Hood River is the Windsurfing Capital of the World, but it’s also very romantic. If you want to get away there a few things that must not be missed. To start you MUST stay at the Villas of Columbia Hotel Gorge. HERE is how we got great pricing and upgrades. The view was amazing, relaxing and beyond romantic.
The grounds at the Columbia Gorge Hotel are beyond romantic, as they are the settings to many weddings. From the pictures you can see why. What I never knew is hidden on the hillside is this beautiful waterfall. The bridge gives you a view from above. Worth the stop to just look if you have time.
One of our gifts from the Hotel was a wine tour. They had 6 places that we could to a tasting. We didn’t make it to all of them, but the drive was so pretty and the grounds of the Wineries we did stop at were beautiful and surreal. Definitely a place I could hang out at and drink a glass of wine.
We ended our romantic day with an incredible find. The Stonehedge Garden Restaurant. I found this online with high recommendations. (go to the website and click on events and you can print a coupon for 10% off) What we experienced far out exceeded our expectations. The road that leads up is a gravel road, with plenty of potholes, and it’s next to a rock quarry. You kind of think you are not heading anywhere even remotely romantic. You follow this road to the top where a beautiful home and gardens await.
Walking around before you dine is a must. The only disappointment in this stop was that it was not warm enough to sit outside, but our waitress took care of us and sat us at the window overlooking the gardens. Wow!!
The food was amazing. They offered 4 specials on top of the well rounded menu. We noticed that there was a signature dessert that needed to be ordered ahead. We asked and were told it was a must. Bread pudding without raisins topped with Creme Brulee, topped with a rum sauce that is then lit on fire, brought to your table them topped with a caramel sauce. Spectacular!!
The day could not have been any better. It was a leisurely day taking in all Hood River had to offer for the Romantics.
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