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It's hard to beat the hot chocolate at Timberline Lodge.

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 On the Mountain

Timberline Lodge offer several choices for snacking, feasting, imbibing and taking in unrivaled views at 6,000 feet, including the Cascade Dining Room, the Ram's Head Bar and the Blue Ox Bar. The selection of Oregon pinots is impressive, and they serve up a variety of fresh seafood from the Pacific Northwest, as you can see from the photo below.

 The Ice Axe Grill, just off Hwy. 26 in Government Camp is also owned by Timberline's RLK Corp., and it is home to the Mt. Hood Brewing Co., which has been crafting fine brews on the Mountain since 1991. A clean, laid-back family pub with pizza, burgers and sweet potato fries.

The High Mountain Cafe in the heart of Govy (owned by Skibown management) serves up massive sandwiches such as the Goofy Foot, the Coloir Crossing and the Avalanche. It's a popular place so service can be slow, but the ambiance and food are excellent, and the Wi-Fi connection is solid.

The Huckleberry Inn in the middle of Govy has a 24-hour cafe with huge portions, massive milkshakes and killer pancakes. They also run an adjacent steakhouse that caters to large group events and is open to the public during the peak of the season.

The Taco Shoppe is a friendly and popular, well, taco shop. It's right in Govy, and as of 2013-14 it will be larger and more comfortable with a new new bar and indoor seating for your taco-chomping enjoyment. Check their Facebook page for details. 88786 E Government Camp Loop Rd. Government Camp, Oregon 97028

Charlie's Mountain View Restaurant & Bar is a Government Camp classic. Right in the middle of Govy, by the turn-off to Multorpor, with surprisingly tasty pub fare, live music and all sorts of characters.

The Ratskeller Alpine Bar and Pizzeria is a lively pizza and beer joint in the heart of Govy with live music and big-screen TVs.

Skibowl West has the usual mountain-of-nachos-with-a-beer fare at its Beer Stube, and their kitchen crew's orders are to pile on the chips and goodies as high as architecturally possible. Also highly recommended is the Warming Hut at the top of the Lower Bowl, a cozy and highly recommended slopeside destination for cold Pils, hot chocolate, homemade soup and a roaring fire.

Skibowl East's 70-Meter Bar and Grill, upstairs at the renovated Multorpor Lodge, is a fine location for a pint or two after making turns, or while the kids are out playing on the Tubing Hill.

On the other side of the mountain, Meadows also has plenty of dining and drinking options - nine to be exact. At the end of a sunny day you can get barbecue and beer on the deck at the Paradise Grill. The Alpenstube Restaurant is a good place to warm up with a full-service sit-down meal. The Vertical Restaurant Restaurant and Bar is a good place to wait out a white-out. When you're starving but not ready to get off the mountain yet, you can grab a sausage and a beer or a mocha at the Mazot Eatery. It's hard to beat the Mazot's outdoor seating on a sunny spring day.

Cooper Spur's Crooked Tree Tavern features barbecue, burgers, beer and sandwiches in a classic mountain structure, the old North Face Inn. 10755 Cooper Spur Road, off Hwy. 35.

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