White Salmon sits on the Columbia River, just across the border from Oregon. Housing prices have soared here in recent years, pricing many line cooks, servers and working-class residents out of the popular vacation town. It’s a familiar problem: Combined shortages of labor and affordable housing have plagued vacation hot spots across Washington and the Pacific Northwest. (Michael Hanson / Special to The Seattle Times)
(Michael Hanson / Special to The Seattle Times)
Food & Drink

White Salmon, a Gorge vacation hot spot, can’t staff its restaurants

The town on the Columbia River has a growing culinary scene. But a lack of affordable housing has priced cooks, servers and working-class staff out of town.