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There are Gazillions of Gift Cards out there: Why Buy a SageCliffe Gift Card?

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

SageCliffe hotel and winery gift card  Why buy any gift card?  The principal benefit of a gift card is the flexibility and nice burning-a-hole-in-your-pocket feeling of having “cash” in hand.  You can hold onto that card until the time is right to purchase, and then you know you have the funds to do so.  Isn’t that the main thing with gift cards? 

So Why Buy a SageCliffe Prepaid Gift Card?

If you have visited SageCliffe–whether it was Cave B Inn, the Spa at SageCliffe, Tendrils Vineyard Restaurant, Chiwana Village or Cave B Estate Winery–you understand that this is no campground.  SageCliffe is a beautiful and premier destination resort, and its prices reflect its value to guests.  But times are tough right now, and incomes vary, and we understand that.  So, along with a constant array of packages at different price points all year long, we also offer SageCliffe Gift Cards as a way for those who have enjoyed their past stays at SageCliffe to help someone else–someone who may have never come, otherwsie–to enjoy what SageCliffe has to offer, too.  With a $100 gift card you can enjoy a wonderful meal for two at Tendrils.  Or a Spa treatment.  Or it can pay for the bulk of one of your package reservations at the Inn.  $100 can allow you to bring home a healthy assortment of fine Cave B wines.  This flexibility to use your gift card funds in whichever way, and for whatever combination of amenities, is it’s strongest draw and ultimate reason for its existence.  Everyone likes options, and to hold the reins.  Gift Cards allow you to do so.  And they allow a way for you to give the gift of SageCliffe to others in a form that is easy, convenient, no-hassle, and ultimately, very appreciated!

Why Not Just Buy a Visa Gift Card?

Credit Company Gift Cards are nice for many reasons–we all use them.  But for those among us who still hesitate a bit to give the “impersonal” present of a gift card, one very real way to make that gift card more personal is to purchase a card that relates specifically to something that person would enjoy.  If the person you have in mind (maybe it’s even you!) would like a not-far getaway with SageCliffe’s style, views and food & wine options, then a SageCliffe Gift Card is for them.  If they are Gorge concert goers, a stay at SageCliffe after a concert is a tremendous gift (you’re sparing them from the campground!)  That is why a Visa or other credit Gift Card is just not the same as a specific, travel & hotel-related gift card…because the latter shows you really thought abut the recipient–and didn’t our mothers always say it’s the thought that counts?

All the Ways you May Purchase a SageCliffe Prepaid Gift Card

We sell our SageCliffe Gift Cards in our estore, at www.shop.sagecliffe.com.  We also sell them by phone:  509-785-2283.  And you may also purchase the prepaid gift cards in person at the Inn front desk. 

So if you decide to take the plunge and purchase gift cards for those you care about this season, know that SageCliffe Gift Cards have an incredibly high rate of use (your friend or family member will use your gift!) and that we will take very good care of them when they do visit SageCliffe.  A win-win for both giver and receiver.

Last thing–remember:  November – December 31 we have our special SageCliffe Gift Card Rewards promotion:  When you purchase $100, $500 or $1,000 in gift cards, you receive a reward (like an immediate $20 off your $100 gift card purchase!) Because sometimes it’s nice to receive something when you give, too.

Having a Bad Time at New Year’s Eve Parties? Try a Different Tack

Monday, December 6th, 2010

SageCliffe is a Different Kind of Place

There’s no question that SageCliffe is unique….in the true sense of the word; that is, one of a kind. Yes, it is primarily due to our location, but it’s more than that, too.  It’s the blend of agricultural and luxe, rustic and contemporary, family-owned and a premier destination resort.  So it’s become clear over the years that SageCliffe should maintain that “differentness” in all things we do…for it comes with the territory.

Different Means Good Times for You

Just as our annual winery Harvest Festival, Spring Wine Release & Summer Wine Release & BBQ have their own blend of SageCliffe flair, so to should all of our events at SageCliffe; this axiom is what we have decided to adhere to here at SageCliffe, and we truly feel that means even better, more interesting, more wonderful experiences for you.  Because we can provide an option–and options are always good. 

New Year’s Eve at SageCliffe:  A Quiet Night Inn

The next upcoming event in which we’re putting our axiom into practice is New Year’s Eve.  In the past we’ve provided a very nice New Year’s Eve event, with band, favors, and meal.  And it was nice.  But from listening to our guests, we’ve learned that you wish you had an array of different kinds of New Year’s Eve options to choose from.  And we agree.  So this year we’ve taken a little bit of holiday fairy dust, sprinkled it upon the heads of our event planners with the axiom firmly in their minds, and voila–A Quiet Night Inn was born.  This year, we offer you the choice of a highly enjoyable, festive and wonderous New Year’s Eve occasion, but without the noise.  At least not the hard-to-talk noise of huge crowds and loud bands.  A Quiet Night Inn is an all-exclusive overnight experience for two at Cave B Inn, December 31st-January 1, 2011.  As the old year changes over to its brand-new counterpart, couples will enjoy a prix-fixe 3 course dinner for two at Tendrils (special New Year’s Eve menu by Chef Craig Day and paired with Winemaker Freddy Arredondo’s Cave B wines), beautiful luminary-lined pathways to your private Cliffehouse or Cavern Room, special turn down service (set while you dine) with a bottle of Cave B Blanc de Blanc, chocolate-dipped strawberries, special bed turn-down, I-pod docking station so you may play your own music, and more.  And, up at the Inn, if you want to continue the socializing, you may take part in DIY poker, bridge or pinochle in the Inn’s Petite Cordon Room, or gather around the musician before the grand lobby fireplace at midnight for an Auld Lang Syne sing-along.  However you choose to use your time and special amenities at Cave B Inn New Year’s Eve, we can truly say it will be a special experience.  The beauty, the natural majesty of the setting, the quality of the food and wine, the wonderful comfort and privacy of your room and its special touches….all of these features will provide what so many of you say you are looking for to mark the turning of the year: a truly special, memorable experience with someone you care about.

 Here’s looking to 2011; to unique and special times, to beauty and the best of everything.  Leave your yelling-to-be-heard voice at home this year and join us for A Quiet Night Inn.  We look so forward to exceeding your expectations.

Thanksgiving: Dining Out Together Equals Togetherness

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Cave B Inn at SageCliffe, home to Tendrils Vineyard Restaurant

Thanksgiving meals at home are a lovely thing.  We all know the cozy familiarity of gathering at a family home, the kitchen a-bustle with helping hands and simmering pots of traditional Thanksgiving fare.  There’s nothing quite like it.  But there are other options that are gaining steady ground–other ways that celebrate this most food-centric of holidays in great “togetherness fashion.”

Dining Out is In

The interesting thing about get-togethers is that it’s the togetherness that’s key.  And increasingly that togetherness is taking place in venues different than your home or that of your aunt or mother….families are gathering around tables in restaurant dining rooms which offer distinctive Thanksgiving meals.

But What About the Turkey?

Many fine dining establishments offer the traditional turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing (no need for anyone in your family to go without!) But even these foods most stock-in-trade may be done with a slight twist, or level of culinary aplomb most of us only hope to achieve in our own kitchens.  In the hands of a talented chef, the turkey can sing, the potatoes can make you swoon, and the stuffing can literally melt in your mouth.  Such is the dining, when dining out. 

Options Make for Happy Families

Every year Tendrils Vineyard Restaurant–at Cave B Inn at SageCliffe–offers a Thanksgiving meal with the goal of making every member of the family happy.  And that means giving options.  This year, Tendrils provides a choice of two starters, three entrees and two decadent desserts.  Dining guests make their choices and then talk, laugh and look forward to their ‘custom-chosen ‘ Thanksgiving meal.  With starter options like Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Bacon and Thyme, or Baby Greens Salad with Fresh Goat Cheese, Hazelnuts and (SageCliffe farm-grown) Apples, entrees which range from Roasted Turkey Breast with Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes to Brined Pork Tenderloin or Seared Steelhead, it would be hard indeed to find a member of the family without an option that seems to be made just for them.

Oh–and yes; we can’t forget the best part–dessert:  Spiced Chocolate Cake with Pumpkin Ice Cream, or Huckleberry Sundae with Honey Ice Cream and Hazelnuts.  (Which will  you choose? Let’s take a moment to vicariously enjoy….)

And Yes–There are No Dishes

This is a well-known “pro” of dining out, and on a big holiday like Thanksgiving, it frankly cannot be overstated.  There is simply pure bliss in knowing that at the end of the long, delicious meal, you can simply….get up from the table.  At SageCliffe, you may visit the Cave B Estate Winery tasting room, or take your full-tummied family members on a leisurely stroll among the vineyards and ponds, or on a brisk hike down into the gorge.  Or, a card game or continued discussion in front of the huge lobby fireplace may be just the ticket.  Whatever you choose to do with your loved ones, the one thing you won’t have to do is the dishes.

If you decide to celebrate your day of thanks this year outside the home, we wish you fabulous culinary options, lots of conversation and laughter, wonderful togetherness and a day without soap suds.  May the celebrating begin!

To see the full Thanksgiving menu at Tendrils Vineyard Restaurant or to make your reservation, visit http://www.sagecliffe.com/tendrils.htm

The Best Harvest Festival Yet: Right Around the Corner

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Believe it or not, this is the 7th year for our annual Cave B Estate Winery Harvest Festival.  And we truly believe that lucky #7 means this is our best harvest festival yet. 

Harvest Festival: A Luxury & Working Farm Hybrid

What started as a small Wine Club gathering at Cave B has grown year by year to our largest annual event, and one that is appropriate for every age…from babes in arms to the eldest among us.  This is a time when we pull out the stops and share everything we can about what it’s like to be a working farm and luxury resort in one…and we do so by offering our deluxe accommodations at Cave B Inn at SageCliffe and Chiwana Village right along with pumpkin carving for the kids, visits to the winery crushpad for adults and curious kids alike, tractor-driven vineyard and apple orchard tours, a tremendous gourmet lunch provided by Tendrils Vineyard Restaurant, and so much more. 

Seven Years of Cave B Harvest Festival Memories

It’s wonderful to think back on all the memories that have been created at Harvest Festival:  the squeals and smiles of the adults (and, yes, the kids  too!) during the Great Grape Stomp Competition, the lovely Cave B and SageCliffe wines introduced pre-lunch by Winemaker Freddy Arredondo, the guest authors who have chatted and mingled with the crowd, the glee of the children as they finished their All things Green treasure hunt at Harvest Festival 2009 and received their button and lollipop reward. And, again, so much more.

It brings SageCliffe Resort great pleasure to see guests having a great time.  That’s really the bottom line.  Cave B Estate Winery is host of the Harvest Festival and is the hub of the day’s activities.  But we love how guests spread themselves throughout the property….taking breaks in the action to pop into Cave B Inn, or walk along the Chef’s Garden or take a hike down into the Gorge, as well.  And then we like them to return to the Harvest Festival, so we can give everyone a fond farewell and wish all concerned safe travel home.  Or, for those who are staying the night at Cave B Inn or Chiwana Village, we continue the welcome and the great Harvest experience.

 We know lucky #7 will be our best harvest festival yet….and luck probably has very little to do with it!  Our event is so much fun because of you, the guests, and we simply can’t wait to see you (October 16th!)

Washington State Resort with a Story

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Maybe it’s the change in seasons which just became official, or maybe it’s the nostalgia and romance left in the air after last weekend’s SageCliffe wedding, but whatever the reason, it feels like a good time to reflect.

Often guests looking for a great Washington State resort get just the basics:  a click here, a click there, a quick look at the prices and amenities, and then they’re off to the next website.  Comparison shopping is not only necessary, it’s smart.  But we can tell you that from the resort side of things, we do hope that first-time guests looking for a great Washington lodging experience can somehow glean a bit more from their searches.  A getaway is a time and money commitment, and it’s also an expectation risk–you’re never quite sure you’ll get what you really want. 

So how can you get beneath the surface information and get a feel for the soul of a place?  How can you grasp its spirit?  One way may be for us to simply give you more of SageCliffe’s story.  For SageCliffe certainly is a Washington resort with a rich history and many stories to tell. 

Did you know that Dr. Vince Bryan and his wife Carol purchased the land SageCliffe Resort spans back in 1980?  They had spent the greater part of a year driving all over Washington State, looking for a property with the absolute best conditions for growing wine grapes.  The station wagon they drove upped its odometer numbers, that’s for sure.  The search began on the westside of the mountains but eventually moved across the Cascades into Central Washington….and there they found an extraordinary piece of land.  This 500+ acre property (which has now grown to 700 acres) encompassed what we now call The Gorge Amphitheater, Cave B Inn, The Spa at SageCliffe, Tendrils Vineyard Restaurant, Chiwana Village at SageCliffe’s luxury yurts, and Cave B Estate Winery, along with over 100 acres of vineyards and 50 of apples and cherries. But in 1980 the land held an alfalfa field, a mobile home,  a shed…and spectacular beauty on the edge of the Columbia River Gorge.  The Bryans had found what they were looking for.  They didn’t know it then, but they had also found much more.  More story-posts from SageCliffe coming soon.

Yurt Lodging in Washington: Who Are these People?

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Chiwana Village at SageCliffe opened its 25 yurt doors this summer, and in walked…an amazing array of individuals.  Although the adjacent Cave B Inn at SageCliffe has been up and running for nearly five years, with a constantly-wonderful flow of new and returning guests–we didn’t know, and were curious about–who would choose to stay in Chiwana Village.  Our research had indicated some of our Cave B Inn guests would be fans.  We knew from years of having to turn Gorge Concert attendees away from the sold-out Inn that these Gorge fans would be probably yurt lodging guests as well.  But there was also a big, wide-open space with a question mark in it…ultimately, would yurt guests be notably different?  Would they represent a different population base?  Different lifestyles and interests?  Or would the Chiwana Village yurt guests be like a representative coalition of the general populace–with people of all ages, income levels, interests and the rest?

Running a resort is an opportunity to provide experiences for all who come, and we strive to tailor the experience each guest has with the experience they desire.  Chiwana Village yurt guests have all the access to the same SageCliffe amenities as Cave B Inn guests:  the cliffside pool, Tendrils Vineyard restaurant, wine tasting at Cave B Estate Winery, and treatments at The Spa at SageCliffe.  They have access to the amazing views and hikes down through the vineyards, into the gorge, and on down to the Columbia River.  So there was that commonality there.  But when they return to their “room,” they would be walking down rugged paths, through old and brand-new vineyards, to a round, canvas-covered dwelling–their personal yurt.   A luxurious yurt, mind you, but a noteable different sort of lodging than they’d get elsewhere…including at Cave B Inn.  So, what did we find?  Thus far in this first season, we’ve been amazed at the diversity of Chiwana Village guests…they are young and Gorge-concert going; they are retired and from the nearby region.  They are professionals from the greater Seattle area come to wine taste and have time with their girlfriends.  They are team-building groups from high-profile Washington corporations.  They are families with young children and infants; they are ardent environmentalists and they are individuals who have either never stayed in a yurt (and have always wanted to), or are die-hard yurt-goers who know of what they speak.

 In a nutshell:  The guests at Chiwana Village truly have been a coalition….of everyone.  Perhaps over time certain characteristics or patterns will emerge…we do our research, after all.  But for now it’s clear there is one noticeable characteristic all of the Chiwana Village guests have shared:  a love of SageCliffe’s particular location and view.  A love of the land.  And a desire for a new and different experience.  We will continue to strive to deliver….to everyone.

Do Grapevines Turn Colors in the Fall?

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

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The answer is:  At Cave B, we hope not.  This is because grapevines only turn vibrant shades of red, yellow and orange if they are sick…if they are suffering with a virus.  So, although we’ve all seen beautiful photos of long lines of sunset-hued vines stretching into the distance in the hills of France or Tuscany, say, just know those vines may very well have been suffering underneath all their beautiful colors.  For a healthy wine grape vine, Autumn brings with it the heavy cluster of ripening grapes, a gradual drying out of grape vine leaves, and, after the first frost descends and the cold temperatures hit, ultimately a loss of the leaves altogether.    So, if you’re out for an autumn drive to look at the changing leaves, hit Snoqualmie or Stevens Pass for the vibrant splendor…but come to Cave B for the hefty, plush and lush clusters of red and white grapes, the woody, sculptural-like supporting vines, and for the delicious result of those vines…the Cave B wines. 

The Best Way to Enjoy Washington Wine Country this Fall?

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

….Stay in a luxury yurt.  Have you never put Washington wine country, harvest season and round dwellings begun by nomadic Mongolian tribes together in one sentence, yet alone one experience?  That’s what we thought…and that’s one of the reasons we’ve added our 25 Chiwana Village luxury yurts to SageCliffe resort.  With September beginning tomorrow, so to0 does the harvest season at SageCliffe.  For a destination winery resort, this means the most exciting, dynamic, and true-to-nature season of the year…and this year you can experience the food, wine, amenities and festivities of SageCliffe in an entirely new way…with a yurt stay.  There is simply something divine (no pun intended) about staying in a beautiful, comfortable and conversation-worthy yurt while you enjoy a weekend of harvest activities (our Harvest Festival runs October 15-17 this year), or a mid-week mini-trip to enjoy a grape-inspired spa treatment or signature Chef Joe Ritchie meal at Tendrils.  There’s something great about leaving your yurt and walking the short distance through beautiful vineyards heavily laden with ripening grapes to experience a wine tasting in the Cave B Estate Winery roundhouse, or glimpse the winemaker and his team at work loading the crusher with newly-picked grapes. There’s something “best” about the fact you can gaze at the sunset over the gorge from your yurt patio, and sip your coffee from the same as you watch the sun rise the next morning.  Surrounded by vineyards at their prime, a working winery, delicious, seasonally-inspired meals, the utmost in spa relaxation, ruggedly beautiful and dramatic gorge hiking trails and viewpoints, with your personal, beautiful yurt and the great Chiwana Village Hosts at your disposal, this may very well be the absolute best, most creative and inspiring way to enjoy Washington Wine Country this fall.

Chiwana Village Yurts in AAA’s Journey

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Thank you to AAA for this nice write up on Chiwana Village….we agree; our luxury yurts are not the yurts of yesteryear!

www.aaajourney.com/magazine/2010_0910/departures.asp

Best Gorge Concert Lodging Around? We think so.

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Planning on attending an upcoming show at The Gorge?  Have you camped just one too many times, or groaned as you realized that after your wait to get out of parking post-concert, you’ll still have a drive ahead of you to your hotel?

We understand.  And we think just maybe we’ve kept SageCliffe a little bit too much of a good secret.  Because  did you know?  It’s right next door to The Gorge Amphitheater.  And it has not one, not two, but three different kinds of lodging options.

Just this summer, we added 25 luxury yurts to SageCliffe’s lodging options, which already included beautiful Cave B Inn, with its Cavern rooms (built right into the cliff), three suites in-lodge, and 15 ultra-cool stand-alone Cliffehouses.  The yurts are part of Chiwana Village at SageCliffe, and are just a stone’s throw from Cave B Inn & Spa and Cave B Estate Winery, nestled among vineyards and with a beauty all their own.

But what of the cost, you say?  You won’t be paying camping costs.  But…you won’t be camping.  And we have all sorts of special packages happening all the time, to help provide both great value and that signature SageCliffe “something special.”  Right now Chiwana Village has three special package offerings.  You can see them here.  And Cave B Inn  has a whole bevy of options for you as well.

Just think:  After the Gorge concert is over, you only need to take a short walk or a shorter drive a few minutes away, and voila–you’re at your accommodations.  No tiredness behind the wheel; no hassles.  And then in the morning, there’s Tendrils Restaurant, the pool, the sun, the gorge, the trails–all the amenities–just waiting for you.  Now, we call that the ultimate Gorge concert weekend.  Why settle for the same Gorge experience each time?  Try us out….SageCliffe is owned by the same people who built and started The Gorge Amphitheater (anyone remember when it was called Champs de Brionne Summer Music Theater?) so you get to take part in a little bit of The Gorge history simply by staying at SageCliffe, too!  And to help you visualize your ultimate Gorge Concert Getaway, here’s the concert line up:

Aug. 14:  Vans Warped Tour
Aug. 28: John Mayer & Keith Urban
Sept. 3-5: Dave Matthews Band
Sept. 11:  Brad Paisley
Oct. 2:  Jack Johnson

We know:  It’s hard to choose.  But we feel we can say with some certainty that no matter which Gorge concert you choose to attend, you’ll make it just that much more fun, and that much more enjoyable, if you try a stay at SageCliffe.  Your friends will think that you’re the rock star.

Yurt at Chiwana Village at SageCliffe
Cave B Inn