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Togethering TV series hits Mount Hood, Clackamas County

by: BETSY LABARGE For four days, cast and crew members explored Mount Hood and Clackamas County on the set of a television show featuring “togethering.”

Mount Hood and surrounding areas in Clackamas County hosted the latest episode of 'Getting Away Together,' a television series airing on PBS member stations that highlights the vacationing trend of 'togethering,' or sharing a vacation rental with family and friends.

The premiere season of the show is slated to air in October, featuring different groups of travelers exploring their destination with a vacation rental as their home base.

PineRidge Film and Television Company is producing the show, filmed in Mount Hood and Clackamas County during a span of four days.

Episodes have been filmed across the country, but the concept of 'togethering' is a constant.

'People are starting to lead more busy, hectic lifestyles,' said Betsy LaBarge of Mount Hood Vacation Rentals. 'A vacation rental is a private home and more cost-effective than hotel rooms.'

At Mount Hood Rentals, renters get a full kitchen, separate bedrooms, bathrooms and a living room. Some include decks and hot tubs.

LaBarge said they can be shared by several sets of couples who are longtime friends, for extended family reunions, a college friend rendezvous or a variety of set-ups.

An extended family of 47 stayed at an Oceanside vacation rental, LaBarge said.

Vacation homes have been popular for more than 20 years, but they really took off three years ago when the recession made rental homes more cost-effective, LaBarge said.

Prices at Mount Hood Rentals vary seasonally and depend on amenities, the presence of an animal, and the number of people in the group. Summer and winter prices range $50-75 per person per night.

While in the Mount Hood area and Clackamas County, show producers sought spontaneous side trips to film outside the home base rental home in Zigzag.

The cast includes seven thirty-something adults -- two couples and a friend -- from Seattle. In exchange for being filmed, they vacationed for free.

'There are little things they discover, and they're looking for it as they go,' LaBarge said. 'It's really exciting to have people see on television and the website how cool this area is, what you can do and why people like coming here.'

Visit GettingAwayTogether.com for more information about episodes, other links and resources.