Mt. Hood and Columbia River Gorge Blog - Troutdale

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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