Off the Grid and Forty Feet Up!


Tower hosted by Dabney And Alan

  1. 4 guests
  2. 1 bedroom
  3. 3 beds
  4. 1 bath
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If you'd like to be on our Cancellation Notification List and Booking Notification for 2023, sign up on the summitprairie website. Or email us at summitprairie at the email of the world's most popular search engine (starts with a G)


The space
Our 2022 season runs March 31st through mid-November.

We will book November after fire season, probably early October.


On SUNDAY, JUNE 5TH, 2022 at 9 A.M. Pacific Daylight Saving Time, (not 8:59 a.m., not 9:01 a.m.) our calendar on Airbnb will become functional for AUGUST, SEPTEMBER, and OCTOBER BOOKINGS. There will be a 4 night minimum, for a Thursday until Monday stay only. Promptly at 9:15 a.m., the calendar will be functional for a 3 night stay, Monday until Thursday only. The only check in days are Monday or Thursday, for a 3 night stay or a 4 night stay. We do not offer any 1 or 2 night stays. On the early season 2022 booking date, all dates were booked within a couple of minutes of opening the calendar.

We will book November after fire season, probably early October, when we know if we will need to move reservations around in case we have to close for fires (as we did in 2021).

Our 2023 season will run late March/early April until mid-November. Booking will start around late February. Check back here for the exact date and time or sign up for our Booking Notification/Cancellation Notification List.


Because of the wildfire last year that forced us to close for almost 2.5 months, we moved a lot of our reservations from 2021 to this year. And, we've had many guests book an entire week and all of the Large Group Event weekends. As a result, for the first time, we are limiting the amount of bookings we take from Previous Guests so we will be able to offer at least a few dates to New Guests. Our late Summer/Fall season, which we will book in early June, should have more available dates.

We also offer "Large Group Events" - prices start at $425 per night for up to 20 people (camping in tents) and an additional $10 per person up to 30 people. The same 3 night (Monday to Thursday) or 4 night (Thursday to Monday) minimums apply. We limit Large Group Events to 2 per month and we have already promised all of those for 2022.


Our booking notification list has over 1,600 names on it and is growing by the day. We can only take 65 reservations each season so please understand that not everyone will get a booking. Some guests try for several years before they are able to get a booking and realistically, some guests may never be able to get a booking.

When we open the calendar, we will have already booked our previous guests (which we are limiting this year), our week long stays and our Large Group Events so there probably will be only 5 or 6 available sets of dates. We will list the available dates on this site the day prior so guests know what dates will be available on the booking date.

Please don't request a booking for the dates open in 2025 - we won't book 2025 until early March of 2025. We only leave those dates open so we appear in searches and guests can contact us if they have questions. If you do request those dates, we will decline them - sorry!

​Sign up for our Booking/Cancellation Notification list on the Booking Info tab of the summitprairie website or email us at summitprairie at the email of the world's most popular search engine (starts with a G).

Our 2022 season runs March 31, 2022 through mid-November, 2022.


1. We typically book our season at a specific date and time.  Visit the summitprairie website and sign-up for our Booking Notification List or check back here in January, 2022 for the specific date and time - February 27th, 2022 at 9 a.m. and June 5th, 2022 at 9 a.m.

2. We highly recommend that you book using the Airbnb website on a computer, not your cell phone.

3. Make sure your Airbnb profile is filled out completely including a clear photograph of yourself, your government ID, what city you are from and a little bit about yourself. Our intention is not to discriminate against anyone but when we see an incomplete profile we feel like a guest is trying to hide something. We've had guests that were able to secure dates only to lose them before confirmation because they didn't have their profile completed. That is an Airbnb requirement, we're not in control of that.

4. Have all of your credit card information completed on your profile and your ID verified. Booking will happen very quickly and you will not have time to add credit card or ID information when the calendar opens.

5. Refresh your browser frequently. The entire booking window lasts less than 10 seconds. Don't worry about sending us a message when you send us your booking request - someone else will grab the dates while you're typing your message! (you can just type fjfjfjfjfj) After the calendar appears full, continue to check back over the first 48 hours - guests frequently get overly excited when booking and dates that appear to have been booked end up opening up again. We will announce on the site when all dates are filled and booking is completed.

6. Be flexible on your dates. All of the weekend dates and many summer mid-week already have been booked by our previous guests, week long stays and Large Group Events so most of the dates available will be mid-week.

7. Once you book your dates, you won't be able to change them as we will be completely booked for the season. You also will not be able to change the number of nights but you can cancel your reservation and if we're able to rebook the dates, we will give you a full refund, less a $50 rebooking fee (this is less strict than the Airbnb strict cancellation policy of 50% refund up to 2 weeks prior to arrival and no refund 1 week prior to arrival).

8. Please do not request a booking until you are certain that you will be able to come those dates. Check your time off from work, your friend's availability, flight schedule and costs, etc. If you do cancel your reservation, even if it is within the 48 hour free cancellation period, we will remove you from our Cancellation/Booking Notification List. We've had a real problem with this.

9. If you're unable to get a booking, visit the summitprairie website and click on Booking Information. Or send an email to summitprairie at the email of the world's most popular search engine (starts with a G) and we'll add you to our Cancellation Notification List. We usually get 5 to 6 cancellations during the season and the sooner you get on the list, the more chances you will get to book.

10. Finally, we do know that it is extremely difficult to get a booking with us and a complete hassle so we are extremely appreciative of you guys that stick with us through this process!!

Thanks and we look forward to seeing you someday at the Summit Prairie!
Missing peace and quiet? Wishing for space to relax and renew? Here is your chance! Off the grid, atop a 40-acre meadow on 160 acres of private land. Surrounded by the Umpqua National Forest in Douglas County, Oregon.

Welcome to Summit Prairie!

Hear the wind give voice to the trees at the edge of the meadow.
Listen to the birds calling in the valley below.
Let the peace you feel here…. stay with you.
Your hosts, Alan and Dabney, will welcome you and orient you to all the wonders of this place, then leave you in peace so you can enjoy.

Built in Two Thousand Nine, the lookout tower is modeled after Fire Lookout Towers built by the US Forest Service in the early Nineteen Hundreds.
However, it's enhanced with modern essentials: a full kitchen featuring hot and cold running water, propane stove, refrigerator, heater and lamps, exterior shower, comfortable beds in the cupola and main floor with windows all around to let in summer breezes and breath-taking views.
And while simply chilling at Summit Prairie is oh-so-fine, think of this place also as a launch point for day trips to Crater Lake (2 hours), or Ashland, site of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (1.5 hours), or historic Jacksonville, site of the annual Britt Festival (1.5 hours), Rogue River Rafting (45 minutes), the South Umpqua Falls (45 minutes) or the Seven Feathers Casino in Canyonville (1 hour).

Imagine! Kick back and relax, read a book, play a game (or three)… write in a journal, meditate… daydream in the hammocks down the hill… soak your cares away and relax in a secluded wood-fired, spring-fed hot tub… Even dance under the moon or sing to the stars.

Memories are made here.

Come to Summit Prairie...

Where you'll sleep

1 queen bed
Living room
2 single beds

What this place offers

Mountain view
Valley view
Free driveway parking on premises – 25 spaces
Private hot tub - available seasonally, open 24 hours
Private patio or balcony
Private backyard – Not fully fenced
Indoor fireplace: gas
Fire pit
Long term stays allowed

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Where you’ll be

Tiller, Oregon, United States

Enjoy 160 acres of pure, private bliss. Surrounded by the Umpqua National Forest, you'll awaken each morning only to the sound of birds calling in the trees or bees humming about their business in the meadow. In the evening be amazed at the sunsets, and then as the dusk settles into darkness, exhaust your ability to count all the stars that light up the sky.

Hosted by Dabney And Alan

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Dabney Tompkins has been a commercial real estate broker for years. His husband, Alan Colley, is "retired", having worked in corporate America and then as a fundraiser for local non-profits most of his career. (That's Dabney on the left and Alan on the right.) Our favorite travel destination is Paris, we think it is the City of the Planet.

We love to cook at home and try to do that almost every night. We've stayed with Airbnb hosts in New York, Paris, Vancouver, Seattle, New Orleans, Spain, Morocco, Cuba, Honduras and have found it to be a great way to find accommodations that allow us to be in the part of the city we want to be in and cook while we're there.

We've decided, as part of our new adventure in life, to open our lookout in Southern Oregon while we build our "summer house" and to experience things in life that we would never have experienced before - where the sun rises and sets different seasons of the year, the position of the moon and the stars in the winter and the summer, being friends with people that are way out of our norm, planting food from last year's seeds and learning to live a "real life".
Dabney Tompkins has been a commercial real estate broker for years. His husband, Alan Colley, is "retired", having worked in corporate America and then as a fundraiser for local n…

During your stay

We will welcome you personally, show you how things work and then retreat to our summer home a few hundred yards away, in a secluded grove, out of sight from the lookout. Be aware that we live on the property and will be available to answer any questions, help in emergencies or assist if any of the off-grid systems malfunction. You may see us once or twice a day either in a vehicle or by foot as the access to our summer house passes by the base of the lookout. We also will be using the hot tub but will try to give you priority use of it. You generally won't see or hear us unless we are accessing our summer house, watering the garden or tending the hot tub, both a distance from the lookout. And, to be sure, we are always up for sitting around the campfire and spinning tall tales! At the suggestion of several of our guests, if you are interested we can share a meal or two together - just let us know in advance if you're interested! Or we will stay out of sight as much as we can and give you as much privacy as you would like.
We will welcome you personally, show you how things work and then retreat to our summer home a few hundred yards away, in a secluded grove, out of sight from the lookout. Be awar…

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Things to know

House rules

Check-in: After 4:00 PM
Checkout: 11:00 AM
Not suitable for infants (under 2 years)
No smoking
No pets

Health & safety

Airbnb's COVID-19 safety practices apply
Pool/hot tub without a gate or lock
May encounter potentially dangerous animal
Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm

Cancellation policy