy’s wife sold the property, and it was run by several parties until 1948 when Eugene Bowman acquired it. Eugene and his wife Peggy owned Bowman’s for the next 30 years, adding an additional nine holes of golf, a pool, a sauna, condominiums, and more guest suites. Bowman’s resort was situated on the east side of the present day resort. The tradition of hospitality begun by the Welches was continued on by the Bowmans and enticed not only golfers but also food lovers as well.

Rippling River Resort

In 1973 American Guaranty Financial Corporation purchased land across Welches Road from Bowman’s and built a lodge, a conference facility, a restaurant, more rental units and a third nine hole golf course. In 1979 it purchased Bowman’s Resort, merging the two properties and naming it Rippling River Resort.

The Resort at The Mountain

Ed and Janice Hopper bought the resort in 1989 and transformed it into The Resort at The Mountain. With their remodeling efforts came the Scottish theme and tradition. The Resort was sold in December 2007, to Oly-Ida RATM LLC. Y Hospitality RATM LLC took ownership in July 2015. It became the first BW Premier Collection property in North America in October 2015. New ownership, Stanford Oregon Hotel LLC, bought the property in January 2016.

Environment

The Wee Burn Stream Restoration Project

In 1995 The Resort formed a partnership with Wolftree and the Mt. Hood National Forest for stream enhancement and re-establishment of fish habitat along the Salmon River and its tributaries, including the Wee Burn, which runs through The Courses at The Resort at The Mountain. While the Wee Burn had enjoyed coho and steelhead in its lower portion for years, it did not have a suitable habitat for the sustained survival of the wild fish due to it being channelized in the early 1900s when the initial golf course was built as well as the fact that in the late 1920s, three small dams were built to create irrigation ponds – thus preventing the fish from reaching the best spawning and rearing habitat in the stream.
In order to encourage a Salmon Habitat to return to the Wee Burn Stream, certain changes and improvements were necessary:

  • Create fish access
  • Dredge the pond
  • Return a meander pattern to parts of the stream
  • Add hundreds of Natural logs and boulders in the stream to create Natural structures for the Coho and Steelhead
  • Plant thousands of native trees and shrubs, providing fish with more protection and food sources
  • Establish long-term maintenance and monitoring to ensure project success

As a result of countless hours from volunteers and experts – including Mt. Hood National Forest, Wolftree, The Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife, CH2M HILL, Trout Unlimited, and the Mt. Hood Mazamas — the Wee Burn saw the wild Coho salmon return in large quantities in the late 1990s. The project also received multiple grants for various project phases.

The Wee Burn project is ongoing. An estimated $350,000+ has been contributed (both cash and in-kind support.) Half of the cost has been borne by The Resort at The Mountain.

Immediate plans include replacing two culverts to help juvenile fish passage more accessible to the Wee Burn. Salmon River bank erosion issues will be subsequently worked on. Informational kiosks will be created to help inform and educate the public about these restoration efforts.
Once the restoration is complete, long-term maintenance and monitoring will occur.

Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary

Extensive habitat restoration and environmentally sensitive operations have earned The Courses’ recognition as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. Out of 16,000 golf courses in the United States, only 2,300 are certified, and 18 of those located in Oregon. Awarded in 2002, the certification was based on environmental excellence in five categories: Wildlife and Habitat Management, Outreach and Education, Integrated Pest Management, Water Conservation, and Water Quality Management. Our Mt. Hood resort enjoys this distinction.

Current Environmental Projects

The Resort has implemented the Salmon River Side Channel Enhancement Project… another way to preserve and protect our Mt. Hood area Natural resources. Floods in 1996 and 1999 caused dramatic erosion in this location that has resulted in a lateral migration of the river. This project involves placing around sixty 35-foot logs and forty to fifty 3-foot by 3-foot boulders into the side channel. The end result will be the arresting of further bank erosion presently threatening a buried sewer line that services many local residences, and better habitat for Coho and Steelhead.

Fast Facts

If you have a quick question about The Resort at The Mountain, perhaps you’ll find your answer among these Fast Facts!

Accommodations

  • 157 air-conditioned guest rooms, suites and villas
  • Private patio or deck with views of forest, fairways, mountain vistas and/or pool
  • Fireplaces in designated guest rooms
  • Simmons© Premium bedding wrapped in luxury linens
  • Alarm clock with connection for most mobile devices
  • Rainhead shower
  • Eco-friendly bath amenities
  • Spa robes
  • Keurig coffee maker
  • Mini-refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Wall-mounted HDTV
  • Functional work space with ergonomic desk chair
  • Laptop computer safe
  • Dual-line speaker telephones 
  • Free high-speed wired and wireless Internet access (included in daily Resort fee)
  • Pet-friendly accommodations available

Dining

  • Altitude – progressive cuisine with ethnic influences, incorporating fresh local and regional bounty
  • Mallards Café & Pub – familiar, casual dining serving three meals daily in comfortable surroundings
  • Room Service

Guest Services

  • Self-parking
  • Public shuttle available
  • Nature concierge
  • Business center
  • ATM
  • In room safes
  • Self serve laundry
  • Riverstone Gift Gallery
  • Golf pro shop
  • Daily Mt. Hood Express™ shuttles to local ski and activity areas
  • 100% non-smoking facility

Recreation

  • 27-hole golf course (The Courses) – three distinct nines
  • Foot Golf on The Courses 
  • The Spa
  • Four tennis courts
  • Hiking and nature trails 
  • 18 Hole Putting Course
  • Professional Croquet Lawn
  • Lawn Bowling Lanes 
  • Volleyball Sand Court
  • Horseshoe Court

Meetings and Social Events

  • 15,000 square feet of flexible interior function space, including 6,800 square foot ballroom
  • Multiple outdoor pavilion, picnic and recreation areas with scenic views for group use
  • Thirteen meeting, banquet and hospitality rooms – accommodating from 5 to 750 guests
  • Free high-speed wired and wireless Internet access
  • On-site audiovisual equipment
  • Outdoor pavilion, picnic and recreation areas
  • Team-building activities
  • Conference planning on site

The Best of the Mt. Hood Territory and Beyond

  • 42 miles (57 minutes) from Portland International Airport
  • Columbia River Gorge Sternwheeler Cruise
  • World renown Columbia River windsurfing
  • End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center
  • Local farms and flower gardens
  • Mt. Hood Cultural Center & Museum
  • Mt. Hood Loop
  • Mt. Hood Railroad
  • Mt. Hood Summer Adventure Park at Skibowl
  • Sandy Ridge Mountain Bike Park
  • Multnomah Falls
  • Museum of the Oregon Territory
  • Rafting, rock climbing, mountain biking, kayaking, canoeing, hiking (summer and fall)
  • Rainbow Trout Farm
  • Skiing/boarding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, Nordic skiing (winter and spring)
  • Vineyards, wineries and micro-breweries

Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question about your upcoming stay at The Resort? You may just find the answer here.

About our facility

What do I need to know about parking at The Resort?

Self-parking is available and is included in the daily $20.00 Resort Fee.

Can I work out at The Resort?

Most certainly you can. The fitness center, located in The Spa building, is open daily 6 AM – 10 PM.

Does The Resort offer connecting guest rooms?

Yes. Adjoining rooms too.

What type of beds may I expect at The Resort at The Mountain?

Simmons® Premium bedding wrapped in luxury linens.

Are cribs available?

Yes. At no charge.

Is there a charge for an ‘extra’ adult to stay in a Resort guest room?

Yes. $20 per night.

Are rollaway beds available?

Yes, in select rooms. For $10 per night. Check with the front desk agent upon check-in.

Does The Resort have designated non-smoking guest rooms?

Yes. All accommodations are non-smoking.

How best can I store my valuables?

Safe deposit boxes are available at the Front Desk. Each room is equipped with a laptop safe in one of the bedside table drawers.

Is there shopping at The Resort?

Oh yes. You can browse and shop in three separate and distinct areas. For three totally different types of products and merchandise. At Riverstone Gift Gallery. At the Golf Pro Shop at The Courses. And at The Spa.

What about my pets? Are they welcome?

The Resort at The Mountain is a dog-friendly hotel. A limited number of dog-friendly rooms are available (Croft Double Queens or Croft Kings plus all lower floor rooms in building #2) and subject to first come, first served. Fee is $10 per room per night. One or two dogs, each up to 50 pounds may share their human companion’s room. At check-in, guests receive a resort pet etiquette letter and a gift for their pet. Under no circumstances may dogs be left unattended.

What else should I know?

There is an ATM located in Riverstone Gift Gallery. Contact a Front Desk associate for access 24/7.

When at The Resort, where best do I go to find out about activities and ‘stuff’ to do at The Resort?

Stop by the Front Desk or at the Activities Desk, located near Mallards and the golf shop. View exactly where it is on the property map.

How can I get to the ski area from The Resort?

There is a complimentary shuttle to the Mt. Hood Express bus stop coordinated by the Front Desk. See the Front Desk for tickets for round trip service to either Skibowl or Timberline. There are seven buses per day during ski season and six during summer months for hiking and biking. The buses have ski and snowboard racks in winter. And they tow a bike trailer during the summer. Tickets are $2 each way, please have exact change.

About our services

Are Resort gift cards available for purchase?

Indeed they are. Gift cards are available for purchase at either the Front Desk, Spa Reception Desk or at the Golf Shop. Resort gift cards are applicable for all products and services throughout the property. You may also call 503-622-3101. Or eMail at info@mthood-resort.com

Does The Resort offer laundry/valet service?

No. However there are self-serve laundry facilities in each guest room building.

Where can I find the hotel’s Business Center?

The Resort’s Business Center is located in the lobby, adjacent to the Sales & Catering office opposite the registration area, accessible 24/7. Guest access to a printer, computer and house phone is part of the daily Resort Fee.

Does The Resort have a Family Plan?

Yes. Children 17 years and younger stay free in guest room of accompanying parent or guardian.

About our policies

Is there a minimum age to rent a room?

Yes. Any guest renting a room at The Resort at The Mountain must be at least 18 years of age.

What is The Resort’s Cancellation/No Show policy?

Reservations may be cancelled without consequence until 6 PM day of arrival. Different cancellation policies may apply to packages and special offers.

What are check-in and checkout times?

Check-in time is 4:00 p.m.
Checkout time is 11:00 a.m.

Does The Resort have a Guarantee/Deposit policy?

Yes. All reservations must be guaranteed with a major credit card. 

What happens if I don’t arrive for my confirmed guest room reservation?

There is a No-Show Charge. One night’s room rate plus tax will be charged to your credit card on file.

About methods of payment

What do I need to know about taxes?

Occupancy tax is 7.8 percent per room per night not included in the room rate.

What are the accepted credit cards at The Resort?

The following credit cards are accepted
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

If you use a Debit Card, the authorization put on the card by the Front Desk will take 7-10 Business Days to release the money back into your account.

Tell me about the Resort Fee. What does it include?

The $20 daily Resort Fee includes:

  • 24/7 access to Business Center
  • Guest room Internet and local calls
  • Fitness Center access
  • Use of sports equipment, including
    • 18-hole putting course
    • Casual croquet lawns
    • Lawn bowling,
    • Tennis rackets and balls
    • Mountain bikes
    • Volleyball, football and badminton sets
    • Backgammon, chess, checkers, poker chips and games
  • Coffee, hot chocolate and tea in lobby from 6:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • USA Today newspaper Mon – Fri available in the lobby. Sunday Oregonian available for a fee.
  • Self parking
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