Husum Highlands Bed & Breakfast is a great choice for lodging while enjoying the wonderful assortment of indoor and outdoor activities the Columbia River Gorge area has to offer, whatever the season, from kayaking to cross country skiing. Other outdoor options include picnics at Northwestern Lake, hiking, fishing, picking huckleberries, or visiting the ice caves.
Winter activities include sledding, snowshoeing, downhill and cross-country skiing, sledding, tubing, snowmobiling, and of course curling up indoors with a hot cider and a good book.
A small community, Husum nevertheless offers a nine-hole golf course, a winery, plant nurseries, and rafting and kayaking on the White Salmon River. Several restaurants are nearby.
Trout Lake is the gateway to hiking and climbing on Mt Adams. Trout Lake also hosts the annual Mt Adams Country Bicycle Tour and Family Fun Ride in May or June and the Trout Lake Arts Festival in July.
Nearby White Salmon is home to several art galleries and shops featuring all kinds of art created by our many local artists. Available works include including paintings, textile arts, ceramics, pottery, photography, sculpture, and more, and range from the purely decorative to the every-day functional. Flowers, gifts, souvenirs, books, and items for the home and garden can all be found in downtown White Salmon as well.
Places at which to see the creative process in action are The Art Hatchery, a working artists’ studio and gallery, and the White Salmon Glassworks, a glass blowing and fusing studio featuring public demonstrations, classes, and a gallery. And if you’ve ever dreamed of building your own wooden boat, or just enjoy looking at beautiful boats being built by others, the White Salmon Boatworks is a must-see!
The White Salmon Arts Council organizes two annual street fesivals in Downtown White Salmon: The Nights in White Salmon Art & Wine Fusion in July, and the I’m Dreaming of a White Salmon Holiday Festival in December.
During the Hood River Valley Blossom Festival is a wonderful time to visit the Gorge. Everything is in bloom, prolonging the season (as things will have already been in bloom in Portland for a month). We live near the largest anjou pear orchard in the world, Mt Adams Orchard. Other activities include a dinner theater train ride through the fruit orchards of the Hood River Valley via the Mt Hood Railroad.
Don’t feel like doing much? Then just enjoy our 20 acres of quiet! Hike to the top of the hills on the logging roads behind our house to meadows with spectacular overlook of the White Salmon Valley and Mt Hood. Ferns, Douglas fir, and all the forest vegetation (including Pacific dogwood and and trillium in season) give off a pungent evergreen and forest scent. Follow your hike with a massage and a soak in our hot tub.
If wine is your thing, you probably already know that the Columbia Gorge is now an official American Viticultural Area. Visit the Columbia Gorge Winegrowers website for a downloadable Columbia Gorge Wineries Tour Map.
The Gorge is home to several wonderful museums, including two area interpretive/natural history museums (the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center), the Gorge Heritage Museum, and the world-class Maryhill Museum of Art.