Summit Ski Area’s unbroken streak of operation dates all the way back to 1927, making it the nation’s second oldest continuously operating ski destination. In 10 separate decades, skiers have strapped on their skis and negotiated the terrain’s 306 feet of vertical drop, slaloming down runs such as Bumble Bee, Yellow Jacket, and Alpine Trail to the base elevation of 4,000 feet. The spot also boasts 15 kilometers of Nordic trails designed by four-time Olympian Bill Koch. Opened to cross-country skiers in 1992, the trails help round out the area’s snow-sport offerings, which also include skiing, snowboarding, tubing, and abominable-snowman taunting.
Though its once purely utilitarian features have been repurposed as a modern industrial-chic wine bar, Sunshine Mill Winery is still a monument to turn-of-the-century agriculture. The gravity mill’s belt-drive system, for instance, is still wholly intact, and its massive gears hang above the heads of sommeliers pouring Quenett and Copa Di Vino wines in the lounge area. And atop the structure that still houses the mill’s Thomas Edison–designed electric generator, musicians regularly perform to the crowds on the alfresco dining area below.
Situated on a 54-acre plot of land near the Columbia River, Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Wasco County Historical Museum chronicles thousands of years of the area’s natural and cultural history. The 48,200-square-foot facility—which received an American Institute of Architects Honor Award—features interactive and multimedia exhibits that let guests study everything from the volcanic activity and floods that created the gorge to its wildlife. Guests can stand in the shadow of a life-size, 13-foot mammoth in the Ice Age exhibit or hide from its intimidating tusks under a canvas tent modeled after the one used by Lewis and Clark.
As the official interpretive center of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic area, the center celebrates the area’s indigenous flora and fauna while working to preserve them. Five acres of indigenous plants host turtles, ducks, geese, songbirds, and other native wildlife, on which guests spy as they stroll through the nature walk. At the raptor exhibit, visitors can come face-to-beak with various birds of prey, including a bald eagle, a great horned owl, and a red-tailed hawk. The Discovery Center and Museum hosts frequent educational programs and tour groups that detail ways to protect the area’s biodiversity without having to marry a tree.
All necessary whitewater equipment is provided for the six-hour splash fest, including a raft that seats up to seven, personal flotation device, paddles, and an expert water-whisperer as a guide. After listening to a short safety speech, hit the aqueous road at one of Imperial's private put-ins, avoiding the gold panners and laundry wenches who crowd other portions of the riverbank.
As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
Inside this total health emporium, Dr. Kevin Misenheimer calls upon his education in kinesiology and experience as a doctor of chiropractic to take a holistic look at health in a spa-like atmosphere. His staff employs the latest wellness exams and oversized magnifying glasses to investigate the cause behind each client's symptoms, enlisting nutrition-response testing. Supervised weight-loss programs integrate customized meal plans with treatment of the thyroid, hypothalamus, adrenal glands, and other internal systems that affect metabolism. Super-hydration therapy aims to provide relief from inflammation, sluggish energy, and digestive issues using the power of oxygenated alkaline water.