Bed and Breakfast Overlooking Columbia River in Downtown Mount Hood
If you look at the butter-yellow Villa Columbia Bed and Breakfast straightaway, you’ll miss the cottage’s best feature: the sweeping, unobstructed views of the Columbia River, which you can see from the back of the house. Built in 1911, the intimate bed and breakfast has only five guest rooms—and all of them look out onto the water. A heavy redwood front door swings open into the great room, which features polished wood floors hewn from local fir trees, a crackling fireplace, and large windows showcasing the piny scenery outside.
In each of the rooms, such as the main-floor Wind River room, new arrivals find a welcome basket stocked with chocolates, cheese and crackers, fresh fruit, and a bottle of local wine. A fireplace warms the space; in the private bathroom, there’s an oversize antique tub.
In the morning, you can enjoy a gourmet three-course breakfast served in the dining room or sunroom. Locally grown, organic ingredients are used to make bavarian-cream fruit tartlets, omelets, crepes, and housemade pastries. From the porch overlooking the Columbia River Gorge, it's possible to catch a glimpse of woodpeckers hammering away at the trees surrounding the inn.
There are also numerous wineries in the area. This Getaway includes a wine-tasting passport for two, which lets you sample wines at up to five wine-tasting locations.
Mount Hood, Oregon: Forest Hikes, Trout Streams, and Ski Trails on Volcanic Peak
Located about 90 miles east of Portland in northern Oregon, Mount Hood is technically an active volcano, though it hasn't shown any real geothermal activity for more than 100 years. Still, it’s the towering centerpiece of Mt. Hood National Forest, which encompasses more than one million acres of forested mountains and lakes. During warmer seasons, visitors come to pick berries, fish, and hike along some of Oregon’s best trails. The 1-mile hike to Buried Forest Overlook reveals a dramatic vista of White River Canyon, a forested area that was buried by ash and mud during one of Mount Hood’s eruptions centuries ago.
Though winter is the mountain’s most popular ski season, the Timberline Ski Area often sports snow-covered slopes through Labor Day, making it the only resort in North America to offer year-round skiing. Across the mountain, you’ll find several miles of cross-country trails and a handful of distinct downhill areas, including one of the country's largest nighttime ski areas at Mt. Hood Skibowl.
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