The R & R Guesthouse in The Dalles, Oregon offers sweet turn-of-the-century charm with modern amenities and a relaxing vibe.
The Dalles is a sweet, small town along the Columbia River Gorge in Northeastern Oregon. This little town is growing, though, with more and more tourists coming here to enjoy outdoor recreation and the increasing number of breweries and restaurants in the area.
During a recent press trip with Travel Oregon, I had the pleasure of exploring this town that I grew up knowing as simply a lunch stop during road trips as its own tourist destination. One of my favorite parts about this stay was where we stayed: the R & R Guesthouse.
Located just a few blocks from Main Street, is the home that Kevin Ryan and his wife Julie have turned into a beautiful space to share with travelers. They've invested a lot into this home, and it shows - not only in the amenities and the structure, but also in the overwhelming feeling of peace and relaxation you will feel if you stay here.
The Ryans truly go above and beyond to make sure you and your fellow travelers have a pleasant stay. They greeted us with local wines and a stunning tray of cheeses, meats, fruits, nuts, and veggies - always a welcome sight after a day of traveling!
They've done a great job of separating the home into lovely living space for a variety of traveler types.
There is a separate apartment downstairs, which is fantastic if you want to stay here for a few nights and have your own little home away from home. Then there are three suites in the main house.
Master King Suite
The largest of the three suites is a spacious Master King Suite ($155/night) with fully renovated, private large master bathroom.
I was the lucky duck who got to stay in this suite, and it was heavenly!
I slept so well in the comfortable California King bed, and enjoyed the space and privacy of the ensuite bathroom.
Mountain View Suite
The Mountain View Suite ($145/night) offers a California King bed with access to two bathrooms. You can either use the bathroom adjacent to the room (but not private) with jetted tub or the one downstairs with a full shower.
If you're traveling with kids or with a friend, the Two Twins room is an adorable option ($135/night). This is also a good option if you're on a mother-daughter trip. This room also has access to the two bathrooms mentioned above.
Full breakfast is included with all suite options.
You also have the option to rent the whole house for just $495 per night. This is a fabulous place to rent out for large groups of friends traveling together, for weddings, or retreats!
Go for a midnight swim in the saltwater heated pool.
Soak in the therapeutic massage hot tub.
Outside, enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner on the covered patio. Share tales of your day adventuring on The Gorge with old and new friends around the fire pit.
Or simply lounge and soak up the day in one of the many shaded spots in the backyard.
At the R & R Guesthouse, you can enjoy complimentary wine and spirits any time at the Honor Bar.
Breakfast at the R & R Guesthouse is like no other bed and breakfast I have ever stayed at. First, it can be enjoyed indoors in the lovely dining room, or outdoors if the weather is nice.
Your hosts serve local fruits and housemade breakfast sausages. My favorite was the hazelnut crusted French toast. The crunchy coating of the Oregon hazelnuts (the best!) added such a nice texture and flavor to French toast.
I highly recommend staying at the R & R Guesthouse if you are traveling through The Dalles. It's a beautiful home and so much more updated than most B & Bs. In fact, I normally do NOT like staying at B & B's because of the lack of privacy and they tend to be too old and kitschy for my taste, but the R & R Guesthouse is absolutely MAGNIFICENT. It's got sweet Old Oregon charm with modern amenities and furnishings. Plus, the hosts are fantastic: warm, inviting, and so helpful and attentive, without being TOO attentive (if you've ever stayed at a B & B, you likely know what I'm talking about!).
I loved it, and think you will, too!
508 W. 12th Street
The Dalles, Oregon
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My stay was compliments of Travel Oregon during a Hood Gorge press trip. As always, all opinions and photos are my own.