Long ago, in a time so far away, life was busy and time constraints (available vacation time, career demands) made it impossible to grab much time away. So when my wife and I decided to get married back then, it was in retrospect, the economy package.

It wasn’t the traditional hoopla church wedding. It was a backyard wedding (my parent’s yard), then a backyard reception (her parent’s yard) and then away for the honeymoon (a one night stand) at the Columbia Gorge Hotel near Hood River, Oregon. Yep, one night was all we could afford and all the time we could get away.

The Columbia Gorge Hotel was pretty fancy back then. It still has some history and quite a few folks get married there judging by the pictures in Google Images. A little about the hotel is in order…….

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It was built in 1921 by Simon Benson. It took the place of the Wau Gwin Gwin Falls Hotel. Of course the Wau Gwin Gwin Falls still tumble off the cliff, down to the mighty Columbia River, behind the Columbia Gorge Hotel. Photo form Hood River Historic Society

The hotel changed ownership through the 1920’s & 1930’s given the Depression etc. Then it became a retirement home for many years, and then it was renovated in the 70’s. It seemingly prospered until 2009 when it was foreclosed on and closed. New owners have once again opened the doors the last few years and we wish them success with this historic site. I mean we had our honeymoon there! (more here)

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A recent visit showed the Columbia Gorge Hotel and grounds still very beautiful. The parking lot was full of weekend travelers. So hopefully this bodes well year round for the hotel’s success.