Getting Out

Columbia River Gorge
Just taking a drive through the Columbia River Gorge is an experience in itself as you will be in awe of this spectacular geological wonder. The Columbia River is the second largest river in North America, starting in northern Idaho and southeastern British Columbia, and traveling over 1,200 miles to the ocean.

This year-round recreational area offering the best of outdoor activities including camping, hiking, biking, golf, whitewater rafting and kayaking, windsurfing and kiteboarding, boating, bird watching, photography, downhill and cross country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing – the list is endless.

 

Wineries
From Portland, head south on 99W and you’ll be transported to one of the best wine regions in the world. Oregon is well known for its pinot noir vineyards. The secret is in the dirt. The reason why the wine is so due to the climate combined with rich volcanic soil. Come see why Oregon wines are considered to be among the best in the world.

Oregon’s Wine country mostly extends through the hills of Willamette valley (map) into the towns of Newberg, Dundee, McMinnville, Yamhill, Carlton, Gaston and Forest Grove.

Fun Facts:
There were 1,930,763 cases of Oregon wines sold in 2010.
There are 419 vineyards in Oregon.
Dundee has 3,162 residents and 29 vineyards.
Oregon Coast
The Oregon Coast is one of the most stunning coastlines in the United States. Starting in Astoria and winding through small beach towns where you can shop, surf, eat or just take a romantic stroll on the beach.
Mt. Hood
For the outdoorsy types (you know who you are) there are a wealth of options in the region. You can do the Mt. Hood Scenic Route, which takes you along Highway 26 through the villages of Mt. Hood: Welches, Sandy, Government Camp. There’s also Timberline Lodge. This historic lodge was built 75 years ago as a result of the President Franklin Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration. It might look a little familiar to you (think The Shining).

The area is great for hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, and tubing.