HUGGING A HILLSIDE ABOVE THE COLUMBIA RIVER in north-central Washington’s high desert, Gamble Sands Golf Course has been recognized as one of the top courses in the country. With views of the North Cascades in the distance, the mighty river below and acres of contiguous apple and cherry orchards blanketing the hills, the setting alone is worth the 3.5-hour drive from Seattle.
The newly opened Inn at Gamble Sands makes staying on the property a cozy proposition.
The Inn, with contemporary, spacious luxury rooms and suites built in a Northwest-modern style, each sporting a magnificent view, fits into the high-desert landscape perfectly.
North-Central Washington is a place with four distinct seasons, and winter can come early.
Off-season visitors leave their golf clubs at home and, instead, bring cross-country skis and
snowshoes. The golf course becomes a pristine blanket of white after newly fallen snow, inviting visitors to don caps, gloves and goggles and strap on whatever gear they fancy for exploring the snowy links. The Inn at Gamble Sands offers an exceptionally good value in the winter months. Of course, you’ll be tempted to spend a chunk of your stay in your room hunkered down with a glass of wine in front of the fireplace watching the snow fall outside.
The local family that owns and operates Gamble Sands runs a cattle ranch as
well as the surrounding apple and cherry orchards. Naturally, Gamble Sands’ onsite
Danny Boy Bar & Grill, located on the edge of the course, serves the family’s
premium beef and fruit. A slice of their apple pie is a must.
While you’re there, regardless of the season, take some time to explore the
surrounding region. Learn more at the county’s tourism website: okagogancountry.com.
Gamble Sands is a resort to keep your eye on. Future plans include the addition
of a second golf course, a spa, an outdoor amphitheater, an equestrian activity
center and more. Of course, the enchanting landscape and sweeping views are a
constant at Gamble Sands.
To book a reservation at The Inn at Gamble Sands, visit gamblesands.com.
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Gamble Sands is owned and operated by the Gebbers family, one that has called this corner of north-central Washington home since 1885. That was the year pioneer Dan Gamble arrived with all his worldly possessions in his backpack after walking all the way across the continent from Nova Scotia in hopes of making his fortune in the upper Methow gold rush. His fortune would amass slowly after years of hard work in several enterprises. Gamble was a tireless entrepreneur and founding father of the modern-day Gebbers family.
Today, the Gebbers family is the one of the largest producers of premium apples and cherries in Washington state, runs a cattle ranch and, now, operates Gamble Sands. They have grown fruit in the orchards surrounding Gamble Sands since 1910. The land of north-central Washington is part of their DNA.
Gamble Sands guests interested in a behind-the-scenes look at the apple industry can snag a fascinating insider’s tour with a member of the Gebbers family to visit the orchards, the state-of-the industry processing and packing facilities and more. Just ask if a tour is available at the front desk or when making reservations.