'Kick Ash' campaign encourages people to support Gorge businesses

HOOD RIVER, Ore. – In an effort to jumpstart business in the Columbia Gorge, many businesses are joining forces to offer discounts Saturday and Sunday.

The Eagle Creek Fire took a toll on businesses, with I-84 closed, and smoke and ash falling. Now that I-84 is back open, and gorge businesses are asking for your support.

The "Kick Ash Campaign" originated from Bob Naito of the Naito Company. Businesses in the Gorge are joining the effort by offering special discounts and exclusive promotions to people who visit this weekend.

After this weekend, there's also a month-long campaign in October to get people to "Show the Gorge Some Love" by attending, visiting and expressing their appreciation for one of America’s greatest treasures.

People are encouraged to go for a hike at the eastern end or northern side of the Gorge, attend a harvest or Halloween festival, tour the Hood River County Fruit Loop, and help the area’s economies recover by spending a couple of nights and supporting local businesses (shop, dine, wine, see art and history, and more).

For the weekend of Sept. 30 - Oct. 1, the discounts available are:

Food & Beverages:

• Boda’s Kitchen
 Happy Hour all Weekend
• Pietro’s Pizza
 $3 off a medium or large pizza
• Solstice Pizza
 Free Wood Fired S’more per table
• New York City Sub Shop
 $5 half subs (normally $8.75)
• Pelinti Pizza and Sandwiches
  10% Off
• Bent River Restaurant (The Dalles)
 10% off
• Celilo Restaurant
 Free dessert with purchase of dinner entrée
• Gorge Kitchen
 Free cone with purchase of scoop of ice cream and $1 off any kombucha
• pFriem Family Brewers
 20% off beer to go from The Bears Den (includes growler and crowler fills and bottles. Does not include the purchase of a growler or crowler)

• Columbia Gorge Hotel and Spa
 $149 rooms Friday or Sunday
• Best Western Hood River Inn
 Caravan Discount on Saturday night
• Comfort Suites
 $179 discounted rate
• Hampton Inn & Suites
 $179 discounted rate
• Columbia Cliff Villas
 $15% off or 3rd night free

Shopping & Activities:

• The Sternwheeler Columbia Gorge in Cascade Locks
 30% off sightseeing cruises
• Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center (Stevenson)
 20% off admission
• Mountain View Cycle
 20% off bike rental and 20% bike services
• Naked Winery
 2-for-1 Tastings and 20% off cases of wine
• Big Winds
 20% off most everything in the store
• Mount n barrel Wine Bike Tours
 10% off tours and free shuttle to/from hotel
• Indian Creek Golf Course
 $20 off 18 holes with cart (normally $75 – caravan price $55)
• Hood River Farmers Market
 $2 token for each kid for use to purchase veggies or fruit
• Phelps Creek Vineyard
 Harvest Wine Tour – details TBD
• Wet Planet River Rafting
 40% off during caravan weekend

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