Guest Author - Erin Floresca
Nestled on the scenic banks of the Sandy River near the historic town of Troutdale, Oregon sits the Sandy Riverfront RV Resort. This park not only has great on-site amenities, it is located near so many attractions that one could stay here for months and still have quite a long list of things to see and do.
The Sandy Riverfront RV Resort beckons visitors by it’s proximity to everything, and once you get to the park you’ll be delighted to realize that it is just as lovely as the area where it resides. To begin with, management is very friendly and makes you feel instantly welcome to the park. All of the sites are spacious, and from what I can tell, there is no such thing as a bad site at this park. The east side of the park has a row of back-in sites that sit along the Sandy River. On the opposite side is a row of sites that back up to Beaver Creek. In between are plenty of wide, open pull-thru sites.
No matter where you are in the park, you’ll be treated to spectacular views of Broughton Bluff just across the Sandy River. Plus, there is a short walking trail that leads down to the river. The park also has a cozy little clubhouse and clean restrooms along with free WiFi for those who need internet access.
The RV park is just a few blocks from downtown Troutdale, a cozy little town located at the Gateway to the Columbia River Gorge. Visitors to Troutdale will delight in the historic town that features a darling country store, antique and gift shops, and an art gallery of Rip Caswell bronze sculptures. Troutdale even has a tattoo and body piercing shop! In addition, Troutdale has several excellent restaurants. Two of my favorites are Siam Sushi which offers exceptional Thai and Japanese food and Ristorante Di Pompello which serves up delectable Italian fare. The illustrious McMenamin’s Edgefield is also just up the street and features two restaurants, several bars, a winery and a distillery, a movie theater, two par-3 golf courses, a spa, an outdoor soaking pool, and over 100 European style guest rooms.
There are many parks and open spaces located within just a few miles of the RV resort. Glenn Otto Community Park, located directly across the East Columbia River Highway, is a beautiful, 6.38 acre shaded park that has a playground, several picnic areas, a meeting hall, and a trail to the beaches of the Sandy River. Across the Sandy River lies Lewis and Clark State Park that features several hiking trails along with great rockclimbing routes on Broughton Bluff.
If you have the time to venture further out, you can visit one of the most popular tourist destinations in Oregon, Multnomah Falls, located just 20 minutes east on I-84. You could also be skiing on Mt. Hood in less than an hour, or dining on locally-sourced cuisine in an upscale restaurant in bustling downtown Portland less than 30 minutes to the west. You can even use the park as a home base to visit other attractions like the Oregon Coast (approximately 2 hours drive), Mount St. Helen’s (approximately 3 hours), or even Seattle, Washington (approximately 3 hours). There’s just so much to see and do!
You can find anything you need for your RV trip nearby. A Walmart Super Center, Camping World, Fred Meyer, Love’s Travel Plaza, antique and gift shops, and an outlet mall are all located within a five mile radius.
You’re probably thinking to yourself, there has to be a few downsides to all of these upsides, right? Sure there are a few. For starters, visitors to the Sandy Riverfront RV Resort will have to put up with some train noise, but it’s pretty minimal. Plus, Troutdale can be an extremely windy town, especially in the colder months, so if the wind picks up, you’ll want to take in your awning. And, don't forget that about eight months out of the year it's rainy and pretty chilly in these parts. Other than that, everything is pretty fantastic. So if you’re in the Portland area, and are looking for a great place to park your rig, be sure to visit the Sandy Riverfront RV Resort.
Note: The RV Editor has no affiliation with this RV resort. She knows the resort from living in the area. The editor recently visited the resort anonymously and paid for the stay with her own money.