Dayville is a quiet town time left behind. There is a cafe, mini market with gas, a mercantile, and park with playground. Hiking and car tour maps are available at the John Day Fossil Beds Nat'l Monument Thomas Codon Visitor Center 8 miles away.
This fully furnished 2-bedroom 2-bathroom unit located behind the Dayville Post Office has a queen bed in the first bedroom, 2 XL twin beds in the back bedroom,a pull out couch that can sleep 2, a large living room, a kitchen with seating for 4, appliances and everything you need to cook and serve your meal, including oil, flour, sugar, salt & pepper.
Let me know if you need additional bedrooms.
For enjoying meals on the deck there is a picnic table and Weber barbecue.
Dayville has a population of about 170 with a school for 60 students in grades k-12, a mini-market, mercantile, gas station and a cafe. It is located 125 miles east of Bend, in the John Day valley, at the confluence of the main stem of the John Day River with the South Fork John Day River.
From any direction it is a beautiful drive to Dayville with few cars on the road and majestic views of open landscape with rolling hills. From Portland you can come east on the gorge before heading south through grass lands and the Sheep Rock Unit of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument; from Dayville you can return home through the Indian Reservation in Warm Springs and over Mount Hood. Dayville is a quiet place to get away to, a place to write a book or just enjoy a simpler life for awhile!
NOTE: THERE IS NO CABLE TV IN DAYVILLE. If you want to watch movies you will need to bring your laptop, Roku, or X-Box to access Netflix or other streaming with the supplied Wi-Fi, HDMI cord and Flat Screen TV or rent DVDs at the mini market across the street.
NOTE: THERE IS A $30.00 PET FEE
The nights are cold and the days are filled with dry blue skies perfect for hiking the Blue Basin or Black Canyon Trails, biking, going to the Visitor Center, or taking a drive through Picture Gorge, the Painted Hills and the Park. Any month you can tour the Park and Paleo Center or visit the nearby communities. In the summer months you can visit Kimberly Orchard, Ritter Hot Springs, historical museums, the Kum Wah Chung Museum and the Strawberry Wilderness Area.
If you want culture, or want to celebrate a special occaison like a birthday or anniversary, for an additional fee, I will provide a private evening at a local gallery on the hill, with a memorable dinner, views, wine and an 1800+ sq ft gallery of Hans Magden's oil paintings and sculptures.
Or if you are a bicyclist, I can tell you about some great riding, host you at my Bike Inn hostel by donation and/or add your email address to my Sag Supported Bike Tours with Beds every night: Over The Hill Bike Tours supporting small rural communities of Eastern Oregon
Come, Enjoy and Play in Grant County!
No Smoking allowed indoors
$30 Pet Fee charged upon arrival
No Pets on Lawn
Parking is allowed in Back of the Post Office
Cleaning Deposit Waived if you strip the beds, wash the dishes, take the garbage out and turn off the heat when you leave.
We stayed the weekend in tiny Dayville at this small and comfortable apartment.
It was our first trip to the area, so it was nice that Christy was there when we arrived to say hello and help us get oriented. She was also very communicative and helpful by email before our arrival. She lives in another town, but we felt she was very accessible if needed during our stay; she left plenty of contact options and backups.
The apartment is clean, sleeps 4 comfortably (provided two can share a bed), and has all the dishes you might need, plus a few food items. (We loved the microwave popcorn; thank you!) It's also very dated. The windows mostly do not open, so if you're a fresh-air junkie, pick a time of year when you can spend all of your time on the big porch out front. (Two nice camp chairs and a picnic table are provided.) There is a fan/AC unit which keeps things cool during hot days, but is not as effective at bringing in fresh cool air at night.
The porch is adjacent to an abandoned building's blank wall, so not the MOST scenic. However, its more distant view is of beautiful juniper-clad hills. Enjoy the light on the hills all day, and the bright sky full of moon and stars at night.
The apartment is directly behind the local post office and right on Hwy 26, but you will find this is no impediment to seeking peace and quiet. Dayville is very small and isolated; I heard mostly crickets, birds, and the purring of whichever cat was currently occupying the bench beside me.
Speaking of which, a note for fans of felines (or those allergic): At least two local (outdoor-living) cats live somewhere nearby and clearly enjoy human company. One or both visited each time I was out on the porch (which was often), and both wanted to sit by me, sit on me, and politely request whatever I was eating. They were quiet and friendly and accepted my denial of their requests for food and lap time. I suspect they would probably go away if you chased them off.
Christy was a wonderful host and made sure we had everything we needed. She is very responsive via texts. We all thoroughly enjoyed our stay at her place. The unit was larger than I expected. There was plenty of room for the five of us and the perfect place to stay in central Oregon if you want to be near the fossil beds which is a short six mile drive from the house (the interpretive center with the displays). The house itself is probably as old as the town, but in good shape. It is quiet and air conditioned in the summer. There is a grill on the porch and a cute kitchen. The kids loved staying here and didn't want to leave. The town of Dayville is small like many towns you will pass through. The people are very friendly and will wave to you which was very nice! There are limited businesses in the town, but the town of John Day is about 30 minutes away and there are restaurants and other things in case you need anything.
Christy was a wonderful host and answered all of our questions. The unit we stayed in was very clean and cozy.
We recommend this place to stay. We found the location great during our trip to the John Day Fossil area. The home/cabin is clean and well cared for. Rheu is very helpful before and during our stay.
This is a great place, well furnished, in a fantastic location. Christy was very responsive. We were really glad we stayed here & would happily do so again!
Our visit to the John Day Fossil Beds was absolutely beautiful! We had a wonderful time and highly recommend the Kam Wah Chung museum in John Day. What a gem! Our accommodations were adequate. The apartment was clean and had all of the essentials. The place was a little big for us (2 people), which ended up costing us a little more than we wanted; we had slim pickings for a place to stay at this time of year. The airbnb site was not updated, which caused a little confusion and frustration, but was ironed out in the end. Christy's communication was excellent; we had a response from her shortly after every question we had. Dayville seems lovely and is a nice place to walk around. It's also a perfect place to set up camp to explore the area.
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I am a family law mediator, community organizer, curator, and host for cyclist biking across the country, who wanted a beautiful place to live while being able to stay home with my kids. I love hosting, cooking, and sharing the simplicity of life in Eastern Oregon.
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