Columbia River Gorge Views Retreat ~ Vacations/Events ~ See Miles West/North

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  • Minimum stay:2-4 nights
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  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Property description

New Year's Eve week/long weekend now available!!
The Griffin House nests, like its mythological namesake, on a secluded acre and a half on the lofty cliffs that form the gorgeous Columbia River Gorge. The this classic home and gorgeous grounds feel swept up yet stands solidly, commanding breathtaking, year round views, widely acclaimed for spectacular sunsets, osprey and bald eagle sightings. The Griffin House ambiance is unequaled! In front of the gorgeous stone fireplace after preparing dinner in our fantastic kitchen .... vino in hand, well... just can't be beat for a delightful retreat!
During the Winter / Spring season we rent by the week and perhaps the month, email for details regarding your specific needs please!!
The Garden Suite studio apartment may also be available separately or in conjunction with the entire house and grounds as additional Family Room and sleeping quarters.
Weddings, Retreats, Vacations, Holidays, Business and Corporate meetings and stays.
Call to discuss your needs whether wedding, elopement, reception, corporate and/or family reunion plans. Summer 2016 discounts now in effect, bookings for 2016 and 2017 have begun.
Comfortable and lovely furnishings, great stone fireplace, black walnut floors with nice rugs and baby grand piano make the spacious Great Room on main floor a grand place to relax and enjoy the spectacular vistas. Gorgeous kitchen is enhanced by hewn granite counters with 'A River Runs Through It' art installation and a spacious island of artful Brazilian granite plus all the equipment and amenities you could want. Find a full bath on main floor with claw foot tub.
Upstairs, enjoy our four bedrooms, comfortable bedding, fun art and a sunroom for relaxing into the trees and views. The upper bath offers a granite counter and great shower with w river view and river rock.
Our Garden Suite / studio apartment is our lower floor, with private entrance, full bath, efficiency kitchen, facing garden and lawn can be rented with the house, or separately for $105 per night, weekly and monthly rates may apply. The ambiance is unequaled, ~ nice as additional living area, additional TV, open to descent from inside, the main floor for larger groups.
The Garden Suite (Leopard's Lair perhaps? ; ) provides a special, red leather and leopard lounge ambiance where visitors can find a place of their own amidst fine leather furniture, huge old beams, relaxing warm hues, on exotic leopard carpeting. Add a dining table for two alongside the large TV and lounge the evening away! Our locked off private garden suite is made accessible to house and/or provides a 5th bedroom/bath within It includes a sleeping area with king size bed / or two twins, full bathroom, clothing armoire & efficiency kitchen. Exit right out to the Epic Lawn, the place for lawn sports, outdoor dining & lounging, providing private time for guests. *Tip: Glimpse a most intriguing Gorge perspective via the Griffin’s “secret” tunnel, looking West!!

At The Griffin House you are welcome around the fantastic grounds and invited to enjoy the stunningly located, view hot tub with great jets and room for relaxing.

Downtown Hood River is approximately a three minute drive to historic town center, boasting great shopping, art galleries, fine cuisine, theater, wine tasting, and coffee/internet cafes. It is a 15 minute walk from there to the Event Site for world class windsurfing, the 'spit' where the kiteboarders launch, and a 10 minute walk to great fly fishing near the mouth of the Hood River itself. There are wineries and local brew pubs within five minutes or so of our retreat and several other vineyards with winetasting in the general Hood River Valley area.

By special arrangement, Cathedral Ridge Winery, the closest, will offer a special tasting experience to our vacationers or talk with me about wedding reception wine and staff! Award winning Cathedral Ridge can also work in conjunction with The Griffin House for a rehearsal dinner site or fun tasting event for out of towners!

Mt. Hood Meadows, a winter ski resort, is about 40 minutes south. Historic Timberline Lodge, with year-round glacier skiing is about a 50 minute drive. Mt. Adams recreation is just across the Columbia. Lost Lake and Timothy Lake are within a one hour drive and the infamous Mt. St. Helens is approx 2 hours drive to see the most spectacular viewpoint at Johnston Ridge.

There are numerous spectacular, scenic routes for road biking and mountain biking with varied trails for all ages/abilities. White water rafting and kayaking is available on both the White Salmon (5 minute drive)and Deshutes River (60 minutes approx). Enjoy numerous options for hiking, windsurfing, and kiteboarding for all levels (The Event Site, The Hook, The Marina, and the Spit are a 3-4 minute drive).

Fine catering, flower delivery, wine tasting, babysitting, party planning are all available at The Griffin House by special arrangement.

Keywords: Garden Studio Apartment, 4 bedroom, 4 bdrm, bluff, views, spectacular, near downtown, Private Parking, Hot tub, Incredible outdoor space, with Unbelieveable Vistas and Gorgeous Grounds, Gorge, Windsurfing, Kiteboarding, wifi, elegant, private home, retreat, family reunion, wedding, reception, ceremony, vacation, elegant, photo, photography, special, ultimate


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Property Type

  • House
  • 3100 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Massage
  • Private Chef


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:


  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    Small, adult, non shedding, non allergenic, dogs may be considered, though we primarily do not accept pets...moreless

  • Wheelchair Accessible:

    Main Floor Only ~ For visitors Only! The bathroom on main floor is not specifically wheelchair equipped and does not have the special handrails, etc. but, is on single floor for entry and is roomy. Ramp outdoors allows access to patios, at weddings we book accessible portable bathrooms....moreless

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

  • Sunroom Extra bed: 1 twin/ single


  • Gorge View Bedroom: 1 queen


  • Gorge View Bedroom 2: 1 queen


  • The Green Room: 1 queen


  • The Blue Room: 2 twin/ single

    Great skylight highlights cozy bedroom, view across river!...moreless

  • Two Gorgeous Gorge View bedrooms ~ comfortable queen beds and linens. Two more cozy, tasteful bedrooms with additional queen and single beds, dressers, closets. Sunroom Extra bed, like sleeping in the treetops with amazing Gorge View for one. If you have the Garden Suite, leopard and red leather styled family room included, put a couple there in the king day bed and enjoy more space for fun Roku TV and relaxing....moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

  • Main Floor: toilet, combination tub/shower, tub

    Clawfoot tub for soaking or shower, roomy, pink/red 50's ...moreless

  • Upstairs Bath: toilet, shower, bidet

    Tile/stone shower w/ River View! Toto bidet toilet, granite...moreless

  • Bathroom 3: toilet, shower

    Garden Suite provides a third full bath & efficiency kitchen...moreless

Other Amenities

  • Be sure to consider The Griffin House as a perfect location to host your Wedding and Reception as well as Rehearsal Dinner! We host/rent out for many Events, Meetings, Reunions, Concerts, etc. with additional special arrangements and fees, over and above vacation rental fees... Photos last your lifetime, make them the BEST at The Griffin House!...moreless


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable:

    Basic cable TV provided along with Roku for streaming movies and music ~ add your accounts as you wish....moreless

  • Stereo:

    For use with iPhone or iPad. Indoor and outdoor speakers....moreless

  • Television
  • Video Games:

    Wii in the Garden Suite....moreless

  • Video Library:

    Not huge, but some fun movies located in the Garden Suite shelf....moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beach View:

    Swell City and the Hatchery most famous beaches for launching windsurfing and/or kiteboarding adventures. Fantastic to watch from home, check conditions. Live camera www ~ see it live!...moreless

  • Water View:

    Absolutely THE most spectacular Columbia River Gorge View Location! Photo opportunities spectacular! West of historic Columbia Gorge Hotel, Perfect for Weddings/Events ~ stay right nearby!! Elegant.....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Golf Privileges Optional
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Racquetball
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    We don't like a large table to take up so much space all the time ~ large wood antique from China set's up easily ~ directions on hand or ask Owner to provide set up in advance....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Heat Pump System for air conditioning and heat....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    shared with Garden Suite...moreless

  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street:

    Private parking on this acre and a half property!...moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    By Advance Agreement with Owners...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Shared with Garden Suite ...moreless

  • Wireless Internet


  • Catering Available:

    Our list of preferred services included on The Griffin House website at We will be happy to assist in securing the right people to service your special occasion with catering, wine, flowers, etc....moreless

  • Coffee Maker:

    Basic or French press...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Well equipped including all the basics plus a juicer, even a food dehydrator if you like, to bring home our world famous Hood River fruit! Ask owners!!...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher:

    2 dishwashers ~ great for entertaining...moreless

  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Well equipped spacious kitchen with 'A River Runs Through It' unique art installation in thick granite counters! Views all around!! Gorgeous Brazilian riverbed large granite island....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    Warming oven, convection / traditional oven....moreless

  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove:

    Gas/propane, 5 burner cooktop...moreless

  • Toaster


  • Bicycles:

    Rent downtown / 5 minutes away...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    Enjoy many delightful areas from which to view the Columbia River Gorge spectacular vistas from our aerie at The Griffin House, while renting our home or Garden level suite. Please view photo tours on our website: for a more complete overview of lawns, patios, landscaping....moreless

  • Golf:


  • Kayak / Canoe:

    2 on property, borrow upon agreement w/ owner...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:


  • Outdoor Grill:

    Traiger Grill ~ chip in for large quantities of wood chips, provided!...moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub:

    Our hot tub boasts one of the best views in the entire Pacific NorthWest! ...moreless

  • Shared Hot Tub:

    Garden Suite: The location of our hot tub will astound you! Relax windsurfing, hiking, boating, etc muscles soaking above the Gorge for sunset, sunrise or starlit evenings ~ share with Home renters!...moreless



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Great Holiday Wkends!
Feb 11 - Feb 16, 2016
4 night min stay

Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Host A Summer Event+Event Fee
May 26 - Oct 3, 2016
2 night min stay
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Cleaning Fee $150
  • Property Damage Protection $79
  • Taxes Not included


Book w/ Owners: WEDDING / Outdoor CONCERT / Family REUNION / REHEARSAL Dinner / Personal/Corporate RETREAT~ADDITIONAL FEES APPLY for ANY group event + Event Insurance, coordinator, regulations ~ most spectacular, gorgeous & memorable location! We are flexible on price if you are couple only ~ 1 bdrm ~ personal chef, catering, private wine tasting, etc. available. Add our Garden Suite $120/nite ~ depending on availability.

REgarding pets ~ only small no-shed, mature, hypo-allergenic dogs please with prior approval! No cats or big dogs please!

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100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 11/24/2015
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55 Miles
Nearest Airport
Portland, OR PDX
0.4 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Historic Columbia Gorge Hotel ~ Valentino's
18 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Cascade Locks
2 Miles
Nearest Golf
Indian Creek Golf Club, Hood River Golf & Country
2 Miles
Nearest Train
Hood River
0.2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Highway 84
0.4 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Columbia Gorge Hotel, White Buffalo, Charburger,
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
The Columbia River ~ Event Site in Hood River

Car: Necessary

Hood River, Oregon at the center of the awesome Columbia River Gorge, is nestled between Mt. Adams rising 1.5 miles (2.4 km) above the Cascade crest to the North and Mt. Hood Oregon's highest mountain at about 11,240 ft., to the South. Major outdoor paradise on so many levels! Many choose to get married here and our Spectacular Gorge Views are backgrounds for some of the Most Amazing photo shoots! Perched a few hundred feet above the Gorge, looking Miles West (think awesome sunsets!) to the North with gorgeous grounds, hot tub and fantastic home .... well, we call it Pacific Northwest Paradise here at The Griffin House!


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1986

About the owner: I came from San Francisco, my home town, to windsurf over 25 years ago. I fell in love with the Columbia River Gorge, Hood River and the region. I have had homes here ever since! I've owned, renovated and rented our quite a few over the years, meeting wonderful residents & vacationers as my business, On The Hood, Inc. grew. In time, homes have come and gone with ONE exception!!! The Griffin House, in its most spectacular location, captured my heart permanently, and will always be a family and friends' retreat now shared with a few, special event, VRBO and retreat new friends! Weddings, Reunions, Retreats and Perhaps THE best hot tub location in the world! Lucky me ~ love to share when it works!!

Why the Owner Chose Hood River:
Private gated property, sweeping views miles down the Gorge, eye level with osprey and eagles, a true retreat away from it all, close to dining & shopping downtown Hood River, to ski Mt. Hood, to hike Mt. Adams, to play in the many rivers and enjoy the NorthWest as never before. After finding our spectacular property and family retreat, our home base, I knew I'd never leave! Our wonderful home's been, recently gorgeously remodeled and features fantastic kitchen with 'A River Runs Through It', The Great Room and Stone Fireplace, we've added grand blue slate patios, epic elegant lawns, a mermaid fountain and mature landscaping abounds, ... spectacular if I do say so myself! Our private grounds offer THE best vistas looking West, far down the Gorge for miles and the Sunsets!!! - Breathtaking!!! Look North to Swell City and 'the Hatch', Hatchery, and upriver a ways. Check hatchcam .com for live views from our cliff! Enjoy the Epic Lawn, Stone Patio, many comfortable spots to relax and enjoy life, take spectacular photos, enjoy VIEWS, the pond, beautiful Oregon landscaping, and did I say 'THE best views looking way way West down the Columbia River Gorge'? The Garden Suite, downstairs, is fun, cozy, boasts leopard and red leather accents and looks out to the Great Lawn and Annual Garden. It is rented separately or together with main house.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Views, views and more extraordinary views plus privacy on captivating, lovely, landscaped grounds of our Gorge retreat! Prices offer so much and we are ala carte so you can choose your own wedding / event set ups within our acre and a half property surrounded by fantastic old stone walls, lawns and mature trees and plantings. Gorgeous for Wedding, Family Reunion, Special Event, Corporate Meeting, Etc. with advance agreement / additional fees. Watch live windsurfing/kiting action on the river ( and from our live cameras, imbedded in our cliffs. World famous Swell City and the Hatchery are right on the river here, viewed from our perch on the Gorge edge. is the live cam view of the two top sailing sites here, imbedded in our cliffs here. Near kiteboarding and windsurfing sites, fantastic biking, hiking, golfing, tennis, kayaking ~ outdoor life! Columbia River Gorge wineries are amazing and we especially love to recommend Cathedral Ridge Winery, just nearby!

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  • Our View of the Gorge...  Yours To Enjoy Indoor and Outdoors!  All seasons!

    Our View of the Gorge... Yours To Enjoy Indoor and Outdoors! All seasons!

  • Gorge View Bedroom / colorful comfy Queen Bed, Italian leather headboard & bench

    Gorge View Bedroom / colorful comfy Queen Bed, Italian leather headboard & bench

  • Evening gathering on the Stone Patio

    Evening gathering on the Stone Patio

  • Family reunion, so special, great photo ops abound at The Griffin House!

    Family reunion, so special, great photo ops abound at The Griffin House!

  • Stonewalls and Flowers Surround You Outdoors, Overlooking The Gorge!

    Stonewalls and Flowers Surround You Outdoors, Overlooking The Gorge!

  • Gorgeous in Fall, Blue Slate steps and patios ~ love our mature trees!

    Gorgeous in Fall, Blue Slate steps and patios ~ love our mature trees!

  • Girls Weekend ~ Celebrate at The Griffin House! Bachelorette Party ~ plan events

    Girls Weekend ~ Celebrate at The Griffin House! Bachelorette Party ~ plan events

  • Winter warmth and stellar views!

    Winter warmth and stellar views!

  • The Great Room ~ spectacular views, comfortable settings, rearrange-able too!

    The Great Room ~ spectacular views, comfortable settings, rearrange-able too!

  • Relaxin' Above the Gorge!  You Can Too! We Have a Nice Hammock.

    Relaxin' Above the Gorge! You Can Too! We Have a Nice Hammock.

  • Lovely mermaid pond on the grounds by our Stone Patio.

    Lovely mermaid pond on the grounds by our Stone Patio.

  • Griffin's Great Room inspires!

    Griffin's Great Room inspires!

  • Blue Room has two single beds

    Blue Room has two single beds

  • The Great Lawn has hosted some Epic Events and fun for all Note Superteetertott

    The Great Lawn has hosted some Epic Events and fun for all Note Superteetertott

  • The Sternwheeler goes by The Griffin House perch .... wave!!
: )

    The Sternwheeler goes by The Griffin House perch .... wave!! : )

  • Kayk racing on the Columbia!

    Kayk racing on the Columbia!

  • Historic Downtown Hood River, 5 minute drive from The Griffin House

    Historic Downtown Hood River, 5 minute drive from The Griffin House

  • Love Winter at The Griffin House by our Stone Fireplace ~ Great Room ~

    Love Winter at The Griffin House by our Stone Fireplace ~ Great Room ~

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