Recreation in the Columbia River Gorge
Our Gorge Hotels offer the perfect location to explore the Columbia River. We have hotels at every stop from East to West including Pasco Sleep Inn, Comfort Inn The Dalles, Celilo Inn The Dalles and Holiday Inn Express, Troutdale. In the center of it all, visitors can enjoy Mt. Hood which draws skiers, hikers, mountain climbers and nature lovers year round. In the Eastern Gorge you'll find white water rafting on the Deschutes River, and Salmon and Sturgeon fishing on over 8 rivers. Cyclists whiz through wheat fields, cherry orchards and along historic highways while kiteboarders and windsurfers ride the wind on the river. The region's growing wine industry spans from Pasco all the way to Troutdale along the Columbia Gorge with more than 150 wineries to taste at.
The Mt. Hood Scenic Byway follows a route around Mt. Hood that has been traveled for hundreds of years first by the Native Americans of the area and then by the pioneers finishing the last leg of the Oregon Trail. Whether it be skiing at Mt. Hood, windsurfing, or hiking-all can be found along this historic route, a great source for day trips, hikes and history! View our list of scenic driving routes (.doc) and explore the entire area.
The historic Mt. Hood Railroad takes travelers through the picturesque foothills of the Cascade Mountains.
Old St. Peters Landmark is a Catholic church built in 1897 that was saved from demolition by the tenacity of local citizens keen on historical preservation. A Gothic brick church with brilliant stained-glass windows, St. Peters is free to the public and is a treasure The Dalles loves to share.
For more activities and attractions check out www.gorgeonline.com
Come explore Maryhill Museums world-class collection of art ranging from early 20th century European works to an extensive Native American collection. Set in a castle-like chateau on a stunning 6,000-acre site overlooking the scenic Columbia River Gorge, Maryhill Museum is one of the Pacific Northwests most fascinating cultural destinations and located just 100 miles east of Portland, Oregon. The museums permanent collection includes more than 80 sculptures and watercolors by the French master Auguste Rodin, including the only pedestal-sized plaster version of his famous The Thinker, and much more.
The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center is the official interpretive center for the Columbia River National Scenic Area. Its over 25,000 square feet exhibit details and brings to life the all the natural phenomenon that formed the Columbia River Gorge, from volcanic eruptions to floods. Highlights and features include supplies and equipment on the Lewis and Clark expedition, theories about the Ice Age, and a wing devoted to the history of the inhabitants, past and present, of Wasco County, in which The Dalles is located.
Oregon's oldest history museum, Fort Dalles Museum, is filled with pioneer and military artifacts dating back to 1800's. Set atop a hill, Fort Dalles was the first military outpost in the area and the central building from which the town of The Dalles grew.
You can also check out www.historicthedalles.org for special events & Rodeo information.
Fruit Loop Tours
Drive through orchards, forests, farmlands, and friendly communities of the Hood River Valley on the 35 mile, scenic Fruit Loop. Sample delicious fruits from fruit stands and U-pick farms, experience fields of fragrant lavender, meet some friendly alpacas, take home delicious baked goods, and create memories by participating in family activities hosted at Fruit Loop locations throughout the year.
The Columbia Gorge is the rising star of new Wine Appellations. You can taste everything from Chardonnay, Reisling, Sauvingon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Roses and Pear Wine to Organic Pinot Noir, Cab's, Syrahs, Barberas, Nebbilos, Zinfandel and Ports. Take a tour from any of our hotels with www.columbiawinetours.com
Maryhill Winery - With views of the Gorge and Mt. Hood, their tasting room offers a cozy atmosphere to wind-down from your day of biking, hiking, or museum hopping. Their expansive grounds host concerts on warm summer evenings attracting such artists as the Counting Crows, Willie Nelson, Hall and Oates, and Jackson Browne.
Just down the hill at Maryhill park, stop and visit Terrance and his family run wine tasting at Waving Tree Winery. A small production winery, with great wine and great prices!
Cascade Cliffs Winery is a family-owned winery, set in the scenic and stunningly beautiful Columbia River Gorge. Specializing in and crafting red wines focused on the Piedmont varietals Barbera, Dolcetto, and Nebbiolo, our wines begin in our estate vineyard.
Dry Hollow is surrounded
by the Hi-Valley Cherry Orchard in The Dalles, Oregon. The Vineyard is planted
on a south-facing slope in rocky stone laden soil. These soils and the hot,
dry climate in this part of the Columbia River Gorge combine to create optimum
growing conditions for the wines we make. Our new scenic Tasting Room, nestled
among cherry orchards, is located next to the Hi-Valley Vineyard. Come enjoy
the view and our beautiful surroundings with a picnic and some wine!
Heading West on Hwy 14, and up Old Hwy 8, you will also find Jacob Williams Winery, Domaine Pierre Noir, Cor Cellars, and Klicitat Organic Winery. Heading 20 miles West on Hwy 84 in Hood River you will find Cathedral Ridge Winery, Pheasant Valley Winery, Phelps Creek, Marchessi, Mt. Hood Winery, Wy East Winery, The Gorge White House, Hood River Winery, The Pines, Naked Winery, Viento Winery, and Springhouse Cellars.
In The Dalles you'll find Maison de Glace winery, and The Sunshine Mill which produces Copa de Vinos.In Troutdale you'll find McNenamins which produces wine, beer and whiskey.
In the Tri-Cities/Pasco region you'll find over 100 wineries which extend from Benton City all the way to Walla Walla.
Experience all the wineries on a personal guided tour with Hood River Wine Tours.
Or Book a Room and Tour Package for a great discount! Call us today at 541-769-0001
Northwest mountain bikers know The Dalles is the Gorges best-kept secret, as its dry climate lends the area to early spring riding. The course of the Cherry Festival Mountain Bike Race is open to riders most of the year. The trailhead is located in Sorosis Park in The Dalles. The network of trails on the course will keep riders pumping, turning and skidding for hours. Specific directions and a map can be found at Life Cycles, 418 East 2nd Street, Downtown The Dalles. The professionals at Bicycle Adventures offer guided bike tours in the region.
The Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail follow the path where U.S Highway 30 once crept around curves high along the cliffs of the Columbia River Gorge. Cyclists love the paved pathway and leisurely turns which showcase the view of the mighty Columbia. The trail, two disconnected paved ribbons along abandoned stretches of the historic highway, give cyclist more than 10 miles of sightseeing thrills.
Local and experienced fishermen head out on the Columbia, The John Day, and The Deschutes to cast for salmon, sturgeon, walleye, trout, and steelhead.
The Tom McCall Preserve, a nature and wildlife preserve atop a plateau over looking the Columbia Gorge is a transitional zone between the moist, heavily forested areas of Western Oregon and the drier grasslands of the East making its landscape, flora, and fauna diverse. Enjoy the preserves several trails, which offer a look at rare plants and animals.
Horsethief State Park across the Columbia River in Washington, was formerly a Native American village and camp to Lewis and Clark on their journey across the American West. During the building of The Dalles Dam, the village was flooded, which resulted in the creation of the 90-acre lake that today offers many boating and water-sport options. With its 7,500 feet of shoreline on the Columbia, the park is the prime picnicking spot. Keep an eye out for ancient Native American pictographs!
Just up I-84 in Hood River, Hood River Waterplay offers lessons in windsurfing and kite surfing for every age and skill level.
River Drifters (Deschutes and White Salmon), Zollers, & Wet Planet offers whitewater rafting trips for all skill levels of rafters. From the remote wilderness stretches of the class III Klickitat River and Tieton River, to the classic glacier waters and basalt canyons of the White Salmon River, to the challenges of class V whitewater rapids on the Wind River and Farmlands, they have designed a variety of day-trips that are certain to meet the expectations of any whitewater rafter.
For those looking to develop the skills necessary to run rivers on their own, or experienced paddlers looking to improve their technique, the Wet Planet Kayak School offers kayak instruction for beginning to advanced paddlers. The Wet Planet Rafting and Kayaking Center is located in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, on the Washington state side, along the banks of the White Salmon River.
Big Winds in Hood River rents Stand up Paddle Boards and also offers shuttle transportation.
For more information on places to see and things to do in The Dalles and the Columbia River Gorge, visit thedalleschamber.com or www.gorgeonline.com
History of the Columbia Gorge, OR
HISTORY OF CELILO FALLS
For thousands of years, Celilo Falls was the center for the economic, cultural and spiritual traditions of Native tribes who caught salmon along its basalt cliffs and from wooden platforms that extended above the raging waters of the Columbia River. Celilo Falls - possibly the largest freshwater fishery in North America - drew Native people from as far away as the Great Plains and Vancouver Island to the area to trade.
It is said that roar of the 40-foot falls could be heard for miles and that those who stood nearby could feel the earth beneath them tremble. Although Celilo Falls was flooded when The Dalles Dam was completed on March 10, 1957, it continues to inspire generations of people who live and gather on the banks of the mighty Columbia River.
For more information visit TheDallesChamber.com.
Events the Columbia River Gorge and The Dalles, OR
The beauty and nature of the Columbia River Gorge draw travelers year-round for exciting activities both indoors and out.
Plan your trip around one of these incredible events, or decide last minute on a weekend getaway for you and your spouse.
FESTIVAL - March 27-April 11
NORTHWEST CHERRY FESTIVAL - Fourth Weekend in April
FRUIT LOOP WINE CELEBRATION - Third Weekend in June
JAMMIN JULY STREET FAIR - 2nd Saturday in July
FORT DALLES DAYS & PRO RODEO - Third Weekend in July
HOOD RIVER COUNTY FAIR - Fourth Weekend in July
- Cities Hydro Races and Air show - Late July - http://www.waterfollies.com/
CRUISE THE GORGE - Cruise the Gorge Car Show" which takes place Mid-August. Complete info regarding the show events and registration can be found at www.midcolumbiacarclub.org
VAN GOGH DAYS - August
Rasmussen Farms, Hood River
Celebrate sunflowers! Some 50 varieties of the bright blooms are growing in the garden at the farm. Paint or photograph them or cut some to take home. During the weekend, enjoy quilt and art shows and wine tastings.
THRESHING BEE - Mid-August
The Dufur Threshing Bee is held the second weekend
of August. Each year since 1971, the citizens of Dufur
have staged a threshing bee, to honor their history,
celebrate the crop just harvested, and share with
their neighbors the pleasures and rewards of working
together as a community. Visitors can see horse-drawn
antique harvesting equipment being used in the fields.
This is the only threshing event in the country that
uses horse-drawn machinery, and demonstrates every
step of the process from cutting standing wheat to
sewing up bags for shipping. The
Threshing Bee offers working demonstrations of authentic
horse-powered and steam-driven combines and other
farming equipment. In the late 1800s, harvesting a
wheat crop was no small matter. It took teams of 32
horses to move some of the harvesting equipment. Farmers
would hire in harvest crews, and everyone worked long
hours to get the job done. Farmers' wives' labored
to feed the crews, sometimes spending all day in portable
cook shacks preparing meals for as many as 30 men.
The Dufur Threshing Bee recreates this community wide
event, with fun, races, contests, an antique tractor
pull, and more.
WASCO COUNTY FAIR - Mid-August
4-H exhibits, carnival rides and entertainment
KLICKITAT COUNTY FAIR & RODEO - Mid-August
APPLE DAYS - Late August
MARYHILL FESTIVAL OF SPEED - Early September
This IGSA sanctioned event is a 5-day, multi-discipline gravity sports competition. 200 of the top international gravity sports competitors will compete in downhill skateboarding, street luge, inline skaing and more.
HISTORIC DALLES DAYS - Mid- September
Downtown street fest, sidewalksales, territorial Express Experience, Wagon rides and exhibits of old time daily life.
HOOD RIVER HOPS FEST - October
PARADE - November
Watch The Dalles transform into a magical place Christmas lights, music, and of course a visit from Santa Claus! Also enjoy the traditional Chili Feed after the parade.
Columbia Gorge Maps
The Columbia Gorge River runs between WA and Oregon states in
Head East from Portland, OR on I-84 to reach Troutdale, then Hood
River, then The Dalles, OR. Continue on to reach Pasco, WA.
Click for larger version of all 3 hotel locations
Columbia Gorge Links
Tea Parlor - The Dalles. Step into History in this 1890's Victorian Home.
Baldwin Saloon - Our famous historical restaurant in The Dalles from 1800's.
Discovery Center - History Museum The Dalles
The Dalles Chronicle
River Waterplay - windsurf lessons
The Hood River Classic
de Glace Winery The Dalles
McMenamins Edgefield, Troutdale
Hood Meadows ski resort
WAAM-The car/airplane museum in Hood River.
Pasco Area Links
Pasco Chamber of
and Convention Bureau
Troutdale Area Links
Plummeting 620 feet from its origins on Larch Mountain, Multnomah Falls is the second highest year-round waterfall in the nation. Here, all your senses will come alive as you experience the sights and sounds of these magnificent falls. At the base of the falls lays historic Multnomah Falls Lodge. Built in 1925 the lodge provides fine northwest cuisine with a panoramic view from your table.
Dam (30.0m E)
Visit the Bonneville Dam Visitor Center with its interesting displays. Learn the workings of the massive turbine generators, and see the fish ladders with glass viewing areas to view the migrating salmon in season.
Columbia Gorge Premium Outlets - www.premiumoutlets.com/columbiagorge
Portland Visitor's Association-www.pova.com
Mt. Hood Community College -www.mhcc.edu
Columbia Gorge Chamber of Commerce