Five Favorite Spring Trips to the Gorge

March 26, 2015 (Updated April 1, 2015)
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Spring fever got you itching for a road trip? We’ve got your prescription. Check out some of our favorite Columbia River Gorge trip ideas for the best in wine tasting, road biking, wildflower hiking and plain old road tripping.

In Troutdale browse the quaint downtown or explore the beauty of the Sandy River Delta. If you’re feeling peckish, stop for a bite at Tad’s Chicken ’n’ Dumplins or McMenamins Edgefield.

At the Hood River waterfront you can choose from craft beer, wood-fire pizza or artisan spirits while checking out the windsurfers and kiteboarders on the water. Up in the Heights neighborhood, grab a cup of joe, cold pressed olive oil and beer from around the world.

Forty miles east of Portland, pull over in Cascade Locks for hiking on the Pacific Crest Trail, road biking on the Historic Columbia River Highway and mountain biking on the EasyCLIMB trail. Top off the day with a cold beer at Thunder Island Brewing and fresh catch at Brigham Fish Market.

Five miles east of Hood River, the little town of Mosier offers wine tasting, craft cider and a starting point for some classic Gorge road bike rides.

You’re sure to find sunny skies in The Dalles, which make for great wildflower hiking and strolling along the riverfront trail. Downtown offers a variety of food and drink, wine tasting and the oldest bookstore in Oregon.

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Eileen Garvin
Eileen Garvin lives and writes in Hood River. When she’s not hunched over her keyboard or digging in the garden, you can find her mountain biking, kiteboarding, hiking, skiing or camping somewhere in Oregon.

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Tad’s Chicken ‘n Dumplins
McMenamins – Edgefield
Hood River Marina
Thunder Island Brewing Co.
Brigham Fish Market
Glassometry Studios
Mosier Twin Tunnels
Analemma Wines