The Husum area and the Columbia River Gorge have so much to offer from hiking and kayaking to wine tasting and farm tours. Stay awhile and explore everything we have to offer… you won’t be disappointed!
The Washington side of the Gorge is internationally known for its water play adventures, including miles of designated Wild and Scenic Rivers with whitewater rapids and Class 5 waterfalls, fed from the flanks of beautiful snow-clad Mt. Adams and passing through beautiful steep-walled canyons and wide-open scenic farmlands.
Wet Planet White Water Rafting – www.wetplanetwhitewater.com – (800) 306-1673
River Drifters – riverdrifters.net – (509) 493-2816
Zollers Outdoor Odyssey – www.zooraft.com – (509) 493-2641
All Adventures Rafting – www.alladventuresrafting.com – (800) 74-FLOAT (35628)
Wind Surfing/Kite Boarding
Known as the windsurfing capital of the world, the Columbia River is the best wind surfing site in the gorge. Novice or expert, everyone is welcome on the water as we all enjoy the sport.
Hood River Waterplay – hoodriverwaterplay.com – (541) 386-WIND
Northwestern Park, located 3 miles south, is a reservoir that was located behind Condit dam along the White Salmon River, before the dam was removed. The remaining park is in a quiet area and is a nice place for a picnic. Fish for trout and grill them up lakeside in the park. Licenses for purchase in BZ Corners at the Shell Station.
Additional camping grounds can be found in the 367,000 acres of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.
Mt. Adams Ranger District – www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/giffordpinchot/recarea/?recid=31184 – (509) 395-3400
Northwestern Lake Riding Stables is unique, because it sits in its own little valley surrounded by the majestic Cascade Mountains of Washington. The trails wander up and down hills, through creeks and streams, and offer stunning views of the valley and Mt. Hood. Wildlife abounds, and there are frequent sightings of deer, wild turkeys and an occasional elk. They provide guided trail rides, from one to four hours depending on the stamina of your “Derriere”.
Northwestern Lake Riding Stables – nwstables.com – (509) 493-4965
State Route 14 is a major east-west highway in southern Washington, providing for both through trips and local access. It is often two lanes with limited or no shoulders. Seven tunnels are located in the middle section of the route. Traffic volumes are moderate; however, many trucks use this route.
Dog Mountain Trail is a 7.6 mile loop trail located near Stevenson, Washington that features a great forest setting and is only recommended for very experienced outdoorsmen. The trail is primarily used for hiking & walking and is accessible from March until November.
Lower Falls Creek Trail -152A is a 3.4 mile out and back trail located near Carson, Washington that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking & mountain biking and is accessible from April until December. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on a leash.
The Columbia Gorge has a rich history from Native American Tribes to Lewis & Clark to the windsurfing capital of the world. These stories are recorded at the various museums that showcase artifacts, videos, and interactive displays throughout their exhibits.
The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center – www.gorgediscovery.org – (541) 296-8600
Columbia Center for the Arts – www.columbiaarts.org – (541) 387-8877
The History Museum of Hood River Country – www.co.hood-river.or.us/museum – (541) 386-6772
Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile – www.waaamuseum.org – (541) 308-1600
Maryhill Museum – www.maryhillmuseum.org – (509) 773-3733
White Salmon/Bingen: Our shops, stores, and artisans offer everyday essentials and unique one-of-a-kind treasures. And don’t forget to ask… many of your purchases could be tax-free if you’re an out-of-state visitor.
Book Peddler – (509) 493-4644
Postal Connections & Gift Shop – (509) 493-0324
Artisan’s Jewelry & Gallery – (509) 493-1333
Antiques & Oddities – (509) 493-4242
Hood River: The city of Hood River is broken up between 4 different regions; the port, downtown, the heights, and upper valley (Pine Grove, Odell, Parkdale). Most of the shopping is focused on downtown and the heights; however fantastic vendors can be found throughout the valley.
The Dalles: Located approximately 30 miles from Husum, this is the “city” of the gorge. With additional shopping and main stream stores, it is a great place for everyday shopping.
The Columbia Gorge has a rich history of agriculture; from the vast orchards to the lumber mills, this region boasts an eclectic agricultural experience for everyone.
Columbia Gorge Winegrowers Association – www.columbiagorgewine.com/wineriesvineyards.html
Breweries in the Gorge – www.breweriesinthegorge.com
The Fruit Loop – hoodriverfruitloop.com
Farm/Ranch/Orchard – www.gorgegrown.com
Historic Columbia River Gorge Highway & Waterfalls – www.columbiariverhighway.com
Husum Falls: Walk to this splendid falls and watch the kayakers take the plunge. Go right out of the drive way and walk about 100 yards.
Rattlesnake Rapid: Walk across the highway to the small parking lot across the street. To your left you will see a gate leading down to the river. Follow this to watch the rafters “ride the bull” through this playful rapid.
BZ Falls: Take a right out of our driveway and go 5 miles to the town of BZ Corners. Shortly after you pass the Shell Station, you will see a parking lot on your right. Park here and head down the trail to the put-in for commercial rafters. Before you come to the stairs, there will be a sharp right turn in the rails and you will see a trail leading off to the left. Follow this trail about .5 miles to this “Class VI” falls.
Dog Mountain Trail: Drive back down to HWY 14 and take a right heading west. You will see a pull off in about 15 miles. This trail is marked.
Weldon Wagon Trail: A 2-3 mile hike, about 500 ft. elevation gain across steep side hill east of and above Indian Creek and the White Salmon River Valley. While you can walk to the trail head, we suggest that you drive and then start your exploration. Turn left from our driveway and continue to pass Wet Planet. There will be a road between Wet Planet and River Drifters, this will be your left hand turn.
The Big Lava Bed: The Big Lava Bed is located within the Mt. Adams Ranger District on the southern end of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. The area is northwest of Hood River/White Salmon and accessible by taking WA HWY 14 to Cook, Washington. At Cook go north on the county road 7 miles to Willard. From Willard, take Forest Road 66 north along the eastern edge of the Lava Bed. Within the Forest, the Big Lava Bed is accessible from Forest Road 60, 66, and 6605.
Ice Cave & Natural Bridges: Head north on WA-141 N, slight left to stay on WA-141 N (signs for Sno-Parks), Continue onto Carson Guler Rd/NF-24, turn left to the Guler Ice Caves
Dine in the Gorge
Icehouse Patio Café (You are here!) – (509) 281-1181
European café with a Northwest flair. Our beautiful patio setting offers a great place to enjoy a traditional Viennese Ice Coffee or a piece of Black Forest Cherry Cake. Need something more substantial? Our daily favorites include flatbreads, sandwiches, grilled specialties as well as our unique cheese sampler platter. Add a glass of wine or a local brewed beer and you have a wonderful excuse to take a break from the stresses of your day and relax.
Wet Planet Café – (877) 390-9445
Our neighbor, Wet Planet Café doesn’t just throw people in the water, they also serve a fantastic meal. Whether you are visiting for the day or spending the weekend on the rapids they are sure to keep you going.
Taste of the Gorge – (509) 493-4450
Casual and relaxing with a great view of Mt. Adams, served by executive chef Regan Schindler; chef and owner for 30 years.
Big Man’s Rotisserie – (406) 579-9450
Boasting the only true rotisserie in the Columbia Gorge, this is a perfect place to get your hands dirty and have a beer.
The Station Café – (509) 395-2211
Great huckleberry shakes and a large “local favorites” menu. The classic burger and fries has never tasted better.
Hennis Kitchen & Bar – (509) 493-1555
Pioneer Pizza – (509) 493-0028
Everybody’s Brewing – (509) 637-2774
Katinas Café – (509) 493-0108
Feast Market & Delicatessen – (509) 637-6886
White Salmon Baking Company – (509) 281-3140
Beneventi’s Pizza – (509) 493-2177
C’s Teriyaki – (509) 493-1164
Growlerz – (509)281-3151
Lyle Hotel – (509) 365-5953
Hood River/Odell/The Dalles/Cascade Locks
There are many more wonderful restaurants in the surrounding areas, too numerous to list. Our friendly staff would be happy to help you locate a specific type of dining experience or drink location, just ask!