My family loves Skamania Lodge, it’s a gorgeous resort, surrounded by 175 acres of trees, with an incredible view of the Columbia River Gorge. And it’s only about 45 minutes away from us in Portland!
Skamania Lodge has announced a whole suite of fun holiday events from now through the end of the year. I can’t wait to check some of these out!
From Nov. 21, 2015 to Jan. 1, 2016, Skamania Lodge, by Destination Hotels, is celebrating the season with treasured traditions to make this truly the “most wonderful time of the year.” The Cascadian-style lodge, located in the Columbia River Gorge just 45 minutes east of Portland, is hosting multiple memory-making events, including its popular Brunch with Santa, Holiday Tree Lighting and Elf Story Time, as well as classic activities like building gingerbread houses and watching holiday movies. And, a mailbox in the lobby ready for letters to be sent Santa.
Woodland Scavenger Hunts – Saturdays through December 26, 11 a.m.
The United States Forrest Service will be conducting a Scavenger Hunt each weekend! Guests can pick up and return the sheet of items to be sought at the USFS Desk located off of The Gorge Room in the Lodge, then hunt through the woods to find the items. So fun!
Friday Night Holiday Buffets — Dec. 4, Dec. 11 & Dec. 18, 5 – 10 p.m.
Enjoy a special holiday buffet menu prepared by Executive Chef Matt Hale; reservations are required and can be made by calling 509-427-7700; $42.50 for adults; $19.50 for children ages eight to 12; $12.50 for children ages four to seven; free for children ages three and under
Holiday Cocktail Demonstrations — Dec. 5, Dec. 12 & Dec. 19, 4 – 5 p.m.
Learn how to create favorite holiday drinks for upcoming parties from a seasoned mixologist
Build a Holiday Friend Workshop — Select weekend dates (check calendar on website) 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 – 4 p.m.
Children can be an elf for a day and build their very own furry companion, choosing to create a snowman or reindeer stuffed animal; kits are $30 each
Gingerbread House Building – Dec. 5, Dec. 12, Dec. 19 & Dec. 26, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Create a colorful house or cookie with the help of Skamania Lodge’s culinary team; materials are $20 to $30; reservations are required and can be made by calling 509-427-7700
Gift of Music — Fridays and Saturdays, 6 to 8 p.m.
Listen to live holiday tunes in the Gorge Room
Elf Story Time — Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.
Cozy up by the Gorge Room fire with a cup of hot cocoa and cookies to listen to stories filled with the magic of the season
Holiday Movies – Fridays and Saturday, 6 p.m.
Enjoy one of your holiday favorites along with classic movie snacks available for purchase
Ornament Workshop — Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.
Make and decorate your very own ornament to hang on the tree
Holiday Vine Gogh at the Gorge – Dec. 19, 2 p.m.
Enjoy wine while creating a holiday masterpiece under the advisory of Jenny Schildan, Skamania’s official Artist in Residence. Without the wine, I wonder if Anna could do this with me?
Christmas Holiday Buffet (Dec. 25, 11 a.m.)
Celebrate Christmas by letting someone else cook for you – in The Cascade Dining Room; reservations are required and can be made by calling 509-427-7700; hotel packages available from $259
Not for kids, but still great and festive:
Chef Matt’s Taste of the Place Dinner with L’Ecole Winery – Dec. 20, 6 – 9 p.m.
Enjoy a four-course menu created with locally-sourced ingredients, each course paired with a L’Ecole wine; $75 per person plus tax and gratuity; limited space available; reservations recommended by calling 509-427-7700
New Year’s Eve Concert and Celebration (Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m. – 1 a.m.)
Ring in 2016 dancing the night away in the ballroom to live music by Design Band while enjoying a bountiful midnight breakfast buffet and complimentary champagne toast (must be 21 or older); reservations are required and can be made by calling 800-221-7117; $67 per person; $125 per couple; free for guests; hotel packages available from $259
See the full list of holiday programming and calendar of events at Skamania Lodge.