|'Besties' a first step for Log Lodge posted on 02/01/2021|
Last summer, Anita Halmøy Wisløff-Menteer and Erik Sims
Wisløff-Menteer found themselves as the new owners of the Log Lodge in
Rhododendron and in the middle of a pandemic. And thanks to how so many aspects
of life as they knew it were shut down due to the coronavirus (including Erik’s
band, Blitzen Trapper, not being able to tour) the pair sold their Portland
house and moved to Rhododendron.
“We just realized that neither of us had anything going on
in Portland, so we might as well just head up to the Mountain,” Erik said.
Anita and Erik have a larger vision for the Log Lodge, a
historic building on the south side of Hwy. 26, but while they chip away at
repairing and restoring it, they also opened Bestie’s Coffee, a food truck that
offers beverages and food. They see their location as convenient for tourists
travelling up to Mount Hood and hope that locals swing by, too.
Anita, who grew up in a small mountain town in Norway, noted
they will focus on offering things that people can take with them on a ski trip
or other recreational activities, with plans to have sandwiches and pastries in
the future. She also noted they might offer “wieners in a thermos,” a popular
skiing meal in Norway that features hot dogs in a thermos with hot water, buns
and condiments for a hot lunch on the slopes.
“We do that all the time up (on Mount Hood) and we get a lot
of weird looks,” she said. “It’s a great thing, so hopefully people will try it
Erik, who grew up in Salem, added that they will offer Water
Avenue coffee, noting it’s a good change of pace from some of the heavier brews
they experienced in Portland.
“We really like their coffee and the roasting methods,” he
said. “It’s incredibly flavorful. They’re just a really solid team.”
The pair plan to feature coffee in the Log Lodge when they
open it, offering a place for people to sit and work during the day. And even
though no firm timeline is in place for that to open, they both can appreciate
the fact that due to the pandemic they would be closed up even if the building
“For us, it’s weirdly good timing,” Anita said. “We wouldn’t
have been able to open anyway.”
And to help people who want to make a quick stop while
getting their drinks, Bestie’s Coffee can be preordered online, allowing
beverages to be finished by the time people stop by.
The pair added that they are extremely grateful to the
community of Rhododendron and their neighbors, who have been very helpful as
they have started their endeavors.
“We love it up here; everyone is so amazingly nice,” Anita
said. “It’s so fun to be part of such a small community. The nature is
Bestie’s Coffee is located at 73330 Hwy. 26 and is open from
7 a.m. to 3 p.m. seven days a week.
For more information, or to preorder, visit
Anita added that late in January, a second food truck joined
in at the location. The Flavor Bus offers breakfast, lunch, drinks and catering,
featuring bright veggies, sustainable fish, better meats and all-around healthy
Menu items include sashimi grade albacore, house-made turkey
chorizo and vegan herb maple sausages, with house-made sauces such as Liger
sauce made with cashew, red pepper and grapefruit and a low-sugar teriyaki
Hours for the Flavor Bus will be 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays
through Sundays. For more information, visit www.theflavorbus.com.
By Garth Guibord/MT