A road trip through the Columbia River Gorge




1. Start with a fresh perspective

Though SKamanía Introduce It’s been around since the 1990s, and a weekend rib special certainly gives off classic vacation vibes, the hotel has been slowly updated in recent years. Public electric vehicle chargers are open to the public, and artificial greens on the golf course reduce water and pesticide use (bonus: it’s a more reliable surface). By leaving the back nine of its year-round disc golf course less manicured than the front nine, the property reclaims some of its wooded landscape while offering experienced disc throwers an elevated challenge.

2. Travel back in time

Sam Hill lies at the entire eastern end of the Columbia River Gorge; Not only is his mansion still standing like the Maryhill Museum of Art (beautiful, unfortunately closed in winter), but Highway 14 itself is a remnant of the settlers’ attempt to blanket the Northwest with roads in the early 20th century. Although he traveled the world, Hill thought that England famous rock circle it represented human sacrifice; it doesn’t; anyway, he decided to build his own replica of Stonehenge on the cliffs overlooking the river to salute the locals killed in World War I. it has its own mysteries. The altarpiece was placed when an astronomer arrived in the city for a total solar eclipse, aimed at the astronomical horizon. And Sam Hill’s own body is in a crypt under the monument.

3. Look at the Sky

When Goldendale Observatory began a complete renovation in 2018, rejuvenating one of the most unusual state parks in the country. Although the surface of the park is small, barely a building and a parking lot, it also contains the whole sky. Rangers give free astronomy talks (with a Discovery Pass for parking) several days and nights a week, pointing giant telescopes skyward to study the sun, moon, and all sorts of space objects. In early winter, Mars will be visible for the first time in a few years. The shows fill to capacity most nights in summer, so arriving early is recommended, as well as checking viewing conditions and FAQs on the observatory’s website.

4. End on a sweet note

The Christmas atmosphere that emanates from San Juan Bakery it is probably due only to the healthy representation of Jesus, rosaries and other religious symbols; it is a greek orthodox monastery after all. Nuns dressed in head-to-toe black robes (respect their request not to take photos, please) sell dreamy baklava and snow-white kourambiedes alongside incense and beeswax candles. Although tours of the property have come to a halt with the pandemic, the cafe inside the bakery and the extensive shops are reason enough to stop.

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