Duration: 9:00am until 5:30pm; Tuesday, Friday, Sunday – year round
Pricing: $135.00 per person ( 2 or more required for booking)
Includes: Tasting Fees, charcuterie platter, water, and professional tour guide.
Pick Up Location: downtown Portland hotels or Pre -Arranged Locations
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Spend the morning enjoying the awe and wonder of the Columbia Gorge Waterfalls, nationally rated as the most popular attraction in the region. Choose from a variety of lunch options in Hood River, and explore the town. Then, in the afternoon, we’ll visit two premier wineries in the Hood River Valley. You’ll learn about the region’s history and the development of the wine industry in the area. Each winery offers a unique and charming adventure, and you’ll have unparalleled views of Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, vineyards and orchards, and wind and kite surfers along the way.
Please note: There will be days when this product offering will automatically upgrade to wine tastings in the Willamette Valley, Oregon’s largest American Viticulture Area (AVA) famous for world-renown Pinot Noir with a climate comparable to the wine-growing regions of Burgundy, France and Piedmont, Italy.
* Bring a Camera! The views of the waterfalls, the Columbia River Gorge and the Hood River Valley are spectacular photo opportunities and also provide the perfect backdrop for selfies and group photos. * Taste the Wine! Sample wines in one of Oregon’s fastest growing wine-producing regions, where you’ll have the opportunity to purchase wine by the bottle and join local wine clubs. * Unwind and Celebrate! Treat yourself, friends and loved ones to stunning scenery, relaxed tastings, and comfortable settings during selected days with expected low traffic, and leave the driving to us.
Millions of years ago, during the formation of the Cascade Mountain Range, lava and other pyroclastic matter flowed west from what would be the Cascades all the way to the Pacific Ocean, creating a thick shell of basalt rock that covered Western Oregon. Then, during the Pleistocene Ice Age, roughly 15,000 years ago, water from the Lake Missoula Flood carved out the Columbia River Gorge as hundreds of cubic miles of water, ice, rock and mud rushed from present-day Montana to the Pacific Ocean. Explore the beauty of the canyon walls and rock formations, breathtaking waterfalls and awe-inspiring visas that make the Columbia River National Scenic Area one of the Seven Wonders of Oregon. Although nearly 50,000 acres of the Columbia River National Scenic Area was recently ravaged by a devastating forest fire, we will visit areas that are open to the public.
The Cascade Mountain Range divides the Columbia River Gorge into two distinctly different climatic regions in a relatively short, dramatic transition. The western side of the Cascades receives much more rain and cool moisture coming inland from the Pacific Ocean, while the climate east of the mountain range is mostly a hot and dry desert environment. Beginning in the Cascades and moving upriver through the eastern stretch of the Columbia River Gorge is the relatively young, but rapidly growing wine-making region known as the Columbia River American Viticulture Area (AVA). Often referred to as “A World of Wine in 40 Miles,” the Columbia River AVA consists of a combination of climates, soils, elevation, and geology to produce some of the most varied grape varietals in the Pacific Northwest.
Our enthusiastic guides will introduce you to the most amazing places in the Gorge and the Hood River Valley, while providing a comprehensive narrative of this spectacular landscape and its transformative history. They will then transport you to a few wineries that best represent the unique offerings from the Columbia River AVA. Some of our stops may include Portland Women Forum, Crown Point Vista House, Latourell Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, Multnomah Falls, Bonneville Dam Fish Hatchery, and Hood River.
Vista House at Crown Point:
Perched atop one of the most panoramic overlooks in the Columbia River Gorge, Vista House provides an unrivaled, majestic view of the Gorge. Often referred to as “The Crown Jewel of the Columbia River Gorge,” Vista House was built between 1916 and 1918 as a memorial to Oregon pioneers, a scenic viewpoint, and a comfort station for those traveling on the newly constructed Historic Columbia River Highway. Built with expertly carved sandstone and stunning marble, then finished with bronze lining and amber-green opalescent art glass windows, Vista House and the view it offers are sure to amaze and inspire you.
This dazzling waterfall plunges 249 feet (76 m) over a massive wall of basalt and then rushes through the forest into the Columbia River. The falling water of Latourell is framed by some of the most perfect columnar basalt formations in the Pacific Northwest that are adorned with a large florescent patch of yellow lichen and shrouded in brilliant green flora. We’ll venture down to the punch-bowl pool below the falls, where you’ll hear the tremendous rush of water and feel the cool mist that it creates. You’ll easily realize why this special place is one of the most photographed waterfalls in Oregon.
Fed by underground streams that originate miles above on Larch Mountain, this ancient 620 foot (189 m) waterfall is divided into two sections; the upper falls plummets an impressive 542 feet into a pool and again drops 69 feet to form a creek that runs into the Columbia River. Multnomah Falls is the second highest year-round waterfall in the United States and the highest in Oregon, and is Oregon’s number one natural attraction, drawing over 2.5 million visitors a year from around the world. At the base of the waterfall sits the Historic Multnomah Falls Lodge, a full-service day lodge complete with restaurant, gift shop, snack and espresso bar and interpretative center. Although much of the area surrounding Multnomah Falls was recently damaged by fire, you will be able to visit the lodge and experience the natural beauty of the waterfall.
Bonneville Fish Hatchery:
The Bonneville Hatchery was originally named “Central Hatchery,” was built in 1909 and is the largest of Oregon’s 33 hatcheries. The hatchery raises millions of salmon and steelhead annually, from spawned eggs to small fry ready to be released into the wild. The tour will focus on the Sturgeon Center and natural fish ponds, and may include a visit to the Historic Egg Incubation Building, a visitor information center and gift shop. You’ll meet “Herman” the sturgeon, the resident 70-year old, 10-foot long, 450 pound prehistoric-era fish in the Sturgeon Center and have the opportunity to feed massive rainbow trout in the natural fish ponds.
Columbia River AVA Wineries:
The Columbia Gorge Wine Region is home to more than 65 wineries, along a 40-mile stretch of the Columbia River. Although the Columbia River AVA encompasses both sides of the River in Oregon and Washington states, we’ll visit two select wineries within the Hood River Valley region of Oregon. The wineries that you will experience come from the following list of offerings: Phelps Creek Vineyards, Cathedral Ridge Winery, Marchesi Vineyards & Winery, Viento, Mt. Hood Winery, Stave & Stone, Cascade Cliffs Tasting Room, The Pines, Garnier, Hood Crest, and Wy’East vineyards.
Customized and Private Tours: All tours can easily be customized and/or made private. Please contact us for details and pricing.
Tour Price Includes: Guest pick up and drop off, transportation and tour guide, and all applicable fees, unless otherwise stated.
Not Included in Price: Gratuity and lunch. You will have an opportunity to purchase lunch and/or snacks along the way.
Requirements: Tours require a 2-person minimum for confirmation. Please contact us for current tour times and availability.
Payment: Reservations can be made on-line or by phone with a credit or debit card. Payment will be processed immediately to secure your reservation. Payment on the day of pick up will not guarantee your reservation. Cash payments will be accepted at the time of tour.
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Cancellation Policy: If you cancel at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 3 and 6 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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- Weather: Unless otherwise noted and specified all services are planned to operate regardless of weather. In the event of an “Act of God” and weather presents a safety issue AHWT will offer other tours to consider. There will be no reimbursements, full or partial, for inclement weather experienced during any service provided. It is the responsibility of the guests to be prepared for predicted weather and dress accordingly.
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The State of Oregon requires that all parents with children requiring car seats must use them. Minor-age passengers must be restrained in approved child safety seats until they weigh forty pounds or reach the maximum weight limit for the car seat in use. Infants must ride rear-facing until they reach both one year of age AND weigh at least twenty pounds. America’s Hub World Tours (AHWT) does not supply car seats; if you did not bring one, your hotel may be able to recommend rental locations, and some locations will deliver to hotels.
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