Columbia River Gorge Spring Break

March 9, 2016

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Spring break isn’t just for kids around here! With adventurous excursions in the Gorge or romantic indulgences, we think there are plenty of activities for adults of all ages to enjoy and help you swing into the spring season. From attractions to regional events, plan your spring break vacation in Carson around the ideas below! Though, we won’t tell anyone if you prefer to retreat to your cabin for a romantically-themed spring break instead.
  • Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival: If you’re coming up to Carson from the south, we recommend taking a minor detour to check out the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival! Spanning 40 acres, the Tulip Farm comes alive with vibrant colors in the spring. The festival runs from March 18 to May 1 from 9 a.m. to 6 pm. daily.
  • Celebrate Oregon Wine Month: If you can’t visit us during April join us in May for the Oregon Wine Month! Here in the Gorge we enjoy all the wineries, Washington or Oregon. They all produce some excellent varietals as well and even devote the month of May to sample some fine wine at tastings or learn more about the winegrowing region and processes of Oregon’s 600 wineries. If you’re in the mood for your own private wine tasting we’ve got you covered with exceptional bottles on our wine rack that you can purchase and enjoy in the comforts of your cabin.
  • Whitewater rafting: Dive into spring fun with a trip down the river through whitewater rafting tour! This exhilarating two-hour adventure is complemented with the stunning canyon and waterfall views. If it’s adventure you’re after on your spring break vacation, we recommend booking our whitewater rafting adventure package so you can get your adrenaline rush and then relax in luxury at night.
  • Spa: It can be hard to spring forward into the season with sore and achy muscles, so why not come relax and welcome the spring season with a massage or salt scrub?
  • Drive the Old Scenic Highway 30: Take an afternoon drive on Old Scenic Highway 30 or head out in the morning and make time to stop and explore the many waterfall hikes and trails.
  • Go golf: Take in some fresh air on the green with a round of golf at the 18-hole course at the Elk Ridge Golf Course. This tranquil course keeps up with the relaxing atmosphere you’ll enjoy at Carson Ridge but tees up some additional fun!
  • Tour the wineries or breweries: Enjoy fewer crowds in the tasting rooms when you visit our local wineries or breweries. Taste the spirit of the Columbia River Gorge and learn what sets our region apart from others when it comes to Washington wines and beer.
  • Visit a volcano: Plan a trip to visit the active volcano: Mt. St. Helens! Mt. St. Helens’ first eruption was on March 27, 1980 after its earthquake on March 20. It continued an eruptive cycle that lasted until 1986 before becoming quiet. The last cycle of activity lasted from 2004 to 2008. Mt. St. Helens is a beautiful site and makes for a wonderfully scenic drive. You’ll probably see avid climbers and hikers heading up to the summit or larger tour groups in the summer but these hikes are well organized and planned for. There are no permit fees for hikes between November 1 and March 31, but hikers on the trail outside those dates must have a valid climbing permit.
  • Wildlife watching: No, spotting Roxy running up to greet you won’t count! Washington is home to many species of wild animals and birds. Catching sight of them in their natural habitat is always a fun way to spend a morning. Visit the trails and wildlife viewing areas in Gifford Pinchot National Forest.
Plan now to visit the Columbia River Gorge in spring and take advantage of these fun activities and events. Don’t forget to look at our specials to save on your adult spring break, whether it’s to get out and explore the Gorge with your loved one or to enjoy a romantic weekend away while the kids have a vacation with grandma and grandpa!