The sun shines on Burdoin Mountain a backdrop to the small town of Bingen.
From Portland, take I-84 east and exit at the Hood River Bridge. Cross the bridge (75¢ per car) and go 2 miles east on State 14 to Bingen.
Dickey's Fresh Produce Pick up plum jam, huckleberry honey, and more. INFO: 806 W. Steuben St.; 509/493-2636.
Antiques & Oddities Lose yourself in the rows of vintage treasures like salt and pepper shakers and glass milk bottles. INFO: 211 W. Steuben St.; 509/493-4242.
Bingen Point Marina Park Wind your way along the river to a perfect picnic place. INFO: From E. Steuben and Maple Streets, follow signs to the marina on E. Lakeview Blvd.; 509/493-1655.
Gorge Heritage Museum An old church chock-full of artifacts and tales of the area's Klickitat tribe. INFO: Closed Mon-Wed (after Sep, open by appointment only); 202 E. Humboldt St.; 509/493-3228.
North Shore Wine Cellars Sample wines and hard ciders, crushed from eastern Washington fruits, in a funky, friendly space reborn from an auto parts store. INFO: Closed Tue; 221 W. Steuben St.; 509/ 493-3881.