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Columbia River Gorge Retreat ~ Vacations/Special Events ~ View Miles West/North

Claire Griffin

Member since: 2007
Speaks English, Spanish
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights

Claire Griffin

Member since: 2007
Speaks English, Spanish
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Columbia River Gorge Retreat ~ Vacations/Special Events ~ View Miles West/North

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday home in Hood River - The Griffin House

Private Bluff Retreat! 3bd/2ba+sunroom +Suite ~ Overlooking & Part Of the Gorge!

The Griffin House nests, like its mythological namesake, on a secluded acre and a half on the lofty cliffs that form the gorgeous Columbia River Gorge. The 2 story, 3 bdrm (plus sun room) w/2 bath upper floors of this 3 story home feels swept up yet stands solidly, commanding breathtaking, year round views, widely acclaimed for spectacular sunsets, osprey and geese fly bys, and bald eagle sightings. The ambiance is unequaled!

Comfortable and lovely furnishings, great stone fireplace, black walnut floors with nice rugs and baby grand piano make the spacious main floor a grand place to relax and enjoy the spectacular vistas. Gorgeous kitchen is enhanced by hewn granite counters with 'A River Runs Through It' art installation and a spacious island of artful Brazilian granite plus all the equipment and amenities you could want. Find a full bath on main floor with claw foot tub to be shared.

Upstairs, enjoy our three bedrooms, comfortable bedding, fun art and a sunroom for relaxing into the trees and views. The upper bath has a granite counter and great, roomy shower with w river view.

Our Garden Suite studio apartment is our lower floor, with private entrance, full bath, efficiency kitchen, facing garden and lawn can be rented with the house, or separately for $95 per night. The ambiance is unequaled, nice as additional living area, additional TV, open to descent from inside, the main floor.

The Garden Suite (Lepard's Lair perhaps? ; ) provides a special, red leather and leopard lounge ambiance where visitors can find a place of their own amidst fine leather furniture, huge old beams, relaxing warm hues, on exotic leopard carpeting. Add a dining table for two alongside the large TV and lounge the evening away! Our locked off private garden suite is made accessible to house and/or provides a 4th bedroom/bath within It includes a sleeping area with king size bed / or two twins, nice living room, great furniture, full bathroom, clothing armoire & kitchen. Exit right out to the Epic Lawn, the place for sports, outdoor dining & lounging, providing private time for guests. Glimpse a most intriguing Gorge perspective via the Griffin’s “secret” tunnel, looking West!!

At The Griffin House you are welcome around the fantastic grounds and invited to enjoy the stunningly located, view hot tub with great jets and room for relaxing.

Downtown Hood River is approximately a three minute drive to historic town center, boasting great shopping, art galleries, fine cuisine, theater, wine tasting, and coffee/internet cafes. It is a 15 minute walk from there to the Event Site for world class windsurfing, the 'spit' where the kiteboarders launch, and a 10 minute walk to great fly fishing near the mouth of the Hood River itself. There are wineries and local brew pubs within five minutes or so of our retreat and several other vineyards with winetasting in the general Hood River Valley area.

By special arrangement, Cathedral Ridge Winery, the closest, will offer a special tasting experience to our vacationers or talk with me about wedding reception wine and staff! Award winning Cathedral Ridge can also work in conjunction with The Griffin House for a rehearsal dinner site or fun tasting event for out of towners!

Mt. Hood Meadows, a winter ski resort, is about 40 minutes south. Historic Timberline Lodge, with year-round glacier skiing is about a 50 minute drive. Mt. Adams recreation is just across the Columbia. Lost Lake and Timothy Lake are within a one hour drive and the infamous Mt. St. Helens is approx 2 hours drive to see the most spectacular viewpoint at Johnston Ridge.

There are numerous spectacular, scenic routes for road biking and mountain biking with varied trails for all ages/abilities. White water rafting and kayaking is available on both the White Salmon (5 minute drive)and Deshutes River (60 minutes approx). Enjoy numerous options for hiking, windsurfing, and kiteboarding for all levels (The Event Site, The Hook, The Marina, and the Spit are a 3-4 minute drive).

Fine catering, flower delivery, wine tasting, babysitting, party planning are all available at The Griffin House by special arrangement.

Keywords: Garden Studio Apartment, 4 bedroom, 4 bdrm, bluff, views, spectacular, near downtown, Private Parking, Hot tub, Incredible outdoor space, with Unbelieveable Vistas and Gorgeous Grounds, Gorge, Windsurfing, Kiteboarding, wifi, elegant, private home, retreat, family reunion, wedding, reception, ceremony, vacation, elegant, photo, photography, special, ultimate

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  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Claire Griffin (Owner)
Member since: 2007
Speaks English, Spanish

About Claire Griffin

I came from San Francisco, my home town, to windsurf over 25 years ago in it, fell in love with the Gorge. I have had a home here ever since! I've owned and renovated a few over the years, rented them to wonderful residents & vacationers as my business, On The Hood, Inc. grew. In time, homes have come and gone with ONE exception!!! The Griffin House, in its most spectacular location captured my heart permanently, and will always be a family and friends' retreat now shared with a few, special VRBO new friends! Weddings, Reunions, Retreats and Perhaps THE best hot tub location in the world!

Claire Griffin purchased this house in 1986

Why Claire Griffin chose Hood River

Private gated property, sweeping views miles down the Gorge, eye level with osprey and eagles, a retreat away from it all, close to dining & shopping downtown, to ski Mt. Hood, play in the river, as well. After finding this spectacular property, I knew I'd never leave! Our wonderful home's been, recently gorgeously remodeled, fantastic kitchen 'A River Runs Through It', The Great Room and Stone Fireplace, we've added grand blue slate patios, mermaid fountain and mature landscaping abounds, ... spectacular if I do say so myself. Our private grounds offer THE best vistas looking West, way down the Gorge for miles and the sunsets - breathtaking! ... Look North to Swell City and 'the Hatch', Hatchery, and upriver a ways. Check hatchcam .com for live views! Enjoy the Epic Lawn, Stone Patio, many spots to relax and enjoy life, VIEWS, the pond, beautiful Oregon landscaping, and did I say 'THE best views looking way way West down the Columbia River Gorge'? The Garden Suite, downstairs, is fun, cozy, boasts leopard and red leather accents and looks out to the Great Lawn and Annual Garden. It is rented separately or together with main house.

What makes this house unique

Views, veiws and more views plus privacy from all around the grounds of our Gorge home! Prices offer so much more. Private retreat within our acre and a half property surrounded by fantastic old stone walls, lawns and mature trees and plantings. Gorgeous for Wedding, family reunion, special event with advance agreement and additional fees. Watch live windsurfing/kiting action on the river ( and from our live cameras, imbedded in our cliffs near. World famous Swell City and the Hatchery are right on the river here, viewed from our perch in the Gorge. Hatchcam.com is the live cam view of the two top sailing sites here, imbedded in our cliffs here. Near kiteboarding and windsurfing sites, fantastic biking, hiking, golfing, tennis, kayaking ~ outdoor life! Columbia River Gorge wineries are amazing and we especially love to recommend Cathedral Ridge Winery, just nearby and offer a free wine tasting with advance reservation.

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Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights
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Columbia River Gorge Retreat ~ Vacations/Special Events ~ View Miles West/North
average rating of 5.0 based on 1 reviews
Little Rock

The Griffin House

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely Breath-taking Views of the Columbia River. The pictures on this website do not do this beautiful house justice--much larger interior than we thought it would have, gorgeous well sized kitchen, stone-paved shower with river view. Large screen TV, baby grand piano, plus gorgeous well-furnished living room with huge glass windows for the view. Huge patio space with hot tub overlooking THE best view of the river valley, not to mention plenty of comfortable patio seating with fire hearth. Beautiful mermaid statue and small pond out front. Our host was excellent, made wonderful recommendations for our stay and took great care of us. The only downside I would have to say is the master bedroom, which is small, but still has a fabulous view of the river. Great location on the outskirt Hood River, easy assess to local beer taprooms, wine tasting, downtown shops, and waterfront beach park. Would highly recommend to family and friends. Just Beautiful.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 14, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your glowing review! Our family appreciates your positive comments and as for the Master Bedroom size, we agree and this season are adding a pop out skylight/dormer to enlarge the room substantially! Like the one we did in the Blue Room, only bigger, so be sure to come back and I'll thank you with a special bottle of Cathedral Ridge fine wine for the suggestion! All the best, The Griffins


Nearest Airport
55 Miles
Portland, OR PDX
Nearest Barpub
0.4 Miles
Historic Columbia Gorge Hotel ~ Valentino's
Nearest Ferry
18 Miles
Cascade Locks
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Indian Creek Golf Club, Hood River Golf & Country
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Hood River
Nearest Motorway
0.2 Miles
Highway 84
Nearest Restaurant
0.4 Miles
Columbia Gorge Hotel, White Buffalo, Charburger,
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
The Columbia River ~ Event Site in Hood River
Car: necessary

Hood River, Oregon at the center of the awesome Columbia River Gorge, is nestled between Mt. Adams rising 1.5 miles (2.4 km) above the Cascade crest to the North and Mt. Hood Oregon's highest mountain at about 11,240 ft., to the South. Major outdoor paradise on so many levels! Many choose to get married here.


Prices & Availability

From $537 Nightly

Prices for this holiday house in Hood River, Mount Hood

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Other Great Months!
1 Apr 2015 - 14 May 2015
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Superb Summer!
15 May 2015 - 28 Sep 2015
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee $50
Property Damage Protection $89
Cleaning Fee $175
Tax Rate 8.5%
Notes Book w/ Owners: WEDDING / Outdoor CONCERT / Family REUNION / REHEARSAL Dinner / Personal/Corporate RETREAT~ADDITIONAL FEES APPLY for ANY group event + Event Insurance, coordinator, regulations ~ most spectacular, gorgeous & memorable location! We are flexible on price if you are couple only ~ 1 bdrm ~ personal chef, catering, private wine tasting, etc. available. Add our Garden Suite $120/nite ~ depending on availability.
REgarding pets ~ only small no-shed, mature, hypo-allergenic dogs please! No cats or big dogs!

Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Hood River in Mount Hood

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2350 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Main Floor - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bath (no shower) , Clawfoot tub for soaking or shower, roomy, pink/red 50's
    Upstairs Bath - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , Tile/stone shower w/ River View! Toto bidet toilet, granite
  • 1
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Gorge View Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Single Bed
    The Blue Room - 2 Single Bed , Great skylight highlights cozy bedroom, view across river...
    Sunroom Extra bed - 1 Single Bed
    The Green Room - 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed
  • Gorgeous Gorge View bedroom ~ comfortable queen mattress, Italian leather headboard, colorful bedding and great linens. Closet and some basket drawers available. Two other cozy, tasteful bedrooms with additional beds, dressers, closets. Sunroom Extra bed, like sleeping in the treetops with amazing Gorge View for one....
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 14 garden chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Shared Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • Racquetball
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Be sure consider The Griffin House as a perfect location to host your wedding and reception as well as rehearsal dinner plus other events with special arrangements, over and above vacation rental fees... Photos last your lifetime, make them the BEST at The Griffin House!

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