There is more than one reason to visit Parkdale, but the Old Parkdale Inn just became my favorite. It seems many Gorge-Goers pass up Parkdale, though it’s a mere 15 minutes from Hood River as well as a short drive from Mt. Hood Meadows, Cooper Spur and Timberline Ski Lodge. Beyond its proximity to salivation worthy destinations, it stands on its own two feet as a down to earth town with a couple great restaurants, a delightful museum, a stunning view of Mt. Hood and the quiet type of charm that one can’t find as readily in Hood River.
This spring, as you take in the wondrous wildflower showcase that blankets Oregon and Washington’s verdant slopes with Indian Plum, Fawn Lily and Balsamroot (to name just a few) cozy up for a couple nights at the Old Parkdale Inn!
This fantastic bed and breakfast, run by Mary Pelegrini and her husband Steve, provides all the warmth of your own private getaway, with the luxury and comfort of bed and breakfast amenities.
Mary and Steve left their home in Cloverdale, California to pursue the dream of running their own B&B. Although they looked at various places in other parts of Oregon, it was in 2003, when she walked into the Old Parkdale Inn, that Mary knew she had discovered the perfect launching pad for their B&B vision.
The Old Parkdale Inn has so many attributes that make it stand out, but to name a few…
Each room is furnished with a wonderful Welcome book that features all the information you’d want to take advantage of the area, including nearby restaurants and visitor worthy spots. The rooms feature cozy Parkdale Inn robes, ready to use wine glasses, a bottle opener and coffee mugs.
During my stay, Mary served a delicious homemade breakfast of waffles, berries, orange juice, bacon and fruit. Her genuine enthusiasm about Parkdale and the Gorge area felt enlivening and her wealth of knowledge regarding nearby nature wonderlands and hiking trails was extremely informative.
If you forget your favorite book or are itching for a new read, wander upstairs to the library attic, where Mary and Steve have housed a small, but extremely versatile collection of fantastic reads, rocking chair ready for your reading pleasure!
Before bed, be sure to wander down to Solera Brewery, where you can sample delicious microbrews and gaze at the silhouette of Mt. Hood outlined against an open meadow.
Mary, who writes blogs for The Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild, The Columbia Gorge B&B Association and the Old Parkdale Inn, says, “We are blessed to live in beautiful, diverse, Oregon and I enjoy sharing this with our readers. We travel whenever we can, always taking notes and pictures, but we appreciate coming home to our beloved Hood River Valley and Mt Hood. I love being at home. I love cooking and I love people. So becoming an innkeeper was something I always knew I wanted to do. Now that I have 11 years of innkeeping under my belt I know I made the right decision.”
Stay connected with the Old Parkdale Inn by liking them on Facebook so you can get updates on last minute deals and upcoming fall specials. And when the weather gets frosty, keep in mind that the Old Parkdale Inn is a Stay/Ski/Play winter partner with Mt. Hood Meadows and Timberline, offering guests discounted prices on lift tickets.
Start now! Seize the opportunity and savor the fertile Columbia Gorge spring display and the sense of welcome, well-being and relaxation that the Old Parkdale Inn is sure to provide.