Columbia Gorge Hotel, Hood River Oregon

Mini Vacation time!    Heading to the Columbia Gorge Hotel in Hood River, Oregon.    We’ve never been there but it’s supposed to be really neat – perched next to a huge waterfall with great food and historic ambiance:

Built in 1921 by timber tycoon Simon Benson, the Columbia Gorge Hotel was known as  the “Waldorf of the West.” A magnificent villa perched on a scenic cliff, the Hotel offering sweeping views of the majestic Columbia River as well as the very finest accommodations and dining in the northwest.

The Hotel was a favored retreat for movie stars like Clara Bow and Shirley Temple, presidents like Roosevelt and Coolidge, and other social and political dignitaries. These were the days of steamers and speakeasies, of Valentino and the Model T; a time when people were dancing the Charleston and listening to jazz at The Cotton Club.

Hmmm – I hope I don’t have to dance the Charleston….


About JoeDuck

Internet Travel Guy, Father of 2, small town Oregon life. BS Botany from UW Madison Wisconsin, MS Social Sciences from Southern Oregon. Top interests outside of my family's well being are: Internet Technology, Online Travel, Globalization, China, Table Tennis, Real Estate, The Singularity.
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4 Responses to Columbia Gorge Hotel, Hood River Oregon

  1. Larry says:

    Enjoy your stay in our beautiful little town. You picked the best time of the year weather-wise, assuming you didn’t want to indulge in any wind sports.

  2. JoeDuck says:

    Thanks Larry – we are home now but had a fine stay even without any Wind sporting. The tour of Full Sail Brewery was super interesting – I have some pix of that I’m posting today.

  3. Paul says:

    They closed the doors on Friday at this popular gorge hotel….the recession claims another victim.

  4. JoeDuck says:

    Oh no Paul, that’s really too bad. I had heard a new buyer came in so any chance it’s just a remodelling?

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