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Columbia River Gorge Retreat ~ Vacations/Special Events ~ View Miles West/North

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Stonewalls and Flowers Surround You Outdoors, Overlooking The Gorge!

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Last updated: 11/02/2014
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  • Minimum stay:4 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Hood River house description

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 2 story, 3 bdrm (plus sun room) w/2 bath upper floors of this 3 story home feels swept up yet stands solidly, commanding breathtaking, year round views, widely acclaimed for spectacular sunsets, osprey and geese fly bys, and bald eagle sightings. The ambiance is unequaled!

Comfortable and lovely furnishings, great stone fireplace, black walnut floors with nice rugs and baby grand piano make the spacious 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 to be shared.

Upstairs, enjoy our three bedrooms, comfortable bedding, fun art and a sunroom for relaxing into the trees and views. The upper bath has a granite counter and great, roomy shower with w river view.

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 $95 per night. The ambiance is unequaled, nice as additional living area, additional TV, open to descent from inside, the main floor.

The Garden Suite (Lepard'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 4th bedroom/bath within It includes a sleeping area with king size bed / or two twins, nice living room, great furniture, full bathroom, clothing armoire & kitchen. Exit right out to the Epic Lawn, the place for sports, outdoor dining & lounging, providing private time for guests. 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

  • 2 story
  • House
  • 2350 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

          • Massage
          • Private Chef

          Suitability

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

            25...moreless

          • 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:

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

          Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, Beds for 6-7

          • Gorge View Bedroom: 1 queen, 1 twin/ single

            ...moreless

          • The Blue Room: 2 twin/ single

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

          • Sunroom Extra bed: 1 twin/ single

            ...moreless

          • The Green Room: 1 double, 1 twin/ single

            ...moreless

          • Gorgeous Gorge View bedroom ~ comfortable queen mattress, Italian leather headboard, colorful bedding and great linens. Closet and some basket drawers available. Two other cozy, tasteful bedrooms with additional beds, dressers, closets. Sunroom Extra bed, like sleeping in the treetops with amazing Gorge View for one.......moreless

          Bathrooms: 2 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

          Other Amenities

              • Be sure consider The Griffin House as a perfect location to host your wedding and reception as well as rehearsal dinner plus other events with special arrangements, over and above vacation rental fees... Photos last your lifetime, make them the BEST at The Griffin House!...moreless

              Entertainment

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

                basic cable TV provided. Hook up to your ipad, computer for Netflix, etc....moreless

              • Stereo
              • Television
              • Video Library

              Theme

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

              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 hatchcam.com ~ see it live!...moreless

              • Water View:

                Absolutely THE most spectacular Columbia River Gorge View Location in Hood River, OR! Just West of the Historic Columbia Gorge Hotel! Perfect for weddings/events guests right nearby... ...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

              • Dining Area
              • Seating for 8 people

              General

              • 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

              Kitchen

              • Catering Available:

                Our list of preferred services included on The Griffin House website at www.TheGriffinHouse.com. 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, expresso 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!...moreless

              • Dishes & Utensils
              • Dishwasher:

                2 dishwashers ~ good for entertaining...moreless

              • Ice Maker
              • Kitchen:

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

              • Microwave
              • Oven:

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

              • Pantry Items
              • Refrigerator
              • Stove:

                Gas, 5 burner cooktop...moreless

              • Toaster

              Outside

              • Bicycles:

                Rent downtown / 5 minutes away...moreless

              • Boat:

                Rentals nearby...moreless

              • Deck / Patio:

                (3) You are invited to enjoy many delightful areas from which to enjoy the Columbia River Gorge spectacular vistas from our aerie at The Griffin House, while renting our garden level apartment. Please view photo tours on our website: www.TheGriffinHouse.com for a more complete overview of lawns, patios, landscaping....moreless

              Pool / Spa

              • Hot Tub:

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

              • Shared Hot Tub:

                The view perch location of our hot tub will astound you! Relax the day's windsurfing, hiking, boating, etc muscles soaking above the Gorge for sunset, sunrise or starlit evenings....moreless

               

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              Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
              Superb Summer!
              May 15 - Sep 28, 2015
              4 night min stay
              $675 $750
              Fri, Sat
              $4,500

              Additional information about rental rates

              Fees and Rental Conditions:

              • Pet Fee $50
              • Property Damage Protection $69
              • Cleaning Fee $200
              • Classic '61 Tahiti Boat $300
              • Tax Rate 8.5%

              Notes:

              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.


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              Location

              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
              Simon's at the Columbia Gorge Hotel
              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.

               

              Owner info

              Year Purchased: 1986

              About the owner: I came from San Francisco, my home town, to windsurf over 25 years ago in it, fell in love with the Gorge. I have had a home here ever since! I've owned and renovated a few over the years, rented them to 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 VRBO new friends! Weddings, Reunions, Retreats and Perhaps THE best hot tub location in the world!

              Why the Owner Chose Hood River:
              Private gated property, sweeping views miles down the Gorge, eye level with osprey and eagles, a retreat away from it all, close to dining & shopping downtown, to ski Mt. Hood, play in the river, as well. After finding this spectacular property, I knew I'd never leave! Our wonderful home's been, recently gorgeously remodeled, fantastic kitchen 'A River Runs Through It', The Great Room and Stone Fireplace, we've added grand blue slate patios, mermaid fountain and mature landscaping abounds, ... spectacular if I do say so myself. Our private grounds offer THE best vistas looking West, way 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! Enjoy the Epic Lawn, Stone Patio, many spots to relax and enjoy life, 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, veiws and more views plus privacy from all around the grounds of our Gorge home! Prices offer so much more. Private retreat 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 with advance agreement and additional fees. Watch live windsurfing/kiting action on the river ( and from our live cameras, imbedded in our cliffs near. World famous Swell City and the Hatchery are right on the river here, viewed from our perch in the Gorge. Hatchcam.com 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 and offer a free wine tasting with advance reservation.


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              Speaks: english, spanish
               

              Photos

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

                Stonewalls and Flowers Surround You Outdoors, Overlooking The Gorge!

              • The Griffin House Garden Suite Overlooks Gardens & Expansive Lawn ~ Very Private

                The Griffin House Garden Suite Overlooks Gardens & Expansive Lawn ~ Very Private

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

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

              • Griffin's Great Room inspires!

                Griffin's Great Room inspires!

              • Gorge View Bedroom (sideways ~ sorry!)

                Gorge View Bedroom (sideways ~ sorry!)

              • Green Room has a single, pictured here and a queen bed

                Green Room has a single, pictured here and a queen bed

              • Winter warmth and stellar views!

                Winter warmth and stellar views!

              • The Great Lawn is the view from our studio suite. Note extra large teeter totter

                The Great Lawn is the view from our studio suite. Note extra large teeter totter

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

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

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

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

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

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

              • Our View of the Gorge...  Yours To Enjoy Outdoors!

                Our View of the Gorge... Yours To Enjoy Outdoors!

              • Celebrate The Gorge At The Griffin House!

                Celebrate The Gorge At The Griffin House!

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

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

              • Gorge View Bedroom / Queen

                Gorge View Bedroom / Queen

              • Blue Room has two single beds

                Blue Room has two single beds

              • Lovely mermaid pond on the grounds.

                Lovely mermaid pond on the grounds.

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

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

              • Spring/Summer on The Griffin House Great Lawn and gardens

                Spring/Summer on The Griffin House Great Lawn and gardens

              • Kayk racing on the Columbia!

                Kayk racing on the Columbia!

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              Sleeps 7

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