NOT a Wendy House #2

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This is not a Wendy House:

Lyle Hotel, Lyle, WA

It’s  the  gorgeous old (circa 1900) WILD WEST  Lyle Hotel on the Columbia river gorge.   It was built as an hotel when its main clientelle arrived as traffic on the Columbia river, about 200 yards away.   Then nearby (100yards) train tracks bought more custom.    The building has been used for many things in its lifetime  including a Doctors surgery.   Now it is an Hotel again.   More photographs of the hotel on flickr.   Very cute and wild west.   The modern slant provided by the hotel included a very impressive and reasonably priced  wine list and restaurant menu.   The restaurant had white table-clothes and a live flamenco guitar player.   It felt very classy.   It even had vegetarian menu items!   The foyer felt like a lounge with a large leather sofa and multiple books to please wine connoisseurs seeking information about wines and local wineries.  

The staff were friendly, cheerful and totally unpretentious.   For example,   one server dripped red wine on the white table clother after pouring my glass.   I winced,   poor girl.   She continued,   easily, without making a fuss.   Another cautiously admitted it was her first day with a big winning smile.   She looked happy to be starting work there.   For me,   this made the place feel homely and friendly, a place I’d want to  visit again.    People expecting the kind of souless highly professional presentation you find in city centre establishments with a similar high quality  menu might be disappointed.

i’m planning to take my biddies there next time they visit the US.

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