Monday, March 31, 2014

The Dalles Professional Women’s Alliance is hosting the Leadercast


The Leadercast is located at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center May 9th. This day-long event will include nine internationally acclaimed leaders speaking including Jack Welch - former chairman and CEO of General Electric and Laura Bush - first lady from 2001-2009 (via video). Leadercast provides opportunity for leadership development and networking opportunities. Read more about this event below.
This year’s theme “Beyond You” challenges leaders to focus outward rather than inward and to leverage their influence for the sake of others. “Part of CGCC’s mission is to strengthen our communities,” said Tria Bullard, director of board and executive services, “so sponsoring the event was a great fit with our mission. What better way is there to strengthen our community than to help build leaders within our community? We are excited to be part of bringing this inaugural event to the gorge.”
SRC:  Visit The Dalles Chronicle for full list of speakers. Visit The Dalles PWA for tickets.

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Luxury Hotel, Spa and Recreation area in Troutdale

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: EASTWIND DEVELOPMENT - Eastwind Development, owned by the Yoshida Group, has big plans for the former industrial site in Troutdale
Troutdale Oregon may have a whole new look soon. The 8-acres of land behind the outlet mall, west of the Sandy River has a lot of people planning and preparing for big things ahead. However, there is much to be done before we see any signs of construction. Read more about this project below.
Eastwind, a subsidiary of the Yoshida Group, plans to buy the city’s portion of the land and market the entire area for development of a luxury hotel complex, restaurant, spa and recreation area.
However, as made clear by Eastwind project manager, Ron Garzini, at a meeting at City Hall on Tuesday, March 18, there is a lot that needs to be done before developers can move forward with the plan.
To add to the pressure, Craig Ward, Troutdale city manager, said the city must commit to the bond revenue it needs to finance renewal of the site and installation of public infrastructure.
The city has until Dec. 1, 2015, to make that commitment.
SRC: Read more about this development and it's deadlines at Portland Tribune

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Columbia River Gorge with Spring on Display

A vernal pool on Oregon's eastern end of the Columbia River Gorge. (Terry Richard/The Oregonian)

Flowers are blooming in the Columbia River Gorge. Find out where and when your favorite flower is blooming at wildflowersearch.com. Read more about the Gorge in spring below.
He (or she) who snoozes also loses, when it comes to enjoying spring in the Columbia River Gorge. Don't wait too long, because it will soon be gone.
Right now, the hillsides east of Hood River are turning more green by the day. Before long, brown of summer will set in.
SRC: For more flower blooming resources read full article at Oregon Live

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Travel Oregon Takes us Down the Columbia River Gorge



Oregon's Columbia River Gorge from Seattle Dredge on Vimeo.
A trip through the Columbia River Gorge; one of the Seven Wonders of Oregon #traveloregon
Visit www.seattlestravels.com/category/destinations/north-america/usa/oregon for more stories & photos of the Gorge
www.seattlestravels.com/oregons-columbia-river-gorge-video

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Kayaking down Waterfalls


Kayakers heading up the Salmon River Gorge, but not to ride the river they are going to ride down a waterfall! Salmon River Gorge is similar to Columbia River Gorge except it requires kayaking to see, and it is a class V-VI which means possibility of life-and-death consequences.  Read more below about this extreme sport.
The only way in is by boat. And the only way out is down.
What kind of person would boat down a river so dangerous that it was considered un-runnable as recently as the 1990s? Luke Spencer, for one. He says the excitement and beauty of the place combine to make it, as he puts it, "the Shangri-La of Oregon kayaking." "When I got into it I'm like, 'Sweet, I'm kayaking, it's thrill seeking' ... but there's so much more to it than that."
SRC:  View more photos and read more about this sport at JPR.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Riding Sternwheeler wake in the Columbia River Gorge



Check out what the Columbia River Gorge has to offer including riding the waves created behind the Sternwheeler. Above is Dan Gavere riding the wake of a sternwheeler, but keep in mind this is for the experienced. Read more about this adventure below.

A standup paddleboard enthusiast has surfed the wake of beautiful sternwheeler, as the river boat made his journey through the Columbia River Gorge, between Oregon and Washington.
The quality of the wave is impressive. Although it may seem an endless ride, the wake produced by the giant boat is not always stable. So if you're the next customer, prepare for several unsuccessful attempts.
Dan Gavere has been "sternwheel surfing", at least, since 2011. What more can be invented, when it comes to wave riding?
 SRC: View more pictures of this sport at Surfer Today.

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Friday, March 21, 2014

7 Wonders of Oregon | Crater Lake

Seven Wonders of Oregon | Crater Lake
Crater Lake was once a volcano that collapsed creating the deepest lake in America. This beautiful lake is meant for jumping in and swimming. More things to do and visit while near Crater Lake include the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Oregon Caves National Monument, The Rouge River, and the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway. Read more about what this wonder has to offer below.
There are many different ways to see the lake. You can bike or drive the 33-mile rim drive, hike up to the top of a fire lookout tower or down to the water below. You can take a boat tour of the lake in the summer, or cross-country ski or snowshoe your way around the rim in the winter.
The Rogue River: One of the original eight rivers in the nation to be protected by the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1968 for its “outstandingly remarkable values,” the Rogue River today is home to some of the best rafting, fishing, kayaking, camping and hiking you’ll find in Oregon.
 SRC: Read full description from Travel Oregon about this Wonder of Oregon.

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Columbia Gorge Hotel and Spa

Columbia Gorge Hotel and Spa


The Columbia Gorge Hotel and Spa is located on a bluff overlooking the great Columbia River. Built in 1921 this hotel has amazing history as well as beauty. With a one of a kind scenic drive to get there and the beauty that it sits in, it is no wonder why it is a greatly desired place to stay while vacationing, traveling, or just getting away for a weekend. Read more about the stars who have stayed here and the history of this hotel below.
Americans first became aware of the extent and majesty of the Columbia River through the Lewis & Clark expedition (1804-1805). The expedition’s purpose was to discover a water route to the Pacific Ocean or, to quote President Thomas Jefferson, to discover “the most direct and practicable water communication across the continent for the purposes of commerce.”Hollywood heartthrobs such as Rudolph Valentino, for whom the lounge was named, and Clara Bow were frequent guests. Then there was Shirley Temple, Burt Reynolds, Olivia Newton-John, Anthony Quinn, Tom Cruise and many other notables, including Presidents Taft, Coolidge and Roosevelt (Teddy).
SRC: Read more about this amazing vacation by Warren Resen here.


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Thursday, March 20, 2014

7 Wonders of Oregon | The Wallowas

Seven Wonders of Oregon | The Wallowas
The Wallowas land is carved by the Oregon Trail, surrounded by Hells Canyon, Snake River, working ranches, ghost towns, and Wallowa Lake Tramway. With so much space and fresh air to breathe, The Wallowas is the perfect place to go camping, horseback riding, and experiencing nature. Read more about what is wonder has to offer below.
Surrounded by the remote Eagle Cap Wilderness, glacial lakes, working ranches and the wide open spaces of Eastern Oregon, The Wallowas are one of Oregon’s most beautiful secrets. Hells Canyon: You can see a lot from high atop the Wallowas, including the very top of Hells Canyon, a 10-mile canyon carved by the Snake River that’s deeper than the Grand Canyon and a great place for camping, fishing, rafting and jet boating.
 SRC: Read full description from Travel Oregon about this Wonder of Oregon.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

7 Wonders of Oregon | Smith Rock

Seven Wonders of Oregon | Smith Rock
Smith Rock is where American Sports Climbing was born. It also provides hiking, golfing, biking and handfuls of brewing companies to visit after all that outdoor playing. With almost year round sunshine there is no bad time to visit Smith Rock. Read more about what this wonder has to offer below.
Climb: No visit to Central Oregon is complete without visiting Smith Rock, where thousands of routes draw climbers from across the globe. The 623 acres of Smith Rock State Park is also home to bald and golden eagles, mountain lions and deer, and draws visitors who come to walk or mountain bike its trails or to photograph the sun setting on its iconic spires.
Ride
: Central Oregon is a cycling and biking paradise. Mountain bikers will love Phil’s Trail just outside Bend or the Deschutes River Trail, which winds 18 miles along the river. Cyclists can take their pick of scenic rides along the Twin Bridges, Metolius River Loops, Madras Mountain Views or Sisters to Smith Rock Scenic Bikeways.
SRC: Read full description from Travel Oregon about this Wonder of Oregon.
 
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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

7 Wonders of Oregon | Painted Hills

Seven Wonders of Oregon | Painted Hills
The Painted Hills are millions of years on display in the different colored layers of soil. They are one of three parts of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. This land is breath taking and provides that moment of realizing how small our moment in time is compared to the centuries these hills have experienced. Read more about what this wonder has to offer below.
Thomas Condon Paleontology Center: Scientists study 50 million years of plant and animal evolution and a collection of 40,000 fossils here, and you can learn how early cousins of elephants and sabertooth tigers roamed Eastern Oregon.
Journey Through Time Scenic Byway: Take a journey through history on this scenic byway, which meanders through ghost towns, past farms and along the beautiful John Day River. Plan a stop at the Sherman County Museum in Moro and to take a peek into Oregon pioneer life at the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center.
SRC: Read full description from Travel Oregon about this Wonder of Oregon.

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Monday, March 17, 2014

7 Wonders of Oregon | Columbia River Gorge


Seven Wonders of Oregon | Columbia River Gorge



There is no place like the Columbia River Gorge, it is the largest national scenic area in the country. So much of this beauty is visible from the highway including many waterfalls, others are just a short hike away. This area is so close to the city but when your there it feels like being in another world. Read more about what this wonder has to offer below.
Historic Columbia River Highway Scenic Byway: It’s easy to see why this scenic byway is known as the “King of Roads” — it’s a beautiful mix of visionary architecture, incredible scenery, and rich history.
Crown Point: Just a short drive from Portland, the Crown Point viewpoint offers a stunning look at the Gorge. The famous Vista House was built in 1916 at the same time as the Historic Columbia River Highway and is an iconic symbol of the Gorge.
SRC: Read full description from Travel Oregon about this Wonder of Oregon.

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Friday, March 14, 2014

7 Wonders of Oregon | The Coast

Seven Wonders of Oregon | The Coast
The Oregon Coast consists of almost a mile for every day of the year, and it is all open freely to the public. Oregon's Coast provides beautiful sunsets, hiking trails, surfing sports, scenic routes, wonderful wildlife, and so much more. Read more about what this wonder has to offer below.
Cape Kiwanda: Bring your kite, your hang glider, your surf board or just your camera to Cape Kiwanda in Pacific City. Part of the Three Capes Scenic Route, it’s worth the climb for the views from the top of the cape.
Lincoln City Skate Park: The same team that built the famed skate parks in Portland also made the impressive parks you’ll find on the central Oregon Coast.
Cape Blanco: On the Southern Oregon Coast, Cape Blanco holds bragging rights for being the westernmost point in the state. Stop for the view and to see Cape Blanco Lighthouse, or explore the trails that begin at Cape Blanco State Park.
Bandon Dunes: Bandon Dunes Golf Resort is home to some of the best public course in America as well as a working port, cranberry bogs and fishing.
 SRC: Read full description from Travel Oregon about this Wonder of Oregon.

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

7 Wonders of Oregon | Mt Hood

Mt. Hood makes one of the Seven Wonders of Oregon and rightfully so, being the second most climbed mountain in the world. This attraction provides skiing, snowboarding, is home to beautiful alpine lakes, and near thousands of acres of orchards of fruits, wines and more. Read more about this wonder below.
The second most climbed mountain in the world, Mt. Hood’s snowy peak is crowned by eleven glaciers and is home to the only year-round ski resort in North America. Here’s how to see it for yourself: Timberline Lodge: This National Historic Landmark was built as part of the 1930s WPA program and is now a beautiful place to go skiing, hiking, or to just relax by the fire and take in the view of the towering mountain peak just outside its windows.
Read full description from Travel Oregon about this Wonder of Oregon.

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Dine and Tour the Columbia

 PAUL T. ERICKSON — Tri-City Herald
Cruise the Snake rivers on April 18-27 food tasting included. Lengths of cruise times vary from two to five hours to suite your needs. You also get to choose from brunch, lunch, or dinner made fresh on board. Read more about this cruse opportunity below.
The Columbia Gorge, an authentic 499-passenger sternwheeler, will be churning through Mid-Columbia waters from April 18-27.
The ship is a replica of the historic Bailey Gatzert, which operated on the Columbia from the 1890s to the 1920s.
SRC: Read full article and learn how to get your tickets at Tri-City Herald




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Friday, March 7, 2014

Watershed Music Festival



This August is the third annual Watershed Music Festival, held at the Gorge Amphitheater along the Columbia River Gorge. The featured headliners are Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum and Jake Owen. Tickets and Camping passes go on sale March 13th. Read more about this event below.
This August, the Watershed Music Festival returns for its third year in the beautiful setting overlooking the Columbia River in George, Washington. 
The festival will be held August 1, 2 and 3 at the Gorge Amphitheater along the Columbia River Gorge.  
SRC: Learn how to get your tickets and read full article at Radio.com 

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

7 Wonders of Oregon

The Matterhorn in the Wallowas has one of the biggest mountain walls in Oregon. (Terry Richard/The Oregonian/2005)
Travel Oregon has launch a $3 million advertising campaign of the 7 Wonders of Oregon! These 7 natural wonders include: the Oregon coast, Mount Hood, the Columbia River Gorge, Crater Lake, the Painted Hills, the Wallowas and Smith Rock. Read more about this campaign below.
The campaign opened Monday, March 3, and will run through Monday, Aug. 4. Advertisements will air in cinemas and on television in Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, Boise and Vancouver, B.C., all prime markets for Oregon tourism.
The advertisements will be integrated with digital, social and PR campaigns in an attempt to encourage active travelers to visit the state.
Visitors will be invited to share their photos on Instagram with the #traveloregon hashtag. The traveloregon.com website  will provide planning tools, suggested itineraries and other resources.
SRC: See Full article including links to polls about Oregon's seven Wonders here. 

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Reasons to Visit Hood River

Hood River Valley Blossom Feast is coming this April. It includes wine tasting, pancake breakfast, crafts shows, and more activities. It is a great way to start off your spring entertainment. Read more about what this event has to offer below.
This springtime event is an institution for the Hood River area. Currently approaching its 57thanniversary, the Hood River Valley Blossom Fest celebrates the best in the rural lifestyle. From wine tasting to pancake breakfasts to crafts shows, this three-week festival offers activities for young and old alike. The highlight is surely following the “fruit loop,” a 35-mile drive along the Upper Valley filled with beautiful scenes of apple, pear, and cherry orchards all in the fresh bloom that only springtime can bring. Be sure to take a picnic lunch with you.  hoodriver.org
SRC: Read about other reasons to visit Hood River from Tripster here.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Gresham, Troutdale, Fairview and Wood Village start a parks district?


The Sam K. Cox Building in Troutdale, OR

Currently the only city in the East County that has a recreational program is Troutdale. There is discussion and planning to see if Gresham, Troutdale, Fairview, and Wood Village could create a parks district similar to that of Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District . It would take some time and some money but could greatly benefit the local communities that participate.  Read more below about how this could help the cities that would participate. 
Better parks, full-fledged recreational programs and other activities keep residents healthy and active and are part of what people and employers seek while choosing a community, Sherick said. They also keep kids engaged in constructive activities.
"They don't write on walls if they're happy kids," she said. "They don't destroy parks if they're happy kids." 
Sherick said a parks district primarily would function with existing facilities, including school buildings and athletic fields, city parks, public buildings and natural areas. But it would generate enough funding to run programs that might include after-school activities, sports leagues and special interest classes that cities and school districts simply can't afford to operate. Those programs would help create jobs and support community events.
SRC: Read Full Article from the Oregonian here.

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