With a couple of Oscar nominations for the movie “Wild,” the celebration has already started at the Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, Wash. At the terminus of Cheryl Strayed’s memoir about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, Skamania is offering a live-the-movie getaway package. The “Wild” experience at the lodge includes activities which bring the book and movie to life. It starts with your room arrival; finding the talismanic lemonade coveted by Oscar-nominated Reese Witherspoon, along with a bag of trail mix granola Cheryl survived on during her months on the PCT. The lodge delivers exceptional views and a base to explore the historic Columbia River Gorge and communities dotting its waterline.
Just 45-minutes east of Portland, the 5-star resort provides access to hiking, boating, fishing, golf, zip-lines, and a relaxing compound that includes a fitness center, a spa and A-list eateries. Friendly staff eagerly share insights on the surrounding adventure opportunities. Skamania is built on the tradition of the great lodges of the West. From the huge great room rock fireplace, to the craftsman quality of the decor and furnishings, this is first-class comfort in the woods.
Your biggest challenge may be leaving the resort. Free vouchers for the monstrous ice cream cones Cheryl writes about are “Wild” package perks to get you out and about. Get your cone and for 50¢ you can stroll across the Bridge of the Gods to picture yourself in your own feature in the heart of nature's splendor.