Ski, Wine and Dine
An Oregon Wintercation in the Mt. Hood/Gorge Region
There’s a big mountain calling your name, and it’s covered in snow. Whether you’re on skis, snowboard, snow tube or snowmobile, Mt. Hood’s ski areas will give you the snow fun you’re seeking. And when you’re ready to warm up, take a stroll through history in The Dalles, wine and dine in Hood River County and soothe your senses in the West Columbia Gorge. Here are four ideas to start your planning your wintercation in the Mt. Hood/Columbia River Gorge region of Oregon.
Explore History and Go Wine Tasting in The Dalles
Wrap up your winter weekend with a walk through the Historic Downtown Area of The Dalles, where you’ll browse antique stores, yarn and quilt shops, and Oregon’s oldest book store. Explore The Dalles Art Center, ANZAC Tea Parlour, Nichols Art Glass and wine tasting at Sunshine Mill before ending with dinner at The Baldwin Saloon. Enjoy a cozy night at the Historic Balch Hotel. Then indulge in Sunday morning breakfast at Petite Provence, sealed with a visit to the Discovery Center and the Sherman County Historical Museum.
Wine and Dine in Hood River County
Head to Hood River for delicious food and drink. Some of the finest chefs in the Pacific Northwest live and work here, using local ingredients to create everything from simple home-style meals to gourmet offerings. Add to that over 30 wineries that grow more than 140 varietals and seven local craft brewers, and you have everything you need to enjoy this rich agricultural and culinary paradise.
Treat Your Senses to the West Columbia Gorge
Sprinkled throughout rainforest, bathed by sweet conifers and moss musk and displaying every shade of verdant green, West Columbia Gorge offers galleries, museums, specialty shops and eateries to warm and feed your senses. The Northwest’s finest artists join nature’s sweeping hand to soothe your mind. Bring all your senses and your appetite.
Head to the Big Mountain
Whether you’re on skis, a snowboard, snowshoes, an inner tube ready for Cosmic Tubing, or zoom-zooming on a snowmobile, there’s no better place to experience the winter’s wonder. Mt. Hood Adventure’s experienced and friendly guides are eager to get you in gear and out on the trails with trips to suit every type of snow play and skill level. Mt. Hood’s ski areas offer something for everyone. Enjoy North America’s longest ski season at Timberline Lodge & Ski Area. Keep the adrenaline pumping at Mt. Hood Skibowl, the largest night ski area in the nation. And spread out at Mt. Hood Meadows, offering the largest ski area and most diverse terrain on the mountain. The whole family will love Cooper Spur’s 50 acres of beginner and intermediate terrain and Summit Ski Area, the Pacific Northwest’s oldest designated ski zone.
About the Author: Emily Forsha
Emily Forsha is Travel Oregon’s content editor and a runner, hiker and biker of many Oregon trails. When she’s not road tripping around the state with her husband and two little boys, this proud native Oregonian is cooking up new recipes in her kitchen, sampling the latest craft brews and cheering on her beloved Oregon Ducks.
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