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This is not a place I'd travel to dine in or would rave about but, much like the hotel, it was better than expected. As you'd probably guess, the place is incredibly casual and, since there's almost nothing else Government Camp, its either this or a journey up the mountain. I ate here twice and both meals were fine. The menu is mostly traditional bar food, but the steak was actually pretty decent. The burgers are good and, from what I heard, the pizzas are as well. The prices are pretty reasonable too.
The beer selection was outstanding. The sampler of eight different local selections was enough to make me forget some of the dissappointment over not being able to climb the next day.
Most of the skiiers and climbers stop here after exiting the mountain, so it gets pretty crowded in the early evening. Still, its not an apres ski scene by any stretch of the imagination. Everyone heads out early and the place closes around 10.
Written Jun 2, 2006
Address: Government Camp
If you love psuedo Pro Snowboarders who cannot construct complete sentences then this is your joint. Swanky (if you consider dirt "Swank") drunkeness is highlighted by the lack of approachable women. Female to Male ratio of about 1 to 20 results in many surly episodes. Fun if you just turned 21 (or have'nt yet) but less respectable than Charlie-O's accross the street...
Dress Code: Clothing and manners optional.
Written Nov 11, 2002
Address: Downtown Govy
Timothy Lake is just a short hop down 26 and a few miles on forest road 52 (I think). Try renting a pair of snow shoes in Govy and truckin in the many meadows around the area.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Favorite thing: There are two convenience stores at Government Camp. The second is larger and has pretty much everything you need to stock up for camping or daily excursions on the mountain. Surprisingly, I couldn't find any Poptarts, but that probably would not disappoint too many people other than myself. But there was plenty of sugar laden energy fuel for even the longest backpacking trip.
This is also your only stop for miles and there's no place at Timberline where you can get supplies other than water and soda, so if you're planning on an extended hike, this would be a good place to stop beforehand.
Written Jun 2, 2006
Favorite thing: Snow sports are the dominant theme here. Lots of summer activities for the family types and younger crowd. Heavy beer drinking and a weird exclusion to hard alcohol for a few months in the summer. The famous Mirror Pond is a short hike down the road and good biking trails too.
Timberlibe in the winter is mild terrain wise with Meadows having the better terrain. Ski Bowl has the real steeps but only as low snow levels allow. A quick hikle into the Outback is a must at the Bowl but avoid getting stuck in "Death Valley" if you are a snowboarder.
Fondest memory: Beating the crap out of a guy who stole a few snowboards off the deck of the Beer Stube. Hey, I'm not generally into violence but don't steal a fellers ride man !
The Stube is the spot for surly mountain locals. Dont talk to the locals they bite (well, only if you have a distaste for crappy metal tunes)...
Written Nov 20, 2002