The Columbia River Gorge is a beautiful place to explore. It features the impressive Columbia River, several large hydroelectric dams, and a lot of gorgeous natural and historic places to see. The Dalles area is a great place to use as a headquarters for exploring the Columbia River Gorge. It sits on the gorge’s east side, right where the plains and farmland of Eastern Oregon starts to rise into the Cascade Mountains.
The Dalles is a small community that has a lot to offer around it. It’s conveniently accessible from the east, west, north, and south. There are a lot of places to stay at there and in the surrounding areas so many people come looking for hotels in The Dalles. We found though that a great overnight experience can be had there by getting creative when looking for lodging in The Dalles. If you go away from hotels and search out a vacation rental, you might have an even better experience.
Our visit to the area was made even better when we decided to stay just west of The Dalles in the tiny community of Rowena at a waterfront vacation rental that had everything we needed. Located at the midway point between The Dalles and Hood River, our vacation getaway was perfect for watching or participating in some of the best windsurfing and kiteboarding opportunities in the world. It even offered its own private beach right on the river, very secluded too. There’s even easy access to some local popular bicycling areas.
Our Rowena vacation getaway also offered a huge deck and barbecue area that would’ve been able to take care of far more than the people in our party. There’s an on-site caretaker that can solve any problems and point out all the amenities. The entire home, inside and out, has been exquisitely designed and decorated with intricate wood and rock work. It’s both very comfortable and very upscale at the very same time.
This incredible Rowena waterfront home offers three bedrooms, sleeps up to 10, and offers a media room as well as several fun activities like ping pong and croquet. There’s plenty of room outside too.
We had a great time exploring the Columbia River, The Dalles, and the Hood River area. Our stay there though was truly maximized with our choice of lodging in The Dalles, and we can’t recommend it enough.