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The Dalles Main Street Program supports Downtown The Dalles as a great place for locals and visitors alike to spend time and do business!  The Dalles downtown has a lot to offer from business services to restaurants to retail stores.

 The downtown area is also a recognized Historic Commercial District by the National Register of Historic Places.  There are several murals that can be found on various downtown buildings which add color and history to the area.  There is lots to see during a leisurely stroll through Historic Downtown The Dalles!

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Cruise Ships Arriving Beginning in April!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 14, 2015
The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce
Contact:  Andreua Knight-Gaige, 541-296-2231
FIRST IMPRESSIONS WILL BE CRUCIAL FOR APRIL CRUISE SHIP ARRIVALS
When cruise ships begin arriving at local docks starting April 1, they’ll be carrying passengers who may be making decisions based on their first impressions of The Dalles.
The first month of riverboat traffic is typically when cruise line top brass — the owner, the president and all the upper dignitaries — travel with the boats. They bring with them travel writers, historians and experts in river lore.
“That first month brings in the people who are the most influential in continuing cruise ship visits and getting the word out to tourists, who may book passage,” said Lisa Farquharson, president and CEO of The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce.
As a result, it is particularly important for downtown The Dalles to be well-scrubbed and ready to welcome very important visitors, Farquharson said.
“When these new arrivals set foot downtown, we want them to find themselves in a place that looks welcoming and fun — a place where they will enjoy spending time and money.”
Here are a few ideas on how to make your storefront look more inviting to travelers:
  • A good scrubbing or fresh paint on the facade,
  • A splash of color at eye level from flowers, a banner or some bright trim paint,
  • A window display that delivers a punch of color on a scale that will draw attention from the street and sidewalk and is lighted in the evening,
  • A simple “Welcome Visitors” sign.
A tour boat schedule for both the Union Street dock and The Dalles Marina dock is available on the Chamber website under the “Cruise Ships Schedule” link at www.thedalleschamber.com.