Monday, May 28, 2007

The Skamania Lodge

This is the place where we stayed this weekend, The Skamania Lodge. Its right on the Washington / Oregon boarder and the surrounding area takes your breath away with its beauty. The weather couldn't have been better, in the mid 70's every day and the wild flowers were in full bloom. This is the view of the lodge as your driving up the drive to it.

We took a hike the first afternoon we were there. There are three on the hotel grounds. It was a short 1 mile hike, but after we got half way through I read the flier to find out it was the most challenging. Lots of hills up and down.

This was the view of the river through the trees on the hike. The white thing in the center of the picture is a bridge that goes across the Columbia River....from the Washington side to the Oregon side. Its named the Bridge of the Gods.

wild flowers everywhere ...

Sitting on the patio of the lodge under that big picture window this is what your view is...The Columbia River and Oregon on the other side.

Inside the lobby looking out the window. The lobby was full of rocking chairs, sofas, game tables. Its called the gathering place because it was full of people constantly. Families playing board games, enjoying a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, or just sitting and reading a book. So relaxing, especially early in the morning.
Free Starbucks coffee in the lobby day and night....ahhhhhhh.

Standing in front of those windows looking back into the hotel lobby. That stone fireplace is three stories tall with full size canoes hanging from it. I can vouch for how comfortable those rocking chairs are....I rocked and rocked...
They had a person playing the piano and another playing the flute on Sat night. I rocked in that chair for about an hour listening to them.

Paul in the lobby.

Kids and adults played football on this grass until the sun went down. It was so warm and relaxing...quite entertaining to watch them play ball too.

Paul went out in the lawn to and used the large rocks for a tripod to take this picture. It was well after sunset. I think I was the lone person sitting out on the patio.

That's a little bit of our trip.
The next day we went to visit the surrounding much fun.
We never got to the pool or to the hot tub. No time to play golf or to take a bike ride...the hotel has bikes for the use of the guests which would have been fun. Next time...
We'll be going back again, soon I hope.


Sue Thomas said...

Oooh! I'd love to visit this place, Susan!!!!!!!

Suzelle said...

gorgeous !!!!!

Mo said...

Really beautiful! I need to make it out to your neck of the woods. The scenery is truly breathtaking. :)

Kim - ScrapToMyLu said...

I found your blog from Create my Keepsake....I live about 45 min from Skamania!