"We were staying with friends in an old steiner cabin just outside of Rhododendron, Oregon, that sits just off of Still Creek. We slipped away through the old growth forest to Still Creek. The water is fed by glacial runoff from Mount Hood, so it was quite cold this time of year, only allowing for a few shocking moments in the water." - William Imhold
Go : Head east out of Portland to the small Mountain Town. During the summer there are many hiking trails in the area and tons of beautiful forests and wildlife. Winter months this area sees a fair amount of snow and Mount Hood has many ski resorts.
Stay : There is at least one inn in Rhododendron but I would highly recommend finding a cabin for rent. Sitting on the porch listening to the rainfall through the forest with a cup of coffee is a beautiful way to start the day.
Eat : The town itself is small but offers quite a few dining options. There is a steakhouse and Mexican place as well as some fast food options. I personally recommend heading up the highway a bit to the Skyway Bar and Grill. Their mac and cheese is phenomenal.
Drink : We went for several nice walks while we stayed in the area and found a wonderful coffee cart that is set up year round in the parking lot of Mt. Hood Foods.