Still trying to figure out what to do for Memorial Day? Here’s an excerpt from my story for Budget Travel that just came out about where to go for the holiday weekend. Here’s one of nine great Memorial Day getaways:
Columbia Gorge, Ore.: For wine tasting along the river
WHY GO THIS WEEKEND Over Memorial Day weekend, more than 30 wineries and tasting rooms in the scenic Columbia Gorge area of Oregon, which borders Washington State to the north, will be holding open houses featuring such events as barrel tastings and special releases. Maryhill Winery toasts its 10th anniversary with live music, tasting specials, and more. Outdoors, there are tournament-quality bocce ball courts, an amphitheater, and an ivy-covered arbor, all with sweeping views of Mt. Hood and the river. Visit Cascade Cliffs Vineyard & Winery all weekend for live folk music, complimentary local cheeses, tastings, and vineyard tours.
WHERE TO STAY Historic Hood River Hotel celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. No two of the 41 rooms are alike and each is decorated with reproductions of antique furniture. The property is located in downtown Hood River, near wine tasting rooms, art galleries, jewelry shops, and restaurants. It’s a two-minute drive from the river. From $99 per night.
EASY GETAWAY FROM Portland, Ore.; Seattle; San Francisco.