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
Myself and three friends rented Cliffehouse 15 for two nights in late March 2019, planning on a fun girl's trip to a winery. At $400/night + some hefty resort fees and taxes, it was pricey but sounded luxurious. We pulled up to a rather rough and bare looking plot of vines with a few metal-roofed buildings on a hillside of gravel backfill, overlooking a scenic gorge. After handing us the keys, the girl at the front desk mentioned it was good I had a 4-wheel drive vehicle. We found out why when we drove around the property and saw a sign pointing down a muddy, rocky dirt road to our accommodations. There was no path into the room or stairs to the door; it looked pretty unfinished. We had to drag suitcases through a wet and muddy pathway to get into the room; the patio was strewn with decaying berries and some strange whitish splatter. The interior was alright: it had a microwave, Keurig coffee machine (makes 1 cup at a time, takes a few minutes each time to heat water), an electric fireplace, and two large TVs. The single bathroom had a high-pressure shower and a deep bathtub.I had called ahead to ensure we'd have the cliffehouse with two queen beds and one king; as it turned out, we had one queen and one king bed, but I slept fine on the couch (not a pull out) with the blanket I had brought just in case, but would have liked the 2nd queen, for the price point.
Because we had tracked mud in, I called to ask for a bit of housekeeping, and apologized. About 30 minutes later, a young girl showed up and quickly handed me a broom and electric dustbin. Okay, cool, we swept up the entryway mud, and in doing so found a surprising amount of other dirt, so we swept the whole house, which wasn't too clean. Afterwards we tried to go to the pool, but it was closed. It probably wouldn't have been a great experience anyways because it's an unheated chlorine pool that's fully outdoors, and it was in the 60s.
That day we asked around for fun places to eat out in the nearby towns, and none of the staff at Cave B really had any clue...a few suggested a restaurant In a town an hour away. There's very little within a 10 mile radius. We ended up driving 20 minutes to Quincy and eating at Idle Hour bar/restaurant. It's not fancy; I'd call it a family/dive bar atmosphere, but the burgers were unexpectedly great and the service was on point.
The next day we had breakfast at Tendrils and then hiked the gorge trail down to the river. This is a decent trail but there's no shade (high mountain desert) and the hike leads to an abandoned, shot-up car that I bet is used for bonfires. It's a fine walk, 3 miles roundtrip, but nothing too incredible. We then went to the spa to get massages. This is a very small spa; I had to shower in the men's dressing room because there is only one shower in each small locker room. Unfortunately the massages were poor and my therapist seemed significantly inexperienced, to the point it was awkward. I almost stopped the massage but kept wanting to give them another chance, hoping it might improve.
My friends and I then visited the winery. It's a cute little space with an indoor cavern area and a grassy knoll out front that overlooks the gorge. We did an $8 wine tasting and received six pours and a souvenir glass...although I wasn't too fond of the wines, that's a stellar deal, and the gentleman helping us was friendly and well-educated on the wines.
We had reservations at Tendrils that night but my friend had been pretty unimpressed with breakfast so we canceled. We had imagined dressing up for a nice dinner with a few courses and some good wine, but the vibe that morning was more low-to-mid-range resort food and indifferent service. Instead we drove 20 minutes to get truly bad pizza in Quincy, so maybe we should have gone with Tendrils, ha!
We left the next day with a sense of missed opportunity, feeling kind of crestfallen. It all ended up being nearly $2000 with food, drinks, lodging, spa treatments, but it felt ramshackle and low-quality and there just wasn't much to do. I wanted to tell someone, but the front desk staff had only been working there two weeks so it seemed cruel to ruin someone's day by complaining about things they probably can't change. I figured it might be more useful to warn prospective guests so others don't have the same experience.
Anyways, long story short, I'd give it a miss if you're looking for a resort winery trip. If you're passing through the area in the early fall during the harvest, maybe hit up the winery for a few hours and watch the sunset and do a tasting, but I wouldn't stay the night.
It's Christmastime 2018 and my wife and I agreed not to make this year a big deal of sharing presents, my wife however rewarded my hard year of work with a stay at Cave B Inn in Quincy, WA for a one hour massage, some wine, some dinner and a very quiet evening in the high desert of Washington only an hour and a half from our home.
Let me tell you, late December after some snowfall on a somewhat clear yet chilly day overlooking the Columbia River I was transfixed. The beauty of silence of this place is breathtaking. The outrageous architecture of the facility is modern, stylish and blends into the high desert theme beautifully. The sense of peace and quiet I experienced at the spa was super, and the service was impeccable
I have to warn you, this is a place to get centered, not a place for entertainment. If you dig looking out on an open landscape with snow, desert brush, a slow moving river at 2500 feet you will love this place.
The rooms are lovely, as are the beds, Fireplace and Bathrooms. The rooms however make no provision for cooking-warming or storing meals, you have the restaurant nearby for that, but no market of any kind nearby. This might be my only negative but I completely understand the esthetic of not having these conveniences.
The onsite restaurant is nice, the food more than acceptable and the service when we visited was exceptional.
One important note, I'd suggest this location for springtime, autumn or early winter, not when it's hot during summer. The facility closes down just prior to Christmas until March, so book intelligently and carefully and you will be handsomely rewarded.
If you must, bring a good book and a CD/Music player. If you want to snack in your room bring snacks, if you want to relax and find your Chi... bring a mat, a warm blanket and some incense, CaveB will provide everything else with delicate care and respect.
I've been waiting to check this place out as the high season prices are beyond what I would usually pay when I am "checking a place out." I finally had a low season opportunity to stay at Cave B, and I found out, it's probably worth the high season prices!!! What an excellent place.
It was no surprise that my wife and I were blown away by the beautiful setting and views of the Columbia River Gorge. Sunset from the eastern rim of the gorge is always amazing. However, what I didn't expect was how beautifully the lodge and rooms are incorporated into the landscape and how all the vineyards are right there lining the pathways to the rooms, spa, tasting room, and elsewhere. We felt like Greek gods sipping wine and picking grapes from the vines while we sauntered around the property. It was as though we owned the place, I think there may have been one other couple staying there that night, a random Tuesday in October. But I would imagine even when fully booked there is plenty of space for everyone at this relatively small inn.
On arrival, we dropped our bags, got a glass and wine, and wandered around the property in awe while the sun set. We encountered benches in strategically beautiful places to sit and relax between sips. We were envious of those with the nicer rooms facing west who could watch the skyline show from their beds and/or balconies. It's a wonder there aren't more gorge-side lodges like this one, but for now, this is a must see.
The lobby with it's large fireplace, coffee, tea, and cookies along with games and even remote control cars for rent was cozy and comfortable. There is a nice, but small outdoor seating area overlooking the terraced vines leading down into the gorge. It makes for a great place for an afternoon drink (water or otherwise) and a nice spot to watch the sunset. The pool also is placed in a great spot, cliff-side and while it was too cold to enjoy while we were there, it would be fantastic during a hot eastern Washington summer day. It's situated at the trail-head into the gorge and I can imagine a hot trek up from the river with a very welcome cool down jump in the pool. This is my motivation to come back with the kids during warmer weather.
Our room was in the main lodge (one of only several I think). It was pretty unique to have our own entrance up the stairs from the parking lot with a large balcony overlooking parts of the property and northern views of the gorge). I believe it was called the sunrise room, and for good reason, the sun BLAZED in the window in the morning, which in October was OK as it wasn't too early, but some might find it a problem in July when sunrise is closer to 4am. The room was very large with several nice sitting chairs, a love seat, "fake" electric fireplace, and very comfortable bed. Also a nice well appointed bathroom with 2 shower heads that my wife and I enjoyed. I am pretty sure this is their most economical room choice and it's great for the one night we were spending at Cave B on a budget, but the cave room and others I am sure are really spectacular with amazing western views of the gorge, sunset, and no concern about sunrise light. My only complaint was that the adjacent room could also access the balcony and walk past our windows and make noise coming up the stairs. It's not a problem, really, when it's not busy and quiet, but I could see how it would become a potential problem during busier times. I think this suite is mostly used for weddings or similar occasions as a staging area. If not, it should be, it would be perfect for such an occasion.
I'll talk about the restaurant in a different post, but suffice it to say, the restaurant (Tendrils) is very nice. There's a large outdoor, pergola covered deck on which I can imagine spending hours eating and drinking on a beautiful summer evening. The service was top notch, food was outstanding, and the wine, as you can imagine, is excellent.
While the lodge is really great and the vineyards interesting, the icing on the cake are the trails into the gorge directly from the property along with the immediate access to the gorge amphitheater. My wife and I spent a few hours walking the trails. We followed an absolutely beautiful loop route past small waterfalls, blooming flowers, and interesting rock formations that ended on the banks of the Columbia River. While the water is generally pretty cool year round, it would be very refreshing to wade in on a hot summer day. The "beach" is very rocky and you would appreciate water shoes if you were to head into the river.
In the end, Cave B should be on a must visit list especially for a couple who isn't scared to spend a bit more money for a unique and "goreous" experience. I have spent years dreaming of spending a few nights at Cave B hanging by the pool, sipping wine, going to a concert at the amphitheater and enjoying the river on a hot afternoon. Now that I've been there I know I am going to have to go back to make that dream a reality.
My husband surprised me with a Sunday night stay in Cavern room . It was our anniversary.
Positives: the view , of course. The amenities ( shampoos, soaps, etc) smell divine. I would have loved to purchase some. The bed was comfy. We appreciated the fireplace and extra blanket. The little metal bowl with Q-tips and makeup remover was cute.
Cons: Two bath towels is a little lean. I think 3 or 4 would be nice considering the large bath tub. I hate to pick on housekeepers because they have a difficult job, but this place needs work. Before we got in the room I noticed spider webs all around the exterior of our room door. It would take just a few seconds to wipe those away .The first thing you notice coming into the room is the view. Then you notice the filthy windows. A previous guest most have thrown something at the window glass because there were splotches in several places ( photo). The vents need cleaned ( photo) and some of the furniture needs replaced ( photo). The doors were filthy with handprints, especially the bathroom doors ( photo) .By far the worst issue with our room wasn’t discovered until we used the shower the next morning. The mildew in the grout and corners in the wall joints is really substantial, especially when in the shower and looking out ( photo).
You need better cleaning staff. We have stayed at other hotels in this price point and have never had these kinds of basic housekeeping issues.
I found the note to return the mini flashlights to be in poor taste especially as there are no typical room souvenirs like soap or shampoo.
Despite the deficiencies of the room, we did enjoy our stay. With some tweaks to the housekeeping staff, it would be a really nice ‘ experience’ stay. Crack the whip a little and you’ll have a lovely little escape paradise.
Three friends and I stayed in a Cliff House room. Our first impression was "wow, this is great" but the room needs some common sense additions. The room has one bedroom with 2 Queen beds, and one King bed in the open, separated by a duel fireplace. The only mirrors in the room are in the bath... not very practical for a room that sleeps up to 6. The coffee maker and fridge are in a cabinet that has no lighting, the closest lamp put off very little light. The Microwave was on a table but no outlet in sight. We had to put it on the floor to use it, unplugging the fridge. Also, please add a couple of blanket/throws. The bath had a nice deep soaking tub but no bath salts to use. With as much as these rooms cost, these additions simply make sense. The "resort" is advertised as 5-star, put some effort into making it that way.
With that being said, the view was spectacular. Beds, pillows, linens, all top notch. We had dinner at Tendrils, excellent. Everything that came out of the kitchen looked fantastic. Our steaks were done to perfection, gnocchi was also very good. Over-sized starter salads. Our server, Carl, was great. We had to wait a long time for our desserts - the lava cake kept exploding prior to being served.
I had a massage at the spa earlier in the day. Expensive but very nice, Ladies changing room could use a little work - small area gave no privacy for changing but there was a nice shower and toiletries for use.
The wine tasting room was VERY busy on a Saturday afternoon. Seems to be a popular destination. Fun staff. I don't drink but my companions were impressed with the tasting (and you get to keep the glass!).
Grounds are lovely, but be prepared for walking up and down hills. Pool is set down a VERY steep hill - it wasn't open but it looked inviting - again great views from the pool deck.
Overall, it was a lovely special occasion place to stay. I won't rush back but can recommend.