25 for your Second Night stay & bottle of wine.

Attn: Gorge Deal Seekers! $25 for your Second Night stay & bottle of wine.

Looking for a great travel escape package? Stay one night in any room at Celilo Inn and get the 2nd night for just $25 + a bottle of local wine.

Located on a bluff above The Dalles Dam, Celilo Inn overlooks the scenic Columbia River Gorge and the historic city of The Dalles in Oregon.
Just 60 minutes from Portland, Yakima and Bend and right off I-84, our hotel offers the perfect location to enjoy Fall and Winter Activities.

All guests will receive a complimentary glass of wine at check-in, a bottle of our locally made house red sangiovesse wine or chardonnay wine, and a
Passport to the Gorge Wineries and Museums with Free tastings and discounts.

Enjoy our patio with view and fire pit and live music on Friday and Saturdays through Mid-October.
Fall activities include wine tasting, biking, hiking, white water rafting, fishing and more.
Our friendly front desk can help you book an activity and provide maps of the area.

Relax in contemporary styled rooms with pillow-top mattresses, flat screen TVs, high-speed Internet,
and en-suite refrigerator and microwave. We have several pet friendly rooms available by reservation.

Call today to book this LIMITED offer with the “Fall Offer” code. 541-769-0001.
Offer Valid through March 2015

Peter Frampton Concert August 23rd

There are still tickets and rooms available at Celilo Inn for the Peter Frampton concert on August 23rd! Give us a call to reserve a room, and we will “show you the way” to the concert!

May discount offer at Celilo 75% off second night stay

Celilo Inn is offering a 75% discount off your second night stay in May. Just call the front desk and mention “May” discount.

Live Music Friday and Saturday Nights!


Maryhill winery concerts 2014 schedule


Sat 08/02     Maryhill Winery Summer Concerts 2014
STYX and Foreigner

Maryhill Winery
Doors: 5:00 PM / Show: 7:00 PM

Sat 08/23     Maryhill Winery Summer Concerts 2014
Peter Frampton’s Guitar Circus with Peter Frampton and Buddy Guy

Maryhill Winery
Doors: 5:00 PM / Show: 7:00 PM

Sat 09/13     Maryhill Winery Summer Concerts 2014
The Best of Jethro Tull Performed by Ian Anderson

Maryhill Winery
Doors: 6:00 PM / Show: 8:00 PM 

Friends of the Gorge Play and stay comming up in April


April 12 & 13 is the Friends of the Gorge Play and Stay Weekend in the Eastern Gorge

Petroglyph Tour & Horsethief Butte Hike, WA

Saturday, April 12, 2014 8:00AM – 5:00PM

Easy, 2-3 miles, little elev. gain  This is a Members Only hike, but you can easily join as a member, just contact Friends at info@gorgefriends.org / 503.241.3762

Washington State Park Ranger Chon Clayton will share indigenous history of the region as we view ancient petroglyphs and rock images, including She Who Watches, at Columbia Hills and Horsethief Butte.

This outing is a part of this year’s Histories & Mysteries Hike Challenge.

Please note that there is uneven footing and rocky areas on the hike at Horsethief Butte.

This is a Play & Stay weekend! Create a mini Gorge vacation by enjoying our educational guided hikes, overnight incentives, evening activities, and local food, wine, and beer. For program information visit the Play & Stay website.

PLAY •Saturday, April 12:  Petroglyph Tour & Horsethief Butte Hike, WA •Sunday, April 13:  Cherry Blossoms Farm Walk & Wine Tasting, OR •Sunday, April 13:  Deschutes River Trail Bike Ride, OR

STAY at: •Celilo Inn (The Dalles, OR)  Call 541-769-0001 to make a reservation.

Valentines Package Specials For February- 15% off

Celilo Inn, The Dalles, OR is offering 15% off our Room-ance or Snuggle Up Package during February!
541-769-0001 – info@celiloinn.com

Room-ance with a V61964_559439360744441_1560741410_niew Package.
$185- King Room with Panoramic View & Wine Gift Bag
(includes tax)

The relaxed, peaceful setting at Celilo Inn provides the perfect respite for couples looking to (re)introduce a little romance
into their winter routine.
With pillow-top king beds; spectacular, snuggle-inducing views; flat screen TV’s, and a spacious communal fire pit
– Celilo Inn’s “Room-ance with a View” package is a perfect recipe for passion.

The package includes:
· Overnight accommodations for two in a king room with views of the Columbia River
· Room-antic welcome gift bag with your choice of a bottle of our select Celilo Hidden Falls Chardonnay or Rock Red Sangiovese,
– 2 etched keepsake logo Celilo wine glasses
– Gorge Wine Tasting Passport with Free tasting Coupons
– a Box of specialty dark chocolates
– luxurious coconut scented massage oil
– and a deck of Kama Sutra love game cards.
· Late 1 p.m. check out


Snuggle Up Package – $165, King Room with Panoramic View (includes tax)

The package includes:
· Overnight accommodations for two in a King room with panoramic views of the Columbia River
· Two Celilo Inn Coffee Mugs, Bear, Embroidered Celilo keepsake blanket, Handmade Chocolate, Hot Chocolate or Cider
· Gorge Wine Tasting Passport with Free tasting Coupons
· Late 1 p.m. check out
Please call front desk to book these packages at 541-769-0001 or email info@celiloinn.com

“The Starlight Parade – The Dalles, Oregon”

It’s that time of year again: The first frost has hit and the holiday season is upon us. This Friday, November 29th, will be the 24th Annual Starlight Parade this year. Join us in the evening around six with a cup of hot cocoa and watch the themed “Parade of Trees” float throughout 6th and Webber Streets. As it winds its way downtown traveling East on 3rd Street to Jefferson Street, then crossing over and heading West on 2nd Street, where it disbands in front of the Chamber building at 404 West 2nd Street. Be sure to stop by to see Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus at The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce. A photographer will be waiting to capture the special moment when your child tells Santa what toy he or she wants for Christmas. This is the first year The Dalles is bringing back the lighting ceremony of the community tree. The Mayor, Steve Lawrence will flip the switch after the parade at seven thirty. This night is sure to be magical for anyone who attends as the downtown area has been turned into a Christmas wonderland.

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Harvest and Grape stomp at Maryhill Winery this weekend – Live Music

ImageJoin us this weekend as we celebrate Harvest

We have two weekends filled with live music on the terrace, our popular Grape Stomp, hot dog and marshmallow roast and barrel tasting. Purchase a commemorative t-shirt and create your own Maryhill grape tye-dyed Harvest Celebration t-shirt, check out the new releases in our Tasting Room and of course, case specials! Live music will feature Shani, Oct 12; Gravy, Oct 13; Richard & Tova Tillinghast, Oct 19; and Heather Keizur & Steve Christofferson, Oct 20.

Fall Ride to Rowena Crest with Gorge Friends- September 29th



Event Details

Moderate: 26.6 miles, 1,200-ft elev. gain

Join Field Representative Peter Cornelison on a (road bike) bike ride along the flat and beautiful The Dalles Riverfront Trail, tracing the south bank of the Columbia River. Then we will link up with Historic Columbia River Highway heading uphill through the legendary Rowena Loops until we top out at Rowena Crest viewpoint.

Meet at the La Petit Provence bakery in The Dalles and from there we will ride 6 miles west along the flat and beautiful Riverfront Trail which ends at the Discovery Center. Then we will trace the south bank of the Columbia River. From there we will link up with Historic Highway 30 heading uphill through the legendary Rowena Loops until we top out at Rowena Crest viewpoint at the 13 mile mark. There we turn around for a long downhill and retrace our route back to La Petit Provence. View a map of the The Dalles Riverfront Trail. This is a full-day outing, meeting in The Dalles at 10 AM and returning around 4:30 PM. Expected return to Portland is 6 PM.

What do Montreal, Quebec and The Dalles, Oregon Have in Common?


From the article above:by Sue Frause

French-Canadian Connection: What do Montreal, Quebec and The Dalles, Oregon Have in Common?

Sign at Sunshine Mill in The Dalles, Oregon.
While going through photos of my springtime trip to The Dalles, Oregon, I picked up on a Canadian connection I hadn’t noticed before. Specifically, a French-Canadian connection. One of the many places I visited in The Dalles was The Sunshine Mill, once the home of Sunshine Biscuit Company and now headquarters of Quenett and Copa di Vino wineries. That’s when I took pictures of two directional signs that included Montreal. Really, La Belle Province (aka Quebec) in The Dalles? Turns out that The Dalles, county seat of Wasco County, is derived from the French word dalle. Here is a complete explanation from Oregon Geographic Names, 6th edition, by Lewis L. McArthur:

“The name The Dalles is derived from the French word dalle, meaning flagstone, and was applied to the narrows of the Columbia River, above the present city of The Dalles, by French-Canadian employees of the fur companies. Among other things, dalle meant a stone used to flag gutters, and the peculiar basalt formations along the narrows doubtless over flat, basaltic rocks. The first use of the name Dalles in Oregon was in 1814. The name La Grande Dalle de la Columbia became established. Although the city is officially Dalles City, the post office, and common usage is The Dalles. It has had several names since incorporation: Dalles, 1851; Wascopum, 1853; The Dalles, 1860. The Indians in the area called the area near Mill Creek, in present day The Dalles, Quenett, which was also their word for trout. Lewis and Clark camped here in 1806 and named it Rockfort Camp. Another Indian name in use was Win-quatt, signifying a place encircled by rock cliffs.”

Will it be Montreal or the Tasting Room? I’m a fan of both.
But what about Montreal and The Dalles? Several overland groups with the Astor Expedition passed by the area and explored the rapids from 1810-1812. In 1811, British fur traders of North West Company began traveling through The Dalles — the company was based in Montreal. Here are more details from the website of the Wasco County Historical Society:

“The Hudson’s Bay boatmen and the French Canadian fur traders called the greatest rapids on the Columbia River Le Grand Dalles de la Columbia. These rapids became known as the “Long Narrows” and their companion les petites dalles as the “Short Narrows.” The word dalle is French for flagstone or slab, and referred to the flat and columnar basalt rock but by the turbulent waters of the Columbia River. At the Long Narrows, the entire flow of the Columbia River was compressed through a natural basalt rock chute, thundering through a channel 200 feet deep by 200 feet wide. This torrent of water created a series of treacherous rapids.”
Fast forward to The Sunshine Mill, which milled wheat on the property for more than 130 years. Originally owned by the Sunshine Biscuit Company, the milled wheat was used in such products as the popular Cheez-It crackers. The behemoth building that housed The Sunshine Mill was the first in The Dalles to have electricity, and is the only “designated skyscraper” in the Columbia River Gorge.

Today, The Sunshine Mill is owned and operated by James and Molli Martin of The Dalles, and houses Quenett and Copa Di Vino wineries. Quenett Winery released its first vintage in 2002, and is known for its Sangiovese and Zinfandel vintages. The origin of the winery’s name also has a local connection. The word quenett was in the journals of Lewis and Clark and is an Indian word meaning “trout” or “steelhead” Fish wine? Tastes fine!


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