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Washington’s Skamania Lodge Welcomes Matt Hale as New Executive Chef

Farm to table expert brings his culinary experience and passions to the Columbia River Gorge property

Stevenson, Wash. (April 6, 2015) – Skamania Lodge, A Destination Hotel, is pleased to announce Matt Hale as its new executive chef. In his new position, Hale will be responsible for overseeing all food production, sourcing and costs, as well as managing the labor for banquets and the two on-property restaurants, and an on-site staff of 40. Hale looks forward to utilizing his 18 years of kitchen experience, paired with a specialty and passion for farm to table cuisine, to lead a well-trained staff in delivering delicious, Northwest dishes.

“Chef Hale has a great respect and enthusiasm for the beautiful ingredients found here in the Northwest, and that’s a key attribute we were seeking in our new executive chef,” said Ken Daugherty, the general manager at Skamania Lodge. “We look forward to the high-quality food and fresh ideas he will bring to Skamania Lodge, ensuring a top-notch dining experience for our guests.”

Hale comes to Skamania Lodge having previously worked at Resort at Squaw Creek, A Destination Hotel in Lake Tahoe as the fine dining sous chef. From there, he moved on to banquet chef at Sandy’s Pub, also located at Resort at Squaw Creek, where he was quickly promoted to the executive sous chef. While growing up in Sierra City, Calif., Hale learned to grow large vegetable gardens and small fruit orchards. This, paired with an inherited family interest in cooking, led to a passion for always sourcing locally that he has continued to carry with him throughout his culinary career. Hale followed the call of cooking to Lake Tahoe Community College, where he received an Advanced Degree in Culinary Arts.

“It is clear to me that Skamania Lodge prides itself on being a culinary leader in the Gorge, and I share my passion for garden-grown and locally sourced dishes with both the Skamania Lodge team, and the guests we serve,” says Hale, “Freshly sourced food doesn’t need any unnecessary embellishments; the quality and taste speak for themselves.”

For more information on Skamania Lodge and its restaurants, the Cascade Dining Room and River Rock Lounge, visit or call (800) 221-7117, and stay up-to-date on the most current events and specials by following Skamania Lodge on Facebook and Twitter.

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About Skamania Lodge, A Destination Hotel

Located 45 miles east of Portland, Ore., in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Skamania Lodge is an all-season, 175-acre mountain resort and conference center. The property is also home to 45 recreational options, including Waterleaf Spa, with an indoor swimming pool, hot tubs and a fitness center, an 18-hole championship golf course, and the Cascade Dining Room and River Rock restaurants. The Cascadian-style lodge is situated in a Pacific Northwest playground with hiking, biking and Sternwheeler river cruises in the summer; skiing and snowshoeing in the winter; and golfing, fishing and whitewater rafting year-round. The property has also won numerous awards, including: National Choice Award by Smart Meetings magazine; Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator; and the Gold Tier Green Star award from International Association of Conference Centers (IACC). For more information, visit Like us on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter.

About Destination Hotels

Destination Hotels (Destination) is the largest owner and operator of independent hotels, resorts and residences in the United States. Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, Destination is an industry leader with more than 40 years of hospitality management and development experience. Located in premier destinations, the portfolio is continuously growing with more than 40 luxury and upscale properties from coast to coast. The award-winning company operates 20 golf courses, 19 full-service spas, six IACC-certified conference centers and 105 bars and restaurants. The privately-owned company is a subsidiary of Lowe Enterprises, a Los Angeles-based investment, development and real estate firm. For more information on Destination Hotels, visit Follow us on Twitter: @Destination. Like us on Facebook: DestinationHotels.

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