Conference attendees are responsible for making lodging reservations and travel arrangements. All conference attendees are REQUIRED to stay on-site at the Skamania Lodge, located in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, in order to attend SHRA 2019.
This year’s accommodation will be an all-inclusive package with a few value-focused options.
Your stay includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, as well as snack and coffee breaks during conference days on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. There will also be a Sunday evening reception on our travel and arrival day.
Single Occupancy Lodging Option: $189.75/night for the room, $79/day for all meals.
Total cost: $1,075.00 (per person) inclusive of all taxes and fees.
Please note that conference lodging reservations are made with the SHRA team directly – do not reach out to the hotel to book your room and lodging.
In addition to booking your room, we suggest booking your travel as early as possible. We suggest flying into Portland and sticking around for the weekend to explore the City of Roses after the conference wraps if your schedule allows.
Skamania Lodge is a peaceful resort getaway just 45 minutes from Portland, Oregon. Attendees are responsible for their own transportation to the lodge. As the conference get’s closer, we’ll help to facilitate ride shares, carpools, etc.
APPROXIMATE DRIVING TIMES TO SKAMANIA LODGE FROM:
Downtown Portland, Oregon – 45 Minutes
Portland International Airport – 45 Minutes
Hood River, Oregon – 35 Minutes
Seattle, Washington – 3.5 Hours
Boise, Idaho – 7 Hours
From the Portland International Airport
Leave airport via I-205 South. Exit to Interstate 84 East (toward The Dalles). Continue east on I-84 until the Cascade Locks/Bridge of the Gods/Stevenson exit #44. Take the Bridge of the Gods across the Columbia River (toll bridge), and then turn east (right) on Highway 14. Immediately after entering Stevenson city limits (approx. 1½ miles), turn left onto Rock Creek Drive. Travel a short distance before turning left onto Skamania Lodge Way.
Drive south on I-5. Exit to I-205 south (exit #7). Watch for signs to State Highway 14 (exit #27) and exit east (toward Camas). Continue driving East on SR-14. Continue eleven miles past the Skamania General Store, passing Bonneville Dam and the Bridge of the Gods. Immediately after entering Stevenson city limits, turn left on Rock Creek Drive. Travel a short distance before turning left onto Skamania Lodge Way. If you prefer freeway driving, continue south on I-205 toward Portland. Exit to I-84 eastbound. Follow directions from the Portland Airport (above).
Add on ideas…
One great thing about SHRA is taking advantage of the great places we visit to extend through the weekend and catch up on some R&R. Here are three extender itinerary ideas if you’ve got the opportunity to do just that.
- Dip your Toes in the Big Blue. We all need to see, touch, smell an ocean every so often. While the mighty Pacific doesn’t necessarily offer a typical beach experience come November, the entirety of the Oregon Coast is beautiful, rugged and incredible. A uniquely lovable Oregon fact is that its beaches are all public land. The Beach Bill of 1967 declares that all “wet sand” within sixteen vertical feet of the low tide line belongs to the state of Oregon” ensuring that the public has “free and uninterrupted use of the beaches.”From Skamania, head west and follow Lewis & Clark’s footsteps as you travel alongside the Columbia River until it joins the sea in Astoria. (3 hours) Once you’re here, you’re in Goonies country! Astoria is a fun and funky little town with a wonderful downtown to explore. If you’re hungry or could use a pint, we’d suggest stopping in at Fort George Brewery and Public House. You can make Astoria your base for the weekend, or continue down the coast to explore the delightful seaside communities of Gearheart and Cannon Beach. You can turn east from there to make your way back to Portland, or continue down the coast through Manzanita, Garibaldi and even stopping for a tour and cheese tasting extravaganza at Tillamook Creamery before turning east back towards Portland through the Tillamook State Forest.
- Make for the Lonely Mountain. You probably noticed that big beautiful Mt Hood greeting you as you flew into PDX. This dormant volcano and its siblings (think Mt. Adams, Mt. Saint Helens, Mt. Rainier) are uniquely PNW and a magical and amazing way to spend a few days exploring. With your extra time in the area, consider heading south from Skamania to explore Mt. Hood and it’s village communities! You can cruise through the groovy town of Hood River, OR just on the other side of the Columbia River Gorge from Skamania, and make a big loop around Mt Hood, heading up to check out the historic Timberline Lodge, then passing through Government Camp and Rhododendron before circling back towards Portland.
If you want to cover more ground, consider turning your sights north. You can head north from Skamania to check out some of those other amazing Cascade Mountain peaks we mentioned. Mt Adams (1.5 hours), Mt Saint Helens (2 hours), and Mt Rainier (3 hours) are all within reach of Skamania Lodge. If you’re going to have a rental car, you could even fly into Portland and fly out of Seattle – providing the opportunity to check out all three, and explore 2 very cool cities!
- Keep it Weird in Portland. The City of Roses is a town unlike any other. There are weeks and weeks worth of adventures to have, neighborhoods to explore, flavors to taste and new experiences to seek out.When it comes to lodging, there’s nothing as magical, enchanting and fun as a stay at a McMenamins. Two Portland brothers who started out in 1983 with their unique take on hospitality and a few pubs now operate breweries, theaters, hotels, meeting facilities, music venues, distilleries, spas, wineries and more. Many McMenamins locations are in rehabilitated historic properties; at least nine are on the National Register of Historic Places. According to the Brewers Association, McMenamins is one of the top 50 largest craft breweries in the United States. If you choose to fit a stay at a McMenamins hotel into your weekend in Portland, you really can’t go wrong with whichever one you choose!– Consider the Crystal Hotel if you like the idea of being in the heart of downtown Portland, and possibly catching a concert at the famous Crystal Ballroom,
— Take it back to your school days with a fun new twist at the Kennedy School. Conveniently located near the airport, and with its own soaking pool, movie theater and live entertainment and games, it’s a great way to still kick it in Portland without being all the way downtown.
— To really get away from it all, consider heading out to Troutdale and taking a load off at the Poor Farm turned nursing home turned Wonderland for grownups: The Edgefield. The Edgefield is the biggest bonanza of the McMenamins, and was the gateway to our discovering this amazing family of properties when it was the location for SHRA’s 2008 conference!
Once you come up with your basecamp, be it at a McMenamins or some other comfy spot, the Portland adventures will surely find you. We’d suggest you take a walk in the Portland Rose Garden in between sampling craft brews in Portland’s many taprooms, visiting the food truck scene, snacking on sushi and fried chicken and cruising the vintage stores.
Consider heading out for a hike in the hills on the edge of town. At 5,200 acres, Forest Park is one of the largest urban forests in the United States. Finally, when you’re ready for that unique “can’t get this anywhere else” dining experience, we’d suggest getting your mind blown with the exceedingly delicious, unexpected, and fascinating Russian fare at Kachka. Make sure you read the restaurant’s origin story, try a few of their infused vodkas and don’t skip the dumplings!
Whatever you do with your extra time before or after the conference, we hope it restores your spirit by providing a rejuvenating (and necessary) break from your great place.