Our peaceful guesthouse sits just on the edge of town - a sunny, inviting west side property. Listen to spring peepers, coyotes after indulging downtown – only 10 minutes "with traffic". By Shevlin Park, awesome biking access, 30 min to Mt. Bachelor!
Our peaceful 1BR/1BA guest house with kitchenette sits just on the edge of town on a sunny, inviting property on the outskirts of Westside Bend.
Listen to spring peepers and coyotes at night, after spending the evening downtown...it's about a 10 minute drive "with traffic". Beautiful Shevlin Park is a stone's throw, and you're only minutes from the best trails and about 25-30 to Mt. Bachelor skiing.
The simple guest house sits across the courtyard from the main house, with an unassuming shower/bathroom, fresh towels and colorfully tiled sink. Fresh bed linens and plush comforters. The twin trundle day bed is ready to go to sleep up to four total if needed, although our feedback has been that up to three is most comfortable. Cozy up on cold nights with the wood stove and watch the moon rise through the tall ponderosas. In the morning, south-facing windows let the light flood in, while an orchestra of birdsongs soak the air in the morning and evenings...a peaceful way to start the day! You will find it very clean, comfortable and a wonderful sanctuary to come back to after a big day exploring.
The kitchenette and decor is modest and functional:
• High-quality single-burner induction cooktop
• Larger Countertop Toaster/Baking oven
• Coffee Maker
• Full Size Refrigerator
• Large capacity front-loading washer/dryer
• Sorry -- no cable! We hope you'd rather be outside or reading a good book! ;-)
• Gas BBQ on the patio for grilling!
In nice weather, we enjoy the 20-25 minute bike ride into town, to give you an indication of our proximity to sights and activities.
Distances to Popular Spots:
- Groceries: 10 minutes to Newport Market and Devore's Organic - best shopping in town! In the summer, you are just a few minutes from the Northwest Crossing Farmer's Market on Saturdays.
- Phil's Trailhead: Under 10. You can cut over at Mt. Washington to turn onto Skyliner Rd.
- Meissner Snowpark: 20 minutes
- Drake Park/Downtown: 10 minutes ("with traffic";-)
-Tumalo State Park: 5 minutes/ 2 miles
- Northwest Crossing: 4-5 minutes
There is a sweet little porch to the south with Adirondack chairs for relaxing with coffee into the day or bringing it to a close. (Note:The courtyard offers a peaceful place to enjoy conversation or contemplate, with an apple tree, yuccas, fresh rhubarb, , hops, perennials, iris and lilac out your door!)
During your stay, you'll also be sure to encounter a menagerie of animals. Fresh eggs are yours for the taking if you meander back to the chicken coop...Two cats and dogs are all quite social and always looking for new friends.
My two kind and fun children might be around enjoying the natural space, too, often scaling the rocks and playing outside, so expect some sightings of pirates, ninjas or some other characters during your stay! If you have children, we have often just joined forces and the kids play together!
We do have a pack and play and high chair available for babies, so please ask if you need that -- we want you to feel like part of the family and always love sharing our knowledge of the area for favorite trails, biking, restaurants and can point you in the right direction.
We love our humble little casita, and hope to make your stay as enjoyable as possible!
Guest house, courtyard, property, kids' fort, chickens...
Interaction with Guests
I adapt to each guest's needs. Some, we have ended up having dinner together, glasses of wine, having our kids play together. Others, I am sensitive and give complete privacy. I often am around during guests' stay and try to be available when/if they need me without invading their privacy.
A perfect balance of private space, nature and accessibility to town.
No public transit past Shevlin Park. Easy 15 minutes from airport, as it's in the north part of Bend.
No pets in the casita. May check to bring pet if kept outside only.
Absolutely No Smoking!
Our stay with Alyce was great. The Casita was a small cozy place that was perfect for my wife and I over our 3 day weekend. The bed is a fold out futon and there is also a trundle bed. So you could sleep 4 adults, although you'd probably want to put the trundle away daily. There is no stove, but there's a heating element for one pot meals. Otherwise the kitchen is fairly well outfitted.
The Casita is conveniently located close to downtown, but far from the hubbub. The morning we left there were 6 or so deer eating the grass in the backyard and we saw lots of interesting birds right outside the window.
The Casita is not the most polished place you'll stay. But for the price, it's a great deal to stay close to Bend and save money to spend on your lift ticket or raft rental!
Alyce was great. She was home with her two boys and showed us around. The place was like the listing and was gorgeous. It was a few miles from town, so deer walked in the yard, stars could be seen (before the snow storm came), and we slept very well on the futon.
The woodstove kept us comfy when the snow and ice came. We enjoyed several conversations with Alyce and her boys. Wiley the big dog and Phyllis the terrier were also very welcoming and friendly.
It was about 10 minutes into town. We cooked a lot in the kitchen while there and it was fine.
We will definitely be back. Wish we had left the kayak and bikes and brought the skis... next time.
Alyce made us feel totally welcome and showed us around when we arrived. The space was absolutely beautiful. It was very comfortable for 3 people and had a working fireplace which was great. Totally cozy. She also had very sweet dogs and gave us a great dinner recommendation.
Alyce was a great Hostess and I was welcomed with Aloha to bend and her sweet casita! I had a relaxing two night stay and was thankful for the warmth of the fireplace and alyce's hiking suggestions!!
Alyce's guesthouse was fun and funky. Her friendly dogs were there to welcome us on our arrival. We loved the setting and enjoyed basking in the sun on the back deck before driving back to rainy Portland. Great spot for our quick trip to Bend!
Alyce was a lovely host. She was able to assist us with local things to do and was so nice and welcoming to us and our 2 11 year-old boys. Alyce is an avid outdoors person and I bet she has the inside scoop for anything active guests would like to do in the area. She is the perfect host in that she was available during our stay, outgoing when we talked but definitely let us have our private space as well. Our kids LOVED her pets; two super friendly dogs, 2 super sweet cats and four social (by bird standards) chickens. For my husband and me, getting a chance to sit on the little patio surrounded by flowers, pine trees and that high mountain air was a rare treat. Star gazing is incredible here and the neighborhood is quiet and peaceful. I probably wouldn't recommend four people in the Casita during the winter but for summer it was fine since there was so much outdoor space. I recommend the Casita for couples, singles or small families looking for a casual cozy way to enjoy Bend or Mt. Bachelor.
What a delightful spot to begin all of your Bend/Central Oregon adventures! Alyce and her casita (both charming) welcome you with everything you need to spend a relaxing retreat amidst gorgeous blue skies, amazing mountain air, and glorious star displays as night. Located away from the touristy hustle of downtown Bend, it's quiet and peaceful yet close enough in to allow your Bend and Sisters excursions, too. Biking, kayaking, hiking and of course skiing are all at your doorstep, as well. We'll tell our skiing kids all about "Alyce's place"!