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Skamania Lodge Prepares for Activity-Packed Holiday Season

STEVENSON, Wash. –  November 9, 2016 – Skamania Lodge, A Destination Hotel located on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge, today announced its line up of activities and special stay packages for the holiday season. The lodge invites guests to celebrate the season with events for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, and everything in between.  

Skamania Lodge is offering two holiday-centric packages, including the “Holiday Escape,” to help guests catch their breath during the hectic holiday season; and “Ring in the New Year,” for those looking for a special getaway to celebrate the New Year. 

The Cascadian-style lodge, located in the Columbia River Gorge just 45 minutes east of Portland, is hosting a fun-filled Thanksgiving weekend, highlighted by the tree lighting tradition in the Gorge Room, with a Thanksgiving buffet the following day for those looking to get away and let someone else do the cooking for the holiday. 

The lodge is also hosting multiple Christmas events, including its popular Brunch with Santa, Elf Story Time, and Christmas Buffet, as well as recurring classic activities like building gingerbread houses and watching holiday movies. And, a mailbox in the lobby is ready for letters to be sent Santa. 

The variety of activities, set among 175 wooded acres of winter wonderland, is sure to give families and friends a holiday season to remember. 

For more information on Skamania Lodge and to book your stay, visit or call (800) 221-7117, and stay up to date on current events and specials by following Skamania Lodge on Facebook and Twitter. 

Special Events: 

Gingerbread Junction (Nov. 19, 5 p.m.)  
Be present for the unveiling of Gingerbread Junction, an oversized Gingerbread House created by the Skamania Lodge culinary team that is as beautiful as it is tasty. 

Holiday Tree Lighting Tradition (Nov. 23, 5 p.m.)  
Enjoy holiday music, hot chocolate, coffee and cookies as Skamania Lodge lights its 30-foot-tall Grand Fir in the festively decorated Gorge Room. 

Thanksgiving Holiday Buffet (Nov. 24, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.)
Special Holiday Menu.  $47.50 – Adults / $23.50 - Ages 8-12 / $14.50 - Ages 4-7 / 3 and under free.  Reservations Required. 

Brunch with Santa (Nov. 26, 2 Seatings*)  
Children can join Santa for brunch and order from a special menu, share wish lists and capture the moment with a photograph; $16 for children 12 and under; $24 for adults; free for children three and under.  *Two seating times:  8 a.m. until 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. until 2 p.m. 

Christmas in the Gorge – Starlight Parade (Dec. 4, 7 p.m.) 
Take part in a treasured holiday tradition by watching the Starlight Parade on Highway 14 in downtown Stevenson, Wash. 

Christmas Holiday Buffet (Dec. 25, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.)  
Celebrate the most wonderful day of the year in The Cascade Dining Room; reservations are required and can be made by calling 844-432-4748; hotel packages available. 

Christmas in the Gorge – Arts & Crafts Bazaar (Dec. 4-6, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.) 
Shop and eat during this festive day at the Exhibit Hall at Skamania County Fairgrounds with holiday activities including a handmade arts and crafts bazaar, open houses at local businesses, Nativity displays, cookie fair, holiday sing-a-longs and more! Details at 

Skamania’s NYE Concert and Celebration (Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m. – 1 a.m.) 
Ring in 2017 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 844-432-4748; $70 per person; $130 per couple.  Hotel packages available.

Recurring Events:

Holiday Vine Gogh at the Gorge (Nov. 19, Dec. 19, 2 p.m.) 
Enjoy wine while creating a holiday masterpiece under the advisory of Jenny Schildan, Skamania’s official Artist in Residence. 

Friday Night Holiday Buffet (Dec. 9, Dec. 16, 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 844-432-4748; $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. 3, Dec. 10, Dec. 17, 4 – 5 p.m.) 
Learn how to create favorite holiday drinks for upcoming parties from a seasoned mixologist. 

Gingerbread House Building (Dec. 3, Dec. 10, Dec. 17, Dec. 24, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.) 
Create a colorful house or cookie with the help of Skamania Lodge’s culinary team; materials are $20 for cookies and $30 for gingerbread house; reservations are required and can be made by calling 844-432-4748. 

Build a Holiday Friend Workshop (Dec. 3, Dec. 10, Dec. 17, 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.

Weekend Activities (Thanksgiving – December 24):

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


Where:  Skamania Lodge: 1131 SW Skamania Lodge Way Stevenson, WA 98648

When:  November 19, 2016 through January 1, 2017

Reservations:  844-432-4748

For more information on Skamania Lodge and to book your stay in the tree houses, visit or call (800) 221-7117, and stay up to date on current events and specials by following Skamania Lodge on Facebook and Twitter. 

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Located 45 miles east of Portland, Ore., in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Skamania Lodge is an all-season, 175-acre mountain resort and conference center. The property is also home to 45 recreational options, including Waterleaf Spa, with an indoor swimming pool, hot tubs and a fitness center, an 18-hole championship golf course, and the Cascade Dining Room and River Rock restaurants. The Cascadian-style lodge is situated in a Pacific Northwest playground with hiking, biking and Sternwheeler river cruises in the summer; skiing and snowshoeing in the winter; and golfing, fishing and whitewater rafting year-round. The property has also won numerous awards, including: National Choice Award by Smart Meetings magazine; Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator; and the Gold Tier Green Star award from International Association of Conference Centers (IACC). For more information, visit Like us on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter. 

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