Tag Archives: Columbia River Gorge

Clean Break: The Gorge Windsurfing

3 Sep

Check out webisode from Clean Break series, focused on windsurfing in the Gorge, with local host Katie Crafts of Columbia Gorge Windsurfing Association, and Temira Wagonfeld, of The Gorge is My Gym.

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One name links multiple riverfront hotel projects: Stevenson

12 Aug

North Pacific Management Inc. is apparently in line to run the historic Columbia Gorge Hotel. Interesting. That would put two riverfront hotel properties in Hood River under managment by the same family.

Who? Well, the Stevensons, from across the river. North Pacific is just one arm of the family reach. The same Stevensons own SDS Lumber. The same SDS that owns 70,000 acres of timberland on both sides of the river. The same Stevensons who are exploring the placement of wind turbines along the ridge west of the White Salmon River.

Hmm, wonder if guests could see the towers from the rooms of the Gorge Hotel?

From the web site of the Oregon Lodging Association, we learn that its current president, Chuck Hinman, is ” General Manager of Columbia Room, Inc. and DM Stevenson Ranch who are the owners and operators of the Best Western Hood River Inn, the Marketplace Building, Marina Chevron, Hood River Shell and Marina Mart.Columbia Room Inc.”

Tom Stevenson is currently Development Manager at DM Stevenson Ranch and formerly Production Manager at SDS Lumber Co. You go to his LinkedIn page, and click on “my company,” and you learn that he is owner of the Best Western Hood River Inn.

Do a little more Googling and you learn that he has also been actively leading efforts to develop condos on the site of the former Meredith Motel in Hood River, astride the easement for the historic Columbia River Highway trail. Whenever he flies to Bend, he can land at his own private airport.

Here’s some more interesting reading. Campaign contributions by people named Stevenson (and others, to be fair) in White Salmon, Wash.

Now, I’m not saying there’s a single thing wrong with any of this. It’s just fascinating, the way the web weaves around and around. Lodging. Columbia River. Money.

Oh, I did mention that Broughtan Landing thing, didn’t I? If you got it, spend it. Why didn’t the local paper report any of this? Must be too boring.

Gorge wines — ‘next big thing’?

22 May

Check out Dana Tims’ story for The Oregonian, which ran Wednesday, May 20. It quickly describes the variety and quality of Gorge wines, and ultimately concludes … “Factor in panoramic scenery that no other area of the state can match, and what you’re looking at is a serious contender for the ‘next big thing’ in Oregon wine.” But we already knew that, didn’t we? Pop a pinot in praise.

Gorge Guide online delivers slick look at heaven

19 May

Congrats to Jeff and Annisa Jones, for surviving the first birth of the Gorge Guide under their ownership. And congrats to Pete Fotheringham and Carol York, for midwifing the new baby. Annisa is restocking retail outlets around the area heading into Memorial Day Weekend, so if you need some, give her a call. You also may want to check out the cool new Gorge Guide online. It’s got a nifty little page-turning app that lets you eyeball the print publication, page by page, and zoom in when you want more detail. To use the buzzword du jour, it’s (all together now) … sustainable. They’re tweeting, too, so sign up if you want guidance via tweet. They also are developing a FREE online event directory, but it’s not THEIR job to gather that information. If you want your event listed, let them know. You can e-mail Annisa, or call her at 541-386-7440. Did I mention that it is FREE?