Wine Tasting on the Edge at Columbia Cliff Villas
by Scott McGowan
Luxury Link Concierge ●
For travelers looking to combine a world-class wine tasting experience with all the wonders of Mother Nature, Columbia Cliff Villas in Hood River, Ore., provides the perfect match.
Just an hour east of Portland, this relaxing retreat sets its guests amid towering pines that scent some of the freshest air in the U.S. Nearby Mount Hood National Park features an astounding 77 waterfalls accessible by hiking or biking trails. For guests who’d rather focus on the all-important “R’s” – rest and relaxation – simply walk outside of Columbia Cliff Villas and see a waterfall located right on site.
Something most travelers may not know is that the Columbia River Gorge area features a spectacular wine tasting scene. Luxury Link guests at Columbia Cliff are treated to wine tasting vouchers valid at four local wineries. The staff is more than happy to make recommendations and help set up reservations. Wineries include Cathedral Ridge Winery, Hood River Winery and Marchesi Vineyards.
The hotel itself offers guests a unique in-room experience that Jennifer Gulizia, Director of Sales and Marketing, describes as full of simple elegance.
“Our condos feature hard wood floors, slate fireplaces, spacious family rooms, gourmet kitchens, luxury linens, Aveda bath products and so much more,” Gulizia said.
The property features 1-3 bedroom adjoining suites that are perfect for everything from romantic getaways and honeymoons to family reunions and business trips. All of the Luxury Link-offered room categories feature river views.
Depending on the season guests can find themselves on the nearby Indian Creek Golf Course or hitting the slopes at Mount Hood Meadows Ski Resort. The town of Hood River itself also features a variety of water sports like kayaking, white water rafting. From their hotel rooms, guests can view one of the preeminent sites in the country for kite surfing.
After a busy afternoon of outdoor adventures and/or wine tasting, you’ll want to explore the great dining variety Hood River has to offer. For those looking for local fare and place relax and see live music or watch the game, Celilo Restaurant is the place to be. For fine dining you’ll want to make a reservation at Stonehedge Gardens.
No matter what else you have planned during your stay at Colombia Cliff Villas, Luxury Link’s Merchandising Manager Zoe Bo-Linn says exploring downtown Hood River cannot be missed.
“It’s a beautiful and quaint downtown area. You can walk around and check out the restaurants, shops and of course, the breweries!”