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The Dalles Winery Wins Northwest Recognition

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Copa di Vino wine by the glass won a Best in Show White Wine award for its Pinot Grigio at the 75th annual Northwest Food and Wine Festival.   Copa di Vino competed against more than 600 Northwest wines.
Seven years ago,  owner James Martin founded Quenett winery and Sunshine Mill in The Dalles.  His company  sells “wine by the glass,” which translates to “Copa Di Vino” in Italian.  Martin presented his wine by-the-glass venture on the popular ABC show “Shark Tank”.   Sunshine Mill is located in The Dalles, Oregon in the Columbia River Gorge.   You can book a special event or enjoy FREE Friday night music through March, 2013.

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Restaurant With A View

Not only does The Dalles offer breathtaking views, it also offers delicious, gourmet food. Celilo Inn is fortunate enough to be located so close to so many incredible restaurants. Our guests need not venture more than 5 minutes from the hotel before coming across a locally popular restaurant! One of our favorite restaurants is the Windseeker, which combines fresh, yummy food and exquisite views.

The Windseeker is located right next to the Columbia River, providing its patrons with spectacular views while they dine. Depending on the season, guests to the restaurant can sit inside or they can take in the surroundings more fully by sitting on the inviting patio.  In addition to the natural beauty of the Gorge, the Windseeker has planted beautiful gardens that patrons can stroll through after their delicious meal.

However, the Windseeker offers more than just great views, their food is exceptional as well.  Basing their dishes on the local cuisine, they specialize in mouth-watering seafood dishes, but if seafood isn’t your favorite flavor there is plenty more to choose from. Between crisp salads, juicy burgers, and flavorful pastas you’re bound to find something you love. Stop by on Sunday’s for their brunch where they serve gourmet omelets and Belgian waffles.

For more information on local restaurants 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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You’re Going to Love Our February Deals!

With February right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about plans for Valentine’s Day! The romantic scenery, nearby wineries and luxurious rooms help make Celilo Inn a great place for couples. Romance is great, but for many, romance on a budget is a little harder, so we at Celilo Inn have come up with two fantastic Valentine’s Day packages!

Room-ance Package

This February, Celilo Inn is offering two different Room-ance packages. The first package includes one night in the King View Room as well as the Wine Gift Bag which includes a bottle of either Maryhill Winery Winemaker’s White or Red, two Celilo Inn wine glasses and a box of dark chocolate all for $175! The second package includes one night in the Delux King View Room, a four-hour winery tour in the Columbia Gorge as well as the Wine Gift Bag all for $300. These are two great packages for whatever your budget is!


Valentine’s Day Deal

If you like the sound of the Room-ance package, you’ll like the sound of this deal even better! Book a Room-ance package for Valentine’s Day and you will receive 20% off. Now a good deal is something that everyone can love!


Pamper Yourself Package

Nothing is more relaxing than a good massage. What makes a massage even better is if you and your significant other receive one together. With this in mind, Celilo Inn has created the Pamper Yourself Package. For only $249 you and your significant other will receive one night in our King View Room, two 45-minute massages, one bottle of red or white wine, two Celilo Inn wine glasses, Celilo Inn robes, as well as late check out. This is package is a definite recipe for passion and romance. 


For more information on hotel deals 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 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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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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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 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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It’s A Great Day For A Columbia Gorge Wedding

Although beautiful year around, something special happens in The Dalles and the Columbia River Gorge in the Fall. With the changing of the seasons comes a desire for new beginnings. Maybe this desire comes from the new vibrant colors as they start to paint the landscape, or maybe it’s the familiar fall aromas that start to fill the air. Where ever that desire for a new beginning comes from, one thing is certain, there is not better way to start anew than with a wedding! If a Fall wedding is in your future, you don’t have to look any farther than the Celilo Inn and the Columbia Gorge.

One of the most important decisions that goes into the wedding planning is pinning down the perfect venue.  If you combine this gorgeous season with a great venue, your wedding planning will be off to a great start! Luckily for us, the Columbia Gorge provides couples with naturally beautiful surroundings as well as charming venues.

Bride and Groom at Maryhill Winery

If the romances of a winery are in your wedding vision, one only has to look at Maryhill Winery to know that they’ve found the perfect place! The stunning views and its rustic Italian charm make for one of the most romantic backdrops a bride and groom could ask for. Maryhill Winery is also conveniently located only 25 minutes from the Celilo Inn! There are also a number of other wineries near by that are just as lovely and could serve as the ideal wedding venue for you!

For those couples who have dreamed of getting married in a church, the Riverenza church in The Dalles is wonderful! This charming church with an old world feel sits 120 guests comfortably. This has every feature and amenity that a bride and groom would need to make their day flawless. The Riverenza provides the wedding party with an old stone courtyard, ballroom, fellowship hall, dressing room and kitchen, all of which are wheelchair accessible. The Riverenza church is only a 10 minute drive away from the Celilo Inn!

The Riverenza Church

The Ballroom at The Dalles Civic Auditorium

For larger wedding parties, The Dalles Civic Auditorium is the perfect choice! Offering a room with a capacity of 400 people; The Ballroom is the perfect choice for a larger wedding reception. With its floating hardwood dance floor, elegant décor, balcony, and warm ambiance, The Ballroom is an excellent choice. The venue is also conveniently located only a little over 5 minutes away from the Celilo Inn!

If you’re planning a wedding in The Dalles, congratulations! We look forward to seeing you and we wish you the best of luck! Furthermore if you stay at Celilo Inn on Saturday during the month of October your second night will be 50% off!

For your wedding day lodging needs 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 or Like us on Facebook!

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Maryhill Museum, A Hidden Gem

Anyone that has ever visited The Dalles can attest to the surrounding beauty. Fortunately, the Celilo Inn is located in this stunning region of Oregon. In addition to the scenery, The Dalles is also home to an abundance of History. Housing many of these irreplaceable artifacts and stories is the Maryhill Museum. In fact, the Museum itself has its own unique history behind it.

Maryhill Museum


Samuel Hill

The original intention of the Maryhill Museum was not a museum at all, but rather a home. Samuel Hill was a highly successful business man throughout the early 1900’s. Playing a major role in the building of Oregon and Washington’s infrastructure, Hill was incredibly passionate about building a better Northwest. He also loved the magnificent Columbia River Gorge and wanted to make it accessible to everyone. In 1907, Hill began a perhaps overzealous project—the building of Maryhill Mansion. The mansion was named after his wife and daughter, although neither ever lived there. Unfortunately for Hill, construction on the mansion stopped in 1917 due to lack of irrigation at the time.


Not knowing what to do with his unfinished mansion, and getting on in age, Hill’s friend Loie Fuller encouraged him to

Loie Fuller

convert his mansion into a museum. Maryhill Museum would finally open in 1940, 9 years after Samuel Hill’s death.


Today, the Museum is one of the Columbia Gorge’s hidden treasures and it is only 30 minutes from the Celilo Inn! Every year Maryhill brings in new exhibits, but there are always a few crowd favorites that can be seen every visit. Although there are exhibits from all over the world, many of the items in the Museum are pieces of history from right here inThe Dalles.  There is more to Maryhill than just the museum however. Surrounding the Museum is a breathtaking, sprawling garden. The garden is home to not only exotic plants and intricate sculptures, but to peacocks as well that roam the grounds.


Many visitors to Maryhill Museum pack a picnic lunch, and stop at one of the many wineries along the way to purchase a bottle of wine. After exploring the museum, they sit in the garden, having lunch under the trees and watching the peacocks and the view.


Peacock at Maryhill Museum

Visiting the Maryhill Museum is an experience unlike any other and Celilo Inn is fortunate enough to be located near by.


To find out other places to visit while you stay at Celilo Inn you can call us at 541-769-0001 or email us at info@celiloinn.com. To find out the latest events and deals you can visit us at www.celiloinn.com or Like us on Facebook!



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Celilo Inn Mentioned in Oregon Live

Celilo Inn and Maryhill Winery have a great partnership. This is highlighted in the recent blog post from the Oregon Live Blog. To read more about the amazing hospitality that Celilo Inn, Maryhill Winery and the Columbia Gorge has to offer, you can click on the below link.



See you in The Dalles!

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