Columbia River Gorge

Hubs and I escaped for a few days this weekend to one of the prettiest parts of our state: the stunning Columbia River Gorge. In the summer months, crowds flock here for hiking, camping, wine tastings, and wind surfing. While our off-season winter escape involved mostly snowy vistas and romantic snuggles by the fireplace, we’re looking forward to returning in warmer weather to hike Beacon Rock or Horsethief Butte, catch a summer concert at Maryhill Winery, and gaze at the stars at the Goldendale Observatory.

For this trip, we stayed at the Skamania Lodge. It’s by far the best spot to stay in the area, and with a spa and s’mores by the outdoor bonfire, we’ll likely be back. We especially enjoyed the excellent food and impressive array of activities. But be warned, walls are surprisingly thin; ear plugs are a necessity for decent sleep.

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