It’s no secret that Washington State does good wine, but when a winery combines tasting with sleeping at a charming inn to create an estate winery, well, Cave B Inn at SageCliffe, you had me at wine.
A 2 1/2 hour drive from Seattle to Cave B Inn at SageCliffe consisted of jaw-dropping, dramatic scenery – rivers, lakes, lush forests, valleys, mountains – simply stunning. However, Cave B is located off-the-beaten path – 5.5 miles off I-90, and after the initial directional challenges, we arrived at the Cave B complex.
Once you enter Cave B compound, it’s a few more minute drive to check-in at the lodge, but you pass a preview of the lodgings, 15 stand-alone “Cliffehouses” scattered throughout the 120-acre vineyard. The landscape is windswept sagebrush against rugged basalt cliffs that rise 900 feet above the Columbia River.
The lobby boasts a soaring ceiling with 30-foot-high stone fireplace serving as a divider between the reception desk and the restaurant, Tendrils. Check-in was uneventful, and we folded ourselves back into the rental car headed toward our room.
Cave B Inn offers a variety of 30 high-end accommodations: 15 private Cliffehouses, 12 smaller Cavern rooms, and three Inn rooms, or you can “glamp” it with a rugged back-to-nature Yurt.
From the outside, the Cliffehouses are simple casitas with sloping corrugated roofs, small clusters of guest house with private terraces overlooking the gorge. But step inside and the wows start all over again.
Hardwood floors, exposed beams, and high arched ceilings give it a mountain lodge type of feel. A two-way fireplace of native stone creatively divides the sleeping area with king bed from a living room furnished with a leather couch, club chairs, writing desk and a table.
Floor-to-ceiling windows offer a view of the backyard: the vineyard sloping its way to the craggy ridges and the Columbia River Gorge below. To the right, the heated outdoor pool tucked into the basalt cliffs. Private terraces let you step out into Nature and breathe in the fresh air.
As amazing as your accommodations are, the Cave B Inn complex is made for exploration, and year-round adventures are available.
- Food and wine at SageCliffe include tastings at Cave B Estate Winery, and food at Tendrils restaurant with seasonal and regional foods paired with Cave B Estate Wines. Cork a bottle and take it to your room to enjoy the sunset off your terrace.
- Work all that tasting off by going on a one of three well-marked SageCliffe Hikes, ranging from 25 minutes to 3 hours.
- Wind down with a treatment at The Spa at Willows Lodge.
- You can even walk to the outdoor concerts atColumbia River Gorge Amphitheater, hosts performers such as Dave Mathews from May to October And all this without leaving Cave B!
Cave B practices sustainability, from using reclaimed construction materials in their build to sourcing locally grown, organic ingredients in SageCliffe’s winery restaurant, Tendrils