Friday, September 20, 2013

VIA Magazine: Things to do in Troutdale Oregon

Hikers take in Columbia River Gorge views from the Angels Rest overlook.
VIA Magazine makes some suggestions for Troutdale, Oregon. Read the article below.

Area code is 503.
McMenamins Edgefield 
A sprawling resort with outdoor soaking pools, vineyards, a vegetable garden, and a distillery—plus concerts on the sloping lawn with headliners like Ben Harper (July 5) and Emmylou Harris with Steve Martin (July 26). 2126 SW Halsey St., 669-8610, July 21. The town’s 40th all-day festival features a carnival at Glenn Otto Park, a rubber ducky derby down the Sandy River, and a parade with horseback riders, pit bulls in tutus, and Wild West cowboys. 669-7473. Troutdale Historical Society Museums Open third Saturdays. A trio of local antique treasure troves: the 1900 Harlow House, the Barn Museum with curios from the former county poor farm (now McMenamins), and the Rail Depot Museum. 732, 726, and 473 E. Historic Columbia River Hwy., 661-2164,
Caswell Gallery 
Sculptor Rip Caswell is know for his life-size bronze moose, deer, and other wildlife as well as the seven-foot trout on the town’s gateway arch. 253 E. Historic Columbia River Hwy., 492-2473, ripcaswell.comColumbia Gorge Premium Outlets Forty-five stores, including Gap Outlet and Guess. AAA members receive a free VIP coupon book for extra savings. 450 NW 257th Way, 669-8060, Farmers’ and Artists’ Market The outdoor Saturday market features farm-fresh produce, homemade tamales, painting demonstrations, and live bluegrass. 473 E. Historic Columbia River Hwy., Troutdale General Store Buy nostalgic items such as hula hoops, old-fashioned candy from glass jars, and printed aprons at this sunny replica of an early-20th-century shop. Linger over apple-bacon breakfast casserole or salmon chowder. 289 E. Historic Columbia River Hwy., 492-7912,
OUTDOORS Dabney State Park Picnic beneath big-leaf maples, fish for salmon and trout from the riverbank, toss horseshoes, or jump in the swimming hole at this 142-acre park along the Sandy River. About three miles east of Troutdale Bridge. 695-2261, Columbia River Highway Plan to drive slowly and make frequent stops for short forest hikes, awe-inspiring waterfalls, and expansive views of the gorge along the country’s first scenic highway, which runs between Troutdale and River Delta Peer through the wood slats of artist Maya Lin’s elliptical bird blind for a hidden glimpse of herons, hawks, and beavers, or look up at the mountains across the river. Off Thousand Acres
 Sample over 100 Northwest microbrews served alongside hot dogs topped with blue cheese and bacon, or wasabi mayo and kimchi, in a 1970s-style living room with thrift-store couches and old-school video games. 275 E. Historic Columbia River Hwy., 489-5919,brewligansbottleshop.comThe Riverview Restaurant Twists on Northwest cuisine, such as seafood with coconut curry and miso-glazed salmon, with live piano and jazz and a river view. 29311 SE Stark St., 661-3663,yoshidariverview.comShaken Martini Lounge Channel James Bond over specialty cocktails like the Sean Connery vodka martini, while boning up on 007 trivia. 101 W. Columbia River Hwy., 512-7485. Tad’s Chicken ’n Dumplins A nearly 80-year-old local institution known for, you guessed it, chicken and dumplings. On warm days, the covered porch opens right on to the river. 1325 E. Historic Columbia River Hwy., 666-5337,
Photography by Robbie McClaran; courtesy of McMenamin (Edgefield)
This article was first published in July 2012. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.

If You're Going: 
Request the Oregon TourBook and Portland map at or any AAA branch. To find a place to stay, visit For more information, contact the West Columbia Gorge Chamber of Commerce: 226 W. Historic Columbia River Hwy., 669-7473,

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

VIA Magazine: Columbia Gorge Walk, The Klickitat Trail

Vertiginous basalt canyons, windswept prairies, rolling oak and pine forests—an ever-changing landscape is the one constant along the Klickitat Trail. The rugged 31-mile biking and hiking path following an old railroad bed links the towns of Lyle and Warwick, Wash., in the heart of the Columbia Gorge.
Hikers cross a restored trestle on the Klickitat Trail. (Photo by Bev Linde) SRC:
Another entry from Via magazine. This is about the Klickitat Trail, which includes a restored trestle. Read the entry below: 
Heading north from Lyle, the dirt and gravel trail parallels the Klickitat River as it rushes and tumbles from Mount Adams to the Columbia River. The path skirts swaths of wildflowers and tribal fishing sites where members of the Yakima Nation dip pole nets into the swirling waters to catch salmon and steelhead. 
Ten miles in, the trail begins a 13-mile ascent through the remote and starkly beautiful Swale Canyon. Here, marmots, deer, and the occasional bobcat join travelers on the high desert trek. The journey ends on the grassy flatlands of the Goldendale plateau, where views of the Columbia Hills compete with sightings of falcons and golden eagles.
Ambitious cyclists can cover the entire length in half a day. Hikers take on smaller segments from five access points; the closest to Portland is the Lyle trailhead, 70 miles from the city.
Photography by Greg Vaughn
This article was first published in September 2008. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.


Monday, September 16, 2013

Late-Fall Fun Awaits in Hood River

Thomas Betts raises alpacas at Foothills Yarn

In Novenmber 2012 Via magazine had some great Fall ideas for things to do in Hood River. Check out the list below.

Sample local ales, meet an alpaca, and drive the scenic Fruit Loop in this town along the Columbia River Gorge. Area code is 541 except as noted.

Fruit Loop The 35-mile route passes through orchards, farmland, and some of the area's most impressive scenery. Off-season farm stands are few, but many shops and wineries welcome visitors year-round. 386-7697, Glassometry Studios Make your own ornaments, take a metalworking class, or watch artist Laurel Marie Hagner blow art-glass pumpkins at her sprawling studio surrounded by farmland. 3015 Lower Mill Dr., 354-3015, History Museum of Hood River County An 1800s apple press and vintage alpine climbing tools trace the area's history in the compact museum. 300 E. Port Marina Dr., 386-6772, Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum Two hangars hold hundreds of vintage aircraft and vehicles, including an 1899 Locomobile steam car and a 1917 Curtiss JN-4D "Jenny" training plane. 1600 Air Museum Rd., 308-1600,

Apple Valley Country Store Taste more than 50 kinds of jams and jellies, such as cinnamon-pear and blueberry-amaretto, or grab a slice of fruit pie at this rural shop. 2363 Tucker Rd., 386-1971, The Gallery 301 More than a dozen artists display their work—ranging from quilted landscapes to handmade guitars—in a restored 1924 bank building. 301 Oak St., 436- 0281, G. Williker's Toy Shoppe Delight in old-fashioned wooden trucks, handmade aprons, and a gumball machine. 202 Oak St., 387-2229, Mystic Mud Studio Pottery Gallery Handpainted fruit and sunflowers decorate brightly colored tableware in artist Trudi Klinger's downtown store. 104 Oak St., 386-6463,

Celilo Seasonal local produce shines in dishes such as roasted pumpkin soup and lamb loin with sweet-and-sour squash at this elegant corner restaurant. Save room for the molten chocolate cake with house-made ice cream. 16 Oak St., 386-5710, Full Sail Brewing Company Enjoy hearty salmon fish and chips along with 16 beers on tap at this river-view pub, then stay for an info-packed brewery tour. 506 Columbia St., 386-2247, Nora's Table The intimate dinner spot features a rotating roster of international dishes paired with local wines. Breakfast served Fri.–Sun. 110 Fifth St., 387-4000, Pfriem Family Brewers The riverside brewery serves smoked trout fritters and crispy onion rings alongside Belgian-influenced ales. 707 Portway Ave., Ste. 101, 321-0490,

Foothills Yarn & Fiber Meet friendly alpacas, learn about spinning techniques, then shop for plush socks at this homey hilltop Fruit Loop stop. Colorful scarves woven by the owners make excellent gifts. 4207 Sylvester Dr., 354-3542, Nella Chestnut Farm This tiny farm stand sells colossal chestnuts on fall weekends. Enjoy local red wine and roasted chestnuts under the trees at the annual roasting party (Nov. 2 and 3). 3435 Neal Creek Rd., (800) 400-3658, Rasmussen Farms Find apples, pears, and plenty of squashes at this 17-acre farm with scenic views. Don't miss Pumpkin Funland (through Nov. 11) with a corn maze and pumpkin bowling. 3020 Thomsen Rd., 386-4622, Tilly Jane Trail Strap on cross-country skis or snowshoes for stunning views of Mount Hood on a 2.7-mile trek through old-growth forest near the historic Cloud Cap Inn. Off Cloud Cap Road, 352-6002,

Request the Oregon TourBook and a map of Hood River and The Dalles at or any AAA branch. To find a place to stay, visit For more information contact the Hood River County Chamber of Commerce: 720 E. Port Marina Dr., (800) 366-3530,

Photography by Joni Kabana; courtesy of Rasmussen Farms (pumpkin patch)

This article was first published in November 2013. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.


Thursday, September 12, 2013

Oregon Live: Photos of Historic Columbia River Highway

Columbia River Highway at Shepperd's Dell on the opening day of the road in 1915. Samuel C. Lancaster and party. Oregon Historical Society neg # 67636
Oregon Live has posted 20 of the greatest photos of Historic Columbia River Highway. You can see all 20 photos by clicking the following link.  Photos of Historic Columbia River Highway.