The City of Independence charges a lodging tax of 9% which is included in the total price per night or week shown. (There's no tax on rentals by the month.)
Relax in this charming 1960s Garden Cottage in historic Independence, Oregon, 12 miles east of Salem, 22 miles north of Corvallis, 3 miles from Western Oregon University in Monmouth, and 59 miles south of Portland.
On a residential dead-end street near Pioneer Park, the Cottage is a four-block walk from Independence's historic downtown and Riverview Park. It's ultra-quiet most of the day and night; on weekdays you may hear kids playing during recess at the elementary school. The Cottage has two bedrooms, one with a queen bed and one with a standard double bed (both feature new, eco-friendly, allergy-resistant Parklane mattresses), and one bathroom with bathtub/shower. Eco-aware, health-conscious hosts provide soft, 100% organic cotton bedsheets and towels freshly laundered for your stay in fragrance-free, environmentally safe detergent. We use only non-toxic cleaning supplies in the Cottage, and maintain a non-smoking policy for all guests.
The full kitchen offers a dining table and chairs, selection of cookbooks (check the bookshelf in the living room), and cooking utensils and dishes to serve four people. We provide a few basic breakfast fixings such as coffee and eggs (local, free-range eggs when in season), plus an herb garden; for your other grocery needs, we recommend Roth's Market at 1401 Monmouth Avenue, a mile west of the Cottage, or the smaller Mootharts Market, a four-block walk away. See the guest handbook on the dining table for restaurant recommendations, web addresses for local wineries, the password for the Cottage's free wifi, and more. The colorful living room features a sofa and chair, DVD player with a selection of movies and vintage TV shows, record player with vintage records, and bookcase stocked with classic short stories and mystery novels. You may see deer or raccoons who wander up from the nearby creek.
Historic Independence, Oregon
Founded in 1845 by 21-year-old Oregon Trail pioneer Elvin A. Thorp, Independence is proud of the Victorian, Gothic, Craftsman and other historic homes and commercial buildings in its Historic District, designated on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989. The Heritage Museum, 2 blocks from the Cottage, is open afternoons Wednesday through Saturday and offers visitors a look at photos and artifacts from the town's 150-year-plus history.
Walk to top-quality restaurants and cafés in the Historic District. Our special recommendations include The Pink House Café (6 blocks away), Mangiare Italian Restaurant (4 blocks), and the Ovenbird Bakery (5 blocks) - all include gluten-free options. You'll also find a steakhouse, beer and deli food, Mexican, Thai, Asian and other cuisines within a short walk or drive - a list is provided at the Cottage.
Independence boasts two farmer's markets on Saturdays, April-November, offering fresh local fruits and vegetables plus locally made pastries, jams, soaps and other goodies (4-6 blocks). Riverview Park (4 blocks) is on the west bank of the Willamette River. An 8-week summer series of free movies on Thursdays and free concerts on Fridays takes place in the Park, as well as the annual Independence Day celebrations. Monmouth, Independence's companion city, offers a free Music in the Park series on Wednesdays in July and August. Other annual events include the Independence Hop & Heritage Festival and a Ghost Walk tour in late September. Nature enthusiasts will want to check out The Willamette River Trail, a 5-kilometer loop trail beginning at Riverview Park which passes through the Willamette's riparian zone.
Scrapbooking events at the Running with Scissors store (5 blocks) attract visitors from near and far. Second Chance Books (6 blocks) packs a lot of books, almost-new to antique, into its larger-than-it-looks shop. From vintage postcards to fine furniture, discover evocative pieces of the past at Main Street Antiques (4 blocks). The Independence Cinema, an ultra-modern multiplex theater (6 blocks), offers a variety of first-run movies and includes a 3-D capacity. Small-plane pilots land and take off at the Independence State Airport on the north side of town.
Centrally located in Oregon's renowned Willamette Valley wine country, Independence makes a great home base for touring vineyards. Within a ten-mile radius of the Cottage are the Redgate Vineyard in Independence; the Amalie Robert Estate and the Illahe Vineyards and Winery, both in Dallas; the Eola Hills Wine Cellars and the Firesteed Winery, both in Rickreall; and the Ankeny Vineyard and Winery and the Orchard Heights Winery, both in Salem. In addition to wine-tastings, many vineyards offer special brunches and dinners, as well as events like the Redgate Vineyard's summer concert series and the Eola Hills wine country bike rides.
Independence was once the hop capital of the world; Rogue Ales still grows heritage hops 7 miles south of town at the Rogue Farms Hopyard, where you can enjoy their brews (and on many summer weekends a salmon bake) at the Chatoe Rogue Tasting Room.
The Cottage is 1.2 miles from the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway and easily reached by bicycle. A storage area next to the kitchen allows you to securely stash your bicycle when not in use.
The Willamette Valley Birding Trail (Yamhill Loop) runs just north of Independence and includes Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge (12 miles north of Independence), the Fort Yamhill State Heritage Area (29 miles north of Independence), and other premier birding sites. The Luckiamute Landing State Natural Area (11 miles south of Independence) offers 615 acres of riparian habitat with fishing and wildlife viewing and, for boaters, an access point on the Willamette River Water Trail.
The Polk County Annual Fair in August is only one of many events held at the Polk County Fairgrounds in Rickreall, 7 miles from the Cottage. Their busy calendar includes everything from rodeos to square dancing to flea markets.
Gardeners will love touring the display gardens at Dancing Oaks Nursery (16 miles from the Cottage), Schreiner's Iris Gardens (20 miles) or the Oregon Garden in Silverton (26 miles).
Independence is a 13-mile drive from the Oregon State Capitol, Willamette University, and other attractions in historic downtown Salem.
Our Welcome to You
We invite you to relax and enjoy yourself in our romantic Garden Cottage, a quiet getaway retreat where you'll be a hop-skip-and-a-jump from an abundance of interesting things to do and places to explore.
Everything in this cottage's profile is exactly as it sounds--completely wonderful, including the hosts! We loved the neighborhood and the 'walkability' and friendliness of the town, and were instantly at home on B Street. We plan to return!
Super cute cottage exactly as described. The guest information booklet was very informative and helpful. Even coffee and eggs for breakfast, we added tortillas from the corner store and made great breakfast burritos. I would totally stay there again.
What a great little place. Everything was as described and we had a great time. The cottage is cute, comfortable and well appointed. Margaret and Robert even left coffee and eggs waiting for us in the fridge. What a thoughtful gesture, especially as we got in late at night.
The beds were comfortable and the neighborhood quiet. We will be back.
All in all smooth and pleasant transaction and a comfortable stay for a very reasonable price.
Charming cottage with everything we needed. Creatively decorated. Safe for people with chemical sensitivities. Great movie selection!
My husband and I had a lovely stay at Robert and Margaret's cute comfortable cottage. Couldn't ask for a better stocked and provided for accommodation: kitchen, bathroom and plenty of movies and books, etc for relaxing. The art and placement of furniture and decor is so pleasing and fun. Everything about our stay was perfect! Definitely recommend if in the Independence, Or area: ))
Great value, nice friendly small town-close to restaurants, other towns, parks, the river and a short drive to many wineries and other activities. All the amenities at the cottage to stay, cook and enjoy ourselves. Helpful proprietors, very quick communication. We will definitely look to stay here again when we want to check out more of the area.
This is a charming and quiet little town and the cottage is lovely. The art is vibrant yet tasteful and the kitchen is well-equipped. Good value for the money and a pleasant stay.
The hosts were very good about keeping in touch and providing us with information as the date neared. We found Independence to be a great little town with restaurants and shops within walking distance as advertised. Loved the decor and all the little amenities provided, plus the beds were quite comfortable. Would have loved to stay another night--a lovely little cottage at a very affordable price!
The host responded promptly to our messages. The cottage is set in a lovely, quiet neighborhood and was quite restful. Our favorite experience was the evening we came home after dark and found the yard full of deer, munching on the landscaping! At first, I thought they were statues, because they weren't disturbed by our car driving up. As we got out of the car they calmly walked away. I guess encounters with people aren't that big a deal. It was charming. The lights from the elementary school across the street are handy when coming back after dark, when you neglect to leave the exterior light on!
The cottage was clean, quiet, comfortable, and nicely decorated. It was very convenient to downtown and our family nearby. Our hosts were very accommodating to our specific needs. We hope to stay there again. Bob and Diane.
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