Escape to a Columbia River Gorge Cabin

Written by Tracy Ellen Beard

November 4, 2022
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Waterfalls. Windsurfing. Hiking. Stunning vistas. All this and more awaits when you book a Columbia River Gorge cabin in Washington.

Cascading waterfalls, exuberating windsurfing, incredible hiking, and stunning scenery—these activities and sights describe much of the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge. Unfortunately, sometimes the Washington side of this mammoth river is overlooked. The town of Carson, in Skamania County, Washington, makes a perfect home base for exploring the gorge's northern highlights. Carson and other neighboring towns afford both budget and luxury traveler accommodations, boast dining options ranging from pub grub to gourmet cuisine, and offer exciting things to see and do, from learning about the local history to hiking the lush trails.

Carson Ridge Luxury Cabins in the Columbia River Gorge

During a visit to Carson, I stayed in the Green Leaf Cabin at Carson Ridge Luxury Cabins. This cabin is one of ten magnificently decorated cabins that serve as the accommodations for this opulent, privately owned bed and breakfast. Each unit is named and comes with unique décor, custom-made king- or queen-sized beds, welcome snack baskets, and cozy robes. My room had a fireplace, jetted tub for two, and a front porch with a log swing and bistro table.



Green Leaf Cabin a Columbia River Gorge cabin.

Green Leaf Cabin at Carson Ridge Luxury Cabins. Photo courtesy of Carson Ridge Luxury Cabins

I spent several hours relaxing and gazing out over the landscape while gently rocking on the swing. The vast property provides plenty of space between cabins to ensure privacy, and I felt alone with nature during my stay.


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Lawn chairs at Carson Ridge Luxury Cabins in the Columbia River Gorge.

Lawn chairs at Carson Ridge Luxury Cabins. Photo courtesy of Carson Ridge Luxury Cabins

Breakfast at Carson Ridge

Owning and managing any B & B is difficult, but Carson Ridge Luxury Cabins owners Richard Albert and Theresa Regnier made it look easy. Richard's passion for top-notch service, a keen eye for detail, and an energized work ethic keep the B & B in tip-top shape. At the same time, Theresa's love for hospitality, exceptional culinary skills, and wealth of knowledge about the area ensure that guests will have a positive and memorable experience.



Theresa prepares a delicious three-course breakfast each morning. The menu changes daily, and guests in the past have enjoyed delicious quiches with homemade crust, sweet potato hash with eggs, and eggs Benedict. Most guests have breakfast in the dining room, but those that prefer to dine alone can pre-book one day in advance for an in-cabin breakfast.

Eggs Benedict at Carson Ridge Luxury Cabins.

Eggs Benedict at Carson Ridge Luxury Cabins. Photo courtesy of Carson Ridge Luxury Cabins

In-Cabin Spa

Richard and Theresa have thought of everything to create a memorable stay at Carson Ridge, and this is the place to stay, whether traveling alone or on a romantic getaway. During my trip, I booked an in-cabin massage. The masseuses that Theresa contracts are exceptional. They bring everything necessary for a comfortable experience. I had an excellent massage in my room by the fireplace, which was quiet, private, and highly relaxing.

Private Events at a Columbia River Gorge Cabin

Carson Ridge features gorgeous lawns, two fire pits, and a venue ideal for a rehearsal dinner, modest wedding, family reunion, or any other small private gathering. The views are stunning, and the grounds are spacious yet intimate. This property is a fabulous place to plan a small event.

Fire pit at Carson Ridge Luxury Cabins in the Columbia River Gorge.

Fire pit at Carson Ridge Luxury Cabins. Photo courtesy of Carson Ridge Luxury Cabins

Activities on the Washington Side of the Columbia River Gorge

Panther Creek Falls Hike

One of the gorge's most beautiful waterfalls on the Washington side is only a short drive from Carson. Panther Creek Falls is a 130-foot waterfall in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. It is only a short walk to the wooden viewing platform, rendering this waterfall accessible for most visitors.

Panther Creek Falls

Panther Creek Falls. Photo courtesy of Adam Sawyer

Falls Creek Falls Hike

The hike at Falls Creek Falls is a bit further away and rated moderate. The round trip to the falls is 6.2 miles with about 1150 feet of elevation gain, but the waterfall views are well worth the effort.



During the first half-mile, I discovered several places where you can scramble to the creek without much effort. Quiet wading pools with icy-cold water sit undisturbed, beckoning brave overheated hikers to take a quick dip. On the north side of the creek is a suspension bridge, and old-growth cedar and fir trees line the trail. After another footbridge, the roar of the falls permeates the air. A collection of boulders provides front-row seats to this glorious waterfall. Bring a lunch and spend time enjoying the gentle spray and scenic beauty.

Footbridge near Falls Creek Falls and the Columbia River Gorge cabin.

Footbridge near Falls Creek Falls. Photo courtesy of Adam Sawyer

Hot Springs and Golf Course

After a rigorous hike, what better way to spend the afternoon than at a 1930s bathhouse? The Carson Hot Springs Resort, just down the road from Carson Ridge Luxury Cabins, offers an authentic and traditional bathhouse experience. Clawfoot tubs filled with mineral water provide an all-natural healing bath. Massages are also available at the resort.

Tubs at the Carson Hot Springs Resort in the Columbia River Gorge.

Tubs at the Carson Hot Springs Resort. Photo by Tracy Ellen Beard

The 18 holes at Elk Ridge Golf Course challenge both beginners and seasoned golfers, and the Elk Ridge Clubhouse is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Columbia River Gorge History

The Skamania County Historical Society owns the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum. The museum is a unique and eclectic collection showcasing how the gorge has changed over the years. The museum opened in May 1995, and the building is interpretive of an old sawmill. The spacious layout leads visitors through an easy-to-follow pathway to numerous intriguing divisions of the museum.

The exhibits showcase early transportation, fishing, history, shopping, and religion. Stories of early transportation come to life when viewing antique cars and trucks, old photos, and a model of one of the most luxurious sternwheelers, The Bailey Gatzert. This sternwheeler traveled up and down the Columbia River, and passengers could travel from Portland to The Dalles, Oregon, for $1.

The museum has a very eclectic array of exhibits, including an enormous fishing wheel with an adjoining “home” where the operators lived. Different rooms throughout the building offer videos of Mount St. Helen's explosion, geology in and around the Columbia River, and other historical events.

Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum.

The fish wheel at the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum. Photo courtesy of Tracy Ellen Beard

Dining Selections

Stevenson, Washington, is only a five-minute drive from Carson, where the Red Bluff Tap House and Clark & Lewie's Travelers Rest Saloon & Grill offer standard American fare. Henni's Kitchen & Bar in White Salmon, Washington, offers small gourmet plates from various countries.

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Waterfalls. Windsurfing. Hiking. Stunning vistas. All this and more awaits when you book a Columbia River Gorge cabin in Washington. 

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Escape to a Columbia River Gorge Cabin



Written by Tracy Ellen Beard

Tracy Ellen Beard, Wander With Wonder Senior Editor, is a freelance writer, editor, and photographer based in Longview, Washington. She is an avid traveler, wine connoisseur, foodie, hiker, cyclist, and kayaker. Tracy is the “Out and About” columnist for the Columbia River Reader and writes monthly for Upscale Living Magazine. She also contributes regularly to LuxeGetaways, Northwest Travel & Life, Country, Country Extra, and several other magazines. Her stories focus on luxury and adventure travel, fine dining, wine, libations, road trips, and recipes. Tracy shares a unique perspective on the world from her personal journeys and the excursions she took as the founder and past president of an international children’s nonprofit. Her twenty years of experience writing in various genres, and her culinary training in San Francisco, California, have added to her knowledge and expertise.

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