written by Cara Strickland
photography by The Lodge at Columbia Point
If it’s been a while since you’ve made your way to Richland, one of the Tri-Cities, you might have missed the opening of this delightful 4-star hotel, the perfect spot to be your home base for winery visits, outdoor adventures and exploration of the vast STEM resources of the area. There’s also enough going on to make it worth the trip all by itself, and the view of the water continues to impress, no matter how long you look.
530 COLUMBIA POINT DRIVE
Although there are some room options, each guest room features a fireplace; large TV; and a mini kitchenette with a fridge, microwave and coffee maker, perfect for creating a home away from home. The beds are inviting, and the details are thoughtful—from the toiletries to the pillow options. Something to note: Most rooms are equipped with showers, but there are rooms with baths—so be sure to ask if you have a preference. Want to bring your furry friends along? Ask about pet-friendly rooms.
Enjoy on-site dining your way with delicious options ranging from room service to all-day dining in the main restaurant, as well as a well-stocked cozy bar featuring both cocktails and a range of wines from partner wineries, showcasing the best of the region. Enjoy wine tasting events, and should you need something catered, they have your back there, too. The chef is always refining the menu to make sure each dish is just right, which has resulted in a solid, thoughtful and balanced selection, regardless of your mood.
Take a ride on a complimentary Lodge bike and travel the trail that runs along the water. Schedule a massage (you’ll want to do it in advance, as the spa services fill quickly), take a dip in the open-air swimming pool and spa, keep yourself moving in the fitness center, or relax with a book in the lending library (take it back to your room, or to another cozy nook for added comfort).