Unique Proposals in the Columbia River Gorge

December 11, 2019

A man proposes to a woman in front of a snowy backdrop.

You’ve found the one. You knew from the second you laid eyes on her. But planning the perfect proposal may not be quite as easy as finding the perfect person. There needs to be an element of surprise, a romantic setting, and it needs to reflect your relationship. Luckily we know the Gorge like the back of our hand and can point you toward the engagement story you’ll be telling for the rest of your lives.

For the Classic Couple

A simple, yet elegant, proposal at a fancy restaurant is just so timeless. The Columbia River Gorge has a wide variety of restaurants to serve as the perfect setting for your magical night. Celilo is a favorite for date nights and anniversaries with their five-star menu and service to leaving a lasting memory. For a cozy winter night, head to Multnomah Falls Lodge at the base of the picturesque falls to enjoy a romantic fireside dinner. A man proposes to a woman in front of a snowy backdrop.

For the Woodsy Duo

It is no secret that the Gorge is gifted with some of the most breathtaking forests, waterfalls, and mountains in the world. Take advantage of the abundant natural beauty and get down on one knee with a picture perfect backdrop. You don’t have to traverse deep into the Cascade Mountains to reach a stunningly romantic location to surprise your loved one. Visit one of the iconic Gorge waterfalls, hike a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail, gaze upon Mt. Hood from Trillium Lake, or walk one along the Columbia River Gorge Bike Path.

A smiling couple walks in the woods near the river.

For Wine Lovers

The Columbia River Gorge is dotted with incredible wineries from the Willamette Valley to the rolling hills around Hood River and the world class vineyards in nearby Walla Walla. If your partner loves tasting wines and relaxing with a glass of Pinot, then consider surprising them with a winecation to the Gorge. Pop the question in the tasting room or on the grounds for a picture perfect proposal. Afterwards you can celebrate right away with a glass of wine right on site!

A couple toasts wine sitting in front of a roaring fireplace.

Plan your proposal at one of Our Favorite Columbia Gorge Wineries. Pro Tip: Hire a photographer to capture your special moment. Wineries are always getting up-to-date photos of their vineyards and a photographer roaming the winery is an inconspicuous surprise!

For the PNW Adventurers

If you and your partner spend most of your time exploring the great outdoors, then reflect that by proposing in some of the extreme terrain found along the Gorge. Rugged mountains dot the northwest and serene alpine lakes are a dime a dozen but getting to them may take quite the adventure. Complete the epic climb to the peak and start your engagement off on a high note (literally).

A couple stands a top a mountain with the sun setting  behind the ridge in front of them.

For a Special Holiday Surprise

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and offers the perfect opportunity to catch your lover off guard. Plan a romantic Valentine’s getaway to Carson Ridge Cabins and you’re already halfway to a perfect surprise proposal. Your love will just think the day is a romantic vacation, but after popping the question, this weekend will forever be one of your favorite memories.

After the engagement of your dreams, come back and celebrate in your own private cabin in romantic Carson, WA. Fill the innkeepers in on your secret plan and they can help you make dinner reservations, point you toward the most romantic wineries, or even dress up your room so you can come home to a bottle of champagne and roses to put the icing on the cake. Check out the Romantic Rendezvous Package for ideas.


Planning a proposal in the Columbia River Gorge? Book a stay at the Carson Ridge Luxury Cabins, our upscale B&B in Carson, Washington offering romantic cabins and gorgeous mountain views to make your getaway an unforgettable experience.

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