The Dalles, Oregon is about 30 minutes from the ranch across the Columbia River. If you are into historic buildings and houses, you may want to spend part of the day touring the community. Hood River is about 25 minutes West of The Dalles. On the Washington side of the river, Bingen and White Salmon are about 20 miles West of Lyle.
If you are interested in a short wine tasting tour, there are a few wineries who have established themselves up on the mountain. You will no doubt want to buy a bottle or two of their wine. Bring it back to the ranch to enjoy with your dinner or just to relax after a long day of exploring or your art lessons with Gayle. Award winning Maryhill Winery is not too far and offers concerts during the summer months.