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Weekend road trip through the Gorge

by Jennie McGhan Sometimes it is just a weekend road trip travelers need to unwind and get away from everyday life. The Columbia Gorge and Mt. Hood region offer opportunities for weekend travelers to view colorful vistas and a diverse landscape, as well as a chance to enjoy the history of the region. In Troutdale, weekend travelers can stop in at McMenamin’s Edgefield, a facility that was once a poor farm, but is now a destination resort. The facility was built in 1911 and boasts carefully restored architecture, good food and live entertainment. There are more than 100 European-style guest rooms and hostel accommodations, as well as rocking chairs on the veranda. The extensive gardens, an on-site glass blower and potter provide visitors a chance to see art in motion. The artisan in Edgefield’s Gorge Glashaus willingly shares the process of creating glass sculptures with those visiting the facility. On the Philip Foster Farm near Eagle Creek, guests can learn about the life of early pioneers. Visitors can climb aboard a wagon, make their own cider, plow some soil and learn about the industriousness of those who ventured to the Pacific Northwest on the Oregon Trail. The historic Barlow Road section of the Oregon Trail leads travelers from the farm to Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood. Built in the 1930s, the national historic landmark was constructed of stone and craftsman woodworking. In 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated the lodge as a “…testament to the workers on the rolls of the Works Progress Administration.” Timberline Lodge was also used in footage of the movie “The Shining.” Visitors can stay and dine in one of six restaurants. They can also enjoy a fresh from the tap beverage at the Mt. Hood Brewing Company facility. Central Washington residents, too, can stop at majestic Multnomah Falls on the return trip home. It is a popular destination for photographers, as well as a natural wonder.

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Historic Multnomah Falls is a popular destination for visitors traveling the Columbia Gorge. The falls cascade over Yakima basalt from a natural spring.

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Timberline Lodge was constructed in the 1930s as part of the Works Progress Administration. It boasts six restaurants, a year-around heated pool and cozy guest accommodations.

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At McMenamin’s Edgefield in Troutdale, Ore., visitors can visit the Gorge Glashaus, where they can watch glass blowers in action.

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Blacksmithing is demonstrated at the Philip Foster Farm in Eagle Creek, Ore. Visitors can watch the action to get a sense of how early pioneers lived.

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Covered wagons used when pioneers traveled the Oregon Trail are on display at the Philip Foster Farm in Eagle Creek, Ore.

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