Bella Collina is blessed to be not only in the heart of Oregon wine country, but just a short drive from some of the most spectacular natural areas in the United States. These places are our backyard, so ask us about them and we can give you all the details, including some seldom-discovered little spots you will never forget.
Cape Kiwanda is a sandstone promontory jutting boldly into the Pacific. It is one of the premier locations on the West Coast to view waves, mainly thanks to a solid sandstone wall that the waves break upon. Haystack Rock, just offshore, rises boldly to silhouette the spectacular sunsets. A huge dune looms back of the cape, and is a favorite climbing spot for visitors and running-down spot for kids.
Two fantastic beach towns, with plenty of natural areas just outside of town, from the Nature Conservancy's spectacular Cascade Head to the Drift Creek Wilderness to the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area. Oh, and did we fail to mention beaches? And beaches. And beaches. The towns themselves offer great art galleries, quality dining, shopping, and friendly people. This area is our day-trip getaway and definitely worth your time.
One of Oregon's favorite gems, Silver Falls is actually a collection of ten waterfalls along the 8.4 mile Canyon Trail. Each waterfall has its own personality, and at three of the falls, you can actually walk behind the water as it cascades down. If you look up under North Falls, you can see holes left by trees that were flooded by the lava that formed this extraordinary showcase of nature's creative power. The park is beautiful any time of year, but at its peak in October when the fall colors frame the delicate waterfalls and the spring when the waterfalls are cascading at their dramatic best. The park has short hikes, long hikes, and a 4 mile bike path.
Often called the crown jewel of Oregon, the Columbia River Gorge ("the Gorge" to us natives), is a marvel of deep canyons, including the quarter-mile long slot canyon called Oneonta Gorge, and exceptional high waterfalls. The Gorge has more and higher falls than any place in the US except for Yosemite Valley. Hikes range from a few hundred feet to many miles, so take your pick. If you have any questions, just ask us. We know the Gorge and can steer you to just the right place for your level of exertion and exploration. Due to a 40.000-acre forest fire in 2017, some of the premier areas of the Gorge are currently off limits, but there are still many beautiful waterfalls available to visit.