Columbia River Gorge picked as a top destination by National Geographic Traveler

sunset in the columbia river gorge

We couldn’t be more excited by the recent article from National Geographic Traveler. Here’s the exerpt! Check out the article at National Geographic Traveler!

Oregon-Washington: Columbia Gorge Region
Score: 77

“The U.S.A.’s Rhineland,” not just for the wineries, but for “an incredible job of protecting the views and many towns with considerable charm.” Great potential for “agritourism and geotourism.” On the downside: major dams and highways.

Here is a representative sampling of additional anonymous comments from the panelists. They are not necessarily the views of the National Geographic Society:

“Remains a beautiful and highly significant area to visit. River tours are seemingly in decline, and economic stress has hit some towns—shops and some restaurants have closed. The two states have done an incredible job of managing and protecting the resources and views, and many towns have considerable charm and appeal.”

“Burgeoning wine industry is bringing a new kind of cultural and environmental awareness to the area that is certainly going to be a boon for tourism and for the area’s prospects. Major issue to be negotiated is viability of the salmon habitat.”

“This is a federally recognized scenic area. Benefits from some of the best land-preservation programs in the nation. The historic road that is the gateway to the region is one of the best-managed historic roads in the nation. Despite large numbers of visitors, the region still has pockets of authenticity, and the magnificent natural scenery is well protected.”

“The U.S.A.’s Rhineland. While major highways along the Columbia River detract from its attractiveness, the 1915-era scenic drive is memorable, and the windsurfing capital of Hood River shows how tourism can positively alter a depressed lumber town.”

We are glad that people are seeing how truly wonderful living here in the gorge can truly be!

In 1942, Roy Webster began selling apples and pears from his orchards located in Hood River, Oregon. The area was perfect for growing fruit thanks to the volcanically enriched soil and glacial water from the nearby Mt. Hood. The fruit was exceptional. This orchard and fruit growing wisdom was passed down from father to son. In 1999, The Fruit Company was founded by Roy's grandsons, Scott & Addison Webster. Today, Scott runs the business as President and CEO. The Fruit Company packs and ships beautiful fruit gifts around the nation.

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