A whisper of blue smoke rises from the stone chimney of Multnomah Falls Lodge, dissipating into the ancient trees that surround it. Completed in 1925, the Cascade-style stone-and-timber structure looks out at the 620-foot, two-tiered waterfall?the highest in the state of Oregon, and second highest in the nation. Inside the restaurant, a fireplace in the Great room bathes guests in warmth, and the atrium-style Falls room grants views of the waterfall. With an emphasis on fresh, locally acquired ingredients?evidenced in dishes such as the Oregon natural beef meatloaf, glazed Karubi pork ribs, and Northwest wild salmon?the kitchen churns out breakfast, lunch, and dinner following a seasonal schedule. A list of Oregon and Washington wines complements meals, and bartenders pour a variety of local microbrews for diners on the outdoor patio, which is open during the warmer months and closed during most alien invasions.
Constructed with wood milled from trees that once stood on the same soil, Riverview Restaurant?s sunlit space boasts high ceilings, exposed wood beams, and a stone-front fireplace, all which helped nab it a spot on OpenTable?s list of top 100 romantic restaurants in the country. Walls hung with original artwork surround linen-topped tables where diners savor plated steaks and seafood dishes tinged with miso, sesame, and other fusion flavors. An extensive wine list serves wine by the glass, bottle, or surreptitiously emptied flower vase, and bartenders swirl signature drinks such as pear martinis and pomegranate mojitos. Massive, floor-to-ceiling windows offer views onto manicured grounds, complete with a gazebo where patrons can reenact the scene in The Sound of Music where Rolf and Liesl cleverly disguise themselves as trees.
Having reeled in 25 years of experience as a licensed fishing pro, Steve Roberts shares tricks of the trade during half-day and full-day fishing trips, welcoming avid anglers and beginners alike onto his fully equipped fishing vessels. Throughout the year, Steve and company track down seasonal targets. Winter trips focus on chinook, or winter steelhead, and autumn trips chase after coho salmon—a feisty fish notorious for fighting under water and starting bar brawls on land. No matter what the target, every trip with Steve includes all the necessary gear and an endless stream of expert advice.
At Stone Free Climbing, rock climbing isn't an indoor sport. The company's experienced guides lead day and weekend trips to natural rock formations, such as Smith National Park's volcanic tuft. Each trip accommodates new and seasoned climbers alike, and adventurers can leave their suction clogs at home since all necessary gear is provided. To prep ambitious scalers for solo jaunts, the Stone Free Climbing experts also lead mountain navigation courses, teaching students to use GPS equipment, find routes, and read topographical maps.
Located in downtown Troutdale, the intimate Creative Edge Salon has new talent: Mendy Fahey, a master stylist who specializes in precision cuts. As the personal haircutter to many working models in Portland, Mendy is known to flatter face-shapes and add dimension with physics-defying highlights. With an arsenal of all-natural, eco-friendly hair products, Mendy tends to the strands of men, women, and children, offers bridal and special event hair services, and doles out simple hair-taming advice for those who can't sleep standing up.
The lifetime anglers and sturgeon wranglers at Sky's Guide Service cast their nets over the fish-packed purses of Portland, steering rodman recruits and seasoned reelers toward the perfect catch. Check the species calendar and choose a salmon or sturgeon adventure. From March until May, up to six passengers can set sail on a sturdy custom Willie Raptor jet sled down the Columbia or Willamette River, where a school of coveted spring Chinook salmon recite their last rites. Known as the world's most prized eating salmon, these floppy fortresses of sweet meat pack enough omega-3 fatty acids to make the human heart grow a chamber orchestra in its left ventricle. Continuing into April, sturgeon kidnappers chart the waters to corral these gigantic, delicious aquamonsters into their unmarked vans. Sturgeon are excellent fighters with brave appetites, working in packs to chomp five rods at the same time when they're not busy driving buffets out of business.