We recently spent a long weekend in the Columbia River Gorge on the Washington side in White Salmon. White Salmon is a quiet little town with marvelous views of the Gorge and easy access to the popular destination of Hood River, Oregon. A sunny day in the Gorge has come to symbolize Pacific Northwest summers to me. Here are my top 3 from our trip:
1) Sunshine. Perhaps it’s just me, or the time of year we typically visit the Gorge, but I think it is sunnier there and the bright blue skies are so beautiful with the river, pine trees and mountains:
2) Wine. The Columbia River Valley is a another AVA in the area, very different from the Willamette Valley where we visited a month or ago. The focus is still Pinot Noir, but many of the wineries we visited produce on a more traditional, old-school European style of wine. Apparently there are many French wine makers in the area. We visited several vineyards and tasting rooms as part of their weekend open house. A couple of my favorite stops:
Domaine Pouillon, with their dog friendly hiking area where we all got to stretch our legs after our wine tasting:
Cor Cellars, a very popular tasting room where they were pouring their newly released Tempranillo wine:
Syncline Wines, who was pouring their wines outdoors under the supervision of several winery dogs. They also had the local pizza place, Solstice Wood Fire Cafe, on hand to provide snacks, so we were able to stop for some lunch. Their specialty is the Country Girl Cherry pizza, topped with chorizo sausage, goat cheese and locally grown cherries – it was quite tasty!
and finally Aniche Cellars, which was also dog friendly, so Lucie and Buddy enjoyed that tasting with us! They also made a new friend, Spike, who sat at the same picnic table as us while his humans enjoyed their wine.
3) Backyard. Our rental house had a small, but fenced in backyard so the hounds were able to run (and lounge) freely! I enjoyed my coffee and eggs outside each morning with Lucie and for dinners we took advantage of the gas grill. Matt prepared the steaks and asparagus on the grill while I made kale, strawberry and avocado salads and poured some of our newly purchased wine:
It was a wonderful and relaxing weekend and it was difficult to get back into the swing of things this week at work. I’m already counting down to our next weekend road trip (to Vancouver, BC in June!).
Did anyone else travel for Memorial Day weekend? Or did you enjoy a “stay-cation” at home?