Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Tourists Boost Portland Economy

On our first full day in Portland, we did … everything.  Well, that might be a little bit of an exaggeration, but seriously, we did a LOT of stuff.  Here is an overview:

  1. Scenic overlook over the Columbia River Gorge
  2. Vista House – another beautiful scenic overlook that was an early 20th century rest stop of sorts
  3. Waterfall #1
  4. Waterfall #2
  5. Waterfall #3
  6. Waterfall #4
  7. Waterfall #5
  8. Lunch at Multnomah Falls Lodge
  9. Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center in Stevenson, WA
  10. Coffee break at Starbuck’s
  11. Winetasting at Phelp’s Creek Vineyards (my first winetasting ever, believe it or not)
  12. Visit to Lavender Valley Lavender Farm
  13. Quick stop at home to put the wine indoors
  14. Visit to Edgefield for winetasting and dinner – Edgefield is a McMenamins property that defies description.  It’s an art-y trip with great booze and food and gardens and music and …  just go next time you’re in Portland.  I may return during this trip!

It was a great day, but a really full one.  Here is one of the many beautiful waterfalls we saw tumbling down into the gorge:

IMG_4041Here we are after the first winetasting, loaded up with local wines.  This winery produces a pair of wines called “Hellfire” and “Brimstone” – one is white, one is red.  They refer to preacher Billy Sunday – he settled here after he left Chicago.

IMG_4083

A couple shots of the Lavender Farm:

IMG_4084 IMG_4090

1 comment:

Kristina said...

Love the lavender photos. Can't believe it was your first wine tasting. Sounds like you are having a blast. Keep the updates coming.