Romantic Hotel Perched on Bluff Above Columbia River Gorge
The 90-mile Columbia Gorge has a hypnotic beauty, its landscape speckled with crashing waterfalls and towering bluffs. A romantic boutique hotel residing 200 feet above this river, the Columbia Cliff Villas present a prime view of this scenery. The Carriage House villas outfit 600 square feet of handsome living space with colonial and contemporary furnishings. A gray stone backsplash colors the space in between stainless-steel appliances and the cedar-wood cabinets in the corner kitchen. Stationed on the second floor, the villa's private balcony frames partial views of the frothy Columbia River. Just past swinging glass doors, there's a flickering gas fireplace in the living room.
Hood River: Riverside Town with Majestic Mountain Views
Sitting at the crossroads of the Columbia River Gorge and the Cascade Mountain range, Hood River's unique geological makeup and diversity of microclimates have made it hospitable to vineyard grapes. The town rests at the heart of the Columbia Gorge Wine Valley, a 40-mile stretch that shares its longitudes with some of the most prolific wine regions in Europe. Downtown boasts a number of restored Victorian and craftsman homes, and features more than 40 buildings that date back to 1893. The 2,150-acre Mount Hood Meadows Ski Resort offers elevations as high as 7,300 feet and slopes for beginners and experienced skiers alike. Hotel guests receive discounted open-to-close lift tickets to the resort.
During a tour of the interstate valley, guests will sample award-winning wines from vineyards such as Cathedral Ridge, a charming estate that produces velvety red blends, and Maryhill Winery whose cabernets and sauvignon blancs earned it the title of Washington Winery of the Year in 2009.