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Check out our blog to discover adventure ideas during your getaway to our Stevenson cabins!

Dinning In Hood River 

Located Just 27 minuets away is Hood River. Check out our shopping blog to make your experience better. While your out and about or just need something to satisfy your taste buds, choose one of our top recommended restaurants. 

Bodas Kitchen is the perfect place for any meal with friends or family. They bake Multiple options of rotisserie chicken, soup of the day, up to 10 different salads, sandwiches and of course dessert. They also sell “Ready to bake” Meals that you can enjoy in your cabin. 

Pfreem provides you with an option of indoor or outdoor dining along with Beer To-Go. They are known for their many craft drinks along with their tasting room. They have different options of burgers, salads, and lots more for any occasion. 

Solstice Pizza is the place to go for pizza night! Not only do they bake pizza, they make delicious salads, starters, cocktails to-go, and of course the desert. They also give you the option of a wood fire pizza. 

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In the mood for a sushi night? Sushi Okalani has you covered! With tons of options provided, it's the perfect place. Call ahead and order!

Looking for a fancy dinner? Come to Celilo! They have many many options that your taste buds with love! Call ahead and make a reservation. 

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BOUTIQUE SHOPPING IN HOOD RIVER, OR

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Enjoy a relaxing nature getaway and do your holiday shopping on the same trip. There are plenty of small boutiques and shops worth exploring in Hood River, OR. Whether you're searching for a gift, a new outfit, home decor, children's books and toys, spices, jewelry or outdoor gear, you’ll find unique local items your friends and family will love. 

The Darling Boutique, Whimsical assortment of handmade, vintage, and retro merchandise

Plenty, A premium retail destination with chic & sustainable women’s apparel, accessories and shoes

Doug’s Hood River, One of the most complete snow, skate and lifestyle stores in the PNW 

G Willikers Toy Shoppe, Your friendly big little toy shoppe on the corner
Arome Hood River, Finding the flavors of the world and bringing them to your kitchen

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The Ruddy Duck, Popular Boutique Clothing store

Pacifica Outlet, a gift shop 

Top to Bottom, clothing store 

 

VISIT US DURING THE FALL TO EXPERIENCE GORGE-OUS COLORS

5 Best Hikes for Autumn Color in the Columbia River Gorge

The Columbia River Gorge comes alive with autumn colors during September, October and into early November. The top hiking trails to take during this season is the Latourell Falls Loop, Klickitat Trail, Cape Horn Loop, Hamilton Mountain, and Dry Creek Falls.

Be sure to hike the private 1.5 miles of trail at Wind Mountain Ranch to take in the Autumn forest during your stay. A trailmap is provided in your cabin. 

Hood River Fruit Loop

The 35-mile Hood River County Fruit Loop, set among 14,000 acres of bountiful orchards, is perfect for fall leaf-peeping. Not only do the apple and pear orchards and grape vineyards turn beautiful fall colors, but visitors can make stops at farm stands and u-pick farms along the way for apples, pears, pumpkins, chestnuts, and other fall produce. There are also many activities you and your family can enjoy such as Wine Tours, Orchards, Waterfalls, and the Hood River Valley Tour with Gray Line.

Autumn Viewpoints

Mill Creek Road

Follow along Mill Creek Road via car or bike to pass by stunning cherry orchards, vineyards, farmland, and old schoolhouses basking in the autumn sunshine. Take a break for a vineyard tour of The Pines 1852 winery along the way.

Eagle Creek Trail to Punchbowl Falls

This 4-mile round trip hike to Punchbowl Falls takes you through forests of ferns. Keep your eyes peeled on the creek to your right to spot the spawning salmon that return here every fall.

Jansrud Viewpoint

Pull over to Jansrud Viewpoint in Sandy to see the changing colors of the entire Sandy River Valley.

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Sternwheeler

COLUMBIA GORGE STERNWHEELER CRUISES

July, 2021 

May through October, this authentic sternwheeler takes visitors on a laid-back cruise around the river, under the Bridge of the Gods, past the Native American salmon fishermen, and back to the dock. You can take a sightseeing tour, a brunch cruise, a dinner cruise, or join in on a specialty cruise.

Although the romantic days of the sternwheelers are now past, you can experience a taste of history aboard the Sternwheeler “Columbia Gorge,” an authentic replica of a triple-decker paddle wheeler in size and construction. The Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler was built in Hood River, Oregon by Nichols Boat Works and was launched in 1983. The Sternwheeler’s historic-looking interior and exterior along with its historic setting in the scenic Columbia Gorge makes it a wonderful experience for tourists and history enthusiasts. 

Board from Marine Park at Cascade Locks, in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Enjoy riverboat cruises on our authentic triple-deck paddle wheeler, providing 360 degrees of breathtaking vistas. Watch Native American tribes fish from their legendary platforms as they have for centuries.

Experience the history of the Columbia River Gorge and learn about the Lewis and Clark Expedition on a cruise aboard the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler. See the sights and listen to live captain's narration of Oregon's rich history. Sit back, relax and go with the river's flow. 

CRUISE OPTIONS
-Gorgeous Brunch
-Sightseeing cruises
-Landmarks of the Gorge
-Gorgeous Dinner

 

DOGS NEED A VACATION TOO

June, 2021 

They are some of your best friends, so why not bring your dogs along with you to Wind Mountain Ranch? With 68 private acres and lots of green spaces, dogs can run leash-free. Bring them on a hike either on our 1.5 miles of private trails or up Wind Mountain. Cabins 1 thru 3 are dog-friendly allowing you to bring 1-2 dogs per cabin. A pet fee of $40 per stay applies for 1 dog and $60 for 2 dogs. 

 

Bring your dog along while you dine. Here are some dog-friendly restaurants in the area.

Walking Man Brew Pub 

Stevenson, WA 

  • By the bridge of the Gods 

  • Award-winning beer

  • We brew old school, stirring every batch by hand.

 

Three Rivers Grill

Hood River, OR

  • Spectacular scenery

  • Majestic Hood river landscape 

  • Quality and classic dishes 

 

Doppio Coffee, food, and  Lounge 

Hood River, OR

  • Stylish coffeehouse with specialty drinks, pastries & gourmet sandwiches, plus an outdoor patio.

 

Kickstand Coffee 

Hood River, OR

  • Donuts made fresh daily 

  • Kid and Dog friendly 

  • Outdoor patio and fire pit and S’mores 

  • Local beer, wine, and house-infused cocktails 

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BEST OPEN HIKES NEAR WIND MOUNTAIN RANCH

March, 2021

 

PRIVATE TRAILS AT WIND MOUNTAIN RANCH

Hike the 1.5 miles of private marked trails on the ranch’s property. A hiking map is available in your cabin booklet.

Pass/Permit not required

WIND MOUNTAIN TRAIL

Hike Wind Mountain with a trail from the ranch connecting to this popular short but steep hike with beautiful views at the top.

DISTANCE:  2.4mi (from trailhead)

ELEVATION GAIN:  1,148 feet

Pass/Permit not required

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DOG MOUNTAIN TRAIL

A short four mile drive away from the ranch is Dog Mountain Trail, known to be a strenuous hike leading to commanding vistas over the Columbia River Gorge.

DISTANCE:  6 miles

ELEVATION GAIN:  2,825 feet

Permit required on Saturdays, Sundays and memorial day April 24 - June 13, 2021

$5 Parking fee

America the Beautiful Access Passes accepted here

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HAMILTON MOUNTAIN TRAIL

Hamilton Mountain Trail – A popular hike with a waterfall part of the way up. This hike is known to be moderately difficult with great views and a few different route options.

DISTANCE:  6.4 miles

ELEVATION GAIN:  2,060 feet

Discover Pass required.

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LOCAL 2021 EATS + BREWS

February, 2021 

Our personal favorite TAKE-OUT, OUTDOOR DINING & DELIVERY options in Stevenson and Carson.

1. Red Bluff Tap House, Stevenson, WA

OPEN FOR TAKE-OUT

A fresh combination of ingredients and culinary talent pulls together our locally sourced, Northwest offerings. Our menu pays homage to pub classics, with the inspiration of keeping it local, fresh, and ever evolving. 

http://redblufftaphouse.com

 

2. Backwoods Brewing, Carson, WA

OPEN FOR TAKE-OUT & OUTDOOR DINING

You will find us busily brewing craft beers from the best ingredients in the Northwest. Whatever you do, don’t miss out on the renowned pizza at our original pub in Carson.

www.backwoodsbrewingcompany.com

 

 

3. Big River Grill, Stevenson, WA

OPEN FOR TAKE-OUT

While we are known for our traditional American style food the kitchen staff at Big River Grill are constantly creating new, exciting specials that feature different styles of cuisine. We strive to make sure that all of our guests leave satisfied and happy.

www.thebigrivergrill.com

 

4. Walking Man Beer, Stevenson, WA

OPEN FOR TAKE-OUT, CURBSIDE PICKUP AND OUTDOOR DINING

Walking Man Brewing began impacting the Northwest craft beer scene in late 2000. Garnering medals in some of the top beer competitions in the world, it has long since become a destination for beer enthusiasts and gorge travelers.

www.walkingmanbeer.com

 

5. Andrews's Pizza SW, Stevenson, WA

OPEN FOR TAKE-OUT & DELIVERY

Unfussy joint for Italian pies & brews

www.andrewspizzastevenson.com

 

6. Elrio Texicantina, Stevenson, WA

OPEN FOR TAKE-OUT

Our kitchen is inspired by the cooking of Texas, New Mexico and Northern Mexico. Rich sauces, house smoked meats, everything made from scratch.

www.elriotexicantina.com

 

7. Clark and Lewies, Stevenson, WA

OPEN FOR TAKE-OUT & PATIO DINING

Today’s Interpretation of Lewis and Clark, brings memories of great pioneers with a love for beauty and good food. Since 1908 the Old Saloon building has been a Stevenson favorite, specializing in waterfront dining with fantastic views. 

www.clarkandlewies.com

 

8.  Big T's Grill, Stevenson, WA

OPEN FOR TAKE-OUT, OUTDOOR DINING & DELIVERY

Serving up the best American diner cuisine in the Columbia River Gorge! Chef Tim has tried all the best diner recipes, and thrown in a few flavors of his own to create a mouth-watering menu, offering everything from traditional "bacon and eggs" breakfasts to the Big "T" Burger, with something for everyone in between. 

www.eatatbigts.com