Whispering Woods – A Perfect Winter Getaway
By Ty Walker
The woods are calling for you. Hear them whispering?
They want you to take a break from it all and share more time with family and friends on the mountain.
Cast in the shadow of the majestic Mount Hood is a luxury vacation resort perfect for winter getaways – Whispering Woods. Visitors from far and wide come to play year-round on the tallest mountain in Oregon then relax by the fireplace in a fully equipped condo by the national forest.
Whispering Woods resort in Welches offers 74 timeshare condominiums, 10 traditional whole ownership condos and some nightly guest units. But most are for timeshare part-owners.
The popular destination stays busy all four seasons, but in the winter, it’s all about skiing and snowboarding. Mount Hood is just a short 17-mile drive east on Highway 26.
“We’ve got thousands of clients, a wide spectrum of folks,” Whispering Woods General Manager Pat Easterbrooks said. “Summer is our busiest time. Weekends are quite busy. It’s a seasonal business.”
Easterbrooks has worked at Whispering Woods for 34 years, starting on the maintenance crew under his parents, who managed the resort from the 1980s through mid-‘90s. After his mother and father retired, he took over as general manager.
Whispering Woods, which began development in 1981, has had the good fortune of having a stable local management team over the years. Director of Resort Operations Robin Barrett, who lives in Sandy, has been on the staff for 30 years. Reservations Manager Cyndy Werner of Brightwood has worked there 27 years.
“We have a nice atmosphere with strong working relationships and we all have a lot of respect for each other,” Werner said. “So that makes it a good place to come to work.”
As GM, Easterbrooks said he oversees a staff of about 25, which includes housekeepers, front desk assistants and maintenance crew. He maintains and manages “74 condos, day-to-day finances, planning for future renovation and repairs, and making sure everything is in top shape.”
The Mt. Hood area offers some of the best recreational opportunities in Oregon and Whispering Woods is located at the heart of it all. In addition to skiing at nearby Ski Bowl, Mt. Hood Meadows and Timberline Lodge, activities include hiking, fishing, golf and swimming.
Guest rooms at the luxury resort feature one and two bedrooms, or two-bedrooms with loft; fully equipped kitchens in every unit; dining/living rooms; fireplace or wood stove; one or two bathrooms; washers and dryers; cable TV with DVD player; and free WiFi.
Since 1996, Vacation Resorts International (VRI) has provided management services to Whispering Woods. The nation’s largest independent timeshare management company in the industry, VRI manages more than 140 resort associations in 26 states, Mexico and Canada.
Whispering Woods is located at 67800 E. Nicklaus Way in Welches, OR 97067. For more information, phone 503-622-3171 or go online to whisperingwoods.net.