The Columbia River Gorge, a place of incredible beauty and diversity, is known for its recreation. There is never a shortage of activities and things to do in the Columbia River Gorge. Not only is the area beautiful, but activities are endless. It’s a mecca for waterfalls like the Multnomah Falls and wildflower viewing, hiking, biking, golf, fishing, whitewater rafting and kayaking, windsurfing and kiting, scenic stern-wheeler cruises on the Columbia River or Alpine and Nordic skiing or snowboarding on Mt. Hood. The Oregon Gorge Falls is a must-see!

In addition to all the outdoor adventures you can enjoy in the Columbia River Gorge, the area is home to many fantastic breweries and wineries. Columbia River Gorge is a hidden wine region, one of the of the most unique in America. Take a break and relax with Hood River wine tasting or enjoy a local brew. Be sure to download our free Columbia River Gorge vacation guide to learn about more exciting things in the area!

Whether you are looking for a hike, to find one of our 15 endemic wildflower species or explore the 40 million years of geologic history, you will not be disappointed by the variety of Hood River activities or things to do in the Columbia River Gorge!

hiking-bikingHiking & Biking

The Columbia River Gorge is a fun Washington State hiking and biking adventure! Soak in the beautiful Pacific Northwest landscape as you explore stunning waterfalls, breathtaking wildflower meadows or exhilarating bike trails! Keep an eye out for area wildlife such as ospreys or bald eagles. Join us in our Washington State bed and breakfast for a getaway of a lifetime.

Wine Region

America’s Most Unique Wine Region, the Columbia Gorge Growing Region, is right at your fingertips when you stay at Carson Ridge Luxury Cabins.  Straddling the mighty Columbia River, the Columbia Gorge Growing Region includes the fertile soils of both Washington and Oregon!  From the marine influenced climate of Underwood Mountain to the arid dryland of the Eastern Gorge, from Albarino to Zinfandel, our grapes and wines are a spectacular selection of sweet whites and luscious reds.  Stop by the office and we will share Hood River wine tasting vouchers, wine tour maps and of course our favorite Washington winery stories! We offer Hood River lodging at its best and hope to see you soon.


When you drive along the Historic Columbia River Highway you are greeted at nearly every bend of the road with another breath-taking view of the 70 waterfalls found in the Columbia Gorge Scenic Area, including the second tallest perennial waterfall in the US, Multnomah Falls. Hike to, under through and around the Columbia River Gorge waterfalls. Splash and photograph until your heart is content! The weather, views, and waterfalls make for an unparalleled experience. Plan a romantic and fun getaway to our cabins in Washington State.


The Columbia River Gorge just screams golf.  Hear it?  The lush, green courses, many with river and mountain views, beckon all skill levels to get out and enjoy a Gorge-ous day. Courses are plentiful and local PGA pros are ready to host you!  Let us know if we can help arrange a day on the links. Check out our Hood River bed and breakfast specials to book a Washington State golf getaway!

The Fruit Loop

A unique and beautiful 35-mile, scenic Columbia Gorge fruit loop through the valley’s orchards, forests and farmlands. Sample delicious fruits and take your favorites home, visit Hood River wineries, experience fields of fragrant lavender, meet adorable alpacas and savor delicious baked goods. The Gorge boasts the title of the nation’s largest pear-growing region and is one of the few places that offers the complete experience of growing, producing, and then enjoying fruit and wine. Our luxurious and private cabins in Washington State have stunning Gorge views & exceptional specials. Join us for the ultimate romantic getaway.

water-sportsWater Sports

Whether water sports are your passion or you are just getting your feet wet for the first time, the Columbia River Gorge is the perfect place to play! From Whitewater Rafting to Wind Surfing, Kite Boarding to Stand Up Paddle Boarding or even a Catamaran; there is a pro ready to teach you, an outfitter ready to gear you up and most likely a camera nearby to catch all of the action! Throw caution to the wind – and we have plenty of wind on hand – and try something you’ve never done before. Or take an advanced lesson and perfect your latest trick.


The Columbia River Gorge is known for microbreweries and associated brew pubs. While the term “micro” brewery originally referred to the limited production possible in a smaller brewery, the term has come to reflect an alternative attitude and approach to brewing – one of flexibility, adaptability, experimentation and customer service. Each of the Washington State breweries, and each brew pub, has a different style, both of beer and experience, much like wineries, but often with the added enjoyment of ‘pub grub’. Find your Columbia Gorge pub-hopping options here.

snow-sportsSnow Sports

With plenty of snowfall at Mt. Hood you can experience downhill and cross-country Hood River skiing, and other outdoor sports. And don’t miss all of the snow parks tucked in and around the Gorge for a day of snowshoeing or hiking. View our Hood River Bed and Breakfast specials to take advantage of lodging discounts with a Timberline Ski Pass!


The Columbia River Gorge provides an endless number of Washington State fishing opportunities for the experienced and beginning angler. Beautiful rivers and streams, high elevation lakes, reservoirs, and small ponds offer just about every setting one could ask for to relax and fish, or just enjoy the magnificent scenery. Whichever Hood River activities you choose to participate in, there is nothing better than retiring to a luxurious, private and ultra romantic cabin in Washington State with stunning views of the Gorge.