In Oregon, you can conquer a grand peak and a grand river in the same day. Shred the slopes of Mt. Hood, where you can escape to snow even in the middle of summer. And we’re willing to bet that once you try it here, you’ll know why the Columbia River Gorge is considered the windsurfing capital of the world.
Perched on the south flank of Mt. Hood, Timberline Lodge will be your basecamp for summer shredding. Originally built as a home for the mountain’s skiers and climbers, Timberline is now home to North America’s longest ski season and offers rentals and gear year-round. After a full day on the sunny slopes, enjoy the view of the mountain with a glass of Oregon wine before settling into your room in this historic lodge.
The next day, it’s time to get another view of Mt. Hood. Race down the alpine slide, brave one of the bungees, or bike more than 40 miles of trail at the Mt. Hood Summer Adventure Park. Or take a guided horseback tour, where you’ll ride through towering old-growth forests and amazing views of the 11,240-foot peak.
Get a taste of the mountain at the Rendezvous Grill in Welches. Seasonal, innovative menus showcase local ingredients like chanterelle mushrooms and fresh huckleberries. Then head to the western highlands of Mt. Hood for a stay at The Resort at the Mountain. Soak in the natural beauty of the surrounding forest, play a round of golf, tennis or volleyball, or just relax poolside.
Next it’s time to travel to the Columbia River Gorge, where windy weather and a powerful river combine to create the windsurfing mecca at Hood River. The knowledgeable folks at Big Winds will set you up with lessons and gear perfect for first-timers or those looking to sharpen their skills. After you’ve tackled the windy waters, travel to Full Sail Brewing to sample a medley of seasonal and special batch beers. Watch the windsurfers from the outside deck while you sample some of Oregon’s award-winning brews and reflect on your shredding and surfing adventures.