Train running through snow for holiday train rides in Washington

Holiday Train Rides in Washington

Train running through snow for holiday train rides in WashingtonThe railroad was one of the first great industries in American history, and although they are used less frequently today, trains remain an integral part of transportation. These days, many of us are more accustomed to rapid transit systems. However, the classic beauty of an old-fashioned train will never cease to astound all who experience it. There are still plenty of train rides in Washington and Oregon, and Christmas-themed routes are some of the best holiday festivities in the US. So while you’re getting into the Christmas spirit this fall, visit Carson Hot Springs for a vacation full of holiday cheer. Here are the most scenic train rides Oregon and Washington have to offer this holiday season.

Nearby Train Rides in Washington

The Chelatchie Prairie Railroad is a volunteer-run excursion railroad in Clark County, Washington. It’s about a 1.5-hour drive from Carson Hot Springs, but it’s worth the trip. Plus, you’ll see some gorgeous Pacific Northwest scenery as you make your way to the station. Choose between a diesel or steam train, or try both of these train rides in Washington.

The Chelatchie Prairie Railroad runs May through December, with Christmas Tree Special trains beginning at the end of November. The holiday package includes passage for four passengers and a tree, with three types of fir tree for you to choose from: Douglas, Noble, or Nordmann. The Steam Winter Finale also includes a visit from Santa Claus and refreshments. It’s a fun experience for families with children and a cute date for adults who enjoy holiday cheer.

Christmas Train, Oregon

One of the best parts of staying at Carson Hot Springs is our convenient and breathtaking location. We’re right along the Columbia River Gorge, so you’ll enjoy panoramic views the whole time you’re here. You’ll also enjoy easy access to train rides in Washington and Oregon—all of which have top-notch holiday festivities.Child looking out window of Christmas train Oregon

The closest train ride to us is actually the Mount Hood Railroad Christmas train in Oregon. It departs from Hood River, Oregon, which is just a short drive across the border. This 1.5-hour trip is one of the most scenic train rides Oregon has to offer due to its proximity to the awe-inspiring Columbia River, so your trip to Christmas Town will be exquisite. It’s full of music, sweet treats, and plenty of other holiday festivities!

Holiday Festivities at Carson Hot Springs

After soaking up the magic of scenic train rides in Washington, continue the holiday festivities with us here at Carson Hot Springs. Sip a cup of hot cocoa from the resort’s porch and enjoy a healing mineral soak in our spa. You’ll return home ready to start the new year with a cheerful, refreshed body and mind. Call 509-427-8296 to book your holiday vacation today!

Wine tasting at Hood River vineyard

Best Wine Tasting | Hood River and Carson, WA

Wine tasting at Hood River vineyardThe Columbia River runs between Washington and Oregon, directly through the most beautiful scenery in the Pacific Northwest. From the tumbling Multnomah Falls of Oregon to the colorful Columbia Hills State Park of Washington, the entire Columbia River Gorge is full of incredible rolling hills and some of the most breathtaking vineyards and wineries in the world. When you stay in Carson, WA, you have easy access to it all. So whether you’re looking for Hood River, Oregon, wineries or for tasting rooms in Washington, Carson Hot Springs Golf & Spa Resort is the ideal place for you to wine, dine, and unwind.

Washington Tasting Room Options

There are dozens of fabulous tasting room options near Carson Hot Springs, and we love them all. But we’ve selected three of the closest and tastiest Pacific Coast wine bar locations on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge.

  • Aniche Cellars is a rustic winery that prioritizes sustainability and recycling. All of their locally sourced grapes are from within a 150-mile radius. They compost the unused portions of their grapes back into their soil, and they recycle their bottles and storage tanks. They make many different types of wine, including some fantastic red blends.
  • Willow Wine Cellars is another local hit with unobstructed views of the scenery associated with Hood River, Oregon, wineries. It provides a spectacular look at the majestic Mount Hood. Willow Wine Cellars focuses on varietal types of wine, so you’ll find more traditional options like cabernet franc and albariño.
  • Hawkins Wine Cellars has two tasting rooms near Carson, WA, but the Underwood Tasting Room is by far the most convenient and picturesque. It was recognized as the top-rated winery in the Pacific Northwest by Travel + Leisure in 2017. This is another winery with several types of wine, so you can taste everything from rosé to cabernet sauvignon.

Wine Tasting Hood River, Oregon Wineries

Thanks to our location right where Wind River and Columbia River meet, our Carson, WA, resort is the perfect place to stay when you want to enjoy wine from two different states. For the best wine tasting Hood River has to offer, check out these northern Oregon businesses.

  • The Gorge White House is a 1908 Dutch Colonial home owned by the Kennedy family, who have been farming Hood River for generations. Their orchards Pacific Coast wine bar flightproduce flavorful pear wine and hard ciders, and their tasting room offers their own wines as well as other local sips. You can pick your own fresh fruit from the orchard. The family is always happy to show you and your family around the farm.
  • Stave & Stone Winery has two Pacific Coast wine bar locations—one in downtown Hood River and the other just south on Route 35, near a lavender farm. Choose from sweeter types of wine like zinfandel and riesling or something darker like their very own red blend Quiver.

Stay with Carson Hot Springs to do wine tasting Hood River style, with mountainous backgrounds and fresh, riverland air. When you finish your personalized Hood River wine tours, return to our resort spa to continue relaxing all week long. Call 509-427-8296 to make your reservation today.

Columbia River Gorge waterfalls

Top 5 Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls

Columbia River Gorge waterfallsWaterfalls have forever been a favorite highlight of any outdoor trip for any outdoor enthusiast. The Pacific Northwest is not only full of waterfalls to explore but has some of the best ones in the contiguous United States. From waterfalls reaching up to 620 feet to smaller, yet still magnificent falls, there are more than enough Columbia River Gorge waterfalls for you to search for and explore. 

A stay in the Columbia River Gorge area just wouldn’t be complete without a room at the Carson Hot Springs Resort, where you’ll be close to nature and its many waterfalls. At the Carson Hot Springs Resort, you’ll have plenty of time to relax and enjoy the nature that surrounds the resort, with plenty of time to soak in their soothing mineral water as you take in nature’s spectacular views. A resort with its own spa, the Carson Hot Springs Resort has plenty of room options for you to choose from to make your relaxing Columbia River Gorge vacation more than perfect, from full apartments to suites complete with their own hot tub. 

When you stay here, you’ll have more than enough chances to go out and see the many surrounding Columbia River Gorge waterfalls, and with as many as there are to choose from, you can be sure that adventure is around every corner, but here are five waterfalls you absolutely can’t miss.

Multnomah Falls

Easily the most famous and iconic Columbia River Gorge waterfall, Multnomah Falls stands at a spectacular 620 feet. While the hike to the falls is only 1.3 miles, hikers will be able to continue down the Wahkeena Loop Trail after reaching the falls, which is 6 miles. When you go to see Multnomah Falls, you’ll also catch views of the beautiful Columbia River Gorge itself, making this trip more than worth the trek.

Bridal Veil Falls

Bridal Veil Falls is another Columbia River Gorge waterfall that stands at an impressive height. While it isn’t quite as tall as Multnomah Falls, its height still manages to impress at over 100 feet, and accessing the falls itself comes with a trip to Bridal Veil State Park. Although there are two paths, an upper and a lower path, that will help you reach the famous Bridal Veil Falls, it’s important to choose the one that’s right for you. Keep in mind that while the lower path is fairly short, it is not wheelchair accessible, and is a fairly narrow path. 

Latourell Falls

If you’re looking for one of the best and most accessible Columbia River Gorge waterfalls, Latourell Falls is the spot for you. Standing at a towering 249 feet, Latourell Falls can be accessed either by car or by foot from the historic highway. Its spot in Guy W. Talbot State Park also comes ready for your visit with a nearby picnic area, so you can enjoy the waterfall and a good meal all at once.

Horsetail Falls

If you’re visiting Multnomah Falls, you should pay Horsetail Falls a visit too. With its unique shape and height of 176 feet, Horsetail Falls is located only 2.5 miles from Multnomah Falls along the Columbia River Scenic Highway. This Columbia River Gorge waterfall also has a nearby picnic area, parking lot, and trailhead, and if you’re feeling adventurous, you’ll be able to extend your trip and hike to the upper portion of the falls, known as Ponytail Falls, so that you can get as many waterfalls into one day as possible.

Elowah Falls

If you’re looking to get a little off the beaten path with your waterfall adventures, Elowah Falls is the Columbia River Gorge waterfall for you. Elowah Falls is one of the Columbia River Gorge’s tallest waterfalls, standing at 220 feet, and it’s surrounded by a beautiful scenic landscape of rocks covered in yellow lichen. This waterfall can be accessed through John B. Yeon State Park, but it is a bit harder to find than the others, so keep your eyes peeled for the trailhead!

Carson Hot Springs Resort

There are more than enough beautiful waterfalls to fill your entire trip to the Columbia River Gorge area. When you stay at Carson Hot Springs Resort, you’ll be close by to each of these towering Columbia River Gorge waterfalls, and more. A stay with Carson Hot Springs Resort will allow you to relax in their spa, and afterward, make the most of the abundant nature that the Pacific North West has to offer you on your next trip into the wilderness.

Columbia River Gorge hiking

The 3 Best Columbia River Gorge Hiking Trails

Columbia River Gorge hikingHiking is one of the most sought-after experiences when visiting Carson Hot Springs Golf & Spa Resort. After seeing what our area has to offer, it will likely come as no surprise that so many people flock to this region for an unforgettable hiking experience. The scenic trails vary in length and difficulty, but they all lead to an experience of discovery that will be a cherished memory for years to come. The Columbia River Gorge itself is what draws so many patrons to the resort, and hiking trails are plentiful, many of which lead to breathtaking waterfalls.

While there are several hikes to choose from, we’ve rounded up three of the best gorge hikes that you must experience should you visit the area. Choose one of these if you want to make the most of your Columbia Gorge hiking experience.

Bridal Veil Falls

This particular hike is a favorite of tourists. It’s a short walk at only 0.6 miles long. It is an ideal hike for young families since the trail is paved until right before you reach one of the most gorgeous Columbia River Gorge waterfalls. Keep in mind, the trail turns to gravel before reaching the bridge and then you can continue walking up a few steps to have optimal viewing of the falls. The elevation is 70 feet. A permit is not necessary.

Angel’s Rest

For those looking for a more moderate Columbia River Gorge hiking experience, then Angel’s rest is an excellent choice for you. The summit is 1,600 feet with breathtaking views of the western side of the Gorge and the eastern side of the beautiful city of Portland. Hikers should expect a 4.8-mile round-trip hike which can be accessed off the Historic Columbia River Highway near Bridal Veil Exit 28.

You’ll experience a peaceful walk through the forest before seeing yet another gorgeous waterfall. During the peak month of May, hikers will have the pleasure of seeing countless wildflowers in bloom. The season of use for this hike is March to December. Elevation is 1,450 feet. A permit is not necessary.

Augspurger Mountain Trail

Rounding out the list of best gorge hikes includes this beauty. If you complete the entire hike, you will travel 16 miles! During the walk, you will see a variety of wildflowers, exquisite views Mount Saint Helens, Mount Rainier, Mount Adams, as well as Silver Star Mountain. Due to the elevation of 4,400 feet as well as the length of the journey, this section is suggested for experienced hikers. Keep in mind – you will need a permit. 

When visiting Carson Hot Springs Golf & Spa Resort, you should take in all that the area has to offer. One of the most unforgetting experiences will be your time in nature, experiencing all the wonder that it has to offer. Select one of these or any of the other incredible hikes, and you are sure to create memories that will last a lifetime. Incredible wildflowers, gorgeous mountain views, and miles of fresh air are all that you need to revamp and unwind during your next getaway.

Golfing in Columbia Gorge

Carson Hot Springs Resort provides a down to earth environment for guests to focus on themselves and their friends and family gathered with them. Our rural property is a place to decompress and detach from everyday life, amongst the beauty of nature and simplicity of our natural settings. Don’t miss out on our luxurious Hot Springs golf course during your stay with us at Carson Hot Springs Resort.

Hot Springs Golf Course

Elk Ridge Golf Course is a challenging links-style course for all different kinds of golfer, from beginner to expert in Carson Washington hot springs. Our newly-remodeled course offers beautiful hills and an excellent view of the Columbia Gorge, along with rich forestation for a unique opportunity to golf on a luxurious Hot Springs golf course. We are a par 71-golf course with more than 6,500 yards between the black and red tees making us the perfect class for golfers of all levels. Nothing compares to golfing at Carson Hot Springs Resort, complete with beautiful vistas and challenging 18 holes. Book your tee time with us today for an unforgettable getaway to Carson WA.

Carson Washington Hot Springs

Carson Hot Springs Resort in Carson WA is the perfect spot for a vintage vacation! Our lobby is located in the original St. Martin’s Hotel is your first step into our rustic accommodations check out our 1920’s Bath House! If you’re looking to unwind, unplug and get away from it all you’ve come to the right spot! Other than our premier Hot Springs golf course we also offer an array of activities for outdoor enthusiasts, such as rafting, fishing, hiking, and biking. The newly renovated golf course, Elk Ridge Golf Course, highlights astonishing views, and the Clubhouse serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner so you can spend the day out on our course. Don’t delay book your golfing trip to Carson Hot Springs Resort today!

Mineral Water

Our Mineral Water: What it is and What it Does

Our mineral water, pumped from the riverbed of Wind River, warms and detoxifies the body while bringing the blood to the surface of the skin. The mineral water we use offers a variety of health benefits and helps with issues including but not limited to: pain, stress, indigestion, musculoskeletal disorders, and more. Learn what our water is made of and how it benefits your body and soul.

1. Release of energy from cells
2. Manufacture of glycogen and protein
3. Regulates fluid balance
4. Transmission of nerve impulses
5. Important in maintaining normal heart beat
6. Muscle contractions

1. Maintain normal fluid balance
2. Transmission of nerve impulses
3. Muscle contractions
4. Helps to increase permeability of cell walls

1. Development and maintenance of strong bones & teeth
2. Protects against Osteoporosis
3. Ensures proper clotting of the blood
4. Needed for the contraction and relaxation of muscles, especially the heart
5. Needed for proper utilization of iron
6. Assists in the absorption of Vitamin B-12
7. Helps to regulate cell permeability

1. Helps to form strong bones and teeth
2. Helps to regulate muscle relaxation and contraction
3. Maintains proper function of nerves
4. Activates enzymes controlling energy metabolism

1. Maintains healthy hair and nails
2. Needed in eliminating blood diseases
3. Helps to eliminate some skin diseases
4. Stimulates the liver and increases the flow of bile
5. Important in maintaining normal body metabolism
6. Detoxifies some poisons in the body

1. Development of strong bones and teeth
2. A component of the enzyme system in a cell which governs the release of energy
3. Assists with protein production and defines the structure of cell DNA and RNA
4. Helps maintain neutrality of body fluids

bathhouse mineral soaking

Hot Springs and the Art of Mineral Soaking

We have access to such a wealth of resources here in Carson. Not only do we have our own spa, acres of land, and hot springs, but we feed that water right into our bath house. You reap the benefits! So we constantly receive questions about the effects of mineral soaking.

  • “Will this help my pain?”
  • “I’m super stressed. How can this help me?”
  • “Will your bath house help with my husband’s circulation issues?”

While we cannot guarantee anything, there are many possible benefits to spending some time soaking in hot mineral water. Continue reading