Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum

Immerse yourself in the past with Ice Age Geology, Lewis & Clark stories, Indigenous Culture and Oregon Explorers. In the present, get up close to Birds of Prey, hike the nature trails, shop local crafts, picnic or taste farm grown food.

Summit Arts Center’s creativity stems from a desire to preserve history in Government Camp

written by Catie Joyce-Bulay photography by Daniel Stark Most people head to Mount Hood for the epic skiing and hiking, but there’s also a vibrant art community keeping traditions of craftsmanship alive. The story of Summit Arts Center, formerly known as Cascadia Center for Arts and Crafts, began in the 1930s when the cabins housing its studios were first built for U.S. Forest Service personnel. In 1936, construction began on nearby Timberline Lodge as a Works Progress Administration project, providing employment during the Great Depression. As the lodge flourished as a popular tourist destination and historic landmark, the original Forest Service cabins fell into disrepair. Fast forward more than sixty years—the cabins were slated for demolition for lack of funds to repair them. Enter Betsy Valian, a nearby Government Camp resident and glass artist who couldn’t bear to see such an important part of the region’s history disappear. It was…

Wild and Romantic Outdoor Getaways

Getting outside can be an aphrodisiac— turn up the heat this summer with an outdoor adventure written by Kevin Max We know you like to make travel plans around new and exciting experiences in the outdoors, so we happily brought together some of our top picks for outdoor getaways in every region of Oregon. These range from remote hike-in cabins in Eastern Oregon to hot springs resorts in Central Oregon, a fabulous Mid-century makeover in Southern Oregon, a fire lookout in the Willamette Valley and more. Here is the fruit of this exploration. Eastern Oregon » Halfway In a southwest breach of the Wallowa Whitman National Forest and 10 miles west of the Snake River lies tiny Halfway. It’s the remoteness of Halfway and the cuteness of Pine Valley Lodge that makes this a romantic outdoorsy getaway. The bed & breakfast has twelve rooms with two stand-alone cottages, one that…

Best places for a bountiful brunch

BEST PLACES FOR BOUNTIFUL BRUNCHING HUNNYMILK With both a West Burnside brick and mortar and an eastside weekends-only pop-up, this pretty prix fixe brunch cafe makes it easy to treat mom to something a little unexpected this Mother’s Day. Chef Brandon Weeks’ $23 menus rotate regularly, but the format stays the same—first, choose a drink (obviously the caramel hot chocolate with toasted milk marshmallows), then something from both the sweet and savory sections, perhaps the smoky bacon Dutch baby and key lime curd-filled poppy seed crêpe, or the crispy pork ribs and cheesy garlic grits with a honey butter-dipped fortune cookie waffle. 1981 W BURNSIDE ST. PORTLAND www.hunnymilk.com FOXTAIL BAKESHOP AND KITCHEN Part of Bend’s exciting and ever-evolving Box Factory project near the Old Mill, pastry chef-owner Nickol Hayden-Cady’s comely bakery and cafe promises an artful experience, from the gorgeous wall mural to the dazzling pastry case to the plates…

Mount Hood Farmers Market

Come join us at the Mount Hood Farmer’s Market in Sandy, Oregon. Many of our farmers grow cut flowers for the floral business and we are lucky enough to have them selling their amazing bouquets at our market every week. The beauty of our market is boasted not only in flowers, but through our local artists as well. Our craftsmen (and craftswomen) work hard all year long to produce a fantastic array of jewelry, paintings, photography, wall hangings, body art, candles, lotions, and so much more! Stop by the Mount Hood Farmer’s Market in Sandy, Oregon and sample some of the Pacific Northwest’s finest produce. When you buy from the farmer’s market you are buying directly from the farmer and supporting their farming family. Many of our farmers harvest with in 24 hours of market day so you know your produce is the freshest and the best you can buy….

Oregon’s Best Places to Retire

written by Lee Lewis Husk Retiring with visions of sitting on a beach sipping Mai Tais? Well, maybe not in Oregon, where you’re more likely to be pulling on a wetsuit to wade into the surf or rubber boots to walk the dog. Oregon isn’t Florida or Arizona, but it does have considerable appeal to those no longer tethered to a paycheck. Whether you’re a 45-year-old techie escaping Silicon Valley, an urbanite fleeing traffic or a rural boomer seeking great health care facilities, you’ll need a place to retire and call home.  We’ve found six towns that may tickle your retirement dreams. In selecting this list, we considered the availability and cost of housing, weather, proximity to airports, health care, cultural and recreational amenities, and the history and vibe of the place. Brookings Sun Worshippers, Camels & Cacti Not Found Here With 50 inches of rain falling between November and…

Brigham Fish Market is a Hidden Gem

Brigham Fish Market is a tasty pit stop in Cascade Locks written by Kevin Max | photos by Uncage the Soul Productions On the banks of the mighty Columbia River in Cascade Locks is one of this town’s hidden gems. Brigham Fish Market is reason alone to put the brakes on and roll into this small town, especially around lunch. Hard-working sisters Kim Brigham Campbell and Terrie Campbell follow in the footsteps of their forefathers, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, by net fishing from docks and boats. Their daily catch becomes the fresh bounty for those on the other side of the counter at Brigham Fish Market. Though salmon counts are lower this year, the market is always full. Stay for the Columbia River sh and chips, the chowder and smoked Columbia salmon quesadillas, or take to go salmon, clams, oysters or halibut. If you take your…

Best Western Plus Hood River Inn

Welcome fall in one of Oregon’s most scenic destinations – the Columbia River Gorge – with changing colorful foliage, festive fruit stands plus bountiful wineries, breweries and cideries. Fall season brings crisp yellow, orange and burgundy leaves to the Hood River area. Enjoy vistas from our property, or take a walk along the Columbia River, where colorful kites and sails continue to cruise along the water. Explore the Hood River Valley, where dozens of orchards and vineyards have produced a new season’s harvest. Staying at the Best Western Plus Hood River Inn puts you in the center of it all… Enjoy: • Hood River Valley’s famous Fruit Loop fruit stands & u-pick orchards • • wine tasting, beer & cider sipping • Stay & Taste perks • the region’s beauty • • hiking and biking trails • strolls through downtown Hood River • • Thanksgiving at Riverside • At the…

Best Western Plus Columbia River Inn

Slow down and enjoy the stunning views of the Columbia River Gorge from our backdoor. Located in one of the Gorge’s most scenic sections on the banks of the Columbia River next to the Bridge of the Gods.