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Monday, Jun. 07, 2010

10 Great Northwest Wine Country hotels


If you prefer hotels to B&Bs or economy lodging, Northwest wine country offers many opportunities. Here are 10 locations to rest your feet after a long day of wine touring.

Bonneville Hot Springs Resort & Spa

The hustle and bustle of the Portland/Vancouver area might seem hours away, yet it's little more than 30 minutes from here. Therapy comes in forms other than these namesake springs and includes short trips to the growing array of Columbia Gorge wineries, nearby golf courses and hiking trails.

1252 E. Cascade Dr., North Bonneville, WA 98639, 509-427-7767, bonnevilleresort.com.

Penticton Lakeside Resort

For decades, this community on the southern end of Okanagan Lake has been a vacation destination for those in need of a big dose of sunshine. With the emergence of the Okanagan Valley wine industry in the past decade, Penticton is a great home base for wine travelers. The Lakeside Resort is the top hotel in town and provides expansive views of the lake.

21 Lakeshore Drive W., Penticton, B.C V2A 7M5, 250-493-8221, pentictonlakesideresort.com.

Marcus Whitman

Named after a 19th century missionary who was on the wrong end of the Whitman Massacre, this luxury hotel was built in the late 1920s. It fell into disrepair until it was purchased and refurbished to its former glory in the past decade. It is well known for its beautiful accommodations as well as highly regarded cuisine.

6 W. Rose St., Walla Walla, WA 99362, 509-525-2200, marcuswhitmanhotel.com.

Columbia Gorge Hotel

The Columbia Gorge Hotel has been an Oregon classic since it was built in 1921. It sits atop a cliff above the Columbia River and is luxurious in every sense. After closing in January 2009, it reopened in October under new Northwest ownership.

4000 Westcliff Drive, Hood River, OR 97031, 541-386-5566, columbiagorgehotel.com.

Willows Lodge

Just across the street from Chateau Ste. Michelle - and a moment's walk from The Herbfarm and Redhook Ale - is the highly regarded Willows Lodge. In addition to being in the middle of Woodinville's burgeoning winery scene, Willows Lodge provides an on-site spa, a great restaurant in the Barking Frog and digitally controlled showers.

14580 N.E. 145th St., Woodinville, WA 98072, 425-424-3900, willowslodge.com.

Jacksonville Inn

Deep in Southern Oregon's Rogue Valley, the Jacksonville Inn is a charming hotel and restaurant in the historic town of Jacksonville. It's a European-style hotel with eight luxurious rooms, as well as a wonderful restaurant and wine shop downstairs.

175 E. California St., Jacksonville, OR 97530, 541-899-1900, jacksonvilleinn.com.

Grand Okanagan

In the unofficial capital of the British Columbia Interior, this hotel on the shore of Okanagan Lake has long been a favorite for those seeking luxury. Its 390 rooms provide stunning views of Okanagan Lake, and it's a perfect location for nearby restaurants and wineries.

1310 Water St., Kelowna, BC V1Y 9P3, 250-763-4500, deltahotels.com.

Hotel Oregon

This hotel in downtown McMinnville, Ore., is another McMenamin property and can best be described as Old World and a bit funky. The rooms are fairly spacious, and the food is delicious. Head to the roof for an evening drink and a view of the surrounding hillsides.

310 N.E. Evans St., McMinnville, OR 97128, 503-472-8427, mcmenamins.com.

Campbell's Resort

Great-grandsons of the founder recently spent $3 million to renovate the 170 rooms at this historic second home for vacationing families. It's centrally located downtown on the shores of Lake Chelan, and its Veranda Bistro & Bar has earned Wine Press Northwest's Best Washington Wine List Award for the past six years.

104 W. Woodin Ave., Chelan, WA 98816, 800-553-8225, campbellsresort.com

The Coeur d'Alene Resort

One of the Northwest's most luxurious properties, it overlooks Lake Coeur d'Alene and operates one of the world's most talked-about golf courses. Beverly's on the seventh floor features Northwest cuisine and wines to match.

115 S. Second St., Coeur d'Alene, ID 83816, 800-688-5253, cdaresort.com.