Hood River OR, WA
We arrived in Hood River late afternoon and checked into the hotel. The Columbia Gorge Hotel, built in 1921, is perched on a cliff overlooking the Columbia River. The hotel was a favored retreated for movie stars, presidents, social and political dignitaries in the early days. It has been lovingly maintained and today still provides a luxurious ambience and excellent service without pretense.
Our room was comfortable with a gorgeous view of the river and the sound of a waterfall just outside the window. Plantation doors throughout the guest area took advantage of the breezes for which the gorge is famous and provided ventilation to the guest rooms in the heat of summer.
The Phelps Creek Garden surrounds the hotel and this time of year presents a colorful display.
We drove into town for a delicious dinner at the Full Sail Pub, a local brewery offering some of the best pub food we have had – the beers and wines were also top-notch.
Late in the evening as we were preparing for bed we discovered that our door did not lock; a call to the front desk brought the bellman up right away, however, he was unable to fix the problem so we were offered another room down the hall which we accepted. As it turned out this was a larger room with a beautiful brass bed, two comfortable wingback chairs and lovely period furniture including a little table, perfect for morning coffee overlooking the river.