What is now The Fairgate Inn began as a dream in 1987 in the hearts and minds of the owners, Jack and Christine Foyt. The beginning realization started in 1998 with the purchase of three acres on top of Prune Hill in Camas, Washington. It was not until February of 1999 that construction actually got underway. The building and completion of the facility was nothing short of miraculous when you consider that Jack, who was the designer as well as General Contractor was also the General Manager of a large wholesale company with demands and responsibilities. The project was a team effort so Christine took on the responsibility for all interior product and décor. In May of 2000, just fourteen months after the construction began, the 11,500 square foot Fairgate Inn was open and ready for business.
The Inn was designed as a Bed and Breakfast with eight upscale suites as well as an Event and Wedding venue. Their first wedding was hosted within the first thirty days of operation. The beauty and ambiance of the Inn drew business clients from both Oregon and Washington who were looking for something other than the typical meeting location but desired exceptional service and accessibility to the metro area. The Inn also provides lodging for corporate travelers with destinations of East Vancouver and Camas. Lodging guests have traveled from as far away as New Zealand, England, Germany and Brazil as well as local residents looking for an escape. The majority of the wedding clients are residents of Portland and Vancouver, but brides that reside as far away as Washington D.C., South Carolina, Texas and Seattle have fallen in love with the Inn and have chosen it as their destination.
In July of 2008, a 2,500 square foot expansion to the existing Inn was completed, again in record time. The new Conservatory was designed to provide much needed additional space for all types of special events and business meetings.
In 2010, Christine Foyt was honored with The Paul Harris Fellowship award from The Rotary Foundation. Chris was selected for this recognition because her peers believe that her life exemplifies the humanitarian and educational objectives of The Rotary Foundation and a commitment to helping persons in need within the local community and around the world as well as serving the Camas/ Washougal Rotary with generosity and hospitality during regular weekly meetings.