Mt. Hood and Columbia River Gorge Blog - The Dalles

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
TROUT FISHING NEAR THE DALLES
03/02/2017 | Agritourism, Fishing, Recreation, The Dalles
Stephanie Valencano of The Dalles with her big rainbow from Taylor Lake. Photo by Gary Lewis by guest contributor Gary LewisIn the days of yesteryear, opening day was on a Saturday, but that is no more because the Department of Fish & Wildlife simplified the angling regulations last year. Now, most of our favorite waters are open year round.It used to be that folks looked forward to opening day of trout season. Campers rolled in from the big city, stopped in tackle shops for bait and advice, then set up their canvas tents at campgrounds then drove back to town to stay in motels when rainstorms washed them out. It was a great system, but I like this better.Early last April...  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
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
EAGLES AND BIRDIES IN THE DALLES
12/29/2016 | Recreation, The Dalles, Wildlife
This winter is the perfect time to watch eagles and hit birdies. Don't worry, we mean to golf kind. The Dalles Dam 2017 Eagle WatchThe bald eagles are back! Join U.S. Army Corps of Engineers park rangers for the sixth annual Dam Eagle Watch at The Dalles Dam Visitor Center on January 28th, 2017. Learn about our nations symbol by watching them in their natural habitat and enjoy interactive activities at the visitor center.As bald eagles migrate south each winter in search of food, the Columbia River provides an excellent food source for our winter guest. Westrick Park, near the dam and across from the visitor center, seems to be a favorite winter vacation spot. It is quiet and...  Read More
LIGHT UP THE HOLIDAYS
11/28/2016 | Event, The Dalles
 The Holiday Season is fast approaching, with that comes one of the most anticipated Mt. Hood and Columbia Gorge parades of the year! We invite you to Light Up the Holidays at the 27th Annual Starlight Parade and Tree Lighting Celebration in The Dalles, on November 25, 2016.Enjoy floats decked with lights, Christmas music and holiday cheer in the air. Witness the delight in the childrens eyes as they watch Santas sleigh rolling down the streets of The Dalles. The holiday spirit comes to life at the Annual Tree Lighting Celebration, complete with Santa photos, hot chocolate, cookies, and popcorn.The parade begins at 6pm at West Sixth and Webber Streets, then rolls through downtown before ending in front of The...  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
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
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
SOAP BOX DERBY
08/26/2016 | Event, The Dalles, The Dalles Chamber of Commerce, Transportation
Come one come all to the first annual Soap Box Derby in The Dalles OR, put on by The Dalles Chamber Of Commerce! Kids can race around in soap box cars for a day of fun and competition! Come on down September 10th and 11th for some good fun! Races begin at 10:30am or upon completion of pre-race weigh in and inspections.Have a child interested in participating in the event Oregon Soap Box Derby Club has Loaner Cars. They loan them out via contract on a first come, first served basis. Please note that cars are assigned based on weight and overall size of the participant.Learn more about this event at: http://dallesareachamber.chambermaster.com/events/details/route-30-soap-box-derby-09-10-2016-30960Discover more attractions, events, and activities you wont...  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
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
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
DOG FRIENDLY INN
08/04/2016 | Lodging, The Dalles
Bring your pup with you on your trip to The Dalles! The Dalles Inn is a pet-friendly place to stay in the historic downtown. Enjoy the beautiful sunny Dalles and all the wonderful activities surrounding it like hiking, biking, golf, whitewater rafting & kayaking, windsurfing, kite boarding, all while knowing that your dog is welcome at The Dalles Inn.Bring your dog to The Dalles Inn. We have several dog friendly rooms from which to choose. We want all dogs to be comfortable at The Dalles Inn so when you check in, your dog will receive abasket to use during their stay.Learn more about The Dalles Inn pet policy.Discover more attractions, events, and activities you wont want to miss out on...  Read More
FARM 2 FORK
08/01/2016 | Agritourism, Event, Food, The Dalles
Calling all Locavores! If you love eating food grown right here in the Columbia River Gorge then come on down to Farm 2 Fork! This ticketed event showcases food from the local area served up by local chefs! The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce, announces its Second Annual Farm to Fork Progressive Food, Art and Wine Dinner scheduled for August 27th from 4:00pm-8:00 pm, featuring the best of the best in The Dalles.This Dinner is designed to reconnect guests to the source of their culinary palate and celebrate the bounty of Autumn Harvest.The Farm-to-Fork Progressive Food & Wine Dinner includes six courses of delectable local goods prepared by Local Renowned Chefs Mark Linebarger and Tamara Huffman.Tickets on sale now. $100...  Read More
FARMERS MARKET
07/22/2016 | Agritourism, Art, Event, Food, The Dalles
Come on down to the Farmers Market at The Dalles every Saturday From 9 am to 1pm at City Park! Enjoy local produce and handmade goods my the folks from the area!The Dalles Farmers Market primary purpose shall be to educate and inform the local and regional consumers of the locally and regionally produced food choices; to educate and inform the local and regional consumers of the health, social, economic and other benefits of locally and regionally produced foods available to them and to provide an opportunity for the local and regional producers to sell, and local and regional consumers to purchase, locally and regionally produced foods.Learn more about the market at: www.thedallesfarmersmarket.com/Discover more attractions, events, and activities you wont...  Read More
CASA EL MIRADOR
07/22/2016 | Food, The Dalles
Located in The Dalles, this is a great restaurant for a nice night out. Serving food in The Dalles for 20 years, you are sure to love the friendly atmosphere and fresh ingredients.CASA EL MIRADOR is proud to be a part of The Dalles community. We strive for the best possible food and service using only the freshest and finest ingredients available. You have our commitment to quality, value and your complete satisfaction.CASA EL MIRADOR has been serving the Columbia Gorge Region since 1994. We offer a complete menu of quality authentic Mexican Food. Casa El Mirador offers a Fiesta of Flavors in fine Mexican food.Visit their website and check out their website at: http://casaelmirador.com/about/Discover more attractions, events, and...  Read More
R&R GUESTHOUSE
07/22/2016 | Lodging, The Dalles
Experience the finest hospitality while staying at the R & R Guesthouse in The Dalles. Enjoy an elegant outdoor dinner, a swim in the heated saltwater pool and then relax your muscles in the therapeutic massage hot tub. After a luxurious stay at the R & R Guesthouse and a locally sourced breakfast get ready to discover all attractions The Dalles and Columbia River Gorge has to offer. This is a private turn of the century classic home which has been completely updated to todays standards and expectations. A unique blend of classic charm and contemporary finish. Luxury bathrooms, towels, and bedding. Library / Media room, Lounge seating areas, Honor Bar, Private outdoor space, Heated pool, Massage hot tub, Chase...  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
RIVERFRONT TRAIL
07/08/2016 | Hiking, Recreation, The Dalles
If you are looking for a nice scenic riverfront hike then look no further. The Dalles Riverfront trail offers a family friendly stroll along the beautiful Columbia River, with beautiful views of the surrounding hills and landscapes.Trail Details Type: Out and back Distance: 3 miles round trip Elevation Gain: 200 feet Difficulty: Easy Family Friendly Family Friendly: Yes Restrooms Restrooms: Yes Trailhead Pass Trailhead Pass: NoTrail Description This easy trail starts at the Discovery Center in The Dalles and meanders along the Columbia River. The area has plenty of wildlife viewing opportunities.Learn more about this hike and where it starts at: gorgefriends.org/hike-the-gorge/the-dalles-riverfront-trail.htmlDiscover more attractions, events and activities you wont want to miss-out on while visiting The Dalles. Dont forget to...  Read More
FORT DALLES 4TH
07/01/2016 | Event, The Dalles, The Dalles Chamber of Commerce
Happy 4th Of July! Come celebrate Independence Day at the Fort Dalles Forth Festival! The Rocket Run, Independence Day Parade, live music and the biggest fireworks display in Oregon are all happening today! Here are some frequently asked questions answered about Fort Dalles Forth Festival.Q: What time does the park open A: Gates will open at 5pm Sunday July 3rd. Monday, July 4th the park opens at 8:00am.Q: What time does the park close A: Our stage and vendors will shut down no later than 11:00pm. The park will be cleared and closed by 12:00amQ: Will there be seating available A: We do not provide chairs for Preferred or General Admission. You may bring your own blanket or lawn chair...  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
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
SOROSIS PARK
06/22/2016 | Recreation, The Dalles
Sorosis Park is a blink and you'll miss it place, but this is one park you don't want to miss. Sitting on top of a hill that overlooks a gorgeous view of the Columbia Gorge, it is 15 acres of space filled with everything from tennis courts, Frisbee golf and even a huge playground with a dragon on it! This 15-acre park is the largest in The Dalles, and includes picnic area, playground, rose gardens, tennis court, frisbee golf, and walking trail. The Veterans Memorial is on the overlook point. The park was founded by the Sorosis Club, an early-day national womens group. The local chapter also founded City Park, the Carnegie Library, and saved Fort Dalles Surgeon's Quarters from...  Read More
INDEPENDENCE DAY
06/22/2016 | Event, The Dalles
Spend the 4th of July at The Dalles with a full day of events for everyone! From the Rocket Run, The Independence Day parade and a concert to look forward to before the largest fireworks show in Oregon, there is sure to be something for everyone! Plan your trip to The Dalles ahead of the crowd! Monday, July 4thRocket Run (1k/3k/5k/10k) Walk/Run on Riverfront Trail Registration: 6:30am pre-registration HERE or forms can be printed and mailed to The Dalles Main Street HERE Run: 7:30amCommunity Breakfast 7:00am 10:00amCommunity Yoga Presented by: Pure Yoga 9:00am 10:00amIndependence Day Parade Presented by: The Dalles Chamber of Commerce 10:00am Standard parade route.Family Funzone 12:00pm 5:00pmLaunch Party 6:30pm 10:00pm Concert Lineup & more info coming soonOregons...  Read More
BIKE THE GORGE
06/22/2016 | Biking, Event, Mosier, Recreation, The Dalles
Take in the Gorge in a way you might not have seen it before: On your bike! On June 18th, 2016 Friends of the Historic Columbia River Highway is hosting their 10th annual Gorge Ride fundraising event. Come pedal along the Historic Columbia River Highway state trail while stopping to enjoy spectacular views and tasty snacks at rest stops along the way. Whether youre a serious cyclists or a causal bike rider, this event is meant to be a day that is fun for all:Bicyclists will again ride on the Historic Columbia River Highway from the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center in The Dalles to the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail in Mosier, and will then continue on to...  Read More
R&D ORCHARDS
06/22/2016 | Agritourism, Parkdale, The Dalles
Ryan Bond, a second-generation grower in The Dalles, Oregon has been featured in an article on goodfruit.com. Ryan manages about 800 acres at R&D Orchards where he grows cherries, pears and apples. Although Ryan didn't always want to be farmer by the age of 23 he was in charge of 200 acres in Parkdale, Oregon and has been growing ever since. Read Ryan's advice for new growers starting out below.What would you tell new growers starting out Farmings not easy. If it was, everybody would do it. Dont expect to get the cushy job riding around in the pickup right off the bat. Youre going to put in your hours. When I was first starting out it was frost...  Read More
SUNSHINE MILL
06/22/2016 | The Dalles, Winery
Located in the Dalles, Sunshine Mill has a rich history. Even though the wine didn't come in till about 2002, but the old architecture and history of the building is sure to charm you. The Sunshine Mill has a long, colorful history. The Sunshine Mill has milled wheat on this property for more than 130 years, and was the first building in The Dalles to have electricity, powered by a Thomas Edison Motor which can still be seen in The Mill. It is also the only designated skyscraper in The Columbia River Gorge.The Sunshine Biscuit Company once owned this property and the wheat milled here was used to make everyone's favorite cracker, the Cheez-It!The Sunshine Mill now houses...  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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