Perhaps Snoop Dogg stayed at Cave B solely because he simply needed a place to crash after performing at the Gorge Amphitheater. Or maybe he just needed some down time with his homies? Or was he tempted by the prospect of picking fleshy semillon grapes right off the vines on the premises?
When I was first driven to my bungalow from the reception desk, I didn’t believe Snoop really stayed at this refuge located 900 feet above the Columbia Gorge and 2.5 hours from Seattle. ”Of course he did,” replied the driver, just like many performers before him. One of the most memorable stories entails how Dave Matthews hopped on one of the rental bikes from his room at Cave B straight to the Amphitheater stage as hoards of fans were awaiting his arrival.
Aside from being the staple lodging for big performers at the Gorge Amphitheater, this is also the place to go if you feel like checking out of society for a while. Cell phone service is spotty to non-existent, and the standalone cliffhouses and desert yurts make you feel like you are roaming the earth with our pre-historic caveman ancestors.
Hiking is effortless as trails begin steps away from your room. The trails are so desolately peaceful you can hear the wings of the birds flapping above you. No joke. At one point, I looked up because I thought I heard the faint sound of a plane above me. In actuality, what I heard was a group of birds flapping their wings in unison.
With all the serenity, you may think you need to go caveman style and burn wood to make a fire and cook.
I suppose you could do that, but Cave B has got you covered with a full-service restaurant that offers breakfast, lunch, dinner, and room service. Don’t leave without trying the housemade grape jelly.
The onsite spa is another diversion. My facial with Laura was so good I am planning a trip back out to Central Washington just to see her. Was your last facial with a German-trained lymph drainage specialist? I think naught.
Still not convinced hiking, grape picking, and facials are enough? Venture a few minutes from your room and find:
1) Golf: There are a few golf courses within a 30 minute drive. Pick the right day and you could have the course and view all to yourself.
2) Concerts: I would rather stay here when there isn’t a concert going on at The Gorge, but if you are craving a slightly more energetic trip, check out Live Nation’s concert website for a schedule of upcoming performances at the Amphitheater.
3) Swimming: Cave B’s outdoor pool is the place to be during hot summer days
4) Fishing: The staff can hook you up with casting lessons, guided fly fishing trips on the Yakima River and Sand Lakes.
5) Bird watching: Raptors, song birds, and game species have enough sense to know Cave B and its surrounding areas are the places to be.
6) Other food options: TheYellow Church Cafe and The Grainery are cute breakfast and lunch options. I would stick with Cave B for because it is pretty good, close to my bed, and you never can tell who will roll in with a Grammy or a blunt.