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BIRDS OF PREY PROGRAM THRILLS GUESTS AND VISITORS AT SKAMANIA LODGE
Labor Day weekend show marks the last of the series for the year
With the beautiful Columbia River Gorge as a backdrop, guests and visitors to Skamania Lodge can get â€śup close and personalâ€ť with some of the most magnificent birds in the world and learn about the important role they play in the environment. This crowd-pleasing event has taken place every weekend this summer and will culminate with four shows on Labor Day weekend.
â€śFor most of our guests and visitors, this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and always draws a huge crowd to our Grand Lawn,â€ť said Skamania Lodge General Manager Scott Spann. â€śItâ€™s not often that you get to look an owl in the eyes, be inches away from a bald eagle and see a falcon in flight.â€ť
This is the second year the Lodge has offered the Birds of Prey Program. Guests and day visitors are invited to the Grand Lawn of the Lodge to learn the natural history, stewardship and the importance of these amazing creatures in the environment.Â Volunteers from the Raptor House Rehab Center in Yakima, Wash., captivate audiences with up to eight different raptors, including a Bald Eagle, Barn Owl and a Ferruginous Hawk.Â Raptor House is a nonprofit company that rescues injured wild birds and returns them to the wild.
Over the Labor Day weekend, show times are scheduled for: 5 p.m. on Friday; 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Saturday; and 12 p.m. Sunday. It is advised that attendees check the Lodgesâ€™ weekly newsletter available at the Lodge for official times beforehand.
The Birds of Prey Program is one of many outdoor activities guests can experience while staying at the Lodge, which is situated in the heart of the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area. There are a multitude of sporting and recreational activities that can be enjoyed right on the
Lodge property such as tennis, basketball, volleyball, croquet, biking and hiking. For those who want to experience the natural wonders of the Columbia Gorge, offsite adventures can be arranged through the Lodgeâ€™s concierge. These include white water rafting, hiking, climbing, biking, windsurfing, kayaking, fishing and Sternwheeler cruises on the Columbia River. During the winter months, the Lodge can arrange for guests to go downhill skiing, snowshoeing and cross country skiing.
About Skamania Lodge
Surrounded by the waterfalls, peaks, forests and canyons of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Skamania Lodge is an all-season mountain resort and conference center situated on 175 acres, 50 minutes east of Portland, Ore., in Stevenson, Wash.Â With 254 guest rooms and a 22,000-square-foot International Association of Conference Centers (IACC) approved conference center, Skamania Lodge offers a destination for outdoor enthusiasts and groups.Â Skamania boasts the Waterleaf Spa, indoor swimming pool and hot tubs, a fitness center, onsite hiking, an 18-hole par-70 Golf Course that earned a four-star rating from Golf Digest magazine in their â€śBest Places to Playâ€ť for 2008, the Cascade Room, River Rock and the U.S. Forest Service Information Center located in the lobby.Â Skamania Lodge is centered in a Pacific Northwest playground with hiking, biking and Sternwheeler cruises along the Columbia River in the summer; skiing and snowshoeing in the winter; and golfing, fishing and whitewater rafting all year long for outdoor enthusiasts.Â Skamania Lodge is a spectacular location to soak in the natural beauty and to enjoy a vast array of outdoor activities. www.skamania.com.
About Destination Hotels & Resorts
Destination Hotels & Resorts is a privately held lodging management company headquartered in suburban Denver, Colo. With more than 35 independent, luxury and upscale hotels, resorts and golf clubs, Destination is the third largest independent hospitality management company in the country. The companyâ€™s portfolio features more than 8,200 guest rooms, 13 golf courses and 16 full-service spas. Destination Hotels & Resorts properties are located in key metropolitan and resort markets including Washington, D.C., Seattle, Denver, San Diego, Santa Fe, Aspen, Austin, Phoenix, Portland, Palm Springs, Maui and Lake Tahoe. The company is a subsidiary of Los Angeles-based investment, development and management firm Lowe Enterprises. For a complete list of properties in the Destination Hotels & Resorts collection, please visit www.destinationhotels.com.
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