Let's start with what I loved. The farm was beautiful and it was so fun to visit the animals. The lodge itself is spacious and well-decorated in a style that is definitely rustic/ranch. The town of Hood River, several miles away, is wonderful and I will DEFINITELY come back to H.R. Can't say enough good things about the Columbia Gorge.
Regarding drawbacks, we went in winter, and our room was a bit drafty and chilly, and there was no bathtub or fireplace (though interestingly enough the toilet seat was heated). The proprietors were pleasant people, but when we asked about lighting a fire in the common area (there wasn't a fireplace in our room), the proprietor became pretty unhappy and was adamant that we could not build a fire when we got back from dinner. I understand him not wanting to damage the property, but both my husband and I have plenty of experience lighting fires and were fine following his instructions to a tee. Even after my husband conveyed that to him, the proprietor was adamant that we couldn't light a fire. Eventually, very reluctantly, he relented, but it put a damper on things.
I also found a lot of dustbunnies around the bed, which isn't a huge deal except I'm really allergic to dust and all the previous reviewers were talking about it being "immaculate," etc. and I'm just reporting that that wasn't my experience -- my allergies acted up.
Lastly, the breakfast was just ok. Our first day there, the breakfast was fine -- the owner was taking a much-needed break and I was actually very pleased with the cold breakfast of farm-raised hard boiled eggs, mini muffins, yogurt, honey, and granola. The second day, we had a 9 a.m. meal served, but it was a bit strange, honestly. Greens, radishes, miso soup, and fried rice. Would've been a fine lunch. Guess I'm a breakfast traditionalist. There was a sticky bun from a local bakery and yummy juice, so it wasn't a total miss.
In all, I respect and applaud the proprietors for what they are doing, as it is no easy task. Running a big farm like that as well as being in the hospitality industry is undoubtedly very difficult. I really appreciate the hospitality they showed my husband and I but I also wanted to present a balanced and honest review.
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