Columbia River Fishing Guide's expert baiter, Christian Witt, leads up to six burgeoning anglers across the watery expanses of Oregon's and Washington's northwest rivers during strategically scheduled trips to hook salmon, sturgeon, and seasonal fishes. Groups spend an hour catching shad to then lure a harvest of trophy sturgeon on the Columbia River in May and June, whereas participants capture sizeable steelheads with more fighting spirit than the ghosts of Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots during the Lewis River expeditions helmed from December–March. Trips out to Buoy 10—known for some of the Pacific Northwest's best king salmon fishing—yield a variety of catches, including keeper sturgeon and coho salmon. Columbia River Fishing Guide works out an ideal date with each customer when they call to book their aquatic treks and outfits them with G.Loomis poles, Shimano reels, and enough bait to lure catches worthy of hanging on the mantelpiece or the outside of the fridge. All river adventurers should arrive wrapped in warm clothing with a packed lunch and fishing license in hand.
Like a spooky spider missing one leg, Terror in the Country offers up seven terrifying options for eliciting screams, shrieks, and shudders from visitors. Get bowled over by Bozos in the Unhinged Clown Territory, sidestep the silent-but-deadly reaches of Mime Alley, and run into some old friends in the Portal to Hell. Other scareas, each with their own back stories, are the Haunted Cemetery, the Chamber of Dolls, the Forest of Fate, and the Paths of Terror. There is no shortage of spooks for kooky kids and ambling elders alike, with creepy costumes and shocking special effects providing a troubling counterpoint to eye-watering acts of kindness from misunderstood wolfmen.
The majestic beauty of Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams, and Mt. Hood surrounds Tri Mountain Golf Course, which garnered a four-star editor's rating from Golf Digest. Award-winning greens cushion patrons' cleats, and golf carts cruise from tee to tee while skirting around the fairways' 11 water hazards and 64 sunbather-filled bunkers. Tri Mountain Golf Course's championship-worthy site has hosted such notable competitions as the ESPN National Golf Challenge , and it unveils its manicured turf for guests looking to practice, play, or find a bloodless alternative to a duel. Although not included in the Groupon, hungry hackers taking a breather from swinging, slicing, and making sand angels in the bunkers may stop at the clubhouse and order from the Tri-Mountain Grille, which overlooks the 18th hole.
Across the yard at Thunder Ridge Mercenary Camp, a cannon spews flames at invaders. Nearby, in the recreated island settlement, blacksmiths hammer out weapons and craftsmen manufacture implements for visitors and pirates alike. In the water, bobbing gently with sails relaxed, the tall ship Royaliste waits for a high-seas chase. This living-history tableau is a scene among many at the Portland Pirate Festival, which brings together historical-reenactment actors, convivial taverns, and eclectic live music from regional and international bands for a two-day fest celebrating ancient pirate culture and buccaneering. Between sword-fighting demonstrations or a stint on an inflatable ride, visitors can feast on hearty grub from vendors such as Sanjai’s Teriyaki, Dave’s Pronto Pups, and Paradise Shaved Ice, and the of-age can gulp a pint of ale from Oberon’s Three-Penny Tavern or Ninkasi Brewing Company in Galley Alley. The craftspeople mingle in Tortuga Market, where they vend their traditional handmade pirate wares such as trinkets, toys, or peg legs, which are great for completing a costume or helping a pet shark take to land.
A family of ducks swims along Devils Lake, river otters play across Lake Merwin, and a kayak tour floats along the water. When Tracie Driver started NorthWest EcoExcursions, she envisioned a recreation company that would combine outdoor thrills with respect for the environment. To this end, NorthWest's guides, who each boast either a postgraduate education or more than 10 years in park-ranger experience, educate their customers on local wildlife and geology during trips that run the gamut from hiking to whale watching to goat-packing tours. The staff also maintains eco-friendly practices, serving strictly organic foods on camping trips and ensuring all of their office's plants are 100% solar powered.