Monthly Archives: October 2011

This November Celilo Inn Gives Thanks to Our Guests

For many people, November is not the ideal time to travel. Instead most would opt to hibernate in their homes. Celilo Inn would like to offer something that combines the best of both worlds—traveling and cozy, comfort! This November, Celilo Inn is providing our guests with the comforts of fall and the excitement of travel! Here is a list of our upcoming specials!
Special Fall Deals
The Dalles is beautiful in the fall, and we don’t want you to miss out! For the month of November guests who book a View Room for two nights will receive 50% off the second night! Think of it as a pre-holiday gift! We love the beauty of the Columbia River Gorge and we want our guests to have the time to take it all in. This special fall deal will provide you with the time you need to explore this diverse and breathtaking area! Use the code word “November 50%” when you book your reservation to receive this discount. To book a reservation you can call 541-769-0001 or visit

Tasting room at Maryhill Winery

Maryhill Open House
Want to escape the chaos on Black Friday? Maryhill Winery and Celilo Inn have the perfect solution! November 25th-27th, Maryhill Winery will be hosting an Open House. From 10:00am-6:00pm guests can receive up to 30% off wine. In addition, there will be live music, a cozy fireplace. Why not do your Holiday shopping at Maryhill Winery? No lines, no crowds, just great wine, great people and great music. Celilo Inn is located only 20 minutes away from Maryhill Winery, making it the perfect place to stay when visiting the Open House.

Newport, OR

November Contest
We’ve started up our monthly contests again! This month Celilo Inn will be giving away a free night stay at the Elisabeth Inn in Newport, OR for the month of December. The Dalles is beautiful in the fall but we’d like to celebrate another gorgeous part of Oregon as well, the Oregon Coast! To enter our contest, all you have to do is upload a fun or creative picture featuring the Celilo Inn logo, business card or brochure to our Facebook wall. Logos and brochures can be downloaded from our website The winner will be chosen on November 28th. Good luck!

To really help our guests get in the Thanksgiving spirit we will have complimentary wine and pumpkin pie at check in!

For more information on deals, events and contests be sure to speak to our friendly staff when staying at Celilo Inn.

To make a reservation you can call 541-769-0001 or go to For more information you can email For the latest updates on events, Like us on Facebook or Follow us on Twitter!

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A Taste of the Old West

One of the most romanticized historical periods was the Old West, and The Dalles, OR was right in the center of all the new exploration and settlements happening at the time. In 1876, John and James Baldwin opened the Baldwin Saloon and it has been a Columbia Gorge favorite ever since!

Street view of Baldwin Saloon

Although much has changed over the last 135 years, the Baldwin Saloon has remained a prominent fixture in The Dalles community. Through those years the Baldwin Saloon did not always remain a restaurant. Changing ownership a number of times the building was not only a saloon but a brothel, steamboat navigational office, warehouse, coffin storage site for neighboring mortuary (now the Clock Tower Ale Pub), and state employment office and a saddle shop. Finally in the early 1990’s the building was sold to the current owners who sought to restore the building back to its original glory. Restoring the sight while updating it with modern amenities and building codes was quite a task, but the end result was flawless. Pieces from the original Baldwin Saloon can be found around the restaurant; however the new Saloon has a more simplistic, modern look to it. The current owners have eloquently combined past and present aesthetics to create a warm and welcoming ambiance for their patrons.

Baldwin Saloon when it was a storage facility

Guests of Celilo Inn should definitely stop by the Baldwin Saloon, not just for the great ambiance and a glimpse of the past, but for the delicious food as well. The restaurant is not just a historical spot but has amazing food! There is something for everyone, but seafood lovers will be especially impressed by the menu. One of the most popular dishes the Baldwin offers is the Seafood Bouillabaisse—a fish stew with fresh mussels, clams, prawns and the catch of the day.

One of the many delicious dishes at the Baldwin Saloon

If you’re looking for an after dinner drink, the Baldwin Saloon is the place to be. With over 10 specialty cocktails and a wide variety of wines and beers you will definitely find the drink for you!

If you’re staying at the Celilo Inn, a meal at the Baldwin Saloon is a must!

For more information and suggestions on restaurants in The Dalles be sure to speak to our friendly staff when staying at Celilo Inn.

To make a reservation you can call 541-769-0001 or go to For more information you can email For the latest updates on events, Like us on Facebook or Follow us on Twitter!

*** Congratulations to our October Social Media Contest Winner Ed Johnston. By following us on Twitter he won our Halloween Weekend Package!**

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Fall Fun is Not Far From Celilo Inn

Many people associate The Dalles, Oregon with summer time. With windsurfing, hiking, horseback riding, white water rafting and many other outside activities, The Dalles is definitely the place to be in the summer. However, what many people don’t know is that the Gorge is also a great place to visit in the Fall! With many fun events in and around The Dalles, Celilo Inn guests have plenty to look forward to all year long, but especially in the weeks to come!  Here is a list of upcoming events that Celilo Inn guests can look forward to:


October 19th-20th:  Looking for a way to relax? Want to de-stress before the Holidays hit? Guests at Celilo Inn can not only relax in our luxurious rooms with complimentary wine but on October 19th and 20th they can also stop in at the Cascade Acupuncture Center for a FREE acupuncture session. Appointments can be made between 10:00am and 9:00pm on both days. Just be sure to call and schedule an appointment before hand as spots are sure to fill up! To schedule you’re appointment call 541-298-2378. Located in The Dalles at 1712 E 12th St, only 8 minutes from Celilo Inn!


October 20th-22nd:  Theater lovers won’t want to miss out on the Columbia Center for the Arts production of Wait Until Dark. Wait Until Dark is a classic thriller that was a hit on Broadway! The play centers around a recently blind women whose husband has given her a doll. The doll happens to be filled with heroine and a trio of drug dealers attempt to get the doll back, using the woman’s blindness to their advantage. A nail biter of a play, this is a must see for Celilo Inn guests with a penchant for suspenseful stories and great theater! Tickets are available online at The Columbia Center for the Arts is located at 215 Cascade Street, Hood River, OR, only 30 minutes from Celilo Inn. 



October 21st: Like dancing or have wanted to learn?The Dalles is just the place to do it! Stop by Cherry Park Grange Hall on Friday nights at 7:00pm for free Line and Partner dancing lessons at 7:00pm. Lessons followed by open dancing until 10:00pm. A fun event for singles, couples and anyone that can’t resist tapping their foot when the beat moves them! Cherry Park Grange Hall is located at 1002 Lambert Street, only 5 minutes from Celilo Inn!


October 21st-22nd:  Wine lovers will be happy to hear that there is a new place to check out! This weekend AlmaTerra Wines will be opening their brand new tasting room in Bingen, Washington. Friday at noon there will be a ribbon cutting followed by live music, food and delicious wine until 9:00pm. Saturday the celebration continues with live music, wine, and food as well. AlmaTerra Wines is located at208 W Steuben Street, Bingen, WA, only  30 minutes from Celilo Inn.


October 22nd: Everyone loves an intriguing murder mystery! Join the Mt. Hood Railroad on October 22nd for their Murder Mystery Dinner Train. The four hour train ride includes amazing views, a four course meal and a fantastic “who-dun-it” performance by the Skamania Performing Arts Foundation. You can purchase tickets at



October 29th: Who says Halloween is just for the kids? Join The Pines Vineyard tasting room on October 29th for their annual Halloween Dance Party! Always a hit, come in a costumer and dance to fun, funky music by local band Funkship Columbia. This event pairs perfectly with Celilo Inn’s Halloween Weekend Package! Tickets are available at The Pines is located at 202 State St, Hood River, OR, only 30 minutes from the Celilo Inn!


October 29th: Wine lovers and Halloween enthusiasts will not want to miss out on the Sunshine Mill’s 2nd annual Hallo-Wine Ball! This fun event includes live performances from local musicians, food, wine, beer and scary movies! Come dressed in your best costume since there will be the ever popular costume contest! The Sunshine Mill is located just 5 minutes away from Celilo Inn at  901 E 2nd street.


For more information on fun events in and around The Dalles be sure to speak to our friendly staff when staying at Celilo Inn.


To make a reservation you can call 541-769-0001 or go to For more information you can email For the latest updates on events, Like us on Facebook or Follow us on Twitter!





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Celilo Inn On The Radio

Celilo Inn was just featured in a radio show for Fine Wine Productions “Have Wine Will Travel” segment. Listen to Celilo Inn’s Owner Zaryab Sheikh speak about the newly renovated hotel. The radio show also gives a great overview of one of the biggest and best wineries in the Northwest, Maryhill Winery. Find the link to the radio show below:

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Take A Step Back Into History With The Fort Dalles Museum

The Dalles, Oregon is more than just a wine lover’s paradise; it also happens to be a great place for history buffs. Our guests can encounter a piece of history at every turn while they stay with us. In fact, Celilo Inn is a part of The Dalles history as well! For our guests that want to take a step back in time, the Fort Dalles Museum is the place to visit.


The Surgeon's Quarters at Fort Dalles

When visiting the Fort Dalles Museum, you will have the opportunity to see a variety of historical houses and artifacts. One such building is the Surgeon’s Quarters. The Surgeon’s Quarters is the only officer’s house remaining from the 1850’s. The Surgeon’s Quarters—which was originally part of Camp Drum (later named Fort Dalles)—played an integral part in the settling of the Willamette Valley since the Columbia River was the main guide for settlers to find their way to the Willamette Valley. As one can imagine, there wasn’t much civilization along the way so Fort Dalles was a bit of relief in an otherwise harsh, scary and unfamiliar environment. However, not everyone was thrilled to see the houses at Fort Dalles. Tensions were high between the officers of Fort Dalles and the surrounding natives. By visiting the Surgeon’s Quarters, not only will you be able to walk in one of Oregon’s oldest historical buildings, but you will also learn about how life on the frontier really was.


Part of the Anderson Homestead


Another structure at the Fort Dalles Museum is the Anderson House. The Anderson House is the original log homestead of Lewis Anderson, a Swedish immigrant. He built his home in 1895 near Fort Dalles. The homestead consists of three buildings—the house, the granary, and the barn. Left abandoned between 1950 and 1970, Wasco County and The Dalles purchased the homestead and restored it to its original glory a year later.


Mail Wagon


The Fort Dalles Museum also houses a large collection of antique vehicles ranging from covered wagons to vintage automobiles. With over 30 vehicles, this collection is a physical time line of the evolution of the individual transportation.

For more information on historical places in and around The Dalles be sure to speak to our friendly staff when staying at Celilo Inn.

To make a reservation you can call 541-769-0001 or go to For more information you can email For the latest updates on events, Like us on Facebook or Follow us on Twitter!

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Celilo Inn — The Place To Be This October

Now that summer is officially over, (although many of us are in denial) people begin to think that travel, vacation and good times are on hold until next June. Celilo Inn disagrees. Although the days are shorter, and the weather is a little cooler that doesn’t mean that the fun has to end! Celilo Inn has a lot of spook-tacular things planned for our guests this October. Here are a few of them…

Patio Party

This past summer Celilo Inn hosted a patio party for our guests every Saturday from 6:00pm-8:00pm. These guest get-togethers included musical performances by the talented Bill Coones’ Jazz Trio as well as complimentary wine tastings from local wineries such as Waving Tree Winery, Quenett Winery and Maryhill Winery. Guests could also treat themselves to an assorted cheese platter with crackers and grapes.

Due to the projected forecast that calls for great weather, Celilo Inn has decided to extend our patio party through October 15th. Our October patio party will include musical performances by Jim MacMillian as well as Larry Adair’s Jazz Trio; and in honor of Fall guests will not only be given a complimentary glass of wine but a slice of delicious pumpkin pie as well!

 October Special

Most people are looking for deals during the summer, but why should the Fall have to miss out on all the fun? This October if you stay in one of our View Rooms, you can receive 50% off the second night. Wondering what you can do in The Dalles if you stay two nights? October means it’s harvesting season, which means it’s grape crushing time for the local wineries! So why not stay two nights and take your time visiting all the wonderful wineries the Columbia Gorge has to offer! If this sounds like something right up your alley call Celilo Inn at 541-769-0001 and use the code word “October” when booking your reservation!

Exclusive Halloween Week Special

Just because we’re all grown up doesn’t mean we don’t miss trick-or-treating! Recognizing the kid in all of us, Celilo Inn has set up a trick-or-treating rout of our own, but the reward is better than a bag full of candy!  If you stay at Celilo Inn the week prior to Halloween, you can partake in our winery trick-or-treat package. By visiting (or trick-or-treating) two local wineries and then bringing the receipt to Celilo Inn, you will receive 30% of your stay! We’d say that’s better than a bag full of candy! If you’d like to partake in this grown up trick-or-treat fun, use the code word “Scary” when booking your reservation!

Celilo’s Spook-tacular Weekend 

Think Halloween is just for the kids? Think again! Stay with us on Halloween weekend and have the time of your life! By requesting our Halloween Weekend Package, you will receive the best goody bag of all. What does the Halloween Weekend Package include? Well for only $200 you will get to stay one night in our beautiful King View Room as well as receive 1 bottle of Lyle Style Bloody Mary Mix, 2 Halloween masks, candy, a $30 gift certificate to the Clock Tower Pub and Ale House (this pub is a restored Mortuary downtown!), and you will receive 2 tickets to the Haunted House at The Dalles Civic Center! This is definitely a Halloween weekend you won’t want to miss; just be sure to book your package at least 7 days prior to Halloween weekend to ensure that it is still available.

October Contest

Starting this month Celilo Inn will be starting up our monthly social media contests. Each month a new contest will be posted on either our Facebook page or our new Twitter page. Typically the prize will be a free night stay at Celilo Inn for the following month, however this month we will be doing something a little different! In the spirit of Halloween the prize will be our Halloween Weekend Package! By following us on Twitter you will automatically be entered into the contest which will run October 1st through October 23rd and we will announce the winner on October 24th. If you are this month’s winner you must use the Halloween Weekend Package either October 29th, 30th or 31st. If you do not than the package expires, so be sure to claim your prize!

For more information on specials and packages be sure to speak to our friendly staff when staying at Celilo Inn.

To make a reservation you can call 541-769-0001 or go to For more information you can email For the latest updates on events, Like us on Facebook or Follow us on Twitter!


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