Getaways

10 Perfect Northwest Fall Day Trips

Apple picking to wine tasting to river rafting, here’s how to make hay while the sun still shines.

09/13/2016 Edited by Ramona DeNies By Margaret Seiler, Marty Patail, Molly Woodstock, and Julie Whipple

Fall Day Trips: Grape Escape

Take a Fall Wine Trek through the Columbia Gorge

The hills near Lyle, Washington, offer up rich vino and stunning views.

09/13/2016 By Julie Whipple

FURNITURE

Furniture Maker Phloem Studio Leaves Portland for the Gorge

With studio space prices soaring, Phloem says goodbye to Portland and hello to better views.

08/05/2016 By Claire Colby

Day Trip

Cycling Mosier's Twin Tunnels

Find sun and stunning vistas on this gentle, car-free stretch of the Historic Columbia River Highway Trail—spandex optional.

07/13/2016 By Regina Winkle-Bryan

SUNNY HIKES

Five Spring Hikes for Soaking Up the Sun

These exposed treks, all within two hours of downtown Portland, help you replenish your inner reservoir of precious vitamin D.

04/19/2016 By Sylvia Randall-Muñoz

HOTEL OPENINGS

Aloha, Kalama: McMenamins’ Next Hotel Will Be Tiki-Themed

The riverside Washington town will boast a 40-room hotel modeled after Maui’s Pioneer Inn. But hold on to your mai tais—the brand-new resort won’t open till 2017.

03/25/2016 By Ramona DeNies

TINY HOMES

These Yakima Tiny Homes Are Next-Level Glamping

Shabby-chic or contemporary elegance—which of these two vineyard vacation spots is right for you?

03/08/2016 By Caitlin Collins

NORTHWEST EVENTS

Take a Hike in the Gorge—and Get Free Stuff!

Go for a fall hike and enjoy discounts in Stevenson for one weekend only in October.

10/09/2015 By Emma Mannheimer

NEWS

How One Hatchery Moved 160,000 Baby Salmon

Faced with dangerously warm temperatures, Warm Springs National Fish Hatchery moved its entire salmon population to the Gorge.

08/07/2015 By Megan Haverman

HAPPY TRAILS

Hiking and Biking the Columbia River Gorge

Bike abandoned rail lines, hike to swimming holes, and seek out secret waterfalls.

07/20/2015 By Zach Dundas

DEALS & HAPPENINGS

Take a Hike in the Gorge and Reap the Rewards

For one weekend in October, hikers in the Columbia River Gorge can scoop up sweet discounts in Stevenson, Washington.

10/01/2014 By Sara Rangel

GET OUT

35 Reasons to Explore the Gorge this Fall

The Friends of the Columbia Gorge present 35 guided treks for everyone—families, couples and friends, and lone-adventurers.

09/08/2014 By Eric Earle

FIELD NOTES

Trail of the Month: Hamilton Mountain

This challenging trail offers spring wildflowers, waterfalls, and wilderness—all just 45 minutes from Portland.

05/01/2014 By Brian Barker

DAY TRIPPER

4 Reasons to Visit Hood River in 2014

A mere 62 miles east of Portland, Hood River's orchards and mountains and river views—not to mention its breweries, wineries and museums—make this buzzing hamlet a perennial weekend destination.

03/03/2014 By Peter Holmstrom

CULINARY ROAD TRIPS

The Columbia River Nostalgia Tour

The Historic Columbia River Highway offers epic views, serene waterfalls, and plenty of throw-back pit stops to satisfy your hunger for kitsch.

09/03/2013 By Allison Jones

HAPPENINGS

Historic Gorge Trail Opening with a Bang

Sept 13–15, spend a weekend in Cascade Locks for the Historic Highway Trail opening, with hikes, bike rides, and other festivities

08/30/2013 By Emily Gravlin

FEATURE

River Wild

Elite kayakers take on the Northwest's craziest white water—the raucous Little White Salmon River.

06/03/2013 By Ramona DeNies

FOOD EVENT SPOTLIGHT

Skamania Lodge's Feast in the Forest Lineup

Powered by top Portland chefs, this intimate, affordable dinner series offers a perfect summer escape on the Columbia River.

05/13/2013 By Allison Jones

DEALS & HAPPENINGS

Tripster: Weekend Plans

Wine and art in the Gorge, Hoodoo's hilarious spring pond skimming contest, and a new local travel show

04/09/2013 By Kasey Cordell