A getaway to one of our beautiful Lyle, Washington vacation rentals may bring an unexpected perk: this historic town's unique location on the north side of the Columbia River Gorge brings with it over 300 days of sunshine a year! Lyle sits further east than other Washington-side destinations like Washougal and Stevenson, which means you'll experience a little of the high-desert climate along with fewer crowds and tourists that tend to stick closer to Portland (which is still only 75 miles away). Perched above the confluence of the Columbia and Klickitat Rivers, Lyle draws fishermen from across the Northwest with its outstanding salmon and steelhead runs each year. Outdoors lovers also flock to the Klickitat's excellent kayak runs and the hiking trails in the area, many of which boast jaw-dropping views of the surrounding mountain peaks. For those who would rather explore the Gorge in a more luxurious fashion, the countryside surrounding Lyle is dotted with wineries, farmer's markets, and beautiful restaurants. There are over a dozen wine tasting rooms within minutes of downtown, including the highly respected Syncline Wine Cellars and the small yet lovely COR Cellars. Lyle is scenic and offers plenty of small-town charm, but if you'd like a few more options for dining and shopping, bustling Hood River is less than a 25-minute drive away across the Columbia River. If you're looking for winter recreation as well, just head to Hood River and then up Highway 35. Parkdale is only 28 miles away, skiing at Mt. Hood Meadows about 45 miles up the mountain, and even Government Camp is just over an hour away. Springtime wildflowers, summer hikes, and year-round wine tasting mean that beautiful little Lyle has something special to offer no matter what time of year! When you're seeking a Columbia River Gorge vacation rental, you'll find this under-appreciated historic town makes a wonderful home base for all your adventures.