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
- Eco friendly
- Free WiFi
- 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
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.
I chose cave b as a special treat for my sweetie. The setting and architecture, magnificent. The price a stretch for me but I assumed that for that everything would be elegant and we treated well. I did not feel the management had service as a priority. From untrained staff, Alec at the front desk a stellar exception, to horrible cleaning service, the spraying of awful cleaning products in leiu of getting the socks from under the bed, the mold from the shower,taking out the trash or replacing the coffee service. No one is overseeing the operation, or they just don't care. The rooms at first glance look nice but there is no place to put your clothes, hang a towel or really sit comefortably and talk. Again, management not looking in the rooms or concerned for guests comfort.
We went out for wine tasting at the winery and we're insulted by the staff there, who knew nothing of the wine and would not even explain the pours available. Stating "you'll get whatever we pour you" we planned on happily buying a bottle or two but left to avoid further insult.
I chalked it all up to being the end of the season and facility and staff tired, but exspected much more. I recommended a visit to the grounds, but not waste your money on accomodations or wine.