Stevenson is a small town on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge, about a half hour west of Hood River, Ore. Nestled in the heart of the Gorge, it’s a charming, waterfront hamlet with access to gorgeous hiking trails, fishing spots and great launch conditions for a variety of water sports. With easy access to such natural beauty, Stevenson is a wonderful destination for a weekend getaway.
But a weekend getaway, or multi-day vacation, wouldn’t be complete without a few great meals and tasty beverages to go with it. Read on for the ideal itinerary on where to stay and sip in Stevenson.
Where to Stay
Wilder + Pine Riverside Cabins is a collection of eight cabins located just steps from the Columbia River. The cabins were established in 1980, but have experienced a complete interior transformation as of 2022. The hand-hewn log construction immediately gives them a warm, cozy feel. Inside, you’ll find rustic-meets-modern furnishings, complete with a kitchenette and gas fireplace. Each cabin features an incredible tiled soaking tub on the deck. Some cabins include a private tub and deck, while others share that space with the adjoining cabin next door. The close proximity and view of the river is nothing short of stunning, making for the ideal home base to visit nearby beverage producers, explore the area and come back to enjoy a drink on the deck in the evening.
Walking Man Brewing
Walking Man has been slinging beers in Stevenson since 1999. The brewery is just around the corner from the cabins, making it the perfect destination for a pint or to grab dinner. There’s a number of tasty beers on tap, as well as a few local wine and cider options. Sit inside, hang out in the beer garden or grab a table in the outdoor pavilion, offering plenty of seating. Pair your pint with an artisan pizza pie with all of your favorite toppings.
Skunk Brother Spirits
Less than a five minute walk from Wilder + Pine, Skunk Brother Spirits offers a cozy tasting room to try a variety of spirits. The distillery was started by a family of disabled veterans whose roots (and recipes) go back to the moonshining era. From bourbon and apple pie brandy to a variety of fruit cordials, there’s an option for everyone to try at this small-batch distillery.
54˚40’ Beer Lodge
The 54˚40’ Beer Lodge is a relatively new addition to town, an extension of 54˚40’ Brewing Company, based in Washougal, Wash. After opening in Stevenson in September 2021, it has become a popular spot to grab a beer and some grub. There’s pizzas, sandwiches and salads, along with a selection of German-style beers and Northwest ales.
Red Bluff Taphouse
While Red Bluff doesn’t brew their own craft beer or wine, they’re still certainly worth a mention for the great selection, warm atmosphere and patio. Located on Second Street, which runs through the middle of town, Red Bluff has it all. Beer, wine and cider options are sourced locally, along with craft cocktails and a selection of local spirits. Enjoy just a drink or two, or grab dinner while you’re there as well.
Want even more Gorge-brewed beer? Backwoods Brewing Company’s Carson location is just five miles east of Stevenson. And in the other direction, Thunder Island Brewing Co. in Cascade Locks, Ore., is less than a 10-minute-drive over the Bridge of the Gods, offering incredible views along the way.