The Columbia Gorge has a rich history from Native American Tribes to Lewis & Clark to the windsurfing capital of the world. These stories are recorded at the various museums that showcase artifacts, videos, and interactive displays throughout their exhibits.
White Salmon/Bingen: Our shops, stores, and artisans offer everyday essentials and unique one-of-a-kind treasures. And don't forget to ask... many of your purchases could be tax-free if you're an out-of-state visitor.
Hood River: The city of Hood River is broken up between 4 different regions; the port, downtown, the heights, and upper valley (Pine Grove, Odell, Parkdale). Most of the shopping is focused on downtown and the heights; however fantastic vendors can be found throughout the valley.
The Dalles: Located approximately 30 miles from Husum, this is the "city" of the gorge. With additional shopping and main stream stores, it is a great place for everyday shopping.
The Columbia Gorge has a rich history of agriculture; from the vast orchards to the lumber mills, this region boasts an eclectic agricultural experience for everyone.
Husum Falls: Walk to this splendid falls and watch the rafters and kayakers take the plunge. Go right out of the driveway and walk about 100 yards.
Rattlesnake Rapid: Walk across the highway to the small parking lot across the street. To your left you will see a gate leading down to the river. Follow this to watch the rafters "ride the bull" through this playful rapid.
BZ Falls: Take a right out of our driveway and go 4 miles to the community of BZ Corner. Shortly after you pass the Shell Station, you will see a parking lot on your right. Park here and head down the trail to the put-in for commercial rafters. Before you come to the stairs, there will be a sharp right turn and you will see a trail leading off to the left. Follow this trail about .5 miles to this "Class VI" falls.
Weldon Wagon Trail: A 2-3 mile hike, about 500 ft. elevation gain across steep side hill east of and above Indian Creek and the White Salmon River Valley. While you can walk to the trail head, we suggest that you drive and then start your exploration. Turn left from our driveway and continue to pass Wet Planet. There will be a road between Wet Planet and River Drifters, this will be your left hand turn.
The Big Lava Bed: The Big Lava Bed is located within the Mt. Adams Ranger District on the southern end of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.
Ice Cave & Natural Bridges: Head north on WA-141 N, slight left to stay on WA-141 N (signs for Sno-Parks), Continue onto Carson Guler Rd/NF-24, turn left to the Guler Ice Caves Coyote Wall and Catherine Creek: Head east on WA-14 toward Lyle. Look for signs for Courtney Creek and Old Hwy 8.
Dog Mountain Trail: Drive back down to HWY 14 and take a right heading west. You will see a pull off in about 15 miles. This trail is marked.
Dine in the Gorge
Wet Planet Cafe - (877) 390-9445
Our neighbor, Wet Planet Cafe, serves up a fantastic afternoon or evening meal. Whether you are visiting for the day or spending the weekend on the rapids they are sure to keep you going. SEASONAL HOURS
The Station Cafe - (509) 395-2211
Great huckleberry shakes and a large "local favorites" menu. The classic burger and fries has never tasted better.
The Logs - (509) 493-1505
Enjoy delicious local brews & wines, burgers & fries, stir-fries, salads, and fresh sushi rolls.
There are many more wonderful restaurants in the surrounding areas, too numerous to list. Our friendly staff would be happy to help you locate a specific type of dining experience or drink location, just ask!