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The Gorge Will Keep You Busy This May

If you’re staying at Celilo Inn this May you will find that there is plenty to do. With Mother’s Day coming up you may be scrambling to figure out what to give your Mom or maybe you want to do something extra special for her this year. No problem, The Columbia Gorge is the perfect place to take your Mom this month! Here are just a few of the fun events going on near Celilo Inn this month:

May 12th-13th: Maryhill Museum in Goldendale, Washington has been tirelessly working on their expansion. After months of construction, the Mary & Bruce Stevenson Wing is almost finished. Come join Maryhill Museum the weekend of Mother’s Day to dedicate the wing. There will be plenty of festivities and celebration! You won’t want to miss this once in a lifetime event! For more information visit www.maryhillmuseum.org

May 13th: Come join the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center this Mother’s Day for their Mother’s Day Buffet! The museum is open 9:00am-5:00pm and the buffet runs from 11:00am-2:00pm. When not enjoying the food, take your Mother to explore the museum, take a walk on the nature trail, watch the Birds of Prey Show and much more. For more information on this event visit www.gorgediscovery.org.

May 13th: Give your Mom an experience she’ll never forget. With spring in full swing, the Columbia Gorge is beautiful and what better way to see it than by train! The Mt. Hood Railroad is having their annual Mother’s Day Brunch train ride. Treat your Mom to a gourmet meal and exquisite views. For more information visit www.mthoodrr.com.

May 26th: Ever wanted to learn how to make your own glass jewelry? Come join The Dalles Art Center and learn how to torch and melt glass to mold into your own, custom, handmade jewelry! Space is limited so be sure to sign up today! Visit www.thedallesartcenter.com for more information.

For more information on local events 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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March Madness In The Dalles

One thing that can be said for The Dalles is that it is a town never lacking for events and activities! If you’re planning a stay at Celilo Inn this month, you’re going to want to check out one of the numerous events happening in the area. We’ve picked out a few of our favorite events and listed them below, but for a complete list you can visit www.thedalleschamber.com or ask our friendly front desk staff about events in the area!

March 15th: If you’re a fan of great music and award winning wine you’re going to want to stop by The Pines tasting room in Hood River.  Kerry Williams & Co. will be performing live. Come stop by and listen to their smooth vocals, dance and have a delicious glass of wine! The Pines is located 45 minutes away from Celilo Inn and is always a guest favorite. Check out www.thepinesvineyard.com for more information.

March 17th: You don’t have to be Irish to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! If you and the family are looking for something to do on this day, then look no further because Maryhill Museum has just the thing! Stop by the museum between 1:00pm-4:00pm to make your own leprechaun. Youths under the age of 18 will be admitted into the museum free all day if accompanied by an adult. You won’t want to miss this fun event! The Maryhill Museum is located about 20 minutes away from Celilo Inn. To find out more information on this event check out www.maryhillmuseum.org.

March 17th: If you’re over 21 and looking for some good, solid St. Patrick’s Day fun, Ananas Copa Cabana is the place to be. Swing by between 6:00pm-9:00pm and listen to the rockin’ music of Tracy Klas, have some traditional Irish grub and sip some cold beers! Ananas Copa Cabana is a local and guest favorite so you won’t want to miss this event! Ananas Copa Cabana is located in downtown The Dalles, only 5 minutes from Celilo Inn.

March 18th: If you’ve ever wanted to learn to swing dance now is your chance! Lessons are open to every one of all ages and abilities. Lessons will be held between 7:00pm-9:00pm at the Mid-Columbia Senior Center, only 10 minutes from Celilo Inn. For more information call 541-993-3549.

For more information on local events and activities 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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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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