I have a lot of fantastic things to say, and a few small criticisms. First, the cabins are wonderful -- just as cozy and beautiful as pictured. It would be impossible NOT to have a romantic weekend while staying here. And even though the cabins are located close to each other, we never heard any of the other guests. The fireplace is gas, so it's quick and easy to turn on and off. The jetted tub is relaxing. The beds are really comfortable -- they provide lots of pillows and blankets and comforters to add to the cozy feel. The cabin area is so quiet (we live in downtown Portland, so the absence of garbage trucks, ambulances, and jackhammers alone was a nice retreat). The host, Pete, was very warm and gracious with all of our requests. There were a lot of details that were taken care of, including providing candles, bath salts, a candle lighter, a wine opener, wine glasses,etc. Overall, Carson Cabins are cute and quaint. This is a great place to stay if you're planning on spending a lot of time in the cabin and really want to connect with your partner.
However, I was surprised by the location. On the website, it seems like it's located in a remote area, maybe at the end of a dead-end dirt road, or up in the hills... it's actually located along the main road in Carson. The main office is literally 10 feet from the road. Granted, you can't hear any traffic when you're in the cabin, but it's definitely not located in a secluded, wooded, private area. And I'm sure the grounds are beautiful...in the summer. In mid-March, the grounds were a little bare, but that's nothing that can be controlled, just something to consider if you're into lush, landscaped, flowering grounds. :)
If you're planning on doing a lot of activities in the Gorge, on the Oregon side, be aware that it's about a 10-15 minute drive just to cross the river... not to mention the $1 toll each way on the Bridge of the Gods (bring $1s -- if you use your debit/credit card, they charge $2).
One last note to anyone with dietary restrictions... the website says it's a buffet style breakfast. My boyfriend is vegan and I'm vegetarian... we didn't mention our dietary restrictions because we just figured we would be able to find something on the buffet line (like pancakes, toast, bagels, eggs, etc) we could eat. But it wasn't a buffet, aside from the toast and yogurt that was available. There were 2 main entrees served at each breakfast, both of which were amazing and gourmet (blueberry creme brulee french toast, peach cobbler, quiche, and a farmers casserole with sausage). Again, the entrees were very tasty, but it is definitely not a "buffet" in the traditional sense. Pete was gracious enough to bring some granola and make some eggs for us, but for anyone visiting Carson Ridge with dietary restrictions (gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, etc.) -- tell them ahead of time so they can make a separate entree for you!!
Tip: We had dinner at the Skamania Lodge, in the River Rock Restaurant (a more casual and less expensive restaurant than their fine dining restaurant). The food was great, relaxing atmosphere, and fantastic views!!
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First of all, thank you so much for the wonderful compliments!
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A word on the location. As our website describes and our map indicates, we are located in the town of Carson. One side of the property is on the street, while the other 3 sides of the property are surrounded in meadows and forest. Carson is a very small, unincorporated town, and the speed limit in front of our property is only 35 mph. There is a post office across the street which generates some traffic noise, but it is minimal, as well we have a 6' tall cedar fence that runs the length of the property and provides a barrier to most of the street noise. In addition, all the cabins are built so the front doors face away from the street and overlook the landscaped gardens and meadows or towards the Columbia River Gorge.
The reviewer is correct, the grounds are beautiful and lush in the summer. However in the Pacific Northwest, nothing can be expected to be lush and flowering in the winter months. That is why we have created cozy cabins with fireplaces and jetted tubs to cozy up in, away from the cold winter days.
The toll bridge does charge $1 to cross to the Oregon side, however there is so much beauty to see in the Gifford Pinchot National forest and on the Washington side, with out the crowds, that we rarely send our guests to the Oregon side.
If you are a future guest coming here and have dietary requirements PLEASE let us know so we can be sure to have special meals prepared just for you. We handle all kinds of dietary requirements every day, we just have to know about them so we can prepare them.
We take guest feedback very seriously, but more seriously is the attention we give you while you're here. If you find that you aren't satisfied with something we've provided (or failed to provide), please let us know immediately so we can make changes while you're here to enjoy them.
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