Gorge Holidays

50% of Americans find Christmas shopping to be the most stressful part of their year. Here are a few things we think can help.

SLOWING IT DOWN

Instead of sprinting through big box stores, we invite you to stroll, meander and browse along one of our Gorge main streets that are seriously right out of a holiday movie set.

Research also shows that it’s not about how much you spend but about the intention. Taking transit gives you time on the way there to really think through your list and time on the way back to write a few a meaningful words to go with your gifts. 

GORGE MAIN STREETS

Hood River  (7 days a week via the Columbia Gorge Express)

Stevenson (on weekdays via Skamania Co Transit from Cascade Locks via CAT until Dec 20)

The Dalles (make a day of it during the week via the Link and CAT then use the Link Dial A Ride around town)

White Salmon/Bingen (on weekdays via Mt Adams Transport)

MAKING IT AN EXPERIENCE

Even better, why not turn your shopping chore into a weekend explore.

Take the Columbia Gorge Express to the Gorge to get away for a day or two to set the tone for the holidays.

Pause as you peruse to take in the our local coffee shops, restaurants, and wine/ beer/ cider/ whiskey tasting rooms.

It’s a wonderful way to connect with your loved ones (or yourself) amid the seasonal chaos.

GETTING AROUND CAR-FREE
Electric Vehicle Car Sharing – Download the app to rent from three locations Hood River, all near bus routes.
Electric Vehicle Taxi -Local rides and long distance within a 60-mile radius, in both Oregon and Washington
Gorge Taxi – Taxi in Hood River and around the Gorge
Sea To Summit – Year-round 4×4 Mercedes Sprinters by reservation
Martin’s Gorge Tours – Group transportation for up to 48 guests per trip, using three motor-coaches (one 20-passenger coach & two 24-passenger coaches).

GAMIFYING YOUR LIST

Not interested in slowing down, ok, we see you. 60% of people view gift giving as a competition. But we can still help you turn your gift shopping from a ‘have to’ into a ‘get to’. 

How?

Unique local gifts that you can’t find anywhere else. 

Plus it comes with a built-in story that shows you didn’t grab it from the grocery store at the last minute (eg “I was in this cute little town in the Gorge when I saw this and thought of you.”) 

There you go – three ways to make it all less stressful this season. 

And although 62 percent of Americans have lied about how much they like and use a gift, the vast majority (84%) say it’s the thought that counts. So don’t worry, they’ll know you love them.

ps GOrge Pass makes a great stocking stuffer