Mt. Hood and Columbia River Gorge Blog - West Columbia River Gorge

WATERFALLS: BY SKY, WATER OR LAND
10/10/2017 | Art, Brewery, Cascade Locks, Food, Hood River, Recreation, Road Trip, Shopping, Troutdale, Waterfalls, West Columbia River Gorge
While Highway 30 may be closed past the Women’s Forum Overlook due to the Eagle Creek fire, many people are wondering, “How can I see the waterfalls?" Well, how about a stunning view from the sky? When you book a flight with Envi Adventures, you get a ticket to a front row view of the Columbia River Gorge. And right now through November 19, you can get a discount with their “Gorge Love” promotion. Use code "gorgelove" when purchasing. Flights leave right out of the Troutdale Airport.Before heading into the skies, stroll along downtown Troutdale and enjoy antiques, art, beautiful home furnishings and sample one of the local restaurants. From Angus Beef Burgers to Ziti Pasta, they’ve got it all.Or, how about...  Read More
OCTOBER FUN IN THE GORGE
09/27/2017 | Brewery, Cascade Locks, The Dalles, The Hood River Chamber Of Commerce, West Columbia River Gorge
With the Eagle Creek fire now under control and Interstate 84 reopened in both directions, hard-hit Gorge communities are inviting people to “Show the Gorge Some Love” in October by visiting and showing their appreciation for one of America’s greatest treasures. Here is just a sample of what there is to do this month in the Gorge...Troutdale:Troutdate invites you to wander down the street of this idyllic town on Friday, October 6 for First Friday Art Walk. From 5:00-9:00 p.m., shops will be open with live music and wine tasting. Various artists will be lining the streets with a myriad of artful, handcrafted pieces available for purchase. This is a perfect time to shop for the holidays, or pick up...  Read More
GORGE AREA BUSINESSES STILL OPEN TO VISITORS
09/07/2017 | Mt Hood Territory, West Columbia River Gorge
On September 2nd a wildfire erupted along the Eagle Creek trail in the dense forest of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, just outside of Cascade Locks. Since, the section of the Gorge from exit 17 in Troutdale to exit 62 in Hood River on I-84 has been closed to the public indefinitely. This includes the Historic Columbia River Highway. While firefighters and other first responders work diligently to gain control over the fire that has now spread to over 33,000 acres, it is imperative that locals and visitors steer clear of the fire danger and allow them to do what they do best. However, the communities surrounding the fire area are still open for business and visitors who have...  Read More
READY, SET, GORGE!
06/15/2017 | Hiking, Hood River, Recreation, The Dalles, West Columbia River Gorge
Travel tips for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic AreaThe magnificent Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area is a favorite among locals and Oregon visitors alike, and its no mystery as to why. Within these 293,000 acres, there are spectacular waterfalls, trails for all hiking levels, parks, historical sites, and the scenic Historic Columbia River Highway. Unlike most national parks and scenic areas, the Columbia Gorge is also home to 13 communities, all of which have unique characteristics that make them well worth visiting.More than 2 million people visit the Gorge each year, and many make Hood River their basecamp because of its easy access to dozens of hiking and biking trails and majestic drives and sightseeing. Hood River is...  Read More
LEAP INTO SPRING IN THE WEST COLUMBIA GORGE!
05/08/2017 | Cascade Locks, Event, Fairview, Troutdale, West Columbia River Gorge, Wildlife, Wood Village
(Photo by Sandy River Basin Watershed Council)From Fairview and Wood Village to Troutdale and Cascade Locks, springtime activities abound in the West Columbia Gorge. Watch wildlife as you a stroll along wetlands viewing diverse habitats at Salish Ponds in Fairview. Participate in the 29th Annual Easter Egg Hunt in Wood Village on April 15th or watch the Columbia Gorge Racing Associations collegiate sailing regatta April 15-16 on the Columbia River at Cascade Locks. Want to rediscover some of the same animal species documented by Lewis and Clark in the early 1800's Head to the Sandy River Delta Park in Troutdale on April 22-23 and participate in the Sandy River Delta Eco-blitz. Here you will be paired...  Read More
A MOUNTAIN MAN'S BUCKET LIST
04/27/2017 | Hiking, Mt Hood Territory, Skiing, Waterfalls, West Columbia River Gorge
Some goals in life leave me restless until they are crossed off my bucket list, no matter how many attempts or years it takes me to accomplish it. Mt. Hood was one of those.Five years ago, while sitting at my computer in Utah looking through pictures of mountains to climb, I came across a photo of a rim-ice-encrusted rock monolith that pierced the sky like a giant dagger on a mountain side. That was when I discovered the formation called Illumination Rock, located on the escarpments of Mt. Hood, Oregons tallest mountain at 11,250 feet.Years passed, life got in the way, but Mt. Hood remained at the back of my mind.In 2016 my work as a photographer moved me to...  Read More
HISTORIC SITES OF THE COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE
03/13/2017 | Heritage, Troutdale, West Columbia River Gorge
View of Vista House from the Portland Women's Forum State ParkFor more than 13,000 years, The Columbia River Gorge has drawn people to its paradise. Native American tribes flourished along the Columbia River utilizing its resources for food, clothing, shelter, trade and transportation. The area became particularly popular in the mid-1850s, following Lewis & Clarks expedition and pioneers from The Oregon Trail. With the influx of people came new construction that still exists today for visitors to step back in time and enjoy. From Fairview to Cascade Locks, here are some of our favorites on the National Registry of Historic Places. Start at McMenamins Edgefield in Troutdale, which was once the Multnomah County Poor Farm, or visit the Fairview City...  Read More
TROUTDALE: YOUR BASE CAMP TO ADVENTURE
02/01/2017 | Lodging, Recreation, Skiing, Troutdale, West Columbia River Gorge
Troutdale, Oregon is not only the Gateway to the Gorge but is also a convenient base camp for all your favorite winter activities up on the mountain. From snowshoeing to skiing, snow biking to tubing, it is all just a 1-hour drive away. In Troutdale, and throughout the rest of the West Columbia Gorge area, you can stock up on snow activity supplies, head up for a day on the mountain, then come back down to relax for a night's stay along the majestic Columbia River. Not sure which adventure to tackle first on Mt. Hood Check out Troutdale's local adventure tour operator, Rare Earth Adventures. In addition to leading waterfall hikes in The Gorge, during the winter they...  Read More
10 FUN THINGS TO DO IN MT. HOOD/GORGE THIS WINTER
01/18/2017 | Biking, Brewery, Cascade Locks, Dufur, Event, Government Camp, Hiking, Hood River, Lodging, Mt Hood Territory, Recreation, The Dalles, Troutdale, Waterfalls, West Columbia River Gorge
 Winter in the Mt. Hood/Columbia River Gorge region is meant for adventure and fun... with a side of cozy relaxation. Here are 10 fun suggestions for your winter trip planning in our backyard: Take in epic views of the Columbia River and sample seasonal brews at Thunder Island Brewing in Cascade Locks. See what snow-covered waterfalls look like in Waterfall Alley along I-84. However, roads and trails can be icy and dicey in winter. Check conditions in advance and come prepared with adequate apparel, snow and ice gear. We recommend sticking to the easy access falls in winter like Multnomah Falls, Horsetail Falls, and Latourell Falls. Learn about the history and culture of the Gorge at one of the upcoming...  Read More
WINTER AT MULTNOMAH FALLS LODGE
12/29/2016 | Corbett, Hiking, Waterfalls, West Columbia River Gorge
Twinkling lights and family getaways are just a few of the wonderful traditions that families share over the holiday season. Make sure to include a stop at the historic Multnomah Falls Lodge on your next trip to the West Columbia Gorge for a warm meal and spectacular winter wonderland waterfall views.Each winter the lodge shines bright with holiday lights and warms bellies with an upscale Northwest style cuisine at the restaurant. While there, don't miss the breathtaking view of glowing snow and ice surrounding the second highest year-round waterfall in our nation, Multnomah Falls.So, take a drive with your friends, family, and loved ones to the Multnomah Falls Lodge this winter and include it as one of your annual holiday...  Read More
HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING EVENTS IN THE GORGE
11/21/2016 | Cascade Locks, Event, Fairview, Troutdale, West Columbia River Gorge, Wood Village
Join friends and family in celebrating the holiday season in the West Columbia Gorge Region at one of our annual Holiday Tree Lighting events and activities throughout the first week in December:Troutdale: Friday, 12/2 5:30-7:00 pmFairview: Saturday, 12/3 4:00 pm-6:00 pmWood Village: Saturday, 12/3 6:00 pmCascade Locks: Sunday, 12/4 3:00 pmAll weekend you can gaze at beautifully decorated trees, visit our many unique shops and art galleries, stroll the quaint towns, and enjoy holiday entertainment with Santa. There will be warm hot chocolate, carolers, and much more at this not to be missed weekend of fun.Give back through our SnowCap & Fill-A-Bag programs to help end hunger. Bring canned/non-perishable foods, clothing, and/or blankets to Troutdales Tree Lighting event or stop...  Read More
BEST PLACES FOR A WARM DRINK IN MT. HOOD/COLUMBIA GORGE
11/07/2016 | Agritourism, Food, Hood River, Mt Hood Territory, The Dalles, West Columbia River Gorge
As autumn settles in and the air gets cooler, the need to warm your hands and body with a delicious warm beverage increases. Here is a list of our favorite warm drinks in the Mt. Hood/Gorge region:A Hot Chocolate at Timberline Lodge in Government CampMany have tried to replicate it, but few can -- The Hot Chocolate from the Rams Head Bar at Timberline Lodge. Nestle into a comfy chair as you sip on a piping hot mug of liquid chocolate goodness topped with whipped cream, shaved nuts, and caramel drizzles. A cappuccino in an old stone church at The Riverenza in The DallesServing both delicious coffee and tea drinks, what makes The Riverenza a truly special place to visit...  Read More
TOP 5 SPOTS FOR MT. HOOD/COLUMBIA GORGE LEAF PEEPING
09/26/2016 | Hood River, Mt Hood Territory, Recreation, The Dalles, West Columbia River Gorge
Drive along one of the Mt. Hood/Columbia Gorge scenic byways during the month of October and you will experience our regions vibrant fall foliage. Looking to go off-the-beaten-path for autumns visual bounty Check out our Top 5 Mt. Hood/Columbia Gorge Hidden Leaf Peeping Gems:Hood River Fruit Loop, Hood River: The 35-mile Hood River County Fruit Loop, set among 14,000 acres of bountiful orchards, is perfect for fall leaf peeping. Not only do the apple and pear orchards and grape vineyards turn beautiful fall colors, but visitors can make stops at farm stands and u-pick farms along the way for apples, pears, pumpkins, chestnuts and other fall produce.Mill Creek Road, The Dalles: Follow along Mill Creek Road via car or...  Read More
THE SEASON TO CELEBRATE ART
09/12/2016 | Art, West Columbia River Gorge
Autumn is the perfect time to explore the West Columbia River Gorge. The leaves are changing color, orchards fill with apples and pears, and art is celebrated on every corner.The West Columbia Gorge is the place to be when it comes to art. Local artists are inspired by the regions beauty and incredible natural features, found nowhere else. One of the best ways to experience the work of these artists is at the Fall Festival of the Arts. Held during the weekend of September 30th through October 2nd, the Fall Festival of the Arts takes place in multiple locations throughout the Gorge, including Glenn Otto Park, downtown Troutdale, and Cascade Locks.This festival is more than just paintings on canvas or...  Read More
EXPLORE THE GORGE
09/01/2016 | Hiking, Recreation, Road Trip, Waterfalls, West Columbia River Gorge
Celebrate Labor Day this weekend by exploring the West Columbia River Gorge region! Camping and climbing and waterfalls, there are no shortages of things to do in this beautiful area! Whether you are bringing the whole family or a smaller group of friends, there is sure to be something fun for you in the West Columbia River Gorge. Here are a few ideas to get you started!What are the major destinations in the West Columbia River Gorge Historic Columbia River Hwy Travel to magnificent overlooks that provide views of the Columbia River and waterfalls, including Multnomah Falls.Vista House Few places combine natures wonders and human architectural brilliance so majestically. Once called Thors Heights, Crown Point is capped...  Read More
LATOURELL FALLS
08/26/2016 | Corbett, Hiking, Recreation, Waterfalls, West Columbia River Gorge
Just past Vista House along the old Historic Columbia River Highway, you can get to this family friendly hike to view the beautiful Latourell Falls. Only 2.4 miles round trip, this is a great stop if you are traveling along the Historic Highway in the Columbia River Gorge to view one of the many beautiful waterfalls this area is known for! Trail DescriptionBeginning from the trailhead from the Historic Columbia River Highway (HCRH), follow the trail uphill to the left of Latourell Falls (or sometimes referred to as the lower falls). At the falls, the lichen-covered columnar basalt formations around the falls steal the show. Continue to the Upper Falls after crossing several bridges and following Henderson Creek. Finally you'll...  Read More
FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS
08/24/2016 | Art, Cascade Locks, Event, Heritage, Troutdale, West Columbia River Gorge
The Columbia Gorge Chamber of Commerce and the Troutdale Arts Council has published a press release for the 2nd Annual Fall Festival Of The Arts, which will feature fine artists from around the Gorge region. Learn more about one of the incredible artists who has agreed to be a part of this wonderful festival, celebrating and encouraging artists within our beautiful Columbia River Gorge region. Gary Fenske Chosen as Feature Artist at Fall Festival of the ArtsAn artist is not a camera for someone elses mind. - Gary Fenske, 2016PORTLAND, OR August 20, 2016 Internationally acclaimed artist Gary Fenske announced today that his series of fluorescing art murals, Illuminations of the Gorge, was chosen as the feature exhibit for the...  Read More
MULTNOMAH DINING
08/18/2016 | Food, Troutdale, Waterfalls, West Columbia River Gorge
Come dine under the magnificent Multnomah Falls, just east of Troutdale. Offering fine Northwest-style food with a focus on the bountiful local food that the Columbia River Gorge provides. Whether you just got hungry after the long hike up and down the falls or you want to spend a nice meal dining under the beautiful Multnomah Falls, Multnomah Falls Lodge is sure to please!Greetings from the staff at Multnomah Falls Lodge,We offer upscale Northwest style cuisine with an emphasis on fresh local ingredients, in the beautifully preserved Multnomah Falls Lodge. To enhance your dining experience we offer an extensive award winning wine list featuring Oregon and Washington wines, as well as the finest in local micro-brewed beers.Our dining rooms feature...  Read More
THEATER AT EDGEFIELD
08/18/2016 | Agritourism, Art, Brewery, Event, Food, Heritage, Lodging, Recreation, Shopping, Troutdale, West Columbia River Gorge, Winery
Sit back and enjoy a wonderful movie in the historical and beautiful Edgefield Theater. Comfy chairs, food and drink served before the movie starts all in a beautiful room surrounded by gorgeous murals and paintings. Come down to Edgefield for an excellent movie experience. About Edgefield TheaterWeve enhanced your movie-going at the Poor Farm! Enjoy new luxury movie rocker seats, online ticket purchase with reserved seating and food and table service starting 45 minutes before each showing!!Accommodations Our theater offers a quality entertainment experience for deaf, hard of hearing and vision impaired guests. Our movie showings are closed captioned, and we offer individual Captiview closed caption devices that sit in your seats cupholder. In addition, we offer two types of...  Read More
BLUE LAKE PARK
08/10/2016 | Fairview, Recreation, West Columbia River Gorge
Blue Lake Park is located in Fairview and is a great summer stop! Blue Lake offers a wide variety of activities, like relaxing on the beach, swimming in the lake, running around playing disc golf, fishing, and even a spray water park for the little ones! You can have a picnic or host events and get-togethers at the park too!Know when you goOpen from 8 a.m. to legal sunset.Parking fee is $5 per car, $7 per bus (free with annual pass).Closed on Christmas, Thanksgiving and New Year's.Children under 5 years are not allowed in the lake, but there is a water play area for all ages.Much of the park is wheelchair accessible, including the parking areas, restrooms, fishing dock, picnic...  Read More
BEAUTIFUL MULTNOMAH
08/05/2016 | Hiking, Recreation, Troutdale, Waterfalls, West Columbia River Gorge
Come see the view from the top of the mighty Multnomah Falls! This 2.6-mile hike takes you up switchbacks that give you beautiful views of the Columbia River Gorge all the way up to the 620 ft drop that is the beautiful Multnomah Falls! This waterfall is steeped in history as it is the crown jewel along the Columbia River Highway.HistoryLumber baron and philanthropist Simon Benson donated the land that the falls sit upon and funded the construction of the iconic Benson Bridge in front of Multnomah Falls, the tallest waterfall in Oregon and the Columbia Gorge's most recognizable natural landmark. Benson's generosity later helped citizens work with timber companies in the 1940s and 1950s to secure protection of...  Read More
TROUTDALE CAR SHOW
08/02/2016 | Art, Event, Transportation, Troutdale, West Columbia River Gorge
Come on down to Troutdale for the Troutdale Kiwanis Car Show, displaying cars of all makes and models! Not only is this a great opportunity to enjoy these classic cars, but proceeds go to children's charities! Make a difference and have fun in Troutdale, August 7th!The 2016 Car Show will be our 13th showing off once again cars of all makes, models and years. The date this year will be August 7th starting at 9:00 am and wrapping up around 3:00 pm. Proceeds from our show will be going to Doernbecher Childrens Cancer Program, Randall Childrens Hospital and Troutdale Kiwanis Kids are Key Programs.You can learn more about the Troutdale Kiwanis Car Show by visiting their website.Discover more attractions,...  Read More
FAIRVIEW FESTIVAL
07/27/2016 | Event, Fairview, Food, West Columbia River Gorge
10 years of fun and food, The Fairview On The Green Festival is just around the corner. Come on down August 20th for a cruise in, live music, local artisans, and fun activities for the kids too! It's a great way to spend a summer day!Celebrating its 10th year this late summer festival has entertained and enhanced our community and has become our signature event. This years event will host a cruise-in. We will have a 50/50, raffle, class award, and dash plaques. As well as the island themed food in the beer garden we will have a selection of other food offerings and deserts. Local and out of town artisans sell their crafts, live music, live...  Read More
JERRY GARCIA'S BIRTHDAY
07/20/2016 | Art, Event, Food, Heritage, Troutdale, West Columbia River Gorge, Winery
Come down to McMenamins to celebrate the birthday of the late Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead, Sunday July 31st! A full day of music, and enjoy handcrafted brews and wines while celebrating the birthday of Jerry Garcia.Truly one of the most fun and festive events of the summer, Jerry Garcia's Birthday is a devil of a good time check out live music, join in the colorful Tie-Dye Golf Tournament, pay respects at the "Garcia Bronze" sculpture set in a wooded glen, enjoy handcrafted McMenamins ales, wines and spirits and more.Learn more about the bands playing and the Tie-Dye event at: www.mcmenamins.com/events/151961-Jerry-Garcias-BirthdayDiscover more attractions, events and activities you wont want to miss-out on while visiting: The West Columbia River Gorge....  Read More
CROWN POINT RV PARK
07/14/2016 | Corbett, Lodging, Road Trip, West Columbia River Gorge
If you need a place to pull your RV in while you explore the Gorge, Crown Point RV Park is a great place for you. Located in a prime location for exploring, it offers all the amenities you may need. Come explore the Gorge and stay at Crown Point!Crown Point is located at the beginning of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. It is surrounded by some of Oregon's most beautiful waterfall areas and scenic views. Crown Point is enhanced by the country air, blue skies, bright stars, and cool summer evenings.Learn more about Crown Point RV Park at: www.crownpointrvpark.com/index.htmlDiscover more attractions, events and activities you wont want to miss-out on while visiting: The West Columbia River Gorge. Dont...  Read More
SONG CIRCLES AT VISTA HOUSE
07/13/2016 | Corbett, Event, Heritage, West Columbia River Gorge
Next Friday, July 22nd at 7 pm, Vista House will be hosting Song Circles! Come down and enjoy a beautiful sunset cast along the The Columbia River gorge, while singing along to campfire and folk songs! Love music And the Gorge Join musicians for a Song Circle with a view of the Columbia River Gorge. Sing along, play along, or just sit back and enjoy. Folk and campfire songs. Bring your family, friends, and neighbors and a chair. This event is suitable for all ages. Meet at Vista House at Crown Point; east of Portland just past Corbett on the Historic Columbia River Highway. Free.Learn more at: oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm do=thingstodo.dsp_event&eventId=45284Discover more attractions, events and activities you wont want to...  Read More
CORBETT FUN FEST
07/06/2016 | Corbett, Event, Food, West Columbia River Gorge
Come on down to Corbett OR for our annual 4th of July Fun Festival. A pancake feast in the morning, followed by our traditional Springdale to Corbett parade, then a whole day of of fun activities and live music! Then end the day with a boom at the Corbett Fireworks show!Following the Parade A Full Day of Fun & Activities!A full line up of music, contests, food, attractions, games, a water slide, a mechanical bull, inflatables, paddle boats, archery, human hamster balls, vendor booths, a generational queens court and other great entertainment for everyone plus the only fireworks show in East county. Directions here. Vendors will be open and ready to sell at 11:00 am. | FunZone for kids...  Read More
CAMPING AT OXBOW
06/29/2016 | Camping, Recreation, West Columbia River Gorge
Oxbow Regional Park is a great place to camp and set up a base while you explore the many wonders, trails and waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge or you can explore the park itself. With accommodation for RV's, enough space for 6 people in a campsite and even music and story times on Friday and Saturday nights in the summer, Oxbow campgrounds are a great place to stay.Leave the digital life behind and wake up to nature at Oxbow Regional Park. Hike 12 miles of trails, put in at the boat ramp, watch salmon spawn, cast a line, or track the trails of overnight visitors to the rivers sandy beaches.Facilities57 drive-up campsites with picnic table, fire pit, cooking grill...  Read More
SHOPPING IN THE GORGE
06/23/2016 | Shopping, Troutdale, West Columbia River Gorge
Troutdale is the Gateway To The Gorge, and it has one of the best outlet malls in the Gorge area. Featuring some of your favorite brands, and a situated right off I-84, you are sure to find something to buy, whether it be for you, or for someone else. Conveniently located just 15 minutes east of Portland and Portland International Airport, Columbia Gorge Outlets is situated directly off Interstate 84, Exit 17 in Troutdale. Columbia Gorge Outlets features a fabulous selection of brand name outlet stores including Adidas, Carter's, Coach & Coach Men's, Eddie Bauer Outlet, G. H. Bass & Company , Gap Outlet, Harry & David, Loft Outlet, Pendleton, Samsonite, Tommy Hilfiger, Van Heusen and more, all tax-free!Learn more...  Read More
BEST ROAD TRIP
06/22/2016 | Recreation, Road Trip, West Columbia River Gorge
If you're ready for the best road trip in the United States then pack your bags and head to Oregon. WalletHub rated each of the 50 states in the following major categories: driving & lodging costs, road conditions & safety, and fun & scenic attractions. With aggregated data from sources including the National Park Service, FBI, and TripAdvisor, Oregon was declared the first place winner for Best Road Trip! It's no surprise to anyone who has traveled on Oregon's Historic Columbia River Highway that you couldn't find a road trip better than along the breathtaking Columbia River Gorge.At the Oregon Tourism Commission, also known as Travel Oregon, global communications director Linea Gagliano said she absolutely agrees with WalletHub's assessment. "Oregon...  Read More
RAFTING FUN!
06/22/2016 | Rafting, Recreation, Sandy, West Columbia River Gorge
White water rafting is an absolute blast and the Columbia River Gorge offers so many rivers and streams perfect for it. Enjoy racing down canyons and rivers, and feel your heart race on natures roller coaster. River Drifters offers all the equipment you will need and has many different options on which rides will be right for your experience level. Sandy River is one of the many places to go white water rafting in the Columbia River Gorge area.About the Sandy Gorge River RaftingThe Sandy Gorge is probably one of the best kept secrets on Portlands doorstep. This run is truly the closest rafting to Portland. Nestled just off of HWY 26 near Sandy, lies one of the most beautiful...  Read More
MCCORD CREEK FALLS
06/22/2016 | Hiking, Recreation, Waterfalls, West Columbia River Gorge
Upper McCord Creek Falls is a beautiful double waterfall well worth the hike. Featuring beautiful views of The Gorge and Mt Adams, this family friendly hike is a great idea for a day trip in The Gorge.This hike begins at the same location as the Nesmith Point and Elowah hikes. Follow trail #400 along an abandoned road and up a steep incline, where you will come across a junction. Bear right and follow the trail uphill toward McCord Creek Falls. After a few switchbacks, the view will open up to great vistas of the Gorge and Mt. Adams. The trail is cut into the wall and has railings for safety. You will see Elowah Falls from the top, just before...  Read More
DRIVE THROUGH HISTORY
06/22/2016 | Biking, Event, Hiking, Mosier, Recreation, The Dalles, Troutdale, Waterfalls, West Columbia River Gorge
The Historic Colombia River Highway is turning 100 this year and it is a great way to view the majestic and breath taking beauty of the Gorge carved by floods thousands of years ago, as well as the peaceful greenery you will travel through. If you are looking for a place to take a road trip, this is a must. Basalt cliffs, river fronts, waterfalls, and hikes galore, and not to mention the beautiful Vista House. Connecting Troutdale to The Dalles, The Columbia River Historic Highway is a must to see.Troutdale and the Sandy:To begin your journey from Portland, take Interstate 84 east to exit 17. Follow the signs through the quaint town of Troutdale, where you can visit...  Read More
TASTY TAD'S
06/22/2016 | Food, Troutdale, West Columbia River Gorge
Tad's Chicken'n Dumplings has been a local tradition for almost 100 years. First established during Prohibition, Tad's has always been a place were people could come from near and far to enjoy good American comfort food. Overlooking the Sandy river from their year round open air patio, you can look out onto gorgeous waters as you dine on some of the best food around.  Yes, There Really Was a Tad!Its spring again, the smelt have just finished their spring run, and were in the mood to share some amazing facts about Tads with you.Did you know that Tads, as a local institution, is nearly eighty years old Handsome Tad Johnson, known locally as a rascal and a fisherman, (in that...  Read More
EDGEFIELD
06/22/2016 | Art, Brewery, Heritage, Lodging, Troutdale, West Columbia River Gorge, Winery
Historic Edgefield, built in 1911 as the county poor farm, is a destination resort encompassing a 74-acre parcel of farmland at the mouth of the spectacular Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area. It is a 20-minute drive to or from the center of downtown Portland and about 15 minutes from Portland International Airport. Outside is a welcoming environment for dog and bikes where you can visit an onsite glassblower and potter; on the inside they have wine tasting, a theater, a pool hall, top-notch food and whimsical murals that echo the history of restored building and farm.  The guestrooms at Edgefield vary in size and feature whimsical artwork, comfy chenille-covered beds and vintage furnishings. Guests may choose from rooms with...  Read More
BUS TO MULTNOMAH
06/22/2016 | Event, Recreation, Transportation, Waterfalls, West Columbia River Gorge
To the east of Portland in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge, is a waterfall that draws crowds all year round: Multnomah Falls. The highest waterfall in Oregon it is one of the most visited natural attractions in Oregon. Surrounded by greenery, history and tons of hikes all with spectacular views it's not a wonder why. This year marks not only the 100th anniversary of the highway that runs in front of it, but also the start of something new. Starting this summer a shuttle bus program that will take riders round trip from Portland to Rooster Rock Park and then to Multnomah Falls. The Oregon Dept. of Transportation kicks off a summer shuttle bus program next week, offering...  Read More
ELOWAH FALLS
06/22/2016 | Hiking, Recreation, Waterfalls, West Columbia River Gorge
A quick hike with a big reward, the Elowah Falls trail is one of the best short day hikes in the Gorge. The 1.6 mile out-and-back hike drops you at the base of the Elowah Falls, an elegant, 200-foot falls that cascades over a cliff decorated with patches of yellow-green lichen. If you are looking to continue on your journey, take the nearby trail to Upper McCord Creek Falls to behold the remarkable double-falls.Ready to hike Follow these directions to reach the trail head:Elowah Falls Trailhead: Located near Warrendale in the Columbia River Gorge. Driving east from Portland along I-84, exit the freeway at the Dodson exit (also signed for the Scenic Highway). Just after exiting the freeway, turn...  Read More
DIANA ROSS LIVE
06/22/2016 | Event, Troutdale, West Columbia River Gorge
Diana Ross is coming to Edgefields Concert On The Lawn. This iconic star will be at Edgefields on July 1st for her In The Name Of Love tour.Diana Ross famed and remarkable career spanning almost five decades has resulted with major awards and accolades and music history milestones. Diana Ross is a consummate performer as well as one of the most iconic female singers of all time and one of the most prominent women in popular music history and pop culture of the late 20th century.Her international achievements were acknowledged by the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors in December 2007 in Washington DC. The honor celebrated her lustrous career of excellence in music, film, television and...  Read More
THE BLACK RABBIT
06/22/2016 | Food, Troutdale, West Columbia River Gorge, Winery
Part of the Edgefield experience is The Black Rabbit restaurant. As with any McMenamins establishment, the building is filled with atmosphere and murals, and the kitchen uses produce from McMenamins own 74 acres. Located in Edgefield's main lodge, the Black Rabbit Restaurant is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Fantastic murals tracing the history of Edgefield and the Columbia River Gorge line the walls, and intimate booths encourage you to linger over a fine meal. Guests can choose from an innovative menu of Northwest cuisine and traditional favorites, as well as an expansive list of regional and local wines.The kitchen uses ingredients from Edgefield's own gardens, grown using organic methods herbs, vegetables, fruits and flowers that flourish throughout the...  Read More
WEST COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE
WATERFALLS
One of the most iconic places in the Pacific North West, the Columbia River Gorge offers unparalleled waterfall scenery and canyon views. Visit the West Columbia Gorge area to stand at the base of waterfalls, boat on the mighty Columbia River, or to stand atop vistas and take in the view. READ MORE
THE DALLES
SUNSHINE
Boasting 300 days of sunshine a year, The Dalles is a place full of recreation, culture, and history. A historic Native American trading area, this city has been a center of commerce for over 10,000 years. A paradise for history buffs, cyclists, and wine aficionados, The Dalles is for all to enjoy. READ MORE
MT. HOOD TERRITORY
EXPLORATION
The only mountain offering summer skiing in North America, Mt. Hood and the surrounding territory never gets old. If you’re not a skier, put on your hiking boots, grab a fishing pole, or load up your kayak to explore the trails, lakes, and rivers, found throughout the area. READ MORE
HOOD RIVER
WATERSPORTS
Offering world-class kiteboarding and windsurfing, Hood River is where outdoor enthusiasts and adventure-seekers are drawn to. Close to the mountain, along the river, and nestled against superb farmland, visit this town for amazing restaurants, fresh produce, and an unrivaled watersport scene. READ MORE
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