Planning your summer vacations and haven’t decided a location yet? Well, get your passports ready because we just found the perfect destination with wine, waterfalls, and hiking trails!
The Columbia River Gorge is a marvel of nature known for spectacular waterfalls, scenery and hiking. But it’s also famous in the world of wine.
The region has given rise to a wine industry that’s growing in both number and reputation, with more than 40 wineries within a 60-kilometre stretch.
Many of the wineries are clustered around Hood River, an hour east of Portland.
Wine tasting in the region is a relaxing contrast to the Willamette Valley south of Portland, where traffic and crowded tasting rooms can detract from the experience.
The gorge is a 129-kilometre-long canyon with dozens of waterfalls spilling down towering cliffs. The most famous is Multnomah Falls (189 meters).
The Columbia River cuts through the gorge on its way to the Pacific Ocean, forming the boundary between Oregon and Washington through the Cascade Range mountains north of Mount Hood and past heavily forested hillsides and huge boulders.
Nearby Stevenson, Washington, is home to Skamania Lodge, a resort that features 254 guest rooms, two restaurants, a golf course, an outdoor zip line and aerial park, and onsite hiking trails.
Stevenson also offers many restaurants and watering holes, such as the Walking Man Brewery, to those just passing through. Whimsical street art and restaurants line its tiny main street, including the Everybody’s Brewing pub, with an outside deck and a view of Mount Hood across the river in Oregon.
And if these details aren’t intriguing enough then go there and see for yourselves!
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