Known as the windsurfing capital of the world, Oregon’s Hood River is the perfect place for windsurfing. The gorge receives high velocity winds—sometimes up to 70mph. The Columbia River Gorge has easy access from Hood River with options for novices or experts alike. The Columbia Gorge Windsurfing Association website features webcams of popular put-ins, events, map of beaches, and information on lessons.
Located just 30 minutes outside of Portland is Multnomah Falls, Oregon’s tallest waterfall at 611 feet. According to Native American lore, Multnomah Falls was created to win the heart of a young princess who wanted a hidden place to bathe. Today just a short 5 minute walk from the parking lot is the oft photographed Benson Bridge spans the falls at the base of one of the two-drops.
The falls attracts visitors of all types and ages, with both wheelchair-accessible viewing platforms and more advanced hiking trails that lead all the way to the top. The falls steady stream runs year-round, with the highest volume in winter and spring with a partial freeze in winter. The Multnomah Falls Lodge has excellent views and is home to a restaurant, gift shop, espresso bar, and U.S. Forest Service interpretive center.
MOSIER TWIN TUNNELS HIKE
When the Columbia River Highway was built in 1921, it was necessary to build two tunnels to get through a high rock point. These tunnels had beautiful views over the river but were always a trouble spot for rockfall so in 1954, a new road was opened near water level and the tunnels were abandoned. In 1995, work was begun to reopen the tunnels for tourist use as the Historic Columbia River Highway Trail with a new surface and rebuilt walls.
Located next to The Fruit Company and Mt. Hood Winery, this historical homestead is available for vacation rentals in Hood River. Surrounded by orchards, vineyards, and nearby forests, the property features over 60 fruit trees and one of the oldest walnut trees in the area. This romantic Victorian home sleeps 10 comfortably with 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. During the holidays, this property is transformed into Santa’s house for the Christmas train!
COLUMBIA CLIFF VILLAS
This option offers a wide variety of luxury hotel suites and “Euro-style” lodging accommodations in Hood River. Situated on the edge of a 210′ cliff, guests can take in the breathtaking views of the Columbia River. Located adjacent to the Columbia Gorge Hotel, these suites offer a more private getaway.