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Walking in to Walking Man

(post, Kathleen Bauer)

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"Stevenson (Washington): a quaint riverside drinking town with a windsurfing problem."

Or so says a sign in the "Readers" bathroom (you have a choice between that and "Dreamers") at Walking Man Brewing where we went for lunch after our spa experience.

Now, a brewpub might not be the expected choice to follow a poshy few hours, but we were ravenous and our other choices were the rather expensive and uninspiring menu items at the spa's restaurant, driving a little further to Skamania Lodge where the view is awesome but I've yet to have a very good meal, or driving back to the Multnomah Falls Lodge, which I've heard has a surprisingly good café.

So, as I said, we were ravenous and a salad, pizza and a nice microbrew sounded just dandy. We pulled up to the bottom level of the quaint board-and-batten building next to the railroad tracks and within minutes were slurping down a couple of pints and munching on a very tasty Greek salad. Moments later our barbecue chicken pizza arrived, and moments later it was gone as well. I have a vague recollection that it was pretty good, too, but that's how it is sometimes when you're really hungry.

There are also tons of trails in the area, so if you've been hiking or feel like a short field trip, it's a great place to stop in and sit a spell, brew in hand.

Details: Walking Man Brewing, 240 SW 1st St., Stevenson, WA. Phone 509-427-5520.