Discover a Romantic Bed and Breakfast in Hood River & Columbia Gorge

About the Inn

Bed and Breakfast in the heart of the Hood River & Columbia Gorge. This Romantic getaway is perfect for couples celebrating an anniversary or honeymoon.

The inn has a rich history dating back to its construction between 1906 and 1908. It underwent a significant transformation in 1942 when it was converted into a guest house by Stewart E. Thomas. What makes Stewart’s story even more remarkable is that he made this decision just before he volunteered to serve in the French resistance against the enemy forces during World War II. Stewart’s motivation was deeply personal; he wanted to ensure that his potential widow, Fanny Thomas, would have a source of income while he was away.

Tragically, Stewart lost his life during his service in the resistance. Legends have it that the ghost of Fanny can sometimes be spotted peering out from the attic window, anxiously awaiting Stewart’s return. Occasionally, she wails within the attic, her cries synchronized with the howling wind during storms. During moments of relative calm amid the tempest, her sobbing can be faintly heard. Fanny never accepted reports of Stewart’s execution by Nazis while attempting to sabotage a bridge near Rouen. She clung to the hope that he would return someday. In a desperate, misguided attempt to stay youthful and alive until that moment, Fanny resorted to dark deeds, seducing and draining the blood of many of her tenants.

Fortunately, in 1985, a brighter chapter began when The Inn at the Gorge was reborn as a bed and breakfast, coinciding with the rise of windsurfing in the Gorge. Since 1942, this establishment has been offering lodging in various forms. Under its roof, at least 13 babies have been born (and who knows how many conceived), and more than 168 couples have celebrated their honeymoons. Countless anniversaries have been commemorated here too. While Fanny’s ghost did attempt to draw blood from a lodger a couple of years ago, we conducted a thorough cleansing of the place, and her malevolent activities ceased. She lingered but agreed to halt her bloodletting.

Legend has it that whenever a child is born or a couple celebrates an anniversary or honeymoon, or when families and old friends reunite here, Fanny’s ghost finds solace, resting peacefully for at least a week. The accumulated rest periods have given her several years of respite, so there’s no cause for concern. Love, they say, never truly dies, and sometimes, late at night, as the wind whistles through the Gorge, you might still hear the creaking of floorboards as Fanny paces the attic and weeps, yearning for Stewart’s return from the war.

Enjoy your stay at the Inn at the Gorge, and become a part of its storied history, where the past and present intertwine in an unforgettable experience.

Bed and Breakfast

I’m originally from Trumansburg NY in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State. I attended Wake Forest University in Winston Salem North Carolina where I earned a Bachelors of Science in Biology and Philosophy, and where I spent most of my time playing and practicing saxophone, and working on outdoor focused research projects in plat physiology.

I later worked in neurophysiology, and lipid science research before going off-reservation and working on community garden projects while living in Chicago. While living in Chicago windsurfing became an organizing principle in my and, like any courageous windsurfer or kitesurfer should, I made a pilgrimage to the Columbia River Gorge to see what all the talk was about! I was unprepared for the dramatic beauty and spectacular climate and culture of the Gorge, and somehow found myself back in Hood River running a bed and breakfast just one year after my initial visit.

Hood Rivers Best Inn Keeper

Inn Owner, Michael Sprague

Things to Do in Hood River

The Inn at the Gorge is a bed and breakfast in Hood River, Oregon. It is located in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge, which is known for its outdoor recreation, natural beauty, and warm welcoming spirit.

The Inn at the Gorge is owned and operated, we have a passion for sharing the beauty of the Gorge with visitors. We take pride in leading a small but gifted team that are dedicated to ensuring your visit to Hood River is every bit as magical and inspiring.

When you stay at the Inn at the Gorge, you can expect to experience the following:

  • Comfortable accommodations: The Inn at the Gorge has 10 guest rooms, each with its own unique charm. All rooms are equipped with a private bathroom, air conditioning, and Wi-Fi.
  • Delicious breakfasts: The Inn at the Gorge serves a delicious breakfast each morning, made with fresh, local ingredients.
  • Access to outdoor recreation: The Inn at the Gorge is located within walking distance of many of the best outdoor recreation opportunities in the Gorge, including hiking, biking, windsurfing, and fishing.
  • Personalized service: The Inn at the Gorge is committed to providing personalized service to its guests. The staff is always happy to help you plan your activities and make the most of your stay.

Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway, a family vacation, or a solo adventure, the Inn at the Gorge is the perfect place to stay in Hood River. Book your stay today!

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Tour The Gorge on an E-Bike

Free early check-in with 1/2 day E-bike rental!
Can be booked online when booking the room or by calling in person.