About this listing
Two quiet, comfortable rooms above the Columbia River Gorge surrounded by pine trees and oxygen. 25 minutes from PDX, 40 minutes from Portland. Sweet spot for cyclists, MTBers, kite/wind surfers, hikers, runners, skiers, climbers, writers, business travelers, motocross competitors, boaters, equestrians. Parking for trailer Huge deck with incredible view!
Our home is large, open and comfortable and we love to have responsible visitors! We are literally over the river and through the woods from PDX and Portland, OR, and situated at the top of a hill in the Columbia River Gorge area. One room looks out to our little red barn on pasture, the other looks out over the valley toward the twinkling lights of Portland and to the Silver Star Mountains. It's peaceful here and the air is fresh and clean.
We have a cozy queen bed in our Chambre Le Jardin and a spacious, comfortable king bed in the Chambre La Mer.
We also have a double futon downstairs which, for larger parties, you're welcome to use for a small additional fee. The bathroom by this room, while functional with a shower, sink, and toilet, is still unfinished, so again, while utilitarian, it is not tiled yet, however in the middle of the night, it is convenient. If you wish, you may simply go up and use the bathroom at the top of the stairs.
As for things to do:
For MTBers (mountain bikers), there is a lush logging road you can use that can take you as far as you want to go and there's plenty of single track nearby. Mount Saint Helens, Mount Hood, Mount Washington, Mirror Lake etc., are not far.
Hikers and trail runners, we've got Cape Horn Trail three miles down the road, Beacon Rock State Park is a quick ten miles from here, and over the Bridge of the Gods is Multnomah Falls, Horsetail Falls, and so much more! Or head into Portland, to Forest Park, and run or hike the fabulous and incredibly beautiful Wildwood Trail. Nothing beats it and it's my personal favorite for trail running. I've got a book here for local/Portland hikes that list all you want in varying degrees of difficulty.
Road riders, your options are pretty much limitless. You can head out from here and count on thigh-burning grades all over the place.
Kite and wind surfers, world-class winds await you 39 miles away in Hood River, OR. That, and the cute town itself. Closer to here, just 20 or so miles away, in the smaller Columbia cove of Carson, is also great kite and wind surfing.
Rock climbers, from here, turn left off Salmon Falls Road heading down W-14, about 10 miles from here, Beacon Rock has an awesome vertical wall, or turn right onto W-14 off Salmon Falls and go three miles down, you'll find Ozone Wall.
Skiers, Mount Hood awaits,
Motocross peeps, we've got the Washougal MX Park right here!
Antique explorers, head into Portland to Selwood for a cornucopia of vintage goodies, power shoppers, head across the river too, for big tax-free shopping.
Motorcycle clubs, there are stunning rides in any direction!
Feel free to relax in our living room, dining room, and please use our kitchen. We simply ask that you respect our things and our privacy, and tidy up after yourselves. Our bedroom is on the third floor and is off limits. Firearms are not permitted in our home but feel free to lock them in your vehicle across the street.
Except for bona fide trained Service Animals, pets/animals (please, no "comfort animals") are not permitted in the house. They may, however, sleep in the barn. Horses are welcome at additional cost. We have varmints, critters and other wildlife up here so the barn would need to be closed at night when your animals are sleeping. Coyotes howl at times during the night, and we have bear, a rare mountain lion, elk, deer, and rabbits. No rattle snakes here but we do have small garter snakes that come out when it's warm.
Interaction with Guests
Since our home has an open floor plan and we will be here during your stay, we will be sharing our home and space with you. Still, we will do our best to stay out of your way during your visit with us and when you're socializing in the living or dining room, unless invited to join you, we will of course respect your space. I enjoy entertaining and developing wonderful friendships with people from all over the country and planet. When you arrive I will ask you if you would like to have a dinner gathering at our dining table. Please do not feel obligated to say yes! I will simply invite you and the option will be entirely yours! :-)
Quiet, pretty, green, and de-stressing. :-)
You'll need a car here. If you've brought your bikes or motorcycles, leave your car and ride like the wind!
Parking is complimentary.
Other Things to Note
We have lots of books and board games, so please feel free to enjoy them! For industrious youngsters, I have Legos.
If you are traveling with little ones, with advance notice I will be happy to look after them so you can enjoy a day or evening out.
~No smoking in the house. You may smoke on the deck or in front of the house. NO SMOKING in or near the barn, in the fields, or near trees or foliage. Thank you.
~No firearms in the house. Please lock them in your car and park your car across the road by the barn.
~Hunters, you may NOT hunt within the boundaries of our property, nor on any of the properties adjacent to ours. It is all privately owned. We have deer, elk, and bear that sleep in our pastures but this is a safe area for them. When the animals are on our property, they are our guests, too. Also, I do not have proper facilities or a designated area for cleaning game.
~Please do not handle the objects in our curio or handle breakable artifacts about the house. If you have small children, please let me know ahead of your arrival and I will be happy to put breakables up and out of the way. We want you to feel at ease here and limit what may cause unnecessary stress.
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About the Host, Cara
Our home is your home and we are delighted you are considering staying here in the countryside where the air is clean and fresh, the views are inspiring, and the outdoors and all its offerings are close by!