Pacific Northwest Lodge with Sweeping Columbia River Gorge Views
Skamania Lodge takes its name from a Chinook word meaning “swift water,” an entirely appropriate moniker considering the hotel overlooks the Columbia River Gorge. The area features a high concentration of waterfalls, including the fifth-highest waterfall in the country. Situated on 175 wooded acres surrounded by beautiful natural attractions, Skamania Lodge is a favorite stopover for outdoor adventurers or those looking for a tranquil retreat.
The lodge is constructed of native rock, Montana slate, and natural and reclaimed timber. Inside, original artwork and petroglyph rubbings depict local Native American history and the flannel styles of lumberjacks throughout the years. Many of the guest rooms look out onto the Gifford Pinchot National Forest or the Columbia River, but arguably the best views are found at the hotel's golf course. Tucked within the evergreen woods, the 18-hole course is surrounded by snow-capped cliffs and sparkling water.
For regional cuisine such as grilled steelhead, head to Skamania’s award-winning Cascade Dining Room. You can also enjoy lighter fare at River Rock on the restaurant's waterfront patio or by the towering rock fireplace. Nearby, the hotel's Waterleaf Spa offers soothing treatments including a purifying facial and a body rock massage.
Stevenson, Washington: Laid-Back Riverfront Town Abounding with Outdoor Recreation
A small, scenic town on the Columbia River Gorge, Stevenson was once a humble logging community, but has since evolved into a renowned year-round destination. Many of the visitors are drawn to Gifford Pinchot National Forest, which is just 2 miles from the hotel. Spread across 1.3 millions acres, the outdoor wonderland offers endless outdoor activity including salmon and steelhead fishing below Bonneville Dam. For breathtaking views of the wilderness terrain, hike the Pacific Crest Trail, which skirts the Big Lava Bed, a 20-square-mile volcanic formation.