Along the southern banks of the Columbia River lies the ever popular destination of Hood River, Oregon. Right in the heart of it all, and in the shadow of Mount Hood is the Villa Columbia Bed and Breakfast. The Villa Columbia is a beautifully restored Craftsman Style home, which was originally built in 1911, but completely renovated in 2005. There are five distinctly furnished rooms; most have Jacuzzi tubs and rain showers, and each have a European flair, which would stand to reason since the owners hail from the former Yugoslavia.
Located in the historic downtown of Hood River, the Villa Columbia is within walking distance to many great shops, restaurants, wineries and art galleries. If wind sports are your thing, the Inn is just a short distance to one of the most popular areas on the Columbia Gorge. For winter sports, Mount Hood is only a 35-mile drive.
Villa Columbia is situated in a geographic area abundant with activities and is just 70 miles east of Portland. While I was there I enjoyed hikes to waterfalls; drives through local farm land where I picked my own cherries and blueberries; walks along Main Street; and, a couple of trips to the beach along the Columbia River to witness the excitement of kite boarding and wind surfing.
Breakfast at the Villa Columbia is scrumptious and served in thee-courses. Local ingredients are often used to create a unique experience that reminded me of being in Europe. Each morning of my stay I enjoyed a fresh fruit berry parfait with vanilla yogurt. Some of the other items/dished included:
- Whole wheat blueberry scone
- Ham & cheese breakfast calzone
- Twice baked croissant with cherry compote and chicken sausage
- Spinach quiche with sliced cantaloupe accompanied with sausage in puff pastry
Throughout the day refreshments are available, from stocked mini-fridges with soda and water, to cookies, fruit (like a fresh bowl of cherries while I was there) and a number of candy dishes…all the comforts of home.
Boba and Vlada, the owners and innkeepers, live on-site and are very gracious hosts…they’ll do everything they can to ensure you have a pleasant and memorable stay. I saw Boba go out of her way to accommodate guests with special food needs—and, she’s a great resource for things to do in-and-around the Hood River area.
Hood River is a really cool place to visit with lots of great amenities and activities…staying at the Villa Columbia is a wonderfully convenient place to make your headquarters while exploring the area.
Note: The convenient location of the Villa Columbia might also be a slight hindrance to those who are sensitive to street noise. A couple of the rooms face Oak Street, the main road through town, which can be a bit loud at times( although during the evening hours it’s not bad). If you feel this might be an issue, you may want to request one of the three rooms that face the river side.
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