Mt. Hood and Columbia River Gorge Blog - Heritage

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
PIONEER LIFE IN OREGON
02/22/2017 | Heritage, Mt Hood Territory, The Dalles
The Columbia River Gorge and Mt. Hood were critical passage routes for early pioneers coming to Oregon. Infamous Lewis and Clark traveled through the Gorge, while many caravans rode in on the Oregon Trail traversing both the river and land, up and around Mt. Hood, in the hopes of finding what was known to them as the promised land.In 1845, Samuel K. Barlow and his family arrived in The Dalles via the Oregon Trail without enough money to afford the already precarious river passage, nor the ability to take their stock with them on the river. Samuel knew there was a better way. God never made a mountain that had no place to go over it or around it, he...  Read More
HEALING THE EARTH UNITY ROUND DANCE
10/19/2016 | Event, Heritage, The Dalles
Stop by The Dalles this weekend for the Healing The Earth Unity Round Dance hosted by the Columbia River Indian Center. This free event celebrates the healing spirit of the Columbia River and the ancient land and indigenous people who have graced the rivers shore.Don't miss out on the dancing, music, drumming, a Friendship Feast, salmon bake and more. Events are happening on Saturday, October 22, from 1 p.m. to 12 midnight at the Wahtonka Community School campus, and on Sunday, October 23 from 12 noon to 5 p.m. at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center. For more detail on the event, visit www.gorgediscovery.org.Looking to stay for the weekend Find accommodations ideas at The Dalles Chamber of Commerce.  Read More
HISTORY MUSEUM
08/30/2016 | Art, Heritage, Hood River
Hood River County's History Museum is a wonderful stop to make in the Columbia River Gorge. Filled with over 11,000 artifacts of the area, come learn about the histories of the region! Cemetery Tales, a reenactment put on every year by the museum, is almost here! Come on September 9th-11th to see the histories of different people in our past in the Hood River area!The ever-popular Cemetery Tales is in its 8th year as a local favorite event.Be sure to see this years production which has the theme, Actions Create Change. One never knows what one small action can do to create changes in ones life or in the lives of others. It is hoped that our audience will learn...  Read More
BALCH HOTEL
08/25/2016 | Dufur, Heritage, Lodging, The Dalles
Come on down and enjoy a stay in the historic Balch Hotel in Dufur OR! Get away from your crazy life and enjoy the hospitality offered by the staff that greets you with a homemade cookie when you first walk in the door. Beautiful relaxing rooms in a beautiful historic building!We've created outdoor spaces for you to soak in the warm sunshine, gaze at the wheat fields, Mount Hood view, or sunset. The hammocks are great spaces for you to read, daydream (remember watching the clouds ) or even nap.We offer light dinner options (soup, salad, wrap, etc.) so you no longer need to leave for an afternoon or evening meal! (See the Dine page for details.) Dine on...  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
ANDERSON HOMESTEAD
08/22/2016 | Heritage, The Dalles
Come to The Dalles and explore history at The Anderson Homestead. Built in 1895 by Swedish immigrant Lewis Anderson this historical building was moved from its original place from Pleasant Ridge to The Dalles in 1971. It used to be the social center of the area and now stands as a historical landmark in The Dalles.Take a tour of this old fashioned Swedish log homestead built in 1895.Lewis Anderson, a Swedish immigrant, built this house in 1895 on Pleasant Ridge, 25 miles southwest of The Dalles. Its hand-hewn logs, mostly tamarack and some pine, came from areas farther up the ridge. The house was the social center of Pleasant Ridge in the late 1800s.There are three buildings that make up...  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
LOCK AND DAM
08/12/2016 | Heritage, The Dalles
The Dalles Lock And Dam is a place filled with history and very cool science. Producing 9.2 billion kilowatt hours of electricity and moving cargo up and down the Columbia River, The Lock and Dam is very important to the Columbia Gorge area. You can take tours and explore this area and learn more about the Dam and Lock!The Dalles Dam Visitor Center is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday through Sunday, between May 1 and Memorial Day weekend. After Memorial Day, the center begins daily operations, seven days a week through Labor Day weekend. Labor Day through the end of September, weekend only operations resume. No fees are charged at this location. Call to inquire about tour availability.Amenities...  Read More
ST. PETER'S
08/05/2016 | Art, Heritage, The Dalles
Walk in the history of this landmark in The Dalles. Originally known as St Peters Catholic Church, St Peter's Landmark was built in 1897. It was almost torn down but the community banded together to keep it standing.Old St. Peter's Landmark, originally known as St. Peter's Catholic Church, was built in 1897, and was dedicated on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, 1898. In 1970, the Monsignor of the Church declared that the church should be torn down and the bricks sold. At the time, a new church was being built that would hold more parishioners and would provide easier access for Senior Citizens.A small band of citizens, concerned that such an exquisite building should be destroyed, formed Old St. Peter's...  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
ANTIQUE CAR SHOW
07/15/2016 | Art, Event, Heritage, The Dalles, Transportation
Come on down to The Dalles Saturday, July 23rd, and see the Antique Car Tour! Food and beer and beautiful pieces of history are sure to make the day memorable!As part of the Historic Columbia River Highway Centennial Celebration, the Friends of the Historic Columbia River Highway is hosting an Antique Car Tour, Saturday, July 23, 2016 from Troutdale to The Dalles.The tour will conclude at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, which is hosting a BBQ & Brews welcome from 4 to 7 p.m. The museum will have free admission after 4 p.m.; exhibits will close at 5. Restrooms will be open until 7 p.m. Barbecue choices include ribs $12; chicken $10; burgers $9; side dishes of potato salad,...  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
MT HOOD QUILT SHOW
07/11/2016 | Art, Event, Heritage, Mt Hood Territory, Mt. Hood, Rhododendron, Villages of Mt. Hood
This year marks the 19th Annual Mt Hood Oregon Trail Quilt Show which will take a look at the past and present of quilt making styles. Learn about the different styles settlers had for quilt making while comparing them to modern day contemporary styles. This event will be free admission and the exhibit will take place in the historic Village of Rhododendron on July 16-17th noon to 5pm.The heritage of our quilting traditions is celebrated in this two-day event. Held in the Village of Rhododendron during the month of July, this special event brings together heritage quilts of the past --such as those dating back to the days of the Oregon Trail,hand-sewn by those who made the 2,000-plus mile journey...  Read More
HOOD RIVER HOTEL
06/30/2016 | Heritage, Hood River, Lodging
Hood River Hotel is a historic place to stay as you experience everything the Columbia River Gorge has to offer. Enjoy the comfortable lobby with a wood burning fireplace, explore the history of the hotel while looking out onto the beautiful views of the Columbia and the surrounding area. In 1911, the present brick Hood River Hotel building was constructed as an addition to the original 'Mt. Hood Hotel'. By the 1920's the local fire marshal forced the demolition of the wooden portion of the building as a fire hazard. The hotel lobby had already been relocated to the brick 'Annex' to take advantage of the heavy traffic on the bustling Columbia River Scenic Highway that was completed in 1915.By...  Read More
NIGHT AT THE THEATRE
06/28/2016 | Art, Event, Heritage, Mt Hood Territory, Sandy
The Sandy Actors Theatre has been around since 1976 providing it's community with quality theater productions. Through many name changes the SAT has continually produced quality theatre and kids programs for the Sandy area including full seasons. While the 2015/2016 season has just winded down the children summer program will be starting in August with the season starting up again in September.Sandy Actors Theatre began in June 1976 as the One Way Theatre in Sandy, Oregon. In March 1979, the group became known as The Sandy Community Players. Sandy Community Players performed in many locations within Sandy before finding its home in Heritage Square. The theater saw many different theatrical perspectives throughout its history. SCP was known for producing musical...  Read More
KLINDT'S: OREGON'S OLDEST BOOKSTORE
06/24/2016 | Heritage, Shopping, The Dalles
Come on up to The Dalles and visit the oldest bookstore in Oregon! Original bookshelves tell as many stories as they hold in a store that has been selling books and stationary since 1870 along the scenic Dalles. Come down and explore classic and new books in the historic Klindt's Bookstore.Klindts Booksellers has been selling books, stationery, journals and office supplies since 1870. Located in the scenic town of the The Dalles, along the banks of Oregons famous Columbia River, Klindts Booksellers is a beacon of the community.Entering Klindts Booksellers is like taking a step back in time. With the original floors, cabinets and bookshelves, you can browse new and classic book titles, greeting cards and beautiful stationary in a...  Read More
TIMBERLINE LODGE
06/22/2016 | Heritage, Lodging, Mt Hood Territory, Recreation, Skiing
Timberline Lodge is one of the Historic Hotel's of America, has been in The Shining, and offers access to the only ski area in North America open all 12 months. Come stay in our cozy rooms, explore the history of this hotel built during the depression in our museum, and enjoy our amenities like a heated pool, sauna, and hot tub. Timberline Lodge is beautiful inside and out with murals, woodcarvings, and spectacular views of both the top of the mountain and what will feel like the rest of the world. We offer many different styles of rooms to fit your needs and budget.Think Timberline Lodge is cool Just wait until you see your room. Warm, comfortable and inviting....  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
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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