As part of our New Year’s Resolution to Explore Oregon (Exploregon!), Ryan and I went on a romantic weekend getaway to The Dalles. Lots people teased us, because The Dalles isn’t really a vacation destination, but we had a really awesome time!
We left after work on a Friday, and stopped at The Full Sail Tasting Room in Hood River for a quick dinner before heading to the hotel.
I had a really good burger.
We stayed at The Ceilio Inn, which is a fairly recently renovated mid-century model. I got a great deal on Living Social, which included a two night stay, two bottles of wine, two wine glasses, some chocolate, and a free tasting at The Sunshine Mill tasting room. It was pretty amazing.
When we got to the hotel, they had a really rad fire pit. It was about 20 degrees outside, so we stood around and drank some wine for about 10 minutes before going back inside.
The next morning we woke up and headed out to find some breakfast.
We found Momma Jane’s Pancake House!
They had a special mug for me.
Ryan made a silly joke.
And then he proceeded to order the most industrial small-towney breakfast he could think of.
That’s fried eggs, chicken fried steak, with gravy, with biscuits, and more gravy. Gross.
I had a really cheesy scramble.
This place is old school!
After breakfast, we set out to explore The Dalles a bit.
We found a creepy bridge.
And a pile of dirty snow (it was really cold outside!)
And ended up in a really great antique store, where we found some pretty amazing deals.
And then headed to the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center.
It was beautiful!
We learned about prehistoric creatures,
heard some audio reenactments of pioneers on the Oregon Trail set to creepy mannequins,
got some new recipes,
learned about Great Horned Owls at the raptor show,
and got inspired about what to do with our basement.
It was really cold, but I’d like to go back and walk by the river sometime.
We were thirsty, so we went to the Sunshine Mill Tasting Room to redeem our wine tasting voucher.
It’s housed in an old mill, and is super rad.
Later that evening, we went to the historic Baldwin Saloon for dinner. It is supposedly haunted. I didn’t see any ghosts, but we did see the most amazing elderly woman playing the piano on a little alcove above the restaurant. She plays every weekend, and she uses a ladder to climb up and down from the alcove, which seems a little dangerous. Ha!
The food was good too.
The best part was definitely the music.
The next day, Ryan was determined to try one of Momma Jane’s pancakes, so back we went.
On the way home, we stopped at Multnomah Falls (for the first time!). It was really cold, and the falls were beautiful!
I totally loved The Dalles! Yay exploregon-ing!
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