Cliff Houses and Cavern Rooms at the Cave B Inn and Spa
Cave B Inn & Spa offers breathtaking views of our own estate
vineyards, the Columbia River and the state's most dramatic
gorge location. Cave B Inn offers 55 guestrooms, including
15 stand-alone Cliff houses, 12 Cavern Rooms, three Inn
Suites, and 25 Desert Yurts, as well as Tendrils Restaurant,
The Spa at Cave B Inn, award-winning Cave B Estate Winery,
and a dramatic cliffside outdoor swimming pool. Come for a
weekend, a true Washington State vacation, for a romantic
getaway, or for a concert next door at the Gorge
Amphitheater. Experience outdoor adventure, one of the few
estate wineries in Washington State, and a landscape like no
other at one of the Northwest's finest resorts.
Accommodations at the Cave B Estate Winery
Cave B Inn & Spa has a variety of accommodations to choose from
that all offer an extraordinary experience. Whether you choose to
getaway in a private Cliffehouse, a Cavern room that you enter
through the cave-like basalt rock wall, one of our three Inn rooms,
or a rugged back-to-nature Desert Yurt, we know you'll come back
often and try them all.
We pride ourselves in taking advantage of the land and its rugged
natural splendor, while providing a luxurious and sophisticated, yet
comfortable and laid-back ambiance in our Cliffehouses, Cavern, and
Inn rooms. Are the Desert Yurts for you? If you are looking for an
environmentally-sensitive, back-to-nature experience that is similar
to camping but with a few more of the comforts of home, then yes.
Our Desert Yurts will provide a king-size bed and an in-Desert Yurt
bathroom, but you will hear your neighbors and the wildlife, and
sometimes even the concert happening right next door at the Gorge
Amphitheater. And the pathways arenít for your stilettos ladies! But
itís an experience not to be missed if you want to see the vineyards
outside your door, and the stars above your head.
The Story of How it All Began
In 1980 Seattle-based neurosurgeon Vincent Bryan II, along with his wife
Carol, purchased a several-hundred acre parcel of land high on the cliffs
above the Columbia River. The closest town was Quincy and the nearest paved
road was interstate 90, six miles away. The Bryans had been on a year-long
quest to find land in Washington State which was similar in latitude to the
great wine-growing regions of France, and which had tremendous variety in
both soil and microclimate. They were looking, after many years of research
and planning, for land which had nearly perfect conditions for the growing
When Vince and Carol Bryan chose this land for their vineyards, they
immediately saw that they had also received much more than they bargained
for. They were now in possession of a piece of land which was extraordinary
in its natural drama and beauty. To have such amazing conditions for the
growing of premium wine grapes, coupled with a location so stunning in its
sweeping, panoramic gorge cliffs, valleys and views, was extraordinary.
There was no mistaking it.
But the goal was the vineyards and the Bryans immediately set to work
planting on this land which until that point had only seen the grazing of
cattle and the growing of alfalfa. And shortly on the heels of these first
plantings came the first winery: Champs de Brionne. At this time Washington
State was not the many-wineried state it is today. There was the biggie
(Ste. Michelle) and a handful of others. Estate wineries - those who used
only their own, estate-grown grapes in the making of their wine - were even
more rare. That was the ultimate goal: to ultimately have a premiere estate
winery. The excitement of possibility was in the very air; nearly palpable.
The soils and the microclimates gave the promise of potentially great wines.
The beauty of the location was clearly recognizable as special. Yet few even
knew of this one winery "in the middle of nowhere," as the papers tended to
write, or of the awe-inspiring gorge views at its doorstep. How to introduce
Washingtonians to Champs de Brionne wines? How to get them to come?
This question was in the back of the Bryans' minds as they hosted some
friends, taking them on a hike into the gorge, as had become the custom.
Near the top of the cliff leading down into the "little gorge," there was a
strangely wonderful natural bowl in the cliff side. Carol and friends walked
down the bowl to the bottom, and Vince remained at the top. Soon Vince noted
he could hear every word they were speaking, over 1,000 feet below. This was
the first indication of the amazing natural acoustics provided by the "bowl"
on the cliff. An idea was born: music! Always, wine and music had been
together in the Bryans' minds as feathers of the same bird. They were
complementary; one enhancing the enjoyment of the other. And with acoustics
such as this...
Fairly soon the "little gorge" was to hear its first music; to hold the
sound within its naturally-curved cliff walls and send it back out to a
listening audience. It was not fancy: a small wooden stage, and a few
hastily-laid sod terraces. The sole intent of the "amphitheater" was to
provide a wonderful musical experience that would draw visitors to Champs de
Brionne Winery. As summer approached pamphlets were written up and dittoed
into damp, inky-smelling piles. The Bryan children handed out these "Champs
de Brionne Summer Music Theater" pamphlets at the end of the dusty, unpaved
road leading past the winery. And, to everyone's amazement, they passed out
1,000. It was clear: the amphitheater, with its amazing sound, its jaw
dropping views of flood-carved cliffs and ribbon of grand blue water
stretching off into the horizon, was a very special place. Guests came,
tried Champs de Brionne wines, sat on the grassy terraces and enjoyed
themselves tremendously. Quickly the amphitheater grew to include a much
larger stage and an increasingly exciting line up of performers... the fact
that the Bryan family had to vacate their summer trailer to turn it over to
these early performers didn't matter: it was exciting to the Bryan children
that people like Chuck Barry had just sat on their couch; eaten at their
dining room table.
The Champs de Brionne Summer Music Theater was gaining momentum. This land
seemed to elevate everything and everyone around it, and with that
understanding came the decision to close the winery and concentrate on
making the estate vineyards larger, more mature, more select in making them
a match to their surroundings. Then and only then would a new, smaller,
boutique winery be built.
Cave B Inn & Spa
344 Silica Rd NW
Quincy, Washington 98848
Phone: (888) 785-2283