Aaron and I met several years ago through one of my neglected pastimes of video gaming and became fast friends. Not long after, I went through my whole back surgery ordeal (From My Vantage Point – Part 1), and working at The Hood River Fruit Company at the time, Aaron brought me a recovery basket filled with a large collection of their goodies, including a concentration of fancy cheeses (if you know me at all, I love fancy cheese). Also in the basket, were several titles from his own personal game collection to try and help keep me occupied during the non-active part of my lumbar fusion recovery.
Fast forward to earlier this year: In addition to having mad web marketing, SEO, analysis, and design skills, I learned that Aaron also likes to cook, and not on a small “macaroni and cheese will do” scale. A historic bed and breakfast located in Husum,Washington (across from Hood River, Oregon, located on the White Salmon River) went on the market. After much discussion and deliberation, Aaron and the rest of the Nice family (seriously, their last name is Nice, which is very fitting) decided to dive head first into purchasing this diamond in the rough. After much sweat equity and some serious hustle, they were able to re-open the Husum Bed and Breakfast and IceHouse Cafe just in time for the busy season.
About a month after opening, Greta and I were finally able to make it out there for a visit, to show support, and see if Chef Aaron’s cooking was really all that. Alright, so we were amazed, the Nice family transformed the place and the food was/is incredibly good! Knowing we were coming up for dinner, they had gone out of the way to have gluten free buns (for Greta) and a special vegetarian portobello burger (originally created by Aaron for Lindsey, his girlfriend, thus aptly named the “Lindsey Burger” and is now a permanent fixture on the menu) that received glowing reviews from Greta. I opted for a special panini sandwich that was on the menu (they describe their menu as European with a NorthWest Flare), which I can’t recall of the name of right now, but was about the tastiest thing ever, filled with brie and some sort of amazing local jam, quenching my taste for the ultimate sweet and savory meal. Accompanying the panini was a bowl of soup made with local harvest peaches and served cold, which, also, was phenomenal. Oh, and then there’s the cheese platter/tray, which showcased many of the local creameries and an assortment hand-picked by Chef Aaron, and we were treated to fresh made peach ice-cream for desert.
After our crazy summer, we were able to head back to the Ice House Cafe to join in for a festive evening of their Octoberfest celebration and the closing of their summer hours for outside dining. Greta, again, taking advantage of the permanent fixture, partook in the Lindsey Burger with no regret. I would have partook in the same panini had it been available, but as seasonal ingredients change, the menu rotates. This visit, I decided to try the Rouladen Flammkuchen, which is a German style flatbread pizza, and I was not disappointed through the last crumb.
We have enjoyed getting to know the Nice family this year and look forward to many more visits to the Icehouse Cafe and while we haven’t indulged in the bed and breakfast yet, we’ve been given the tour of one of their ground level rooms that is completely accessible and will have to take them up on their hospitality one of these weekends. On top of the great food and hosts making us feel part of their family, at the end of our Octoberfest evening, the Nice family shared with us that they had decided, as a family, that they were going to donate all of their tips for the weekend to my GoFundMe Campaign. I was blown away, and bit emotional by this out pouring of generosity, especially given at the end of their first season in operation. Seriously people, if you are in the area, get yourself to Husum Bed and Breakfast and IceHouse Cafe, or plan your next trip to the pacific northwest including a stay or meal with this wonderful family at their bed and breakfast!
Get a reservation through their website, http://gorgerooms.com or give them a call at 509-289-1181 and they will be happy to accommodate your needs and welcome you to the family.
In regards to the GoFundMe Campaign, I have some notable updates in my endeavors and hope to share details in the next day or two. Thank you again, to everyone who has donated to help me be accessible!