Our picks for the cold months
- Multnomah Zen: Best of the Columbia Gorge, 4 hours. The best value in the Columbia Gorge waterfalls category! $60
- Small-Group Columbia Gorge Waterfalls Hiking Experience, 5 hours. The most active Columbia Gorge hiking tour available at an amazing price (operated by Urban Adventures). $77
- Sunrise, Doughnuts and Coffee on the Aerial Tram, 1.5 hours. Simple, sweet and beautiful, we’ll take you to ride the tram and eat doughnuts with a view of Mt. Hood in the early morning.
- Forest Park Experience hiking tour, 3-4 hours. Meet us at one end of the park, meet the witch at the Witch’s Castle, hike up to the Pittock Mansion, finish up by the Japanese Garden. $50
- Craft Breweries of the Central Eastside walking tour, 2.5 hours. Taste the craft beer that changed — and continues to change — the world in this 2-3 mile walk. $50
Once mid-November hits, some of what charms us so much in the six weeks leading up to it has declined. The leaves have fallen; we cannot take our #bigleafportraits with such alacrity any more. But there is so much to see in the Columbia Gorge that we cannot wait to go out each day. The waterfalls are giant with the rush of winter rain; we have the chance every day to see frost on the columnar basalt, bald eagles in the trees, red-tailed hawks soaring over us, swans a-swimming just like in the songs (but more!). In the winter the mosses take on an incredible luminescence. On very cold days, castles of ice await us at our favorite waterfalls!
In the city, the chilly weather creates beauty too. Our new Sunrise, Doughnuts and Coffee on the Aerial Tram tour gets into the gorgeous morning color before any of our other tours begin. Hike the storied Wildwood Trail, with stories, on our Forest Park Experience. Learn what inspired brewers in Portland to create the kinds of beers that started changing the world of craft brewing from California to New England to Belgium with our Craft Breweries of Portland’s Eastside walking tour.