Comfort Inn Columbia Gorge Gateway
1000 Northwest Graham Road, Troutdale, OR, United Stateshttp://www.comfortinntroutdale.com+1 503.492.2900Exit 17 off of I-84, on the quiet north side of the freeway. Welcome to your home at the Gateway To The Gorge!
Columbia River Gorge
The Sandy River Delta
Just behind the hotel is a wonderful walk along the dike, with trails through the fields (and delicious blackberries free for the picking in July and August) and down to the river. Walk out our back door in the morning and just around the corner to take the pup for a run to take the edge off before you start your day's adventures. Also check Hikes & Sights for information on Thousand Acres, just across the river!
Portland Women's Forum Viewpoint
Corbett, OR, United Stateshttp://portlandwomensforum.com(800) 551-6949An often-missed stop on the Scenic, the Women's Forum is the best view in the Gorge. In the morning mists, the high view has a distinctly primeval feel. Look for it on your left just past the Menucha retreat center. Portland Women's Forum is a group that has been active in the Columbia River Gorge since 1946. The founding members were responsible for recognizing that this viewpoint was special and should be saved from private development and shared with the gorge visitors forever. The ladies had teas, sales and raised the funds to buy this viewpoint and eventually gifted the property to the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department who now take care of this beautiful spot for all to enjoy.
40700 E Historic Columbia River Hwy, Corbett, OR, United Stateshttp://www.vistahouse.com(503) 695-2240Vista House is second only to Multnomah Falls as a must-see in the west Columbia River Gorge. This charming round stone house is the focal point of the view from Women's Forum (see), and includes a museum and gift shop. It is nestled in a switchback in the old highway (you can't miss it), and you'll find beautiful views and telescopes to pull them in closer. The Vista House was built in 1917 on one of the most beautiful scenic points on the Historic Columbia River Highway, as place for travelers to rest and refresh themselves as they made their way down the magnificent Columbia River Gorge. Friends of Vista House is a non profit group in partnership with Oregon State Parks who work to help preserve and share the story of this beautiful historic Oregon structure. Our volunteers provide visitors with regional and interpretive information to help make their visit a valuable experience.
Larch Mountain_Sherrard Viewpoint
Larch Mountain, Corbett OR 97019http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/crgnsa/recreation/hiking/recarea/?recid=29942&actid=50A short 100-step, quarter-mile, hike up from the parking area at mile 14 on Larch Mountain Road, brings you to the glories of Sherrard Viewpoint. On a clear day, you have a magnificent five-mountain view of Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Rainier, and Mt. Jefferson. Even when there are clouds floating about, the vista is breathtaking. Picnic area, and trails which connect with the Oneonta Trail and Multnomah Falls - make sure you have maps! Accessible late May or early June, until November or first heavy snow, at which point the road closes four miles prior, so check at the desk for accessibility in late fall and early spring. $5 parking fee or NW Forest Pass required; not wheelchair accessible.
Guy W. Talbot State Parkhttp://gorgefriends.org/display.php?modin=51&uid=4886Latourell Falls is our GM's personal favorite, so you'll find it highlighted on the map available at the front desk (you do have the map from the front desk, yes?). Latourell is the first waterfall you will come to after you do the loop around Vista House, and it's a short walk on a paved path (wheelchair accessible) to the lower Falls. The geometric formations of the columnar basalt are stunning against the cascading water. At 244 feet, Latourell isn't the biggest waterfall in the Gorge, but it's definitely worth a stop. If you want a bit of a hike, follow the (moderate) 2.4 mile loop to the upper falls.
Multnomah Falls, Mt Hood National Forest, Oregon, USAhttp://www.oregon.com/attractions/multnomah_fallsA waterfall as magnificent and memorable as any in the country is located just a 14 mile drive from the hotel. Visiting Multnomah Falls, a 611-foot-tall roaring, awe-inspiring cascade of icy water, lets you experience the power and beauty of nature up close and with ease. From the parking area off of I-84, a 5-minute walk is all that separates you from the exhilarating spray at the base of the falls. Walk up to the beautiful 1914 Benson Bridge, and, if you're feeling energetic, continue up the 2.4 mile paved trail to the top for a sweet look out over the Columbia.
Bonneville Dam, Oregon 97014, USAhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonneville_DamBonneville Lock and Dam /ˈbɒnɨvɨl/ consists of several run-of-the-river dam structures that together complete a span of the Columbia River between the U.S. states of Oregon and Washington at River Mile 146.1. The dam is located 40 miles (64 km) east of Portland, Oregon, in the Columbia River Gorge. The primary functions of Bonneville Lock and Dam are electrical power generation and river navigation. The dam was built and is managed by the United States Army Corps of Engineers. Electrical power generated at Bonneville is distributed by the Bonneville Power Administration. Bonneville Lock and Dam is named for Army Capt. Benjamin Bonneville, an early explorer credited with charting much of the Oregon Trail. The Bonneville Dam Historic District was designated a National Historic Landmark District in 1987.
Mt. Hood Scenic Loop
http://traveloregon.com/trip-ideas/scenic-byways/mt-hood-scenic-bywayAfter you've spent a day (or two) in the Gorge, take a beautiful day drive out to Hood River and around the mountain. Simply head east past the Falls and Bonneville Dam to Hood River and take exit 64 for a peaceful drive through orchards with incredible vistas of Mt. Hood as a backdrop, and into the Mt. Hood National Forest. Visit the magnificent Timberline Lodge, and amble back through the charm of Sandy, Oregon.
Ristorante Di Pompello
177 E Historic Columbia River Hwy, Troutdale, OR, United Stateshttp://dipompello.com(503) 667-2480A grandmother’s love for her grandson is responsible for Di Pompellos' Italian Restaurant on our main street in historic downtown Troutdale. Ristorante Di Pompello is owned and operated by Saul and Ruby Pompeyo. This Italian Restaurant is the culmination of a lifelong dream of Saul’s; to open one of his own Italian Restaurants! Saul and Ruby work seven days a week in the restaurant, Ruby makes all the sauces fresh, from scratch, everyday and helps Saul in the kitchen as well.
Tad's Chicken 'n Dumplins
1325 E Historic Columbia River Hwy, Troutdale, OR, United Stateshttp://www.tadschicdump.com(503) 666-5337Nestled on the banks of the Sandy River in Troutdale Oregon, Tad’s is just twenty miles east of Portland. Our classic American recipes written in the 1950′s are still in use. We are located in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic area on the Historic Columbia River Highway.
Shirley's Tippy Canoe
28242 E Historic Columbia River Hwy, Troutdale, OR, United Stateshttp://www.shirleysfood.com(503) 492-2220For decades the Tippy Canoe had been known as a roadside bar and a historic fixture on the Historic Columbia River Hwy. Shirley bought the building in 2005, and it is going strong in its current incarnation. "We are more than a restaurant, as we put all of our heart and soul into every dish, drink, and desert we serve. We believe that food shouldn't be made from bulk bags and frozen boxes, but rather from scratch with love and attention to every flavor and seasoning. We hope you will taste the difference and enjoy the atmosphere we have worked to create!"
2126 SW Halsey St, Troutdale, OR, United Stateshttp://www.mcmenamins.com/edgefield/location(503) 669-8610Historic Edgefield, built in 1911 as the county poor farm, is an integral part of Troutdale's charm, blending Oregon's natural beauty with McMenamins' signature whimsy: original buildings carefully restored with cozy interiors, gardens grown using organic methods, great food and drink, the fantastically popular summer Concerts On The Lawn, and much more. Encompassing a 74-acre parcel of farmland at the mouth of the spectacular Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area, Edgefield is a must-see on your visit to our area.
Troutdale General Store
289 E Historic Columbia River, Troutdale, OR, United Stateshttp://www.yelp.com/biz/troutdale-general-store-troutdale(503) 492-7912General store with a cafe
1945 SE Water Ave; Portland OR 97214https://www.omsi.edu/home800.955.6674Head to OMSI with the kids for a day of overt fun and enjoyable learning at a very reasonable price (admission for two kids and two adults will run about 45.00). The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry is located on the east bank of the Willamette River, with halls full of interactive exhibits, plus a submarine tour, Planetarium, laser show, and IMax theatre. Open Tuesday - Sunday, 9:30a to 5:30p, this time of year.
8840 NE Skidmore St, Portland, OR, United Stateshttp://www.thegrotto.org(503) 254-7371This beautiful 62-acre Catholic shrine and botanical garden is located in Portland, Oregon. “The Grotto” is the popular name of The National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother. It is a non-profit organization supported solely by the proceeds of its gift shop and by donations. It is administered by the Order of Friars Servants of Mary, USA Province.
Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden
6015 SE 28th Ave, Portland, OR, United Stateshttp://www.portlandonline.com/parks/finder/index.cfm?PropertyID=27&action=ViewPark(503) 771-8386Admission is free to all from the day after Labor Day through the month of February. A $4 admission fee is charged between 10:00am-6:00pm, Wednesday through Sunday, March through Labor Day. Admission is free for children under 12 and Friends of Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden. On the weekends, some areas may have limited accessibility due to special events. Feel free to call ahead at 503-771-8386.
Powell's City Of Books
1005 W Burnside St; Portland OR 97209http://www.powells.com/remodel-2014503.228.4651At 68,000 square feet, packed with books, Powell's is the largest independent bookstore in the world (yes, the world!), located right here in downtown Portland. Sitting on an entire block between 10th and 11th, Powell's is pure delight, with room after room after hall of new, used, and rare books, and will send even the casual reader into a frenzy of desire for words, words, words on paper. Coffee shop on site to enjoy a cuppa or a light lunch and turn some pages, or join the writers who come in to be surrounded by inspiration. Remodeled in 2014, the store has retained its abundant charm, but is easier to navigate. Open every day from 9:00a to 11:00p!
4001 SW Canyon Rd, Portland, OR, United Stateshttp://www.oregonzoo.org(503) 226-1561On the other side of the river from the hotel, but easy to get to taking I-84 to I-26, the Oregon Zoo is a perfect place to spend the day... winter gate hours are 10a to 4p, but get there early so you have plenty of light to see by. Take a ride on the zoo train, walk through the trails of the Cascade exhibit, or visit the new lion cubs! "The three lion cubs born at the zoo last September — Hasani, Mashavu and Niara — will be spending more time outdoors now that they're adolescents, keepers say. Best bets for watching the triplets play with mom Kya and the entire pride are on days when the temperature is above 45 degrees and it is either dry or just raining lightly." - Oregon Zoo blog. Members: Free; Adults (12–64): $11.50; Seniors (65 and up): $10; Children (3–11): $8.50; 2 and under: Free.
Oregon Maritime Museum
Willamette River Airstrip, Portland, OR, United Stateshttp://www.oregonmaritimemuseum.org(503) 224-7724The Oregon Maritime Museum’s steam sternwheeler Portland is moored at the Willamette River in downtown Portland’s Waterfront Park. Experience the adventure of a lifetime on our rivers when you explore the last operating sternwheel steam tug in the United States.
Lan Su Chinese Garden
239 NW Everett St, Portland, OR, United Stateshttp://www.lansugarden.org(503) 228-8131Lan Su Chinese Garden comes alive this summer with the sights and sounds of China with Suzhou Summer: The Art & Music of China in July, August and September. Visitors to Lan Su will enjoy a series of demonstrations and activities in the traditional arts of calligraphy, brush painting, seal carving and music. In addition, original Chinese paintings created by Suzhou artists will be on display and for sale in a partnership with The Han Collection.
International Rose Test Garden
400 SW Kingston Ave, Portland, OR, United Stateshttps://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/finder/index.cfm?action=viewpark&propertyid=1113(503) 823-3636Acquired in 1917, the Rose Gardens are the embodiment of the Rose City's love affair with the flower. Even when they are not in bloom, the gardens are a beautiful walk with views of the City. Garden hours: 7:30am-9:00pm FREE public tours are offered daily at 1:00pm, from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.
3229 NW Pittock Dr, Portland, OR, United Stateshttp://pittockmansion.org(503) 823-3623The Pittock Mansion was home to Portland pioneers Henry and Georgiana Pittock from 1914 to 1919. During the late 1800s and the early 1900s, their lives and work paralleled the growth of Portland from a small Northwest town site to a thriving city with a quarter million population. With its eclectic architectural design and richly decorated interior, including family artifacts, the Pittock Mansion stands today as a living memorial of this family’s contributions to the blossoming of Portland and its people.
Portland Japanese Gardens
611 SW Kingston Ave, Portland, OR, United Stateshttp://japanesegarden.com(503) 223-1321An experience of sight and sound, form and fragrance, light and shadow flowing through the natural rhythm of a season's day. The Portland Japanese Garden is closed starting on September 8, 2015 for the first six months of construction on our Cultural Crossing expansion project. The Garden will reopen to guests on March 1, 2016, while construction continues for another year, until the project’s completion in Spring 2017
World Forestry Center Discovery Museum
4033 SW Canyon Rd, Portland, OR, United Stateshttp://www.worldforestry.org(503) 228-1367Located in Portland’s beautiful Washington Park, our 20,000 square foot museum is sure to delight anyone from ages 3 to 103. Visitors will be both educated and entertained as they learn about the importance of forests and trees in our lives, as well as environmental sustainability. Built in dramatic Cascadian style architecture, the stunning Discovery Museum has been a Portland icon since 1971. Visitors can take a wet-free raft ride, see the forest from a bird’s-eye-view, learn about different people who work in the forest, and “travel” to Russia, China, South Africa and Brazil to discover how those regions are utilizing their forests and the challenges they face. The first floor of our museum focuses on forests of the Pacific Northwest and the role they play in providing habitat, water, recreation, wood, and a multitude of other benefits. Museum Hours Thursday to Monday 10am-5pm Winter Hours: Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays Closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve & Christmas Day