White Salmon Vacation Rentals

Modern • Comfortable • Local

Hotel Iconica photo taken from the corner witht the sphere statue at the very center

Our stay in at the Penthouse was a real treat during a recent visit with family in White Salmon. The space is lovely, with spectacular views of Mt. Hood from windows overlooking downtown WS and the Hood River Gorge and beautiful, comfortable furnishings. Downtown White Salmon is just half a block away. Enrique and Tao were excellent hosts, always responding quickly to any communication and following up to make sure we had what we needed.

- Julie
Penthouse #19

A beautiful stay in White Salmon! The house has a lovely view. The environment was very clean and comforting! The shops were close to the house which made it extremely accessible. Communication with the host was easily available. I would recommend this stay in a heartbeat.

- Claudia

We had an amazing weekend at Tao’s Guesthome! The views were incredible and there is plenty to do in the surrounding area. Tao, had great communication and was very accommodating. It is definitely worth going back to see that view at different times of the year!

- Zack
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Tao Berman

Developer • Entrepreneur • Retired Pro Kayaker

Tao, Jamie, Violet (10), and Cole (9) family photo.
The small hut that Tao Berman was born in.

My name is Tao Berman, and I’m a retired professional whitewater kayaker and world record holder. During the height of my career, I was honored to be called “the best-known kayaker on the planet” by Sports Illustrated and the “world’s most extreme paddler” by Rolling Stone.

While these accomplishments have contributed to who I am today, I believe I’m defined by how I was raised as a child. I was born in an underground hut in the mountains of Eastern Washington. My family had no electricity, running water, or indoor restroom. In fact, we didn’t even own a car until I was around nine years old!

After graduating from high school, I spent the next 15 years pursuing my kayaking career. My goal at the time was to find a way to get paid to do what I loved most, which was kayaking! Over the course of my career, I set over 50 first descents around the world and broke three world records including the highest waterfall descent (98 feet).

Once I had achieved the goals I had set for myself in my sport, I knew it was time to retire. I thought life was too short to continue the same path. Life is about growth, and I could see my learning curve had diminished substantially.

Tao breaking the world record waterfall descent. 98.4ft
Tao Berman and his wife Jamie

After retiring, I had to find a way to push myself and grow intellectually. However, I still valued having an abundance of free time to do the sports I enjoyed and spend quality time with my family — Jamie, Violet, and Cole.

I decided to focus on investing and acquiring real estate. I purchased everything from multi-unit apartment buildings, storage facilities, mixed-use commercial properties, duplexes, and even owned a mobile home park. I enjoyed the analytical process of determining how to create more value.

For the past several years, I have been developing in my hometown of White Salmon. I shifted my focus to development for several reasons. First, I love thoughtful architecture! Second, and perhaps most important, I wanted to build-out my community in a way that would make it an even more amazing place for raising children. Finally, it brings me immense satisfaction to build architecture that brings people to our community to enjoy all it has to offer!