Bluebird @ Tierra Soul Urban Farm

House - Private room · N Michigan Ave, Portland, OR 97217, United States

The Space

If you are an Urban Farming pioneer, enthusiast, or gonna-be, a Cultural warrior, jammer, or creator or perhaps a Thinker, Poet, Artist or Dreamer. Then GREAT! We want to meet you and share the wonders of how being connected to one's food creates community, beauty, healing and security. We can't wait to meet you!!!

However, we are not a hotel with air conditioning, nor are we a Bed & Breakfast with doilies and syrup-ey sweet hospitality. We are a clean simple Farm community and we love meeting warm, open and creative people. If this all sounds fine to you then this might be a really good fit and we look forward to hosting you. If not, you might be happier somewhere else.

The Neighborhood
Tierra Soul is located in the fun and hip Mississippi Avenue Historic District ~ a couple blocks from boutiques and coffee shops, restaurants and parks. We are a 5 minute drive, and 10 minute MAX ride from downtown and a 5 minute drive, or 30 min. walk, to the Alberta Arts District. We are 3 blocks from a MAX station and bus stop and also have bikes available for your pedaling pleasure!

Check out the TriMet trip planner to arrange your travels to and from the airport or other destination.

The Farmhouse:
Large house surrounded by magical urban farm (sometimes we call it an un-farm), Founded by Mama and Papa Arias and their two little ones in Spring 2010. Since then Tierra Soul has evolved into community endeavor. We have had a host of interns and WWOOFers. Together we have tended dairy and fiber goats, ducks (including the famous Hettie Quackers) and chickens for eggs and meat, honey bees and an expanding perennial fruit, flower, herb and vegetable garden. Join us for a warm and fun time whether or not you have children. House has lots of communal space to enjoy with a front porch, out-door fire pit, and piano! We also have WIFI and a kitchen available for light guest use during non-quiet hours.


GYPSY BLUE: This room got it’s name from our very first guest – La Magdalena, a Flamenco Dancer. Complete with accordion and four poster bed and whimsical library. Queen room with shared bath, $75/night-Fall/Winter, $85/night-Spring/Summer. Sorry, no space for kids or dogs* in this room.

BLUEBIRD: Our other Queen room with shared bath is dedicated to the Literary Arts, featuring local zines and a small poetry/fiction library – and a cool birdcage., $75/night-Fall/Winter, $85-Spring/Summer. Sorry, no space for kids or dogs* in this room.

BEE HIVE: Full bed with single pull out futon, and shared bathroom. This room is slightly larger than the first two and features a Farm/self-sifficiency library and a cute red barn. $75/night-Fall/Winter, $85/night-Spring/Summer. $20/extra child or dog* /night.

BLUE LOTUS: Self-contained second floor room with private bath. $125/night-Fall/Winter, $125/night-Spring/Summer. $20/extra person child or dog*.

THE CORNER CARAVAN: Sleeps 3 comfortably (though technically 5 can fit) and has a complete kitchen, dinette, full and single beds and a rear bathroom. Firepit out front for your enjoyment and located right on a tucked away corner of Mississippi Ave. $100/night single or double occupancy, $20/extra person, child, or dog*

If you are traveling with a small child, let us know and we can set up the wooden crib for your little one. If you do come with children, please respect our quiet hours and supervise them at all times. Also, sick kids are welcome but running a guesthouse exposes us to more foreign colds than we can handle and still be good caretakers. We ask that you keep sick kiddos contained while in common areas especially with other children.

LATE CHECK-INS are fine just let us know.
Cleaning fee includes the 12.5% Oregon lodging tax.

Meals are not included (most of our guests are eager to have a taste of Portland's culinary richness so, we don't want you to feel like your missing out). Enjoy our complimentary coffee and tea bar!

QUIET HOURS: (9pm -7am) We have guests from all over the world crossing time zones, sleeping children and a deep respect for the rhythm of the sun. Our family does rise early for farm chores so don't be surprised if you hear us, and the animals, even earlier.

DOG POLICY: If you have a dog you are traveling with please contact us before booking. Dogs are to be supervised at all times and can't be left in the room when you leave. The dog must be on a leash when in the house and yard. Please respect our gardens and and and pick up after your dog. $20 a night extra.

We look forward to welcoming you!

The Tierra Soul Clan

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 0
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Cleaning Fee: $20
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Dog(s), Cat(s), and Other pet(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • The house is beautiful (and the loft room is fantastic), the Arias family is super nice and charming, and you're a short walk to downtown, Mississippi, Alberta, and other cool neighborhoods. The kid's bed they provided was also a life saver for our 9 month old. It seems to be slightly pricier than other comparable places, but worth it if you want a guaranteed nice PDX experience. Loved it and will return again.

    May 2013
  • This is a lovely and welcoming home. My sister and I ended up spending a lot of time hanging around the house and we felt very comfortable. The location is great. There are cafes and pubs nearby. Very easy transit wise. I would 100% recommend it to anyone looking for a shared home stay. Caitlin was a wonderful hostess and we wish her the best of luck in her South American venture.

    September 2012
  • We had a great time. The Urban Farm is beautiful and the bed was one of the most comfortable I've ever slept in! We loved that Mississippi was so close (within walking distance), and the community setting of Tierra Soul made for a friendly and welcoming experience.

    August 2012
  • The odds were stacked against my boyfriend and I on this trip. I caught a horrible cold right before arriving, and Portland was experiencing a rare heatwave with temperatures reaching 100. Even so, we had an amazing trip with much thanks to Caitlin and Tierra Soul.

    The location of the guesthouse is great, just a short walk to Mississippi shops and restaurants (try Mee Sen for Thai followed with some Ruby Jewel for dessert) and is also close to the Alberta Arts neighborhood. There is plenty of free street parking available. The Patton Home is across the street, which is not a drug rehab center as mentioned in a previous review.

    The Bluebird room is cozy and clean. There isn't a lock on the door which was never an issue for us. There is an armoire with tons of room to store stuff. No television, but it has plenty of books which I thought was a sweet touch. No air conditioning, but fans were provided. The shared bathroom does have a lock and towels available. Plenty of room to store food in the shared kitchen. There was also plenty of information on the Portland area.

    Caitlin was a great host who leaves you to yourself. No awkwardness, no hovering, so if you're concerned about privacy, don't be. However, she's always there if you need to ask a question. She showed us how to walk the goats, which was definitely the highlight of our stay.

    Bottom line: If you're laid back and want a truly unique Portland experience, you've found it.

    August 2012
  • So happy with my stay at the Tierra Soul Urban Farm. I was only in town for one night but it was awesome! What a lovely place. Caitlin was super friendly, helpful and accommodating. Nothing but good things to say, I will definitely be back.

    July 2012
  • We had a wonderful stay at Tierra Soul Urban Farm. Our room and the house are just as described in their profile, the bed was fabulous and I think all the beds available are the same. Some memory foam wonder!
    Caitlin was very accommodating and friendly but not hovering. We will definitely recommend and return.

    January 2012
  • I found Tierrasoul to be a truly unique and wonderful experience. The warmth of the house and the Arias family was everywhere from the smell of food cooking to their children playing in the living room to the goats bleating outside. My room was cozy and clean and the house is close to the Mississippi district which is in north Portland. This street is filled with amazing restaurants, boutiques and bars. Returning to the guesthouse at night was like returning home. A place like this is hard to find and beats staying in a hotel or frilly BnB any day. Will gladly return and recommend Tierrasoul to anyone who enjoys the simple pleasures in life and has a deep appreciation for health and respect for the earth. Thank you!!

    October 2011
  • We had a great time staying with Krista and her family. The house is lovely and the room we stayed in was beautiful. It's really close to Mississippi Avenue (less than 5 minutes walk) which has some great shops and places to eat (mmm, ice cream at Fifty-Fifty). If you're looking for a cookie-cutter hotel stay this is not it, but if you're looking for a warm and inviting place where the hosts are interested in what you're doing, happy to give you advice on places to go and people to see, with a comfortable room to stay in and great hospitality, look no further. And make sure to ask their daughter for a tour of the farm!

    September 2011
  • I really enjoyed my stay at the Tierra Soul Urban Farm and felt at home the second I stepped inside the house. It's very cozy, clean and the bed in the bluebird room is super comfy! If I should ever visit Portland again I would want to stay there again! Joanna is very nice and very kind and helpful!

    August 2011
  • The Tierra Soul Urban Farm was a wonderful place to stay! The bed was unbelievably comfortable and Krista and David were such great hosts. I loved how inviting their home is, and I didn't have the normal claustrophobic-feel you get in hotels. Their house is at an excellent location, being just across the river, and within walking distance of the met and local finds. Their have little touches that are not normally seen in b&b's, like your not-to-typical Portland travel books (which I used and loved!), and a list of the local restaurants and shopping, all within walking distance. I would definitely stay with them again, and highly recommend them to Portland visitors. (:

    July 2011
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University of Toronto, St. John's College, The Evergreen State College
MamaMuse, Tierra Soul
Krista is a writer/artist, gardener/cook.... She works with mamas who want less worry and more joy on the mothering journey - from conception and birth to work and family harmony. David is a Permaculture designer and educator and maker-of-things from chicken coops and bee hives, to grain grinders and caskets. Fia is six and busy creating fashions for her stuffed Lemur or flower potions in her red kitchen. Xoco is three and giggles extensively while zerberting anything he can get his mouth to. He also loved to play dress-up with his trucks and other brummies. Portland, Oregon: We have 6 guest accommodations available, so if one is booked for your dates, contact us about our other options!
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