HISTORY: Framed by acres of forest in the most beautiful and beloved area in the Columbia River Gorge, Bridal Veil Lodge offers a unique retreat for travelers seeking a relaxing country atmosphere. The Lodge, built by my great grandfather in 1926 is crafted of rough-cut lumber and knotty pine. Bridal Veil Lodge was built as a hotel, restaurant, and auto camp with cabins for travelers to stay in. In the heyday of early motor touring, it was a popular stopping point for a hot meal and a good night's sleep.
WHAT TO DO AND SEE: The Lodge is located within a few miles of many cascading waterfalls and magnificent scenic vistas. Bridal Veil Falls State Park is directly across the street. A short 10 minute hike takes you to the double-tiered Bridal Veil Falls. The park also features a walk through a wildflower meadow and along the tops of towering bluffs affording a spectacular view of the river and gorge. Also nearby is the Vista House at Crown Point (approx. 5 miles). The waterfalls on the drive surrounding our lodge include Latourell, Shepperd's Dell, Wahkeena, Multnomah (the 2nd highest year-round waterfall in the US), Oneonta gorge and falls, Horsetail, and numerous others . There are many hiking trails in the area.Two swimming areas and boating facilities are within a few miles. Hood River boasts one of the best windsurfing areas in the nation (36 miles from the lodge). You may enjoy a cruise on a sternwheeler on the Columbia River. Excursions leave from the town of Cascade Locks. Visit nearby Bonneville Dam, or explore museums and interpretive centers. Ten minutes will take you to the Columbia Gorge factory outlet stores and antique shops and art galleries in nearby Troutdale.
RESTAURANTS: Although Bridal Veil Lodge is in a rural scenic area, we are fortunate to have an excellent restaurant nearby at historic Multnomah Falls Lodge (3 1/2 mi.). The main dining room is graced by a massive fireplace and large hand tinted photographs of nearby waterfalls. The "falls room" is a glass-enclosed dining area and an outdoor dining ares is available as well. A bit farther from the lodge (11 mi.) is the popular Tad's Chicken 'n' Dumplins on the Sandy River by Troutdale. Other restaurants are found in Troutdale as well.
YOUR ROOM: Guest Cottage--The light and airy cottage room features open-beam ceiling, skylights, a large comfortable window seat looking up into the woods, private deck and private bath. Queen size bed. Games available (cards, backgammon, etc.) DVD player available and a collection of movies for you to (website hidden) player/radio in room. Sorry, but we do not allow smoking in our rooms.
A hearty breakfast is included in the price. Breakfast is served in the main lodge which is about 50 feet from the guest cottage.
The lodge is open for guests year-round. Children are welcome. We're looking forward to seeing you!
I had a very pleasant stay at Bridal Veil Lodge. The upper cottage room was spacious, clean and had a window seat which I enjoyed, and beautiful views of the woods behind the lodge. The bed was very comfortable and I slept well. The owner provided me with plenty of stories about the lodge and materials regarding the history of the area. This is a friendly and neat place to stay and I would certainly visit again.