Instead of going to couple’s therapy after working together 24/7, we dream of going on an Eastern Washington Staycation and get pampered in a few of our favorite B&Bs. Want to know our favorite seven-day getaway with inside tips? Keep reading!
We would stay at our Carson Ridge Mt Hood cabin. We love walking the nature paths on the property, and reconnecting with each other on our porch’s private swing. As an indulgence we’d order a 90-minute couple’s in-cabin massage to work out the kinks and knots from our whitewater paddling excursion with Zollers’ Outdoor Odysseys. Dinner on the English garden themed patio at Walking Man Brewery in Stevenson tops off the evening.
In the morning we’d have the kind-hearted interim innkeepers (do we have any volunteers out there?) bring us a 3-course homemade breakfast. Vegan breakfast for Theresa and fully loaded for Richard.
Then we’d rent electric bikes in Hood River and ride the Hatfield Trail along the Historic Columbia River to Mosier. Stopping off to enjoy a refreshing beverage at Mosier Company (MoCo). Once back in Hood River, we’d have an early dinner by grabbing a Solstice Pizza and eating next to the waterfront. The Country Girl Cherry pizza is our favorite!
Returning to the cabins we’d fill the hydrotherapy spa tub for two, light the candles and soak in mineral bath salts to sooth those cycling muscles.
Enjoy another homemade breakfast on our private porch. Then point the car east to the Cameo Heights Mansion in Touchet, WA. What? Never heard of them?! Choose from seven exquisitely themed rooms (the German Suite is our fav) and pack your swimming suit because they’ve built a stunning garden patio, which includes a hot tub and swimming pool – just for adults (insert a sigh here). Dine on site at The Vine Restaurant with Chef Nathan at the helm. Here’s a peak at some of his creations: https://cameoheightsmansion.com/the-vine-restaurant-walla-walla/
Deanne and Alan, owners at Cameo Heights, start you off with a Wake Up Service tray at 8:00 every morning, if you select it. It includes coffee, juice and a hot Danish. Breakfast includes ordering from a gourmet menu. We like to dine out on the patio overlooking the apple orchards. Next we don our swimsuits and soak up some vitamin D at the poolside (Richard never remembers to bring his trunks so he’d probably be in shorts)… In the afternoon we’d drive over to Walla Walla for a wine tasting at The Walls Vineyard. Dinner back at Cameo Heights with Chef Nathan and then a game of ping pong in the hospitality game room.
Nosh on another delicious breakfast at Cameo Heights and then drive north towards Warm Springs Inn and Winery, outside of the Bavarian-themed town of Leavenworth. On the way we’d stop at Pybus Market in Wenatchee and walk the river front trail to work up an appetite for an early dinner in the Market at one of their artisanal food and specialty shops. It’s a shoppers and foodies’ paradise with farm sourced foods and featured local artisans. Theresa can’t resist buying the fresh baked bread and jams since they’re made without preservatives.
A very short car drive later, we’re pulling into Warm Springs Inn & Winery where the exotic pet peacock greets us. Julie and Ludger, the owners, turned their 1917 mansion into a riverside luxury bed and breakfast haven. Our shoulders relax the moment we walk into the River Room with its soothing colors, hot tub and private deck overlooking the Wenatchee River. Richard has secretly ordered a room surprise–their estate 2015 Sangiovese and Chef’s hand-crafted chocolates package (brownie points for him!).
Sip, relax, enjoy a late afternoon wine tasting of Brender Canyon Vineyard Reds and Rosé. We have a late dinner at Visconti’s nearby and return to finish our wine by their firepit. Soaring eagles, wild turkeys, pheasant and the peacock seem to appear as if queued. We take a deep relaxing breath as we watch the sun set over the Cascades.
Breakfast with Chef Ludger Szmania is not to be missed! He personally prepares a coursed hot gourmet breakfast featuring local ingredients, orchard smoothies, and their own free-range chicken eggs. After breakfast we burn a few calories on their new Pickleball Court then drive to Plain WA (make sure to stop at The Plain Hardware Store!) Wild at Heart Horse Rides and saddle up for solitude at its best through privately owned trails in the forest about 20 minute north of Leavenworth.
Returning to Leavenworth’s unique Bavarian-themed town, we have an early dinner at the Pavz Restaurant Bistro – a quaint, artsy café with an eclectic menu, from crepes to steak. Back at Warm Springs Inn we sip another delicious 2016 Sunny Syrah with Julie and Ludger swapping fun stories of innkeeping and the beauty of living in Washington State.
We point the car home, pick up some fresh fruit in the Yakima Valley, and stop along the way to stock up on our Gorge Wine inventory at Jacob Williams, Cor and Syncline Wineries. Which adds to our unique selection of wines for guests to choose from when they stay with us during their Washington Staycation getaway.
Happy trails and we’ll be seeing you at the cabins!
-Theresa and Richard