Cave B Inn
What We Love
- A location with extraordinary natural beauty and drama
- Smartly designed rooms ranging from free-standing Cliffehouses to desert yurts
- Cruiser bikes available for exploring the vineyards and surrounding area
What To Know
- Pets are allowed, but a pet fee of $30 applies
- The property is closed during winter
- Turndown service is provided only on request
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Cave B Estate began life as a winery in an area chosen for its similarity to the great wine-growing regions of France, as well as for its dramatic location and views over The Columbia River Gorge. Since then it’s grown into a full-service resort with 55 guestrooms, including 15 stand-alone Cliffehouses with terraces and fireplaces, 12 Cavern Rooms, and 25 environmentally sensitive desert yurts with private bathrooms. The Tendrils Restaurant serves local, market-driven fare, including produce and herbs from the resort’s own kitchen garden, and the winery offers tastings and classes. The spa also focuses on local elements, such as basalt stones, grape seeds, and lavender.
In the Area
The owners chose their location for its splendid isolation, and the property is in a rural setting, a several hour drive from Seattle. The dramatic clifftop outdoor pool has has stunning nature views over The Columbia River Gorge, and guests can immerse themselves in the great outdoors on one of the resort’s cruiser bikes or hiking trails. Right next door is the Gorge Amphitheatre, a 20,000-seat venue that has hosted the likes of Bob Dylan and Rod Stewart, and where Dave Matthews does a short residency every Labor Day weekend.
How to Get There
This was our 2nd stay at Cave B, the first of which had been pleasant and noneventful.
This time, we rented a yurt for one night on our vacation and upon our afternoon arrival immediately noticed a significant number of wasps (9 directly visible but more hidden) clustered and swarming near the skylight. It was evident they had been there some time. Needless to say, this was an alarming issue that made the room plainly uninhabitable from any reasonable hospitality industry perspective.
Naturally we immediately reported the matter to the front office, were told they would go "evaluate" the matter, and then went to do the wine tasting in the meantime.
Two hours pass and we returned to the yurt and nothing had been done. So we went to the front office again, and they called maintenance again, who then showed up after we returned to our yurt. Now, finally, the severity of the issue had been grasped and the maintenance guy told us he would have to put a cover over our bed while he dealt with the issue as there would be "debris". It was unknown how long this would take, how much of a mess it would be, or whether they even had the tools to resolve it.
At this point, we were frustrated and done wasting our time pushing and prodding an inexperienced & unperceptive management to do right and directly asked for a new yurt which duly we received, finally, after 3 hours of our limited vacation time mostly wasted. In retrospect we should have asked right away but we simply had not foreseen the front office's total inability to grasp the matter from a customer perspective, i.e.
a.) A wasp infected yurt is not a remotely acceptable living situation and an immediate response is needed, not dithering
b.) A customer should never have to proactively spend their time to resolve a serious issue like this which lies at the hands of management
In the end, this was how we spent our tedious and disappointing afternoon at Cave B. We were scarcely given an apology, unsurprising as the front office lacked the experience and wherewithal to understand why perhaps we might be frustrated. Overall, it's unacceptably poor customer service for any hotel, but at the price point of Cave B it's particularly egregious.
Nice property otherwise and the wine is decent.
Absolutely beautiful hotel and property right on the edge or the Gorge with incredible views. The restaurant has a really good breakfast buffet and menu options. The service could be improved. A lot of young inexperience staff. Several accommodation options. Beautiful vineyards all around the property. Perfect for morning runs or sunset walks.
Beautiful location with great views of the Gorge. We originally booked one of their cabins, which they overbooked. As a result, they set us up in one of their condos. We weren't happy about this initially as the cabins are in a prime location next to the inn and the condos are considerably further away. As it turns out, the condo was great. They are independent prefab structures with great views and we enjoyed the walk to the inn through the vineyards. The resturant was very nice, service was great and so was the food. And, of course, lots of good wine! Definately recommended.