Cozy cabin the woods or an amenity-packed golf condo? An afternoon of skiing or snowboarding? Hiking or golfing first thing in the morning? A stay in one of our Welches vacation rentals will have you pondering tough decisions like those.
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Now an outdoor destination year-round, the town's humble beginnings took place back in 1882, when Samuel Welch and his son William started developing the land around the creek that would come to bear their names. From that first small getaway in 1893 to Oregon's first golf resort in 1928, Welches is now home to three golf courses, so be sure to bring your clubs.
When you take a break from the links, grab your fishing rod. From its origin way up in Reid Glacier, the Salmon River runs right through Welches and with it come wild salmon and steelhead. (Fish populations are strained, so it's catch and release.) Check out The Fly Fishing Shop along Mt. Hood Highway to pick up gear, book an area fly fishing excursion, or just swap fishing tales with the staff.
For a more hands-off approach to wildlife, hike the Cascade Streamwatch Trail where you can view wild fish in their natural habitat. A Mt. Hood vacation rental in Welches is the perfect destination if you're into cycling. Pick from one of 45 bike routes around town. Hikers can choose from 31 trails of varying lengths and difficulty in the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness Area. And, of course, there are plenty of places to climb, raft, horseback ride—whatever your outdoor activity of choice, it's here! But, no matter how you spend your time, you'll want to unwind after your adventure with some sweet potato fries, local grass-fed beef burgers, and cold beer at the Rendezvous Grill.
Of course, just like the neighboring towns of Brightwood and Rhododendron, Welches does double duty in winter. There are four ski resorts nearby, as well as opportunities for cross country skiing, snowshoeing, tubing, and snowmobiling in the ample National Forest lands. Around the holidays, take a festive sleigh ride around the downtown.
At the end of the day, you'll find there's nothing better than heading back to your Welches vacation rental, sitting down in front of a warm, toasty fire, and enjoying some hot cocoa.