The Vista House was built in 1917 on one of the most beautiful scenic points on the Historic Columbia River Highway near Portland,OR. It was constructed to provide travelers a place to rest and refresh themselves as they made their way down the magnificent Columbia River Gorge.
The Friends of Vista House is a non-profit group in partnership with Oregon State Parks who work to help preserve and share the story of this historic structure. Volunteers provide visitors with regional and interpretive information to help make their visit a valuable experience. This includes building tours and talks to school, civic and tourist groups. Visitors learn about the architecture of Vista House, the Historic Columbia River Highway, the Columbia River Gorge, local history, the geology, flora and fauna of the region and the many attractions along the Highway and throughout the Gorge.
The Friends of Vista House Gift Gallery offers visitors high quality regional artwork and local gift items and is open throughout the spring, summer and fall seasons. Their espresso bar serves refreshments and snacks for travelers and is open year-round (winter weekends, weather permitting). Vista House has recently been approved as bike-friendly.
For more information including directions visit VistaHouse.com.
Lynne Tucker is a travel writer and photo journalist based in Palm Desert.