Techlandia Issue 5- 2021/2022 - Page 71

Columbia Gorge Hotel

Hood River, Oregon

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Columbia Gorge Hotel in Hood River, Oregon, was built in 1921 by Simon Benson, a key player in constructing the Columbia Gorge Scenic Highway.

Celebrities from Presidents Coolidge and Hoover to Hollywood actors like Shirley Temple, Rudolph Valentio, and Burt Reynolds sought out its awe-inspiring views from the cliffs of the Columbia River. Nowadays, it’s a great overnight destination for those looking to explore Hood River and the Gorge featuring rooms with classic vintage décor with views of the river or Wah Gwin Gwin waterfall.

Geiser Grand Hotel

Baker City, Oregon

Built in 1889 for a whopping $65,000, The Geiser Grand Hotel in Baker City features mahogany columns, Victorian-style chandeliers, a stained glass ceiling, and is credited with having the third elevator built west of the Mississippi River. Fully restored in 1998, their rooms offer views of town and snow-capped mountains.

Long said to be haunted, Geiser Grand is a favorite destination for ghost hunters. The 1889 Cafe, an internationally famous watering hole, is a mandatory stop for anyone looking for libations after skiing the powder up at Anthony Lakes.

SCP Redmond Hotel

Redmond, Oregon

The original two-story Redmond Hotel, built in 1906 by William and Fanny Wilson, was a well-known lodging stop for travelers passing through Central Oregon. The primary function of the building has always been a hotel, but the building lobby also housed the local Chamber of Commerce and the Redmond bus station since it was conveniently located on Highway 97.

The new Hotel Redmond by SCP re-opened in 2019 after a two-year renovation. It features a rooftop deck, Provisions Market offering healthy food options in a café setting, 1,500 square feet of creative co-working space with conference rooms, and space for health and wellness group classes or social functions and collaborations.

Hotel Elliott

Astoria, Oregon

Hotel Elliott opened in Astoria in 1924 and immediately became the city's social and business hub. Twenty-four years later, it received a new designation - "birthplace of cable television."

In 1948, the Hotel Astoria was the site of the "world's first cable television system," invented by L. E. "Ed" Parsons, the owner of Astoria radio station KAST. Parsons set up the first U.S. cable television system to use coaxial cable and a community antenna to deliver TV signals to an area that otherwise would not have received broadcast TV signals.

In 2000 Hotel Elliott underwent a three-year renovation transforming it into a space where supreme comfort and technology meet historic charm and period details. You can walk to most places in Astoria from the hotel and then come back to enjoy a nightcap on the rooftop bar or take in the scenic views of the river or of Astoria’s hillsides, dotted with Victorian and Craftsman homes, from your guest room.

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