Location as Character: Nearly 20 minutes into the film, as the camera follows the Torrance family on the long, winding drive through the Rocky Mountains, we get our first glimpse of the Timberline-as-Overlook. For the remainder of the film, we stay there, trapped with the family for the lengthy winter. While the interiors of the Overlook were shot on a set in England, the Timberline served as its exterior identity.
Historical Significance: The Overlook Hotel may be the most important aspect of 'The Shining.' So much of the film has been left to mystery, hinting that the Overlook Hotel itself is responsible for the horror that unfolds. It is more than a location for the film; Kubrick infuses the imposing winter lodge with its own character, making it feel as if it is alive and driving Jack Torrance to commit his terrifying actions. Kubrick shoots the Timberline with the menacing grandeur it requires.
Directions: The Timberline is located on the south side of Mount Hood, at Timberline Road off of Government Camp, OR 97028Timberline Lodge, OR 97028, and can be reached from US-26 W via I-84 W heading toward Portland.
Visitor's Info: Fans of 'The Shining' can visit the Timberline year-round. Now, a National Historic Landmark, the Timberline has the longest-running ski season in the U.S. It offers monthly skiing and snow-boarding, and seasonal hiking activities. It also offers tours, dining, lodging, live music performances, and even wedding services. You can book a visit through the Timberline Lodge website.
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