Why You Should Vacation in the Columbia River Gorge

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Why You Should Vacation in the Columbia River Gorge

As the snow begins to touch the ground and temperature drops, life in the Columbia River Gorge takes on a new identity. Here at Carson Hot Springs Resort, we embrace the winter months because of all it has to offer. For some, we understand that the winter came be a bit of a downer.

Those who love the warm weather might not see any reason to go on a vacation somewhere cold. However, we encourage everyone to give these breezy months a chance. If you’ve been to the Columbia River Gorge in the winter, it should be a no-brainer. If you haven’t, then why not take a chance to see this wonderful place in a new light.

Here’s why you should vacation in the Columbia River Gorge


winter hikes in the Columbia River GorgeHiking in the winter? That’s madness you might be thinking to yourself. At Carson Hot Springs Resort, we beg to differ. While wintertime is not the most widely talked about hiking season, it is still, in fact, a hiking season.

With all the incredible waterfalls to see, why not get to see them laden with snow all around. It’s truly a sight to behold and makes you feel like you’re in a literal winter wonderland. With the proper hiking shoes and jacket, you’ll be more than equipped to trek along the various trails that are open.


Golf during the winter in the Columbia River Gorge? Now you must really think that we’re messing with you. We promise this is not a joke! For those that stay with us at Carson Hot Springs Resort, you’re in luck.

Right next to our resort is our very own golf course, Elk Ridge. Not only that, we also have the bragging rights to the driest course in the Pacific Northwest. That’s great news for all those golfers itching to get a round in during the wintertime! Even after snow, we’re back and running in less than a week.

Spa and Mineral Baths

benefits of taking a long hot bathI think we may have forgotten to mention the most important part, spa days. At our resort, we offer guests the opportunity to immerse themselves in a one of a kind spa treatment. We know that being outdoors is an incredible time, but there’s also a time where you need to treat yourself.

That’s where we come in, giving you the opportunity to choose from a variety of different massages to work out those aches and pains from that cold weather. Our rustic and timeless bathhouse also gives you the chance to soak in our mineral water.

This mineral water bath has been proven to have many healing powers as well as rejuvenating properties. Along with the bathtubs, we also have a mineral soaking tub that’s fill completely with our warm soothing mineral water. This gives you a great chance to sit back and relax with friends or family while taking care of your body.

The Columbia River Gorge is an incredible place no matter what time of the year you visit. So while you’re planning your next vacation, make sure to keep this special place in mind!

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