On Friday we started our day in Goldendale, WA. We headed out to the Maryhill Museum, which is a huge mansion built above the Columbia River Gorge by Sam Hill, who brought the railroad through the valley. He built this mansion intending for it to be his home, but before it was finished donated it to become a museum. They have a collection of Rodin sculptures, furniture belonging to the Romanian royal family, chess sets and paintings. It was a nice start to the day, and reasonably priced at $7 for an adult admission.
Next we stopped at Maryhill Winery, one of the biggest producers in WA state. They have a large selection, something for everyone. We had a nice Viognier, but we didn’t think there was anything outstanding there. The view is gorgeous, and it would be fun to take in one of their summer concerts. But it is quite far out of our way. Next up was Waving Tree Vineyard. We stopped here because it was close to Maryhill and close to the replica Stonehenge monument, and we are glad we did. They have an extensive wine selection, and we found many that we enjoyed. We ended up buying 5 bottles. Their Zinfandel was excellent and very reasonably priced. I’m hoping that his wines make it to distribution closer to home.
We crossed over the Columbia River and make our way towards Portland, Oregon. We stopped for awhile in Hood River, Oregon and had dinner at the Rogue Brewery there. I thought my babyback ribs were a bit too spicy, but the beer and cheese soup was out of this world. And the beer is good too!