Sheath that umbrella. Stow those rain boots. And say hello to springtime and her flowers in the Columbia River Gorge, where hillside sprays of lupine and lilies, camas and balsamroot will color hillsides and meadows through early summer.
If you’re like me, ready to bid the gun-metal gray skies of winter adieu, an afternoon of gorge spring wildflower gazing could do wonders for your spirits. Whether you take in those flowers with a Highway 14 drive, a gorge hike or a gorge winery quest to search out that perfect bottle of wine, at some point hunger pangs will speak. Or even cry out for pizza. If that happens in Stevenson, Andrew’s Pizza, a quaint little shop on the main drag, is worth a stop.
While I worked on my pizza, Derek Ostergard, an owner and manager of the Stevenson Andrew’s (the first Andrew’s Pizza opened in Hood River, Ore. in 2001; the Stevenson location opened in 2006), made a round through the dining room with a new pizza creation. He stopped at each table, offering patrons a mini slice of a chipotle pesto and sirloin pizza and then came back to see how they liked it.
In a later interview, Ostergard explained that he works out recipes that way, asking customers what they like or don’t and looking for suggestions.
Cost: Plan on $17 to $24 for an 18-inch pizza. Lunch specials — pizza slice combos — run between $5 and $7.
Hours: 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday
Where: 310 S.W. Second St., Stevenson.