Spring Wellness at Skamania
Nature is the Best Medicine
Look Inside Our Spring Guide!
Start Planning Your Spring Getaway
Are you ready for some spring travel therapy? Check out what's happening this spring at Skamania like St. Patrick's Day scavenger hunts, Vine Gogh paint classes, the Artist Series and so much more!
Wellness from the Inside Out
"Comfort of Wellness" Package
We’ve partnered with Smith Tea of Portland for tasty immunity boosting experience at Skamania Lodge. After arriving to your cozy guest room, discover a thoughtfully curated assortment of loose-leaf tea bags from Smith’s Wellness Collection. Cozy up near the fireplace with a warm cup and leave your worries behind. Allow yourself to slowly savor each sip. Take your tea on-the-go with you for a peaceful hike on our forest trails or simply relax and soak in a moment of mindfulness while taking in the magnificent mountain views in the Gorge Room.
Assortment of tea from Smith Teamaker's Wellness Collection
Hot water to make your tea
Tips to Unlocking Nature's Therapy
What is it?
In 1982, the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries created the term "shinrin-yoku", which translates to “forest bathing” or “absorbing the forest atmosphere.” The practice encourages people to simply spend time in nature — no actual bathing required. It’s also very low impact, which means you don’t have to go for trail runs or do an intense hike. The goal of forest bathing is to live in the present moment while immersing your senses in the sights and sounds of a natural setting.
Step 1: Devices Away
The entire point of forest bathing is to unplug and take a break from technology. It's okay to bring a phone incase you need GPS, safety or the occasional photo op. But to fully engage and lean into the experience, it's best to limit devices (and silence them) as much as possible inorder to allow your senses to take complete control.
Step 2: Engage the 5 Senses
Tapping into each of your five senses will engage a full-body forest bathing experience. Listen to the sounds of nature - the birds chirp or the breeze rustle the leaves. Feel the bark of the old-growth Douglas Firs and earth beneath your feet. Take slow deep breaths and taste the crisp evergreen air. Be present and mindful to your surroundings, taking in each sensory experience one at a time.
Step 3: Go Slow
Forest bathing is a slow, almost meditative experience. Allow yourself to take time and practice gratitude along your journey, even bring a journel to write down your observations and thoughts. Stop every once in a while to absorb your surroundings. Be still. Take your time. Forest bathing does not have to be like a hike. In fact, distance doesn't necessarily matter. It's totally fine to just sit in the same spot or walk in a short vicinity. The most important practice is to be mindful along your way.
"Everyone should sit in nature for 20 minutes a day...unless you're busy. Then you should sit for an hour."
The Gorge Loop Fitness Trail
The more we exercise outdoors in nature, the more we stimulate our immune system, boost our mood and improve overall health. At Skamania, our passion for wellness and nature inspired us to connect our guests with an organic outlet to relieve stress, stimulate endorphins and engage in fun fitness activities as a group or individual.
Fitness Trail Features
- Challenging 0.9-mile trail loop
- 5 fitness stations
- 17 total body exercise activities
- Beginner, Intermediate, & Advanced exercise modifications
- Eco-friendly TimberForm fitness equipment made locally in the Pacific Northwest
- Views of the Columbia River, Cascade Mountains & Zip Lines overhead
Take a Dip in Relaxation
Pool & Hot Tubs
An active lifestyle calls for ample relaxation and recovery. Melt stress or sore muscles with a soak in our indoor and outdoor whirlpool hot tubs overlooking the Columbia River Gorge. Reward yourself with a glass of wine under the stars while you enjoy the hot tub adults 21+ only on Friday & Saturdy evenings.
Healthy Start Breakfast Bowl
We've all heard the saying "breakfast is the most important meal of the day", and in fact - we don't disagree! In order to venture out for a full day of adventures in the Columbia Gorge, an energizing breakfast is required. That's why we've added healthy options to all of our menus, so you can stay fueled for the adventures ahead of you. One of our favorites is Chef Hale's Healthy Start Breakfast Bowl because it's packed with nutrients and easy to make at home!
Bowl Building Blocks:
- 1 Cup of Greek Yogurt, 1 Banana Sliced, Handful of Fresh Berries
Top with Chef Hale's House-made Granola Recipe:
- Ingredients: 5 Grain Oats, Almond Slices, Sunflower Seeds, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Kosher Salt, Honey, Canola Oil
- Spray sheet pan with pan spray and line with parchment paper.
- Place all ingredients in a large bowl and stir.
- Once all ingredients are evenly mixed and coated with honey & oil, spread onto pan.
- Bake at 300F stirring and rotating the pan often.
- When finished it should be golden brown.
- Let cool to room temp completely and enjoy!
Forest Discovery Experience
Reconnect to nature during your escape to Skamania. Journey outdoors for a mindful and wild exploration on Skamania's trails or venture deeper into the Gorge to discover rushing waterfalls, wildflower meadows, and scenic vistas. Bring with you a handy set of trekking poles and binoculars waiting for you in your guest room. As you step outside, listen as the old growth forest invites you to explore. Take a deep breath and let your senses take control. Taste the crisp evergreen air. Look up to see birds soaring high above the trees. Peer out towards the lakes to see turtles resting on moss covered logs and frogs floating on lily pads. After your adventures in the wild, return to Skamania to spend evening under the stars and toast to your newfound experiences with a s'more or two at the fire pit.
Trekking poles for day-use
Binoculars for day-use