Tucked in the middle of the Yakima Valley, Washington state’s burgeoning wine region, the Cozy Rose Inn in Grandview sits surrounded by apple and pear orchards, vineyards, and hop vines. It’s an idyllic location perfect for a romantic retreat, and when it comes to romance and casual elegance, the Cozy Rose delivers.
The converted house offers five private suites, each with private bath, King bed, fireplace, large flat screen TV, wifi, and a minifridge and microwave. All except for the Suite Surrender – the room I stayed in – also have private entrances. One suite includes a full kitchen, ideal for longer stays.
My room was located upstairs in the main house, and was decked out in rich satin bedding, plush carpet and faux fur rugs, and elegant Italian furniture. The large bathroom had a walk-in shower and deep Jacuzzi tub. Upon check-in, I was met by Mark, the owner, who poured me a glass of wine and showed me around the property.
In the main house, there’s a communal dining room; the backyard offers several spots to relax among the gardens, pet the resident cat, or make friends with the horses living in an adjacent pasture. Out front, wooden chairs and a tree swing are the perfect spot to watch the sunset over the nearby hop vines, which is exactly what my husband and I did that evening.
The next morning we were offered a choice of breakfast items, including coffee, juice, mimosas, waffles, fruit, and an english muffin. Guests can choose to have breakfast delivered to their rooms or patios or to eat in the communal dining area; we chose to eat alfresco in the backyard. Tucked away on the side of the yard, the property also has a small, historic secret space: the remains of a one-room jail. Grandview’s first jail was the size of bathroom, and though the sign still marks its old use, it now functions as a tool shed and a quirky bit of Yakima Valley history.
The Cozy Rose is set in an idyllic location but it’s still close to the draws of the region: namely its culinary offerings. There are more than 70 wineries in the 30 miles around the inn, as well as three microbreweries and a distillery.
If you go:
There is a two night minimum stay on weekends but exceptions are made when there’s a cancellation so it’s worth calling to check. Check-in is between 3pm and 6pm (or by arrangement) and check-out is at 11am. Children 10 and older are welcome by prior arrangement. Shoes are not permitted in the rooms due to the possibility of fruit tree stains.