In its post-war heyday, the Barlow Cabin—on the route of the historic Barlow Road in Government Camp—hosted everyone from Scandinavian royalty to the world’s top ski racers. Movie star Rock Hudson stopped in for a drink during the filming of Bend in the River (1952). The cabin was built in 1946 by Timberline Lodge’s first publicist, George Henderson, as a compact, convivial base camp and gathering place for skiers and climbers and, eventually, his own children and grandchildren. Now pet friendly !!
The Barlow Cabin has been updated with new furnishings and modern appliances but retains its rustic charm, with Pendleton blankets, down comforters, and a wood-burning fireplace. There’s a smart TV with Hulu and WiFi to stream . You can hook up your iPod/iPhone to the stereo to play your choice of music. The Crosstown Trail, with its links to the Westleg Road and Glade and Alpine ski trails, is a short walk/ski away. Walk to dinner in Government Camp or stay in to cook in the small but well-equipped kitchen. On the walls are photos and memorabilia from the 1930s and ’40s depicting Government Camp’s emergence as a recreation destination. While you’re there, page through George’s own Mount Hood memoir, Lonely on the Mountain.
The living room, kitchen, small bathroom with shower, and kids’ bedroom (bunk beds) are downstairs; upstairs are three small bedrooms and a half-bath. One upstairs bedroom has twin beds, one has a queen bed, and the third bedroom has one queen bed and one twin. Capacity is limited to parties of eight or fewer. The Barlow Cabin is not wheelchair accessible. Pets allowed (60 lb limit)
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