Located on the Washington side of a stunning, river-carved canyon, a Columbia River Gorge vacation rental in Stevenson offers year-round outdoor activities including hiking, biking, golf, whitewater rafting, windsurfing, boating, bird watching, and much more. This idyllic riverbank community is only 45 minutes east of Portland and it's a unique choice for a quick weekend getaway or a longer, rejuvenating retreat on the edge of the wilderness. Home to a city-wide WiFi project and the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum, Stevenson takes it's reputation as a culture-loving town seriously. In addition to those attractions, there are several art galleries doting the downtown area, both the Skamania Folk Festival and Bluegrass Festival in July, the Columbia River Quilt Show in September, and the Skamania Performing Arts Foundation hosts events throughout the year. For outdoor enthusiasts, Gifford Pinchot National Forest offers over 1,368,300 acres to explore with hiking, biking, or fishing and in winter, there are trails for snowshoeing, tubing, and snowmobiling. Or, work up an appetite with a game of golf at the Skamania Lodge Golf Course, a challenging 18-hole, par-70 course with amazing, picturesque views. Afterwards, you can either stay at the resort and visit the Cascade Dining Room for a lunch of Crab Cakes and Salmon Chowder, or head about two miles east to Walking Man Brewery & Public House to sample award-winning beers like Walking Stick Stout or Barefoot Brown and plates of Steelhead Tacos. Other nearby golf courses include Bonneville Golf Course and Beacon Rock Golf Course in Washougal. If you don't feel like preparing meals back at your Stevenson vacation home, other dining options in town are plentiful. The Big River Grill is the place to go for Northwest cuisine like Smoked Sturgeon Spread and Grilled Wild Salmon. In the mornings, you may just want to start your day at Vibe Cafe Espresso Bar to fuel up for all of your Columbia River Gorge undertakings. You can also make the half hour drive to Hood River for even more restaurant choices. Of course, the Columbia River is the star of the Gorge and from your Stevenson vacation rental you'll be centrally located to enjoy all it has to offer, like a Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler Dining and Sightseeing Cruise. Trips leave from the Marine Park at the Port of Cascade Locks, and offer amazing views of the Bridge of the Gods, Multnomah Falls, Beacon Rock, plenty of windsurfers out enjoying the river, and a unique boat view of Bonneville Lock. A charming Stevenson vacation rental puts you right in the middle of the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area. Whether you spend your time touring and tasting at more than 50 vineyards and 30 wineries that call the Gorge home, or try your luck at fishing for sturgeon, spring and fall Chinook, or small mouth bass, a Gorge getaway in Stevenson is your passport to unforgettable scenic adventure!