CELILO INN - THINGS TO DO
The Dalles Hotels, Oregon
The Dalles, Oregon has it all!
- Riverfront Park Trail
- Windsurfing & Kitesurfing
- High Desert Hiking
- Stand Up Paddling
- Mt. & Road Biking
- Horseback Riding Trails
- History & Architecture
- Disc Golf
- Wineries & Brew Pubs
- World class fly fishing
- Museums & Sternwheeler Dock
- White Water Rafting & Kayking
- Skiing and Snowboarding at Mt. Hood
- Day Spas
- Farmers Market in The Park
Candid The Dalles travel advice from Trip Advisor Guests
Set on a basalt cliff overlooking the Columbia River, The Celilo Inn offers sweeping views of the Mid-Columbia region.
Celilo Inn provides the ideal location to explore the Northwest.
Conveniently located an hour and a half drive from Portland, the
area draws skiers, hikers, mountain climbers and nature lovers
year round. Visitors can enjoy white water rafting on the Deschutes
River, or salmon fishing at any of the tributaries that spill
into the Columbia. Cyclists ride through wheat fields, cherry
orchards and along historic highways, while kite boarders and
windsurfers ride the wind on the river. For those who enjoy a
taste of the grape, the region's growing wine industry
offers "the world of wines in 40 miles."
Vineyards & Wineries
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The Columbia Gorge is the rising star of new Wine Appellations. With Over 40 wineries in 40 miles, 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.
Just across the river, you'll find Maryhill Winery, named "Washington Winery of the Year for 2009" by Winepress magazine. 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. This year their expansive grounds host concerts on warm summer evenings attracting top music artists.
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!
Jacob William's Winery is just a few miles West of Maryhill winery on Hwy 14 and features excellent Reds in their brand new tasting room.
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.
Marshal's winery is enjoyed by locals year round and produces a variety of organic wines. Don't miss the Wine & Swine Parties during Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends!
Heading West on Hwy 14, and up Old Hwy 8, you will also find Jacob Williams Winery, Domaine Pierre Noir, Cor Cellars, and Klickitat Organic Winery. Heading 20 miles West on Hwy 84 in Hood River you will find Cathedral Ridge Winery, Pheasant Valley Winery, Phelps Creek, Marchesi, Mt. Hood Winery, WY East Winery, The Gorge White House, Hood River Winery, The Pines, Naked Winery, Vaunt Winery, and Springhouse Cellars.
Experience all the wineries on a personal guided tour with Columbia River Wine Tours.
The Sunshine Mill Winery in The Dalles and Cascade Cliffs in WA
Hiking & Wildflowers
Friends of the Columbia Gorge shall vigorously protect the scenic, natural, cultural, and recreational resources of the Columbia River Gorge. We fulfill this mission by ensuring strict implementation of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Act and other laws protecting the region of the Columbia River Gorge; promoting responsible stewardship of Gorge land, air, and waters; encouraging public ownership of sensitive areas; educating the public about the unique natural values of the Columbia River Gorge and the importance of preserving those values; and working with groups and individuals to accomplish mutual preservation goals.
See the list of upcoming group hikes & Become a Friend of the Columbia Gorge at www.gorgefriends.org
Rent Kayaks or SUP's in summer at The Kayak shed. Located in the Waterfront Park in The Dalles.
Just up I-84 in Hood River, Hood River Waterplay offers lessons in windsurfing and kite surfing for every age and skill level. Lessons start on land and quickly move to the waters of the Columbia expert staff guides surfers through the ins and outs of this exciting water sport!
Come explore Maryhill Museum's 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, you can "experience a real life fairytale".
Maryhill Museum is one of the Pacific Northwest's most fascinating cultural destinations and located just 100 miles east of Portland, Oregon. The museum's 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 http://www.historicthedalles.org/ for special events & Rodeo information.
The Dalles Dam is open for tours on selected Saturdays
Old St. Peter's 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 to explore and is a treasure The Dalles loves to share.
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. The drive offers spectacular views with recreational stops along they way. 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!
The historic Mt. Hood Railroad takes travelers through the picturesque foothills of the Cascade Mountains. Soak up the scenery through a domed glass roof as you travel along rivers, through forests and orchards while a guide leads through the history of the area and points of interests.
The Maryhill Museum of Art houses a collection of old and new-world art rarely seen west of the Mississippi. Just up I-84, overlooking the Columbia River and Gorge, is a world-class museum featuring an eclectic mix of art including paintings from Romania, an outdoor sculpture garden, an exhibit highlighting the fashions of post-WWII France, and a large collection of art and artifacts from the indigenous people of North America. The museum also hosts traveling exhibits and has a museum store and cafe.
A 2,700 square foot glass-blowing studio founded in 2001. Nichols Art Glass is full of unique blown glass pieces from small tokens like glass pumpkins and cherries, to larger installments. The artists who work here have contributed pieces in galleries across the Northwest and supply larger installations for regional hotels and lodges.
For Golfing you'll find The Dalles Country Club, Hood River Indian Creek Golf, and Hood River Golf Course.
Located just up the river, outside of White Salmon, you will find a unique horseback riding experience. Northwestern Lake Riding Stables lie in a beautiful valley surrounded by the majestic Cascade Mountains of Washington State. Explore trails that meander up and down hills, through creeks and streams, and offer spectacular views of the valley and Mt. Hood. Local wildlife flourishes in the area, as there are frequent sightings of deer, wild turkeys and even the occasional elk. Northwestern Lake Riding Stables offers guided trail rides, from one to four hours, offering the right ride for all skill levels.
View the Columbia Gorge Bike Map.pdf : Designed by ODOT Reprographic/Design and Photo/Video
Northwest mountain bikers know The Dalles is the Gorge's 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 have done their homework and offer the best guided bike tours in the region.
The Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail follows 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 cyclists more than 10 miles of sightseeing thrills.
Eagles can be spotted on many trails in The Gorge
Local and experienced fishermen head out on the Columbia, The John Day, and The Deschutes to cast for salmon, sturgeon, walleye, trout, and steelhead, but for the novice or traveling angler there is Young's Fishing Service. Young's offers guided eight hour fishing trips, overnight camping trips, and all the amenities of a top-notch guide service at reasonable rates.
Fly Fishing Services- Deschutes Steelhead Company:: Widely recognized as some of the finest summer steelhead fishing in the world, Oregon’s Deschutes River is a fly fisherman’s paradise. Come experience some of the finest fly water with Deschutes Steelheader Company!
Parks and Forests
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!
Whitewater Rafting & Kayaking
Take advantage of the crystal clear water and stunning scenery of the Pacific Northwest. River Drifters (Deschutes and White Salmon) & 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 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.