One of the world’s most spectacular landscapes hugs the border of Oregon and Washington. One of America’s first designated National Scenic Areas, the Columbia River Gorge famously loses an inch of rain per mile as you head east from Portland, transitioning from western Washington’s familiar cool forests to sunnier slopes. It’s always been a destination for windsurfing and waterfall watching, but a critical mass of wineries is busy expanding the definition of Washington (and Oregon) wine against a breathtaking mountain backdrop. Read on for a guide to scenic tastings, dramatic landmarks, sculptural ice cream sundaes and a beer scene that rivals the wine.

In This Feature:

The Best Wineries in the Columbia Gorge and Southwest Washington

Along the Washington-Oregon border, a new guard redefines our local wine amid some spectacular scenery.

06/08/2021 By Sean P. Sullivan

The Best Things to Do in the Columbia Gorge

Kiteboarding, IPAs, and one seriously unexpected religious exhibit.

06/08/2021 By Allison Williams Photography by Kelly Turso

Where to Eat in the Columbia Gorge

Eat your way down the river, from French cuisine to soft serve sundaes.

06/08/2021 By Allison Williams and Allecia Vermillion Photography by Kelly Turso