There are plenty of great ways to soak in the wonder of the Columbia River Gorge. But a weekend at Columbia Cliff Villas is definitely top of the list. Book through 1859 Explore and think private veranda perched high above the river, cocktail in hand and soulmate by your side. The Villas feature grand living areas, including master suites, balconies and several guest suites that lock out for complete privacy, most with panoramic views of mountains, forests, valleys, cliffs and/or rivers. Two Carriage Houses help isolate the courtyard and provide charming accommodations at very reasonable prices. Even in the blustery winter months, it’s tough to tear yourself away from the view, especially when you’re 200 feet above the Columbia River. Located adjacent to the grounds of the historic Columbia Gorge Hotel, Columbia Cliff Villas owners and guests can enjoy the amenities and romantic manicured gardens found next door. For instance, stroll the connecting pathways through award-winning ‘Gardens of Distinction’ along the tumbling creek to a 208-foot waterfall. Columbia Cliff Villas meld modern amenities with Old World charm. If it weren’t for the intrepid windsurfers in the Columbia, you might think you exited I-84 and arrived in Tuscany.