as you explore the awe-inspiring beauty and wonder of the world renowned Columbia
The drive to Bridal Veil Lodge is magnificent, whether you travel the Historic
Columbia River Highway, or along river's edge on I-84. We recommend the Historic
Highway to capture the full essence of the Columbia Gorge. The highway was
built in 1916, enabling the motorist to perfectly capture the glory of this
verdant natural paradise.
Arched stone walls protect
the traveler as he motors by the rocky outcroppings, vistas, and abundant
waterfalls, each with its
own signature beauty and spirit, and well-maintained hiking trails of varying
lengths and difficulty level.
Bridal Veil Falls state park is directly across from Bridal Veil Lodge,
featuring a walk through wildflower meadows and along the tops of towering
a spectacular view of the river and Gorge. A short hike takes you to the
beautiful double-tiered Bridal Veil Falls.
Also nearby is the famous Vista
Crown Point, featured in so many photos of the gorge. Larch Mountain with
its panoramic view of the Cascades’ snow-capped peaks is just a few
miles above, and swimming and boating facilities, windsurfing, rock-climbing,
and hiking opportunities abound.
You may enjoy a cruise on the Columbia on the Sternwheeler Columbia Gorge,
offering very affordable excursions from the town of Cascade Locks.Visit nearby
Bonneville Dam, or explore museums and interpretive centers. Ten minutes
will take you to the Columbia Gorge factory outlet mall and many antique
galleries in nearby Troutdale.
The waterfalls on the drive surrounding Bridal Veil Lodge include Latourell,
Shepperd's Dell, Bridal Veil, Wahkeena, Multnomah (the second-highest year-round
waterfall in the U.S.), Oneonta Gorge, and Horsetail, with many others a
short hike away at most of the above named falls and at Eagle Creek, McCord
and others. Another popular nearby hike is the Angel's Rest trail, which
leads to a magnificent viewpoint high atop the hills.
Bridal Veil Lodge is in a rural scenic area, we are fortunate to have
excellent restaurant nearby at the historic Multnomah
Falls Lodge. The main dining area is graced by a massive stone
fireplace and large hand-tinted photographs of nearby waterfalls.
room" is a glass-enclosed dining area, and an outdoor area is available
as well. Dress as you wish: you will see folks in hiking boots and shorts,
as well as couples decked out for an anniversary dinner. The restaurant
is open year round. Also at Multnomah Falls you will find a gift shop,
interpretive and information center, and snack bar.
Another excellent restaurant slightly farther from Bridal Veil Lodge
is the popular Tad's Chicken 'n' Dumplins on the Sandy River at Troutdale.
Many other restaurants are found in the Troutdale area to the west and
in Cascade Locks and Hood River to the east.
See the links page for more information about these