Play & Stay Spring 2015

Play and Stay Memaloose

Join Friends on our first-ever, all-inclusive Play & Stay Columbia Gorge Vacation Packages! A single price includes weekend activities, a guide, lodging, transportation, and meals. We take care of everything; you just show up! A Friends staff member will be your guide, sharing little-known Gorge history and taking you to special Gorge places. Choose from two weekend options:

April 10-12: Blooms & Brews

Nestled in the heart of the Gorge and the Cascade Mountain Range, the community of Cascade Locks will be our hub for the weekend. We will:

  • Take a local brewery tour
  • Visit historic and future restoration sections of the Historic Columbia River Highway
  • Soak up eastern Gorge spring wildflower and cherry orchard blooms on two leisurely walks
  • Cap off the weekend by celebrating Friends’ 35th birthday at our Annual Meeting & Luncheon.
  • Learn and experience conservation efforts that have ensured Gorge protection over the past 35 years and hear about efforts for the next 35.

Gorge Towns to Trails Project Manager Renee Tkach will be your guide for the weekend.

Details & registration: Check back on March 2!

May 15-17: Blooms & Brews

The eastern Gorge hillsides dotted with vibrant wildflowers will be our playground for the weekend. We will:

  • Enjoy a wine-pairing dinner featuring renowned Columbia Gorge wines
  • Take a guided Native American petroglyph walk to the famed "She Who Watches" aka Tsagaglalal
  • Go for a guided walk on a Friends of the Columbia Gorge Land Trust property to view Ice Age Floods remnants
  • Receive a private vineyard tour and wine tasting
  • Experience bloom heaven on a wildflower walk

Our hub for the weekend will be in The Dalles at cozy Celilo Inn, perched up on a hillside overlooking the Columbia River. Executive Director Kevin Gorman will be your tour guide for the weekend.

Details & registration: Check back on March 2!

Gorge Business Members

Thanks to the following Friends of the Columbia Gorge business members who are part of Play & Stay:

  • Thunder Island Brewing
  • Celilo Inn