Monthly Archives: November 2011

Big Jim’s Is A Big Hit

Diners have always held a place in our hearts (and our stomachs!) Perhaps it is the nostalgic quality about them, or maybe it’s the fact that the food, although simple, is just really that good. The Dalles is fortunate enough to have one such eating establishment in its own backyard! Big Jim’s Drive In, located just a few minutes down the road from Celilo Inn, is a must for guests that are craving some old school delicious food!
Established in 1968, Big Jim’s has been a town favorite for over 40 years! Known for their burgers and milk shakes, all their food is made from scratch. Although the main menu consists of burgers, fries and shakes, this is no fast food restaurant. Each mouth-watering menu item is made with the love, care and expertise.
Furthermore, although simple, the interior of Big Jim’s is comfortable, clean and the staff is incredibly welcoming and friendly. If the quality food isn’t tempting enough to bring you in, than the customer service surely will! No matter what time of year you visit The Dalles, make sure to put Big Jim’s on your itinerary.

Big Jim’s is located at 2938 E. 2nd St, only 5 minutes down the road from Celilo Inn.

For more information on fun and delicious places to eat in the area 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 www.celiloinn.com. For more information you can email info@celiloinn.com. For the latest updates on events, Like us on Facebook or Follow us on Twitter!

**Congratulations to this months contest winner Laurel MacSchweitzer! She won 1 free night in December at the Elisabeth Inn in Newport, OR!**
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The Glass Onion: A Delicious Choice

The Columbia Gorge has may great restaurants throughout the area. With scrumptious restaurants located in The Dalles, and neighboring towns such as Hood River and Goldendale, WA, guests of Celilo Inn will never go hungry! One of such restaurants to check out is The Glass Onion.
The Glass Onion is one part cozy, one part unique, one part delicious and one part sustainable. As a renovated country house, and open for both lunch and dinner, the overall ambiance of the building is incredibly inviting any time of day. The interior is a hybrid of rustic charm and modern aesthetics. However, while a great vibe is important for repeat customers, what really brings people back is the quality of food, and The Glass Onion has plenty of that to offer!

The menu has a variety of both traditional items, such as the Angus burger on focaccia bread with aioli, as well as unique, signature items like the forest mushroom risotto with parmesan. There is also a kids menu for patrons twelve years or younger. One of The Glass Onion’s missions is to serve food made from locally grown produce. This means that every delicious item on the menu has been made in a sustainable way through supporting local farmers and fishermen.The Glass Onion also has an extensive wine and beer menu, all of which are made right here in the Columbia River Gorge! For guests who want something non-alcoholic, they also have a great selection of non alcoholic beverages, so you won’t go thirsty!

The Glass Onion is open for lunch on Wednesdays and lunch and dinner Thursday through Saturday. You’ll find the restaurant located at 604 S. Columbus Ave, Goldendale, WA 98620, only 45 minutes from Celilo Inn!

For more information on fun and delicious places to eat in the area 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 www.celiloinn.com. For more information you can email info@celiloinn.com. For the latest updates on events, Like us on Facebook or Follow us on Twitter!

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There’s More Than Just Thanksgiving Going On In the Gorge This November!

Although smaller than a city, The Dalles and Hood River, Oregon have a lot going on! Sometimes bigger isn’t always better and this month the Columbia Gorge proves that by having countless events and activities ever week! If you’re staying at the Celilo Inn this month and are wondering what to do when you get here, this post will provide you with some great ideas. However, for the most up-to-date event calendar be sure to check out www.thedalleschamber.com or www.hoodriver.org!

 

November 16th:  Love doing crafts? If the answer is “yes” than you’ll want to sign up for Country Living Class: Soap Making! Held from 6:30pm-8:30pm, you will learn how to create your very own soap out of olive oil, soy, and coconut oils as well as steamed distilled oils. All participants will leave with a recipe as well as their very own hand crafted soap. Participants must call 541-386-2055 to register for the class. The class will be held at Rockford Grange 4520 Barrett Dr,Hood River,Oregon, only 40 minutes from Celilo Inn!

 

November 17th:  With the cost of food nowadays, many people are growing their own. However, often times they grow too much and when this happens, they regretfully end up wasting much of it. If this sounds like you, The Dalles has just the thing! Stop by the Zion Lutheran Church between 1:00pm-3:30pm and learn how to preserve your food with their Fall and Winter Food Preservation Class: Food Drying Basics. The class will cover how to preserve fruits, vegetables, meats and even canned goods into delicious dehydrated treats. The class costs $10 for supplies and there is a $5 registration fee. For more information call 541-386-3343. Fall and Winter Food Preservation Class is located at 101 W. 10th St in The Dalles, only 10 minutes from Celilo Inn.

 

November 17th:If you love dancing, or you’ve always wanted to learn you’ll need to stop by The Dalles Civic Auditorium. From 7:00pm-9:00pm, you can stop by for square dancing lessons! The first two lessons are free and any lessons after will be $2. The Dalles Civic Auditorium is located at   323 E. 4th St, only 10 minutes from Celilo Inn!

 

November 19th: Cozying up next to a campfire, while listening to soulful music is just what we need! Stop by the Imperial River Company for their 10th anniversary. You’ll get to hang out by the warm camp fire while listening to the popular singer songwriter Will West free of charge! The Imperial River Company is located at 304 Bakeoven Rd,Maupin,OR, a pleasant 55 minute drive from Celilo Inn.

 

November 19-20, 23, 25-27, 30th: For those who truly believe, come join Mt. Hood Railroad on the Polar Express! Based on the popular children’s book by the same name, the Polar Express is for children of all ages, from 1 to 92! A ride on the Polar Express includes hot chocolate and cookies. When the train reaches the “North Pole,” Santa will hand out a Christmas bell to every child. Everyone is encouraged to dress in their comfy pajamas. For more information you can visit http://www.mthoodrr.com. Guests will board the train at 110 Railroad St, Hood River, only 30 minutes from the Celilo Inn!

 

November 25th-27th: This event is perfect for wine lovers! During Thanksgiving Weekend, the wineries of the Columbia Gorge will be hosting at Open House! Stop by one of 30 wineries for special releases, huge discounts, delicious treats, music and much more! For a complete list of wineries you can visit http://www.columbiagorgewine.com.

 

For more information on what’s going on 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 www.celiloinn.com. For more information you can email info@celiloinn.com. For the latest updates on events, Like us on Facebook or Follow us on Twitter!

 

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Travel Oregon Magazine and Celilo Inn

Travel Oregon, the ultimate site for all things Oregon recently wrote an excellent blog post on The Dalles. Celilo Inn, among other great establishments in The Dalles was mentioned. You can read the blog post here:

 

http://blog.traveloregon.com/magazine/winter-2011/the-dalles/

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Snuggle Up at Celilo Inn

Although it’s hard to believe, winter is just around the corner! When we asked Celilo Inn guests what came to mind when someone said “winter” and the answers were uniformly clear. Winter brings to mind fun, seasonal activities such as skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing. However, it also brings to mind sipping hot cocoa or hot apple cider as you curl up with a loved one while watching a heartwarming movie. Having listened to our guests, we’ve come up with what we consider a pretty good winter package—the Snuggle Up at Celilo Inn package.

 

Oregon is blessed with a variety of terrains, and climates. In the winter, Oregon’s iconic Mt. Hood becomes the state’s playground. Once the snow comes (which should be any day now!) avid skiers and snowboarders flock to the mountain. However, Mt. Hood isn’t just for the pros! People of all ages and experience levels are welcomed to play in the fluffy snow. Snow tubing is one of the more popular activities for individuals who want to experience the outdoors but aren’t interested in skiing and snowboarding. For those who want to learn, the friendly staff at Mt. Hood Skibowl provides lessons and rentals for beginners. Mt. Hood Skibowl also provides snowshoeing, snowmobiling, X-country skiing, and the popular sleigh ride! Fortunately, Mt. Hood is a little over an hour away from Celilo Inn, and the drive is absolutely stunning! And after a day on the mountain, what better way to relax than to Snuggle Up at Celilo Inn!

 

So what does the Snuggle Up package include? For $149.00 you will receive one night in our magnificent King View room which overlooks the mighty Columbia River and The Dalles Dam. It also includes one fuzzy Celilo Bear, one Keepsake Celilo blanket, two Celilo Mugs, hot apple cider and hot cocoa as well as a complimentary glass of wine at check-in! Now, if that doesn’t sound like a cozy, comforting package after a cold winter’s day, we don’t know what does!

 

Snuggle Up at Celilo Inn

 

For more information on hotel 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 www.celiloinn.com. For more information you can email info@celiloinn.com. For the latest updates on events, Like us on Facebook or Follow us on Twitter!

 

 

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