Government Camp Cabin Rental Photos and Description
2 Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths, Sleeps 4
The Laurel Hearth Cabin was constructed by Floyd Parks in the early 1950s, although records indicate that there was another structure on the lot dating back to 1935. Mr Parks and his friends, all artisan carpenters, crafted the entire building by hand. In the spirit of Timberline Lodge, they used old growth timbers and incorporated as many local materials as possible. As such, the stone in the fireplace is slate pulled from Laurel Hill, and the mantel was hand carved from a large timber found on the lot.
Mr Parks had a great love of Mt. Hood and worked as a finish carpenter and part-time bartender at Timberline Lodge. In his later years, he also worked on the construction crew that built the day lodge at Timberline. Mr Parks purchased the lot for the cabin directly from Everett Darr, who developed most of the lots in the area. At that time, Highway 26 ran directly through the Village of Government Camp, so the lot was in a premium location close to the Village, but also near the Multorpor ski slopes.
When Floyd designed the cabin, he made certain that there was a large picture window looking directly at the Multorpor ski jump so that he could sit in the living room and watch the jumpers fly through the air. Mr Parks himself once jumped off that ramp, and he had great appreciation for the courage and skill it required. Trees have since obscured the view and the ramp is in disrepair, but that is why the window facing south is high and large.
Mr Parks uniquely configured the downstairs bedroom window so that he could lie and bed and have a perfect view of the summit of Mt. Hood (now also obscured). He also painted scene of the deer and the owl, now found in the vestibule, on his daughter’s bedroom wall. The picture was preserved and relocated during renovations.
Due to steep stairs unit is not suitable for children under 6 years of age
- non smoking only
- pets considered