(Photos: Laura Foster / Mitch Hammontree / Laura Foster)
Weekend ItineraryOn Friday, arrive in the afternoon in time for the free 45-minute tour of Pendleton Woolen Mills at 1:30 p.m. You’ll see where wool is dyed, spun and woven. (Reserve your spot: 360-835-1118) Check into your room between 3 – 5 p.m. Enjoy a swim in the indoor pool or explore the adjacent Marina Park and Parker’s Landing Historical Park, home to Washougal’s first Euro-American settlers.
Meet your hosts and fellow weekenders at 6 p.m. for a short orientation and overview of the Gorge Towns to Trails vision of a gorge-wide trail network. We’ll then walk to nearby Doomsday Brewing Company for a beer tasting, brewery tour and dinner.
On Saturday, enjoy the full complimentary breakfast at the hotel before setting out as a group on an educational walk along the river to learn about Washougal’s steamboat era at Steamboat Landing Park. From the park, we’ll stop to admire a petroglyph-lined pedestrian tunnel leading us to downtown Washougal.
We’ll then gather at Two Rivers Heritage Museum for a guided tour by Washougal historian and museum docent René Carroll of the exhibits on local mining, logging, textiles, and more. Afterwards, we’ll take a short, guided tour of Pendleton Woolen Mills store (mill tour is noted, Fri at 1:30) before dispersing for lunch at several great establishments in town. A beer tasting and tour at Amnesia Brewing before an afternoon walk will bring us to dinner at The Puffin Café, a unique floating restaurant at the Port of Camas-Washougal’s marina.
After dinner, we'll walk up the boat ramp from the café to a riverfront conference room at the Port offices. Here, we’ll learn more about Washougal history, including Lewis and Clark’s sojourn and Captain William Broughton’s time here, from river historian and advocate Roger Daniels. He was instrumental in the preservation of Washougal’s Parker’s Landing—site of the region’s first pioneer community—and serves in an advisory capacity for the town's waterfront redevelopment. Appointed by Governor Gary Locke, he was chair of Washington’s Lewis & Clark Advisory Committee in 2006, which was instrumental in creating Captain William Clark Park.
On Sunday, we’ll enjoy breakfast together before checking out of our rooms. We’ll caravan to nearby Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge, marking the entrance of the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area. Wilson Cady, naturalist, environmental advocate and founding member of Columbia Gorge Refuge Stewards, will introduce us to Steigerwald and its history. Then we'll hike the Gibbons Creek Trail with Jared Strawderman of Columbia Gorge Refuge Stewards, who will be our wildlife guide.
The culmination of our weekend will be at 54-40 Brewing Company, one of Washougal’s newest breweries, for a beer tasting, lunch and continued conversations before heading home.
Tourism support provided by City of Washougal hotel/motel tax funds
Package for Two in Standard King* room is $306 (including taxes/fees).
- Two night stay at Best Western Plus Parkersville Inn and Suites in Washougal, WA
- Welcome gift bag
- Buffet breakfasts at the hotel both mornings
- Exclusive outings with your expert guides
- Beer tastings and museum entrance fees
- Saturday evening presentation
- Standard King* hotel room