Renovated Motel on Cliff Overlooking the Columbia River Gorge
It is rumored that you can hear the thunderous pounding water of the Celilo Falls from miles away. Indigenous groups who lived and fished near the waterfalls called the site Wyan, which roughly translates to "echo of falling water." Celilo Inn sits on a cliff near the falls; from this vantage point, you can look out on the Columbia River and the surrounding hillsides.
The inn has one of the best views of the Columbia River Gorge from its outdoor patio. At night, guests gather here to sip local wines by a fire pit; this comfy spot was called out on Portland Monthly's list of the Region’s Most Romantic Retreats.
Guest rooms are simply styled in earth tones and feature pillow-top mattresses and flat-screen TVs. A complimentary breakfast of pastries, granola, and fruit is served each morning between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m.
This Groupon also includes a wine tasting for two at the historic Sunshine Mill. In the tasting room of this boutique Gorge winery, you'll have the chance to sample five of their Quenett wines. In addition, the winery frequently hosts live jazz and country swing music; check the schedule to make an evening of it.
The Dalles: Riverside Community in Oregon's Wine Country
Located about 60 miles east of Portland in Mount Hood's "rain shadow," The Dalles enjoys plenty of sun—even when it's raining in Portland. The good weather opens up opportunities for hiking and windsurfing in the summer and skiing at Mount Hood in the winter. The varied landscape is also a good place for a scenic biking trip; cyclists can ride past wheat fields, cherry orchards, and towering mountains on a single trip.
More than 30 unique wineries and vineyards call the area home. Within the region, the climate changes dramatically. The western side of the Columbia River Gorge is cooler and wetter, whereas the eastern side is warmer and receives only 10 inches of rainfall annually. The result: a great variety of classical wines, most of which are produced in small batches.
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