Thursday, March 14, 2013

Gorge Weather: Cloudy Day or Sunny Day?

People considering moving to the Washougal-Skamania area often ask us how our weather compares with Portland's weather 25 miles to the west. That question can be answered in one single word: More. We get more rain, more sun, more snow, more warm, more cold, more starry nights, and more wind. And it varies depending on where you are. We took this picture from Cape Horn last weekend. What kind of day would you call it? Sunny? Cloudy?

Thursday, February 28, 2013

100 Year Old Columbia Gorge Farmstead

We've just listed a remarkable piece of real estate for sale: 31 acres with a cute old farmhouse little changed from the time it was built. The setting is spectacular, with views of the Columbia River, Horsetail Falls and the mouth of Oneonta Gorge in Oregon. Nestled at the base of Archer Mountain and overlooking Franz Lake National Wildlife Refuge, the property has rich soils, a well and a natural year-round spring, a combination of fields and woods, and backs up to National Forest.  The location is close to Portland (31 highway miles from PDX) in the heart of the the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area in rural Skamania County.  The asking price is $350,000 and seller financing is available. For more information call Dan at 360-253-1120 or email us at

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Dinner at Amnesia Brewery

Yesterday we visited the newly opened Amnesia Brewery in downtown Washougal. The menu is limited (starters and sandwiches) but the food was good and the beer was outstanding.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

22 Acre Farmstead in the Columbia Gorge

Close to Portland (about 30 minutes in fact) this old farm on Mt. Pleasant overlooks the Columbia River and Rooster Rock State Park. The cozy and inviting old farmhouse can be replaced if you want a new home.

This part of the Columbia River Gorge is rich with natural beauty yet is very close to Portland and Vancouver. Though surrounded by large blocks of protected land and national forest, shopping is just 6 highway miles away.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

21 Acres in the Columbia River Gorge

We've just listed a stunning property in the Columbia River Gorge that has just about everything a nature lover can ask for. This property near Portland, Oregon adjoins National Forest, has a crystal clear creek, stately trees and an expansive view.  It is inside the National Scenic Area where the landscape will remain protected from excessive development.  The parcel is in southwest Washington about 30 miles east of Vancouver, at the end of a private road.  There are several outstanding home sites and ample ground for gardens, pasture, and forest.  Nearby are hiking trails and fishing for salmon, sturgeon, steelhead and trout. Skiing and snowboarding at Mt.Hood is an hour away; world class windsurfing is minutes away.  For real estate for sale in the Columbia Gorge Scenic Area, visit

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Cabin on the Washougal River

Nestled among stately fir trees is a 1940's-era getaway on 1.24 acres along the Washougal River. This quiet retreat sits directly above the river far back from the road.  It is about 45 minutes from Portland International Airport and less than an hour from downtown Portland and Vancouver. Kayaking, hiking, skiing, fishing and windsurfing all are close.  Check out the neighborhood by booking a stay at this airbnb rental nearby.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Midwinter in the Columbia River Gorge

Yesterday morning was cold and overcast in the west end of the Columbia River Gorge.  We showed a beautiful home in Washougal before heading up to Skamania to show another view home on acreage there. We decided to head a few miles east to Stevenson for a late lunch at Skamania Lodge, where we were greeted with clear skies and a great view.