|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
On the Washington side of the Columbia River, Riverglen is one of the only waterfront homes within the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area. Riverglen has more than 200 feet of shoreline with coves and two rocky beaches (the larger of which is a perfect launch site for windsurfing and kiteboarding).
You approach this home down a quarter-mile long lane that winds through tall firs and cedars. At the end of the lane is a parking area which is separated from the home by railroad tracks. [Because there are no nearby crossings, passing trains do not sound their horns, and a thick grove of trees helps make the sound barely noticeable.]
A custom-built, steel footbridge will carry you over the tracks, and carts are kept at the parking area to help carry your things. Note: The bridge is wide, very safe and easy to negotiate, but the slope may challenge those with limited strength or breath (see photos).
Riverglen's wraparound porch is just steps from the beaches, and from either entrance, beautiful hardwood floors lead you through the house and compliment the massive beams, creating a warm, inviting feel. The Greatroom's wraparound windows let you enjoy a 180-degree River view, and the stone, wood-burning fireplace will welcome you back from your day's adventures. An eating bar separates the complete cook's kitchen from the dining area which seats six.
The main floor Master Suite offers a comfortable queen bed and has a walk-in closet. Its full bath is tiled in slate and has an inviting tub with shower, double sinks and a picture window. Washer and dryer are just across the hall, along with outdoor cushions and beach towels.
Upstairs a large, welcoming sitting room holds a nice selection of games and some cozy spots to curl up and read or catch a nap. There's also a DVD (and VCR!) player with a fine collection of DVDs and some vintage VCR movies to browse through. You may want to totally unplug and read a book, too!
A cozy bedroom down the hall has a full bed and French doors that open onto a private, River-view deck. The third bedroom features a stunning view from its large picture window. Here you'll find two twin daybeds and a large executive desk, complete with wireless keyboard and a vintage leather chair. Write the next great American novel, or just gaze at the Gorge cliffs and sparkling River below!
These bedrooms share an elegant, slate-tiled bath with walk-in shower and deep, step-up soaking tub. The picture window here offers a lovely western view of the Gorge with sunsets that turn the River crimson.
But you won't want to just LOOK at the view -- get out in it!! Just out the back door to the left, a private beach is just steps away (it's rocky, so water shoes or sneakers are a must). To the right is a path that leads to a little cove with a small beach, and in between are gorge-eous, rocky outcroppings. The bigger beach has straight, unobstructed access to the river -- great for launching your kiteboard or whatever else you fly on [but please no motorized sports] You'll be a few miles west of the crowds that choose Hood River vacation rentals, and enjoy the same famous, spectacular Gorge winds.
Of course, the view to the cliffs across the river might distract you, so go ahead and let the magic of this place take over! Roam the wooded, 6-acre grounds, but watch out for poison oak (info in the house notes). Also, please be sure and keep your dog leashed whenever outside; the creek on the east side of the property is an active salmon spawning ground.
If you venture off the property, the town of Stevenson is less than 2 miles west, and the road to Carson (and on to the woodlands and waterfalls of the vast Gifford Pinchot National Forest) is at the flashing light. Head east to the Hood River bridge for all the sights on the Oregon side of the River, or go on out to Eastern Washington's celebrated wine country! The Columbia Gorge Appellation is one of 15 different regions, all producing award-winning wines, and supporting an active and growing group of outstanding wineries.
Before you get there, stop off at Maryhill! This turn-of-the-twentieth-century mansion holds several interesting collections in its museum, and is also the site of Maryhill Winery. Its location on top of a high bluff gives it jaw-dropping views in all directions - take lots of pictures!
Whatever you do, you'll want to be back in time for the glorious sunset -- toast your day and plan tomorrow's adventures. There's so much to do in the area, it won't be an easy choice - but you can't go wrong at Riverglen; it's a little slice of heaven!
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Took my kids and mom here for spring break. All I can say is wow!!! This is one of the best places I've ever stayed at. The view was out of this world, place was clean and amazing. Had a couple aunts, uncles and brother stop by and they were all amazed! Didn't ever see the owner but his car was there. Every morning I'd go out back and sit in a three wall rock spot to view the mountains and water. Cant wait to get back and experience again. This is a great place if you want to get out and hike, see of the path stuff but about an hour outside downtown. Looking to get away and recharge, you won't find a better spot! The photos don't do this place justice and you'll be shocked driving down the dirt road and pulling up to the bridge. If you're reading this, just booked it....trust me.
Our family of four (2 parents, 2 children ages 6 and 8) and our dog (energetic 8-month-old pup) stayed in this home for the weekend in March, and it was delightful. There was plenty of room for all of us, and the dog loooooooooooved everything about it, particularly the bridge over the railroad tracks (okay, we all loved that) and running on the beach by the river (okay, again, we all loved that). The kitchen was great and had pretty much everything we could need, though we did opt to eat dinner in Stevenson just for the fun of trying a new restaurant--and we highly recommend the Red Bluff Tap House. Anyway, it was a remarkable experience, and sunrise over the Columbia from the property was simply breathtaking. We'll be back for sure!
A few things that were not deal-breakers by any means but did detract from the experience a little bit: 1) we wanted to start a fire but couldn't find the insert, and when we called the property manager, he said "oh yeah, the insert went missing. I need to replace that. Sorry, no fires for you." - that was a bit disappointing as it was a chilly and rainy weekend. However, the heat works fine and the house was plenty warm, so not a deal-breaker. 2) There was a whole lot of broken glass down near the beach where the glass in a table which is kept outdoors had shattered, I'm guessing during a storm. It hadn't been cleaned up and caused some distress for us as our children and dog walked through it a few times. 3) There were mouse droppings in some of the dishes in the kitchen. Not a big deal--we never saw or heard any rodents--but probably something that should be taken care of.
If you are planning to travel to the Gorge and looking to be a bit "away from it all," then this home is for you. It was clean and spacious, with all the amenities you might want (and hopefully they'll fix the fireplace soon so that is really true--our one gripe was the insert had gone missing so we couldn't use it). The beaches are a great place to go hang out, as are the bluffs, and all are mere footsteps from your door. Stunning sunrises, gorgeous afternoons, and an easy drive in to Stevenson for grocery store, restaurants, etc. We'll be back, for sure!
This is one of our favorite places on earth! We hope to be back in the fall for our 4th visit!