Things to do in Portland and Vancouver

Portland Rose Festival / May 28th - June 7

For one hundred years the Portland Rose Festival has drawn families and individuals to Oregon to celebrate the riches and history of the Pacific Northwest. The festival is one of the top three most highly decorated events by the International Festivals & Events Association and was named Best Festival In the World for 2007. Visit their web-site for more information on this great event.

Windsurfing and Kiteboarding the Columbia River Gorge

Just a short drive from the Bridgeview is world class windsurfing and kiteboarding on the Hood River in the Columbia River Gorge. Powerful winds that blow through the 75 mile long Gorge create an ideal environment for what many call the windsurfing capital of the world. Classes and rental equipment are available for your next adventure.

Hiking in Oregon and Washington State

If you're into hiking and backpacking, Oregon and Washington provides some of the best access into the forests of the Pacific Northwest. From glacier carved mountains and valleys to evergreen forests and deep blue lakes, there is someething for everyone here. Here are just a few links for trails in the Pacific Northwest and an Interactive Map for hikers of the Columbia River Gorge.

Sightseeing

Over 70 waterfalls cascade down from the cliffs of the Columbia River Gorge. Multnomah falls (pictured here) plummets 620 feet and is second highest year round waterfall in the United States.

Make sure and visit Vista House, the most photographed icon of the Columbia River Gorge. Built in 1916 as a memorial to Oregon pioneers, this stone structure provides great views and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Travellers looking for auto tours can see much of The Gorge by using this 1 or 2 day trip planner, Including trips to several waterfalls, viewpoints and historical areas.

Skiing & Snowboarding

Wintertime visitors to Bridgeview can experience great skiing and snowboarding at Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort. With 11 lifts and, 2700 ft of vertial rise and 430 inches of annual snowfall, Mt. Hood is less than 60 miles away from the Bridgeview B&B.

The Portland Zoo

In 1887 the oldest zoo west of the Mississippi was created when Richard Knight a local pharmacist who collected animals as a hobby dontated them to the city. The Portland Zoo is a great family activity and home to animals from all corners of the world including Asian Elephants, Peruvian penguins and Artic Polar Bears. Tickets are available on-line or at the gate. In addition many summer musical events are scheduled during the summertime.

Portland Trailblazers NBA Basketball

The Rose Quarter, home of the Portland Trailblazers basketball team is only 18 minutes away from the Bridgeview. Check their schedule to see if a game is being played during your visit. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time on-line at their team site, or you can also buy individual game tickets from season holders here.

Grand Japanese Gardens

Designed by Professor Takuma Tono starting in 1963 and opened to the public in 1967. The Grand Japanese Gardens are ranked first out of 300 public Japanese gardens outside of Japan and considered by many to be the most authentic. The Garden has 5 major sub-gardens, The Strolling Pond Garden, The Natural Garden, The Sand and Stone Garden and the Tea Garden.