Skamania Lodge


Growing up in Tacoma, Washington some of my fondest memories are spending a week at Paradise Lodge on Mt. Ranier hiking with my Mom. I guess that is why I have a love for wilderness lodges. You can see why one of my favorite film shoots over the past decade has been returning to Skamania lodge in the Columbia River Gorge.

We do get lucky #nophotoshop our drone operator showed up to a beautiful storm passing through the gorge. In between downpours we got this shot with a rainbow.

We have visited during every season, it is a magical place in the snow. The lobby is spectacular with the 85 foot tall fireplace as a centerpiece. The pools, saunas and onsite restaurants make it very easy to spend a few days without leaving the property. But of course, you are in the Gorge surrounded by hiking trails, waterfalls, cute towns, wineries and tasting rooms, and some of the most spectacular scenery in the world.

There are a number of easy hiking trails on the property, an 18 hole golf course, a zip line course, an aerial adventure park and recently they added axe throwing. If that is not enough there are even luxury tree houses.

And yes! Skamania Lodge loves their furry guests too!

Our most recent Sip & Stay film for Skamania Lodge

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About XPLORE FILM and Sip & Stay

The Art of Life

Tony and Terri-Lynn met in 1987 as teenagers. In 1991 they were married.  Tony has been a professional musician his entire life and spent the 90’s touring and releasing albums.  In 2001 the couple left the cities and moved to a small community on the Oregon coast. This is where they fell into television production and film making. In 2004 Makai Ohana Productions was founded and the couple produced advertising and creative content for hundreds of tourism related businesses and government entities in Southern Oregon and Northern California. Realizing the industry was evolving towards the internet they re-branded the business in 2012 to Xplore Film.  This company would now be an international business producing films world wide as well as an NGO in West Africa where the couple provides clean water boreholes, scholarships and even a prosthetic hand project.

In 2018 Tony and Terri-Lynn with their dog Bisque Kitt packed the belongings they could carry on their backs and flew to Spain. They bought a home and planned to spend equal time between the two countries running the business.  Then Covid hit and the world closed.  By 2020 they realized Spain, and specifically Torrevieja was now home.  They bought a sailboat and started to create a life on the Costa Blanca of music, film, events and community.


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