Photo Post: Timberline Lodge, Mt. Hood, Oregon // AKA the Overlook Hotel

Timberline Lodge is a mountain lodge on the south side of Mount Hood in Oregon, about 60 miles (97 km) east of Portland.

Built in the late 1930s, this National Historic Landmark sits at an elevation of 5,960 feet (1,817 m), within the Mount Hood National Forest and is accessible through the Mount Hood Scenic Byway. It is a popular tourist attraction, drawing more than a million visitors annually.  It is noted in film for serving as the exterior of the Overlook Hotel in The Shining.

Timberline Lodge, Mt. Hood, Oregon 2014

Timberline Lodge, Mt. Hood, Oregon 2014

About the movie:

The 1980 movie The Shining used aerial shots of the Timberline Lodge as part of its opening scene, and exterior footage for some establishing shots of the fictional Overlook Hotel throughout the movie. The movie was based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, which King was inspired to write while at The Stanley Hotel in Colorado. Several of the exterior shots in the film which purport to show the lodge, such as those of the hedge maze and loading dock, were taken at Elstree Studios in England, using a mock-up of the south face of the lodge. There is no hedge maze (and hardly any level ground) at the Timberline Lodge. All interior scenes were shot at Elstree Studios as well, and do not depict the interior of the Timberline Lodge.

I have never watched The Shining, and so when we were there, I didn’t really paid much attention. I just love the fact that I was playing with snow and going into a snow lodge to warm up. Now that I am posting this, I read about the movie plot and boy, am I glad I didn’t see the movie before I go there. It sounds like a really scary movie. Not sure I want to watch it alone. Eeeks! This should have been a Halloween post!

So have you been to the Timberline Lodge? Watched The Shining?

If you are like me, and never watched the movie, and is spoiler-proof? Read about the movie plot here.

I will show you the interior of the Timberline Lodge in one of the upcoming posts. So stay tune and Happy Friday! xx

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