Columbia River Gorge Retreat~Weddings/Reunions/Workshops/Weekends(4 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:4 nights
- Property type:Estate
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:Yes
About the Property
Private Gorge Retreat! Host special events with additional event fees!
During various seasons we rent our Garden Suite by the week and perhaps the month, some long weekends so email for details regarding your specific needs please!!
The Garden Suite studio apartment, also known as my Leopard and Red Leather Lair ; ) is included with most event or wedding rentals and may also be available separately or in conjunction with the entire house and grounds as additional sleeping quarters.
Call to discuss your needs whether wedding, elopement package, reception, corporate retreat and/or family reunion plans. Summer discounts for booking early and on weekday evenings for your special celebration! Our bookings for 2017 have begun.
Comfortable and lovely furnishings can be moved to suit desires, great stone fireplace, black walnut floors with superior rugs and a baby grand piano make the spacious Griffin's Great Room, main floor, a delightful place to relax, bridal party preparation and photos shoots, private family space during event, enjoy the spectacular vistas and ambiance. Our 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 classic claw foot tub. Additional 1/2 bath off the front porch too.
Upstairs is often for rent providing available bridal party rooms, make up mirrors, fun art, amazing photo opps, and a sunroom for relaxing into the trees and views. The upper bath offers a granite counter and great shower with with river view and river rock. Fun!
Our Garden Suite / studio apartment is our lower floor, with private entrance, full bath, efficiency kitchen, facing garden and lawn is included with wedding rental and/or can be rented with and opened to the main house, or separately for $105 per night, weekly and monthly rates may apply ~ nice as additional living area, additional TV, open to descent from inside, the main floor for larger groups ~ it is fully rented this Winter/Spring 2016-2017 and available beginning June. Weekdays a great deal Mon-Thurs for $250 often!
Our 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/3rd 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 and our Garden Suite, you are welcome around the fantastic grounds and invited to enjoy the stunningly views and lounge in our outdoor furniture about the property.
Downtown Hood River is approximately a five 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) offers a special tasting experience to our vacationers or please talk with me about a private tasting, party or wedding reception with our wines and staff! Award winning Cathedral Ridge can also work in conjunction with The Griffin House for a rehearsal dinner site, special event or fun tasting evening 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 a 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 and watch the action at Swell City and the Hatchery sites from the grounds here!) Check out hatchcam.com for live views of the river and sailing/kiting sites.
Fine catering, flower delivery, wine tasting, babysitting, massage, party planning are all available at The Griffin House by special arrangement with outside vendors.
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Member since: 2007
- 3100 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Private Chef
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Considered:
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: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8
- Our Gorgeous Gorge View bedroom ~ comfortable queen bed 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 ~ weekend with event and some weekdays. If you want only the Garden Suite, leopard and red leather stylish and fun with Roku TV and choice of 2 twins or 1 kingsized super comfy bed, let us know....moreless
Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
- Be sure to consider The Griffin House as a perfect location to host your Wedding and Reception as well as Rehearsal Dinner with additional fees and prior contract agreement! 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
- DVD Player
- Music Library:
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
- Recreation Center
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Horseback Riding
- Paddle Boating
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
- Beach View:
- Mountain View:
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Basketball Court
- Cross Country Skiing
- Equestrian Events
- Fly Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Golf Privileges Optional
- Jet Skiing
- Mountain Biking
- Mountain Climbing
- Rock Climbing
- Roller Blading
- Water Skiing
- Whitewater Rafting
- Dining Area
- Seating for 8 people
- Air Conditioning:
- Clothes Dryer
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room:
- Parking Off Street:
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:
- Cooking Utensils:
- Dishes & Utensils
- Ice Maker
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: www.TheGriffinHouse.com for a more complete overview of lawns, patios, landscaping....moreless
- Kayak / Canoe:
- Lawn / Garden:
- Outdoor Grill:
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My Standard Rate
4 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Cleaning Fee $150
- Refundable Damage Deposit $2,000
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 $110/nite ~ depending on availability.
REgarding pets ~ only small no-shed, mature, hypo-allergenic dogs possibly, with PRIOR AGREEMENT AND APPROVAL plus pet fee/deposit! No cats or LARGE dogs!
Owner's cancellation policy:
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Host your Wedding or Special Event, Family Reunion, Retreat or Meeting at The Griffin House in Hood River, Oregon We are located at the center of the National Scenic Recreation Area perched above and within the spectacular Columbia River Gorge. Nestled between Mt. Adams rising above the Cascade crest to the North and Mt. Hood, Oregon's highest mountain at about 11,240 ft., to the South, The Gorge is a 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 Enchanting Photo shoots! Perched a few hundred feet above the river on the Gorge, looking Miles West (think gorgeous long sunsets!) and to the North with gorgeous grounds, lawns and fantastic Griffin's Great Room and home that may be rented for the day or weekend of your wedding .... well, we call it home, this Pacific Northwest Paradise here at The Griffin House on the Columbia River Gorge! www.TheGriffinHouse.com
Year Purchased: 1986
About the owner: I came from San Francisco, my home town, to windsurf over 28 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 out quite a few over the years, meeting wonderful residents & vacationers from around the country and world 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 Photo Shoot location in the world! Ahh, the romance!! Lucky me ~ love to share when it works!! Please be in touch ~ availability for longer than a weekend is rare FYI but just inquire!
Why the Owner Chose Hood River, OR, USA:
Private retreat property, sweeping views miles down the Gorge, eye level with osprey and eagles, a true romantic 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!!! Lifetime memories created in the many photoshoots here for Weddings and Events, Family Reunions and Retreats, etc. Look North to Swell City and 'the Hatch', Hatchery, and upriver a ways to the East as well. 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 during the week and some weekends as well as being included with your Wedding or Event.
The Unique Benefits at this Estate:
Views, views and more extraordinary views plus privacy on captivating and lovely, landscaped grounds of our Gorge retreat! Comfortable, elegant furnishings offer a uniques special experience in the Griffin's Great Room. Regarding events: 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. Outside catering and coordinators with approval and proper licensing and insurance of course. Gorgeous for a 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. 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! Your first tasting is "on us" when you book!
Links to more information:
Stonewalls and Flowers Surround You Outdoors, Overlooking The Gorge!
The Great Room ~ spectacular views, comfortable settings, rearrange-able too!
Bureau in the ivory hued Master Bedroom!
Looking out on a snowy day from the Blue Guest Room
The Floral Suite
Sunny reading spot in the summer, cozy snowy spot in the winter!
Relaxin' Above the Gorge! You Can Too! We Have a Nice Hammock.
Lovely mermaid pond on the grounds by our Stone Patio.
Griffin's Great Room inspires!
Gorgeous in Fall, Blue Slate steps and patios ~ love our mature trees!
Winter warmth and stellar views!
Art installation! '1959 Caddy ala Caddillac Ranch on grounds by firepit area!
Master bedroom suite - has some of the most stunning views of the Gorge
Wake up to dreamy views in the Blue Guest room!
A clear morning from the Indigo Guest room - similar to the view from the Master
The Cozy Pendleton Suite!
Evening gathering on the Stone Patio
Our View of the Gorge... Yours To Enjoy Indoor and Outdoors! All seasons!
The Great Lawn has hosted some Epic Events and fun for all Note Superteetertott
Girls Weekend ~ Celebrate at The Griffin House! Bachelorette Party ~ plan events
Love Winter at The Griffin House. Warm by our Stone Fireplace ~ Great Room ~
This listing was first published here in 2009.
Date last modified - Sunday, February 26, 2017
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