Tag Archives: Waterfalls in Oregon

My Glorious Vino con Vista Weekend in Hood River Oregon

Windsurfing and kitesurfing on a fine summer d...

Windsurfing and kitesurfing on a fine summer day on the Columbia River at Hood River, Oregon. The Hood River bridge and Washington state across from the city are visible in the background. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are 16 American Viticultural Areas (AVA) that celebrate Oregon’s unique climate and terroir. If you follow my blog, you know that I love “Touring and Tasting” in wine regions around the world. I even write books about Wine Tourism in Italy.

Columbia-River-Gorge-1

Columbia-River-Gorge-1 (Photo credit: WSK_2005)

English: Looking east up the Columbia River Go...

English: Looking east up the Columbia River Gorge, from Crown Point in Oregon, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I found a little slice of heaven in the Pacific Northwest with towering basalt cliffs and magical waterfalls. I spent my Glorious Vino con Vista Weekend in Hood River Oregon. It is located less than 60 miles east of Portland, Oregon in the Columbia Gorge area.

I found a “World of Wine in 40 miles.” The terroir replicates the characteristics and altitude of some of the finest wine regions of Europe. Melt from the glaciers enriched the soil making the Columbia Gorge one of the most “unique and prolific wine-growing regions on Earth.”

Hiking near Starvation Creek in the Columbia R...

Hiking near Starvation Creek in the Columbia River gorge in Oregon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Gorge is known for it’s wind; which benefits windsurfers and kiteboarders. The wind also helps the grapes stay healthy. This is considered the world’s best windsurfing destination.

Fun in Hood River

A man kitesurfing on the Columbia River Gorge ...

A man kitesurfing on the Columbia River Gorge in Hood River, Oregon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Hood River Bridge seen from Hood River, Or...

The Hood River Bridge seen from Hood River, Oregon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Within 20 miles, the terroir changes from a rainforest to a desert. This spectrum, coupled with excellent volcanic soil creates micro-climates for growing many varietals. They even grow Morel, Chanterelle and Matsutakes mushrooms in this area. This is an ideal four-season, recreational, Vino con Vista wonderland for outdoor enthusiasts, wine enthusiasts and Foodies!

Phelps Creek Vineyards in the Columbia Gorge

Phelps Creek Vineyards in the Columbia Gorge

Multnomah Waterfall in Oregon

Multnomah Waterfall in Oregon

My latest adventure brought me to Oregon’s Wine Country where Mount Hood and Mount Adams dominate the scenic landscape in the Columbia Gorge. This glorious destination the largest concentration of high waterfalls in North America. Mount Hood has 6 ski areas and Timberline offers the only year round lift for skiing in North America.

ASPEN, CO - JANUARY 28: Sammy Carlson of Hood...

ASPEN, CO – JANUARY 28: Sammy Carlson of Hood River, Oregon launches over a gap during practice for Men’s Skiing Slopestyle during Winter X Games 15 at Buttermilk Mountain on January 28, 2011 in Aspen, Colorado. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

Mount Hood in Oregon

Mount Hood in Oregon

Mount Hood glaciers

Mount Hood glaciers (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mount Hood from Hood River by William Keith

Mount Hood from Hood River by William Keith (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The region is brimming with outdoor activities and events like:  “White Salmon Backyard Half-Run-Hike”; “Kiteboarding for Cancer”; “Mt. Hood Cycling Classic”; The Hood River “Echelon Gran-Fono” bike race and festival (www.echelongranfondo.org) and the “Fort Dalles Days Pro Rodeo”. The U.S. Windsurfing National Championships were held in this windsurfing mecca. The local Wet Planet Whitewater Rafting Company recently earned “eco-certification”. The Gorge is a premier venue for Paddleboarding. The Hood River Yacht Club hosts Wednesday night sailboat races. You can even gaze at Mount Hood as you play a round of golf at Indian Creek Golf Course (www.indiancreekgolf.com). If you like food, wine, waterfalls, fun and adventure; head to Hood River Oregon.

Triple Falls, Columbia Gorge

Triple Falls, Columbia Gorge (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mount Adams 3'742m, Washington, USA - with Ech...

Mount Adams 3’742m, Washington, USA – with Echinacea fields of Trout Lake Farm (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Fruit grown in this fertile valley is of such exceptional quality that this region is the world leader in Anjou pear production. The Hood River Valley’s 15,000 acres of orchards “Produce 50% of the nation’s winter pear crop.”

This area is called the Hood River County Fruit Loop and has incredible stone-fruit orchards and wineries. Lavender fields, heirloom apple orchards and alpaca farms are abundant. You can even pick your own cherries and Gravenstein apples! There are many festivals that celebrate the bounty of this spectacular agricultural region including: “The Hood River Fruit Loop Cherry Celebration”; “The Oregon Lavender Festival”; and “The Gravenstein Apple Celebration.”

Wines in the Gorge

Tasting Rooms in Hood River

Make plans to attend the Hood River Valley Harvest Fest in October or the Hood River Fruit Loop Wine Celebration in June. There are plenty of wineries on the “Fruit Loop” circuit west of the Hood River around Country Club Road including: Phelps Creek Veineyards, Marchesi Vineyards, Cathedral Ridge Winery, Hood River Vineyards, Pleasant Valley Winery and Viento.  www.foodriverfruitloop.com

Mount Hood

Mount Hood in Oregon

Pick Your Own Cherries in Hood River Oregon

Map of Oregon highlighting Hood River County

Map of Oregon highlighting Hood River County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hood River County was established in 1908. The Hood River is a tributary of the Columbia River. Visit the History Museum of Hood River County on 33 E. Port Marina Drive in Hood River to learn more about this spectacular area ( www.co.hood-river.or.us/museum). Go to the Cascade Locks, a temperate rain forest that gets nearly 130 inches of rain per year. Check out the WIND Youth Regatta or the December Festival of Lights ( www.cascadelocks.com).

Mount Hood Highway, Oregon, USA

Mount Hood Highway, Oregon, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mount Hood Winery

Mount Hood Winery (Photo credit: mickou)

OK, I admit it, I like food and wine. I love visiting wineries and sometimes participate in harvest activities. I am fascinated by exploring local terroir. I love learning about the places where wine is grown and why people are passionate about their vineyards. I enjoy meeting the winemakers and learning their stories.Wine Map of WIneries in the Columbia River Gorge

I love Touring and Tasting in Oregon

English: Sun set at hood river, Columbia river

English: Mount Adams, Washington, United State...

English: Mount Adams, Washington, United States, as seen from Hood River, Oregon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Oregon and Washington share the Columbia Valley AVA that was founded in 1984. The state border runs down the middle of the Columbia River. When you stay in Hood River, Oregon, you can cross the Hood River Bridge and visit some of the highest-elevation vineyards in the state of Washington. The Hood River Bridge is a truss bridge that has a vertical lift. The bridge connects the communities of  Hood River, Oregon and White Salmon, Washington. Check out the Celilo Vineyard or Syncline Winery on the Washington side of the bridge. www.synclinewine.com

Syncline Wine from Washington

Syncline Wine from Washington

Columbia Gorge WIne

The Columbia Gorge AVA consists of four counties; Hood River and Wasco in Oregon; and Skamania and Klickitat counties in Washington. It also includes the river valleys of Hood River and Deschutes River in Oregon and the Klickitat River in Washington. This area is located between Mount Hood in Oregon and Mount Adams in Washington. Mount Adams is a stratovolcano in in the Cascade range.

“The Cascade foothills get enough annual rainfall to make irrigation optional for some growers. The principal grapes are cool-climate varieties such as chardonnay, gewürztraminer, pinot gris, riesling, albarino and grüner veltliner.”

English: Modified map used to show the Columbi...

English: Modified map used to show the Columbia Gorge AVA within Washington State. Original public domain image locate at Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection provided by U.S. Geological Survey 2001, printed 2002 Modified copied similarly released to public domain. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Twister Falls, a waterfall in Hood Ri...

English: Twister Falls, a waterfall in Hood River County, Oregon, in the Columbia River Gorge. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mount Adams and Mount Hood from plane

Mount Adams and Mount Hood from plane (Photo credit: dherrera_96)

There are so many interesting Vino con Vista Places and actvities in the Gorge.

Here’s a list of interesting place to stay and explore Hood River:

English: Columbia Gorge Hotel near Hood River,...

English: Columbia Gorge Hotel near Hood River, Oregon in 2011 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: reflected in Mirror Lake, , USA. Espa...

English: reflected in Mirror Lake, , USA. Español: Reflejo del Monte Hood en el lago Mirror, Oregón, Estados Unidos. Français : Reflet du Mont Hood dans le lac Mirror, Oregon, Etats-Unis. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

1. The Historic Columbia Gorge Hotel and Spa is just west of the Hood River. It is perched on a scenic bluff above the Columbia River with sweeping views and vintage opoulence. It was built in 1921 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was a favorite destination for Rudolf Valentino and Shirley Temple. A couple of our U.S. presidents even stayed here.

English: The Columbia Gorge Hotel at 4000 West...

English: The Columbia Gorge Hotel at 4000 Westcliff Drive in Hood River, Oregon, United States, is listed on the US National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). NRHP reference number 79003736 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Columbia Gorge Hotel near Hood River,...

It is located at 4000 Westcliff Drive near Hood River (800-341-1921) www.columbiagorgehotel.com

2. Columbia Cliff  Villas  offers breathtaking views with in room spa services, wine and cooking classes.

It is located at 4000 Westcliff Drive www.columbiacliffvillas.com

English: View from Columbia Gorge Hotel, Hood ...

English: View from Columbia Gorge Hotel, Hood River, Oregon (2011) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Waterfall at Columbia Gorge Hotel, Ho...

English: Waterfall at Columbia Gorge Hotel, Hood River, Oregon (2011) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

3. The Historic Hood River Hotel was built in 1911 and is walking distance from all the downtown attractions. This is Hood River’s oldest hotel; it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. They are celebrating their our 100th anniversary. Watch their  historic photo tour.

The European boutique-style hotel  is located at 102 Oak Street in Hood River. If you stay here, you will not need a designated driver when you leave the Hood River Tasting Rooms. www.hoodriverhotel.com

Step back in time as you enter this fully restored vintage hotel. Offering 41 rooms and suites, each different and individually appointed with antique reproductions. Enjoy the ambiance of a small European Inn as you soak in our Jacuzzi and spa facility. Our lobby, with a wood-burning fireplace and adjoining Cornerstone Cuisine Restaurant is the perfect place to relax after a day of adventure in the gorge.

The gallery provides a close look at the   origins and evolution of the hotel itself. It also takes a sideways glance at Hood River and the Columbia River Gorge as the human footprint has changed over the century

4. Enjoy a unique experience at the farm at the Draper Girls Country Cottage where you can pick your own cherries when they’re in season. This charming venue is located on a 40 acre orchard nestled at the foot of Mount Hood www.drapergirlscountryfarm.com(541-490-8113).

Draper Girls Country Cottage on HIghway 35 in Oregon

Draper Girls Country Cottage on Highway 35 in Oregon

Draper Girls Country Cottage Farmstand in Oregon

Draper Girls Country Cottage Farmstand in Oregon

Standing at the Draper Girls Country Farm looking at Mount Hood

Touring and Wine Tasting Adventures:

Grape Vine

Grape Vine

1. Cathedral Ridge Winery is at 4200 Post Canyon Drive in Hood River, Oregon. They have “over 20 different wines made from 10 different varietals.” All the grapes are grown within 30 miles of the winery and all the wine is made on site. I liked the 2009 Cathedral Ridge Syrah. www.cathedralridgewinery.com

Cathedral Ridge Winery

Cathedral Ridge Winery from the Columbia Valley in Oegon

Cathedral Ridge Winery

Cathedral Ridge Winery

2. Marchesi Vineyards and Winery

3955 Country Club Road in Hood River www.marchesivineyards.com

This winery specializes in Italian varietals and is located on the Heights of Hood River. I love the Barbera!!

Watch this video to learn about the winemaker; here’s Franco Marchesi talking about his wine http://www.vinestories.com/video.php?video=77354838001:

Marchesi Barbera from Hood River Oregon

Marchesi Barbera from Hood River Oregon

3. The The Pines 1852 Vineyard and Winery tasting room has an art gallery that features the work of regional artists. I met Lonnie Wright and his lovely daughter Sierra at a Wine Dinner at Phelps Creek Vineyards.

The Pines Vineyard’s Old Vine Zinfandel was first planted by an Italian stone mason named Louis Comini in the late 1800s. He brought his grape vines from his homeland in Genoa, Italy. These original plants are still producing; thanks to winemaker Peter Rossback and owner Lonni Wright. “The century Old Vine Zinfandel make The Pines one of the oldest vineyards in the Northwest.”

Try some of Lonni’s 2010 award-winning Old Vine Zinfandel from The Pines Vineyards at 5450 Mill Creek Road in The Dalles, Oregon or at the Tasting Room in Downtown Hood River. www.thepinesvineyard.com

The Pines Tasing Room in Hood River Oregon

The Pines Tasing Room in Hood River Oregon

The Pines Tasting Room in Hood River Oregon

The Pines Tasting Room in Hood River Oregon

Lonnie and Sierra Wright from The Pines Vineyard in Oregon

Lonnie and Sierra Wright from The Pines Vineyard in Oregon

The Pines Tasting Room in Hood River Oregon

The Pines Tasting Room in Hood River Oregon

Sierra Wright from the Pines Vineyard and Winery in Oregon

Sierra Wright from the Pines Vineyard and Winery in Oregon

The Pines Tasing Room in Hood River Oregon

The Pines Tasing Room in Hood River Oregon

4. Quenette Winery Tasting Hall; home of Copa di Vino is housed at the historic Sunsine Mill in The Dalles. Visit their 100 year old industrial space that they have converted into a tasting room at 901 East 2nd Street in The Dalles, Oregon.

The Sunshine Mill  interior incorporates the original machinery of the flour mill that occupied this building since the turn of the century. They have a satellite tasting room in Hood River at 111 Oak Street. Try their Sangiovese and/or the black cherry and chocolatey Zinfandel. www.copadivino.com

Quenette Winery Tasting Room in Hood River

Quenette Winery Tasting Room in Hood River

Quenette Winery Tasting Room in Hood River

5. Viento at 301 Country Club Road in Hood River. Meet winemaker Rich Cushman and check out his 30-year-old Riesling vineyard. Viento is open for tasting ath the Gorge White House Annes at 2265 Highway 35 in Hood River www.vientowines.com

Viento Winery

Viento Winery

Oregon Wine

Oregon Wine

6. Phelps Creek Vineyards

Located at 1850 Country Club Road in Hood River where the Tasting Room is a “stone’s Throw” from the estate vineyards. (541-386-2607 www.phelpscreekvineyards.com

Phelps Creek Vineyards in the Columbia Gorge

Phelps Creek Vineyards in the Columbia Gorge

Watch this video to learn about Bob Morus and the Phelps Creek Winery: http://www.vinestories.com/video.php?video=1537447585001

The Happy Faces of Naked Winery in Oregon

The Happy Faces of Naked Winery in Oregon

Phelps Creek Winery

Phelps Creek Winery

7. Naked Winery is located at the corner of 2nd and Cascade in Downtown Hood River. www.nakedwinery.com

Naked Winery Tasting Room in Hood River Oregon

8. Cascade Cliffs at 211 Oak Street in Hood River. I loved the intense estate grown Barbera.

Cascade Cliffs Wine

Cascade Cliffs Wine

Cascade Cliffs Wine

Cascade Cliffs Wine

Hood River Wine Selection

Hood River Wine Selection

Watch Bob Lorkowski talk about his winery http://www.vinestories.com/video.php?video=625388299001

www.cascadecliffs.com

9. Visit the Gorge White House where you can enjoy wine from the Gorge wineries under one roof.By the taste, the glass, or the bottle!  One stop!http://www.thegorgewhitehouse.com/links.html.

Check out their calendar of events: http://www.thegorgewhitehouse.com/calendar.html

Naked Winery Tasting Room in Hood River Oregon

Naked Winery Tasting Room in Hood River Oregon

Penetration Wine and Matching Tee Shirt

Penetration Wine and Matching Tee Shirt

The bounty of Hood River County

The bounty of Hood River County (Photo credit: SP8254 – On a Break!)

An exciting sightseeing adventure awaits you at “Cruise the Gorge” sightseeing tour www.sternwheeler.com. The Sternwheeler paddle-powered riverboat provides narrated day cruises on the river. It departs daily from the Cascade Locks (during the season) with special brunch and dinner cruises.

You can rent water sports equipment at the Hood River Waterfron Park or swim and picnic at Marina Park.

Wine Tours

Explore the George

www.explorethegorge.com

Martin’s Gorge Tours

www.martinsgorgetours.com

Wine Dirt

www.winedirt.com

Washington’s Columbia Gorge AVA (viticultural area) was officially approved in 2004.

Dine at these Restaurants:

The Celilo Restaurant and Bar at 16 Oak Street in Hood River has a seasonal menu with an extensive regional wine list. Their wine dinners were featured in Wine Spectator. www.celilorestaurant.com

Cornerstone Cuisine at the Hood River Hotel at 102 Oak Street www.hoodriverhotel.com

Nora’s Table 110 fifth Street in Hood River www.norastable.com

The Sixth Street Bistro and Loft at 509 Cascade Avenue has exceptional organic cuisine.

Three Rivers Grill at 601 Oak Street has spectacular views of the Columbia River with a deck and patio. www.threeriversgrill.com

Golf

18 hole championship Indian Creek Golf Course (541-386-7770)

For more visit www.ColumbiaGorgewine.com, www.Oregonwine.org and www.oregonwinecountry.org.

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides and Apps @ www.vino-con-vista.com.

There is an excellent guide published by the Columbia River Gorge Visitors Association at www.GorgeVisitor.com.

Here are some of the varietals that are grown in this amazing heavenly region:

     

English: Cropped image of Cabernet Sauvignon g...

English: Cropped image of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from Hedges Vineyards in Red Mountain, Washington. Photo taken August 28th, 2007 with a Kodak z650 camera. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pinot noir grapes have a much darker hue than ...

Pinot noir grapes have a much darker hue than the bluish-gray coloring of Pinot gris (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Sauvignon blanc wine grape. Location:...

English: Sauvignon blanc wine grape. Location: Vlasotince vineyards, southeast Serbia. Français : Grappe de raisin du cépage Sauvignon Blanc. Photo prise dans le vignoble de Vlasotince, dans le sud-est de la Serbie. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Albarino • Aglianico • Barbera • Cabernet Franc • Cabernet Sauvignon • Chardonnay         Dolcetto  •  Gamay  •  Gewurtztraminer  •  Grenache  •  Gruner Vertliner  •  Lemberger         Malbec  •  Marsanne  •  Merlot  •  Mourvedre  •  Muscat   •  Nebbiolo  •  Pinot Blanc         Pinot Gris  •  Pinot Noir   •  Primitivo  •  Riesling  •  Roussanne  •  Sangiovese       Sauvignon Blanc  •  Syrah  •  Tempranillo  •  Viognier  •  White Riesling  •  Zinfandel

Enhanced by Zemanta
Advertisements

9 Comments

Filed under Italy Travel Guides, My Glorious Vino con Vista Weekend in Hood River Oregon

Spectacular Waterfalls and the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon

Latourell Falls near Portland, Oregon.

Latourell Falls near Portland, Oregon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Multnomah Falls

The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area is one of the most glorious Vino con Vista destinations in the United States. Mount Adams in Washington and Mount Hood in Oregon flank the Gorge to the north and south and the Columbia River flows through the middle.

English: Mount Adams, Washington, United State...

English: Mount Adams, Washington, United States, as seen from Hood River, Oregon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Looking east up the Columbia River Go...

English: Looking east up the Columbia River Gorge, from Crown Point in Oregon, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The pristine Mount Hood National Forest extends south from the Columbia River Gorge across more than sixty miles of Douglas fir forested mountains. This area has magnificent snowcapped volcanoes and spectacular cascading waterfalls. This area is located about twenty miles east of Portland.

At 11,239 feet, Mount Hood is the tallest peak in Oregon. Mount Hood is a dormant volcano and has over 7 square miles of skiing terrain with 6 ski areas.

English: reflected in Mirror Lake, , USA. Espa...

English: reflected in Mirror Lake, , USA. Español: Reflejo del Monte Hood en el lago Mirror, Oregón, Estados Unidos. Français : Reflet du Mont Hood dans le lac Mirror, Oregon, Etats-Unis. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mt. Hood, Timberline Lodge

Mt. Hood, Timberline Lodge (Photo credit: McD22)

Columbia River Gorge

Columbia River Gorge (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Take a ride along the scenic Columbia River Highway to view the splendor of the Mount Hood Loop. The Columbia River Gorge stretches over 80 miles and is shared by two states: Oregon and Washington. The Columbia River empties into the Pacific Ocean.

Mount Hood

Mount Hood

In this region of northern Oregon, visit some magnificent National Historic Landmarks and Monuments:

English: The main entrance of Timberline Lodge...

English: The main entrance of Timberline Lodge, on Mount Hood, Oregon, United States, in summer. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

1. The Timberline Lodge is a rustic architectural wonder located in an area called Government Camp. It was constructed as a ski lodge and mountain retreat. It was one of President Roosevelt’s WPA projects during the Depression using mammoth timbers, native stone and imaginative ironwork.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Cover of Franklin D. Roosevelt

They have a host of bars and restaurants with a fabulous SUnday Buffet. This incredible lodge is a showcase of talent, ingenuity and local craftsmanship. It was dedicated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1937 on the south slope of Mount Hood at an elevation of 6000 feet. Visit www.timberlinelodge.com for rates and availability.

The Timberline Lodge

The Timberline Lodge

The Timberline Lodge

The Timberline Lodge

2. The hydroelectric Bonnevile Dam was built in the late 1930s to harness the force of the Columbia River for power generation. In 1986, the Bonneville Lock and Dam project was placed on the National Register of Historic Places and then it was elevated to National Historic Landmark status. The Bonneville Lock and Dam visitor center provides information on fish migration and the operation of the navigation lock. It has underwater viewing windows where yu can watch salmon swim upstream through underwater windows. Look for Herman the Sturgeon. “He is an eleven foot long, 500 pond, 70 year old resident.” You can hike or bike from the Bonneville Dam to the town of Cascade Locks.

Aerial view of Columbia River and Bonneville Dam

Aerial view of Columbia River and Bonneville Dam (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English:

English: (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

3. The 75 mile scenic Columbia River Highway was built through the Columbia River Gorge between 1913 and 1922. By 1922, Portland was connected to The Dalles by a paved road.

The narrow curving highway leads to a 17 mile drive with the largest concentration of high waterfalls in North America. There are more than 77 waterfalls on the Oregon side of the Gorge. The majestic Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls include: Bridal Veil Falls, Latourell Falls, Multnomah Falls and Horse Tail Falls. Visit the Portland Women’s Forum State Park at Chanticleer Point.

Oregon Waterfalls

Oregon Waterfalls

4. The octagonal Crown Point Vista House was built in between 1916 and 1918. This historic building is perched 733 feet above the Columbia RIver on a promontory. It is a famous scenic point and observatory on the Columbia River Highway at the summit of Crown Point;  listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For more information visit www.vistahouse.com.

Vista House

Vista House (Photo credit: StarrGazr)

It has a beautiful marble interior. There are 360 degree panoramic views from the cliffs.

Crown Vista Point House in Oregon

Crown Vista Point House in Oregon

Crown Point Vista House in Oregon

Crown Point Vista House in Oregon

Map of the Missoula Floods

Map of the Missoula Floods (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Indian petroglyphs in Columbia River Gorge nea...

Indian petroglyphs in Columbia River Gorge near The Dalles Dam. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Epic Ice Age Missoula floods carved out this dramatic landscape by creating vertical canyon walls and the alluring Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls.

When an ice dam ruptured, the Lake Missoula Floods  swept across Eastern Washington and down the Columbia River Gorge.

“This catastrophic flood propelled over 500 cubic miles of water, ice, rock and mud across eastern Washington, further cut the Columbia River Gorge, covered the Willamette Valley with up to 400 feet of water and left gravel bars mile wide and hundreds of feet high.”

English: Fairy Falls Oregon - Columbia River Gorge

English: Fairy Falls Oregon – Columbia River Gorge (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Rock on a ridge overlooking the Rattl...

English: Rock on a ridge overlooking the Rattlesnake showing the high water mark for Glacial Lake Missoula, 4200 ft., by the Ice Age Floods Institute. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Roughly 15,000 years ago, Ice Age glaciers blocked swollen rivers and created enormous lakes in western Montana and northeastern Washington. When the glacial dams broke, flood waters rushed across Eastern Washington and the Columbia River Gorge and backed into valleys such as the Yakima and Willamette, helping carve the region’s topography. Geologists estimate these catastrophic floods happened up to 100 times.”

For more information about the floods visit: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/pacificnw09302007/2003905120_pacificpice30.html

Columbia-River-Gorge-1

Columbia-River-Gorge-1 (Photo credit: WSK_2005)

Historic Columbia River Highway

Historic Columbia River Highway (Photo credit: Sean Munson)

“Kayaking down Bridal Veil Falls , Oregon, Columbia River Gorge” (description from flickr) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Historic Columbia River Highway passes over Bridal Veil Falls.  To see the water cascade off the cliff, take a winding footpath to a  bridge that leads to a scenic point. The falls consists of two cascades.

There is a famous post office in the nearby community of Bridal Veil Oregon; established in 1887. This is one of the oldest and busiest post office in the area because brides love to buy stamps and get the postmark. Many wedding invitations are sent from this post office. You can stay at the Bridal Veil Lodge Bed and Breakfast; adjacent to Bridal Veil Falls State Park. For more information visit www.BridalVeilLodge.com

Horsetail Falls

Horsetail Falls

You can hike the trail at Horse Tail Falls. For more information about each waterfall and related hiking opportunities visit www.gorgefriends.org.

Horsetail Falls

Horsetail Falls

Horsetail Falls

Horsetail Falls

Horsetail Falls

Majestic Multnomah Falls has the tallest cascade at 620 feet and drops in two stages from magnificent basalt cliffs. Climb to the Benson footbridge between the upper and lower cascade to get up close and personal with this waterfall.

Sign for Multnomah Falls, Columbia River Gorge...

Sign for Multnomah Falls, Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area in Oregon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Multnomah Waterfall in Oregon

Multnomah Waterfall in Oregon

Multnomah Waterfall in Oregon

For an incredible Vino con Vista, climb the stairs to to top of the restaurant in the Multnomah Falls Lodge (www.multnomahfallslodge.com) for some Northwest cuisine. Sip some luscious Gorge Wine as you gaze at the amazing waterfall from the outdoor rooftop dining space. The lodge was built in 1925.

Stop in the visitor center for information about the area and then get some fudge for the road before you leave Multnomah Falls. About two million annual visitors admire this waterfall making it one of Oregon’s favorite destinations.

Multomah Falls Lodge and Visitor Center in Oregon

Multomah Falls Lodge and Visitor Center in Oregon

Multomah Falls Lodge and Visitor Center in Oregon

Multomah Falls Lodge and Visitor Center in Oregon

Yummy Fudge

Multnomah Falls Restaurant has a panoramic rooftop with a view of the Waterfall

View from Crown Point Vista House in Oregon

View from Crown Point Vista House in Oregon

Latourell Falls in Oregon

Latourell Falls in Oregon

Crown Point Vista House in Oregon

Crown Point Vista House in Oregon

The next stop on the Way to Crown Point Vista House is Latourell Falls. The cascading waters plunge 249 feet over columnar basalt into the Columbia River.  Yellow lichen adorns the right side of the cliff face.

If you love waterfalls, watch this video:

http://pinterest.com/pin/1266706116135029/ …

There are plenty of Wineries in the Columbia Gorge area. This scenic area produces a wide variety of grapes and some incredible wine.

Stay in the historic Hood River Hotel on Oak Street www.hoodriverhotel.com. Dine at Ceilo on Oak Street and have some Oregon Hanger Steak www.celilorestaurant.com.

You will be in the heart of downtown Hood River and you can walk to many of the interestng Tasting Rooms including: Stoltz Vineyards, Cascade Cliffs, The Pines 1852, Naked Winery, Quentett Winery and Springhouse Cellar Winery.  For more information visit www.GorgeWine.com.

Here are two bottles of award wining wine from The Pines Vineyard in The Dalles. (www.thepinesvineyard.com) Have a Vino con Vista in The Dalles and visit The Pines Winery and send my regards to Sierra and Lonnie Wright. Continue your sojourn by visiting the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Wasco County Historical Museum where you can learn more about the Gorge, traders and settlers. Then head over to the Lewis and Clark campsite at Rock Fort and continue your journey towards Celilo Village.

The Pines Wines in their Tasting Room

The Pines Wines in their Tasting Room

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides and Apps @ www.vino-con-vista.com

English: Wahkeena Falls, in the Columbia River...

English: Wahkeena Falls, in the Columbia River Gorge, Oregon, United States. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Multnomah Falls, Columbia River Gorge...

English: Multnomah Falls, Columbia River Gorge, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Enhanced by Zemanta

2 Comments

Filed under Italy Travel Guides, The Spectacular Waterfalls and the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon