Dayle and I celebrated our 47 years on Saturday. We returned to the Columbia Gorge Hotel for our anniversary dinner. We drove east in clouds and rain but were happy to see lots of blue sky and sunshine when we neared in Hood River. :-)
My knee was acting up so Dayle dropped me off at the lobby and took my camera to get some photos for me. Sweet man. I waited for our table in the lobby on the round settee while looking into the Valentino Lounge.
The daffodils were in bloom!
The grounds of the hotel are wonderful.. there is a creek running through that flows to the edge of the cliff and becomes Wah Gwin Gwin Falls. I love this stone bridge over the creek.
Here is the creek rushing to the edge..
Dayle walked over the wooden bridge to photograph the other side of the creek rushing to the edge.
And here is the falls tumbling down the cliff and under the railroad bridge to the Columbia River.
How cool is it that the waterfall is right behind the hotel? See the multi-paned windows in the hotel? That's where the dining room is, a wonderful view.
He made the whole loop around the hotel and snapped this garden sculpture which is in front of the lobby entrance in the garden area.
I snapped a shot of the Forsythia through the old wavy glass window.. I thought the image turned out kind of neat.
Our waiter in the restaurant remembered us from last year and showed us his darling daughter that was born since we last were there. :-)
He offered to take a snap of us.
We both had Chicken Chardonnay - Chicken breast with mushrooms, garlic, sun-dried tomatoes in a Chardonnay cream sauce. It was delish!
The view is wonderful, and they brought us a complimentary dessert as it was our anniversary.
It was nummy!
As we left I snapped a photo of this lovely oil painting in the entrance of the lobby.. it sets such a mood as you enjoy this vintage hotel.
A final look back.. we had a lovely time.
As we pulled out I got this last shot of the entrance, the gardens, the sign and the hotel. What a wonderful place.
As we enjoyed the drive home a lovely sunset was beginning, so when we took the Corbett exit I drove us on up to Vista House to snap some photos. This is what we found when we got there.. perfect!
It's kind of amazing how the sunset changes by the second as the sun descends below the horizon. The lights came on in the beautiful lamp posts that circle Vista House.
I raised my arms high to get a shot of the sunset reflected in the windows of Vista House. :-) I'm happy with this one!
Day is done.. gone the sun..
This was us 47 years ago. My how time flies.
Thanks for sharing our day with us. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)