A Desert Wellness Oasis
Author: Lauren Hunsberger | Photography: Taryn Emerick | Posted In: Reflections | June 2021
After a short drive over Snoqualmie Pass and through the Wild Horse wind farms, where jagged western Washington mountains give way to smooth eastern rolling hills, families and friends can soak in stunning views of Columbia River Gorge, sip some local wine, indulge in the outdoors, and enjoy a respite that feels far from the city at SageCliffe Resort & Spa.
There isn’t a bland hotel room or bad view to be found on SageCliffe’s property, previously known as Cave B Inn. The options include everything from luxury, fully appointed desert yurts tucked within 100 acres of vineyards to Tuscan-inspired cliff houses to ultra-modern minimalist ridge condos and even private homes. Guests can have their choice of style and size, and none will disappoint.
Taking sweet and earthy notes—like lavender and sage—from the surrounding rustic landscape, the on-site Aveda Spa at SageCliffe incorporates indigenous desert elements into luxury treatments. Relax and restore with a full-body massage, indulgent facial or body scrub before setting off for an adventure in the sunshine.
Whether you seek endless grapevine-lined country roads for cycling or miles of wild waterfront hiking trails, you can leave right from your room for the adventure of your dreams. If you’re up for a short drive, head to the Frenchman Coulee for a truly historically trek, or book a boat for an epic fishing trip on the river to try your hand at catching the local, yet world-renowned salmon or sturgeon. If you’d rather relax, stay on site and swim leisurely laps in the heated cliff-side pool.
Wining and Dining
Tendrils restaurant is the primary place to eat, and it has a menu inspired by the local gardens that includes a wide range of fresh fare for guests. With a new look and executive chef, Dezmon Campos, you can enjoy farm-to-table-inspired breakfast, lunch or dinner experiences while watching the sun move over the gorge. Naturally, Cave B is the featured wine, and you can try all the varietals while overlooking the actual vines. If you want to keep sipping, pop into the wine tasting room for a few more glasses.
Site seeing, Sounds and the Surroundings
Apart from camping sites, the options for staying along this stretch of the Columbia River Gorge are extremely limited. SageCliffe is the premier property to book if you plan on visiting the famed Gorge Amphitheatre for a show, as it’s in walking distance. Some of the artists that perform at the venue are also known to stay and play at the property and have certainly left their mark.
For more information, visit sageclifferesortandspa.com.
Columbia River By the Numbers
- The Columbia River is 1,243 miles long.
- It’s the 7th longest river in the country.
- Its origin is in British Columbia.
- It is the largest hydroelectric power-producing river in North America with 14 dams in two countries.
- In some areas, the Columbia River Gorge is 4,000 feet deep.
- According to many records, the Columbia River Gorge basin has been inhabited for 15,000 years.