Autumn isn’t over yet…
In fact, the colors are ablaze and will continue to hold court for another couple of weeks and this precious transition is not to be missed!
Enjoy November while you can. Brave the misty, rainy evenings, put on your water proof pants and drive a little slower down those old, winding roads. Here are some worthy events to mark down on your calendar so you can savor the rest of the season!
11/9 / Hikes all over The Gorge / Party in Carson, WA / Hiking all day / Party 6 – 10pm
Featuring 100 hiking options spread out from West to East across the Gorge area, this is your chance to participate in a true Gorge appreciation day and celebrate the scenic majesty that makes the Columbia Gorge a globally recognized natural wonderland.
Satiate your pallet afterwards at our Hike The Gorge party, where you can enjoy good food and local beer and wine at the lovely Elk Ridge Golf Course in Carson, Washington. This is also your chance to participate in a photo contest and share stories about your unique hiking experience. Proceeds from party tickets benefit the West Columbia Gorge Humane Society as well as $1 for every mile hiked.
Let’s get together and commemorate the natural places we cherish the most!
11 / 8 thru 11 / 10 / Hood River
November in the Pacific Northwest simply begs you to cozy up inside a warm room to watch a movie while the gray unfurls outside. Opt for a cold/warm combo and enjoy Hike The Gorge on Saturday and a day of independent film masterpieces on Sunday. This year’s Mt. Hood Independent Film Festival is the 2nd annual installment and features countless gems at the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River!
11 / 11 / The Dalles / 11am
Wondering what to do with your day off? Get down to The Dalles and participate in The Dalles Veteran’s Day Parade! Enjoy a picnic potluck lunch following the festivities and then take advantage of the scenic location and find an afternoon hike or a cozy vista point to snap some photos of the Gorge’s ever changing autumn-to-winter landscape.
11 / 19 / Portland / 5:30 – 7pm
Alright Portlanders – it’s the end of a long work day and you don’t have the extra inner battery to get yourself out to the Gorge, but you do have enough energy to meet up for delicious micro-brews at the Lucky Lab in NW Portland and learn about various issues facing the Columbia Gorge area as well as helpful tips for how to plan hikes using a 3D Gorge map. Cheers to that!
11 / 23 / Dufur, Oregon
How about prepping for the pre Thanksgiving mayhem with a cozy getaway in a historic bed and breakfast? How about enjoying a gourmet meal served in courses, which includes roasted pork tenderloin and amaretto parfait?
You say you’ll be eating rich, delicious food a mere five days later that includes turkey and gravy and pie?
That’s five WHOLE days. Plenty of time to digest, recharge in a picturesque location and enjoy the quite reflection that a change of scenery provides the soul.
11 / 29 thru 12 / 1 / All throughout The Gorge
You began the holiday with a supper club getaway – now you can complete it with a celebration of The Gorge’s abundant wine bounty at the Thanksgiving weekend winery open house! Choose your favorite participating wineries and make a day of it, taking your time to truly say farewell to November, Gorge style.
We weather enduring warriors of Oregon and Washington know that the Calendar’s change doesn’t doom us into boredom fueled hibernation. It simply alters our focus, readjusts our wardrobe and inspires us with the deep peace that a more watery, wintery Gorge has to offer.
Stay tuned for December’s Gorge Events!