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Whispering Pines on the McKenzie River

Entire house hosted by Jane (And Dan)
8 guests4 bedrooms6 beds3 baths
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Whispering Pines on the McKenzie River is a 3500 sq ft house on private 3 acre parcel. Located just below Marten Rapids on lower McKenzie - a treat for all ages. For video, visit WhisperingPinesOregon, or WhisperingPinesontheMcKenzieRiver.

The space
Rich and magnificent with its lodge-quality craftsmanship, Whispering Pines Oregon has over 300 feet of river frontage, and 600+ feet of creek frontage. It sits on 2.75 acres of land bursting with rhodies, trees and ferns. Located just below Marten Rapids, it offers easy access to fishing, floating or just jumping in on a hot day. Built on a rock foundation, the river front is solid rock - which gives you one large, natural patio to play on. You can see good drone footage at

Summers on the McKenzie are a special treat for all ages. Are you from CA and miss your seasons? Consider nestling in here and watching leaves change in the fall, or come in winter and read by the roaring fire after walking in the cold cold temperatures. Summer recreation can begin as soon as Spring begins to burst through the ground once again.

As you enter Whispering Pines, you will discover that it sits on a gated, private parcel, bordered on the West by the Marten Creek, and to the North, the McKenzie River. Your days and nights will be on a property that is just shy of 3 acres, bursting with old Douglas Firs, leafy ferns, 20-year old rhododendrons and much more. It is tranquil and quiet – a perfect get-away place. The house can sleep up to 13 comfortably, but we restrict capacity to 8 to minimize wear-and-tear, and due to having just 3 bathrooms. The common area in your vacation home features two fireplaces (with custom, beautiful Yew mantles), lots of window seating, and plenty of outdoors to roam, explore, and reflect. This site is unusual because of its close proximity to the water. You won't find many sites like this one.

The house is and will remain rustic, however, we have upgraded a few things for a better experience - new quartz kitchen counters, new family room recessed lighting, new 8-man hot tub, new recessed lighting, new paint, and new skylights. The main level is 2400 sq feet, and the upper wing is 1,000+ sq ft. The main level has the Master (King) bedroom, and a second bedroom with a 2nd King bed, and it features the two common areas with the dining area. The upstairs wing has two bedrooms (two Queens), and a sofa (bed) in the spacious studio, which includes a kitchenette, washer/dryer, wood-burning stove, and cable TV. The upstairs bathroom is shared between the two upstairs rooms, and has a separate (private) showering room, and the balcony offers views of the creek. The upstairs wing is connected to the main floor via an enclosed breezeway – which gives the upstairs wing complete privacy. All beds have been upgraded to feature custom pine frames crafted by a local artist.

There is plenty of outdoor seating along the banks of the river, on the back decks, and on property. (The decks, by the way, are of Ipe wood, which speaks to the quality of materials used on this property). Paths through forest lead you to Marten Creek. Large rocks that rise above the river allow you to fish in the river, or when water is warm, to jump in and float. Outside fires are allowed as code permits. See more on the gallery page to get a better idea of the treat you are in for when you are on property. We have a portable grill for you, that operates on propane (one tank provided), and makes outdoor grilling super easy. There is a Traeger onsite; if you know how to use it we can make it available to you.

Can't miss your workout? We understand – and have a weight room with free weights, kettle bells, bench press, leg press, elliptical, stretch straps and stability ball. While many of you will come to escape city-life, we do offer the modern conveniences of Wifi and cable TV, although we won't have broadband until late 2018. Amenities in each bathroom include hairdryers, shower caps, hair towels, magnifying mirrors, shampoo, lotion, Q-tips cotton balls, and (of course) towels. HVAC throughout, 1-car garage, a washer and dryer upstairs and downstairs, ironing board and iron (although most never have a use for this in your laid back, easy lifestyle here).

The area is also rich with water falls, rivers, streams, hiking trails, fly-fishing, rafting, kayaking, biking, cycling and even rock climbing and tree climbing. Hunting season begins in fall, guests are responsible for their own compliance with local and state codes.

Ike's Pizza, small restaurants and cafés are nearby, as well as a market. Be sure to check your hospitality news that will arrive in your in-box after your reservation as been confirmed. This will have more information for local activities.

This home is serene, and is filled with functional art – a maple tree dining table, a hand-knotted silk/wool area rug, a teak root coffee table, a teak bench, a hand carved wood bear/tree floor lamp, and a tree table and a bear table. Even the bed frames have been handmade by a local artist. Lots of personality! We know you will love the very relaxed setting here at Whispering Pines, however, be aware there are inherent risks being close to water (see below). Because of this risk, and because of the custom functional art, children under 12 need approval to stay – we want the opportunity to speak with you and make sure this property is a good fit for you.

We are pride-of-ownership owners, and have been upgrading many of the features. As such, we invite similar, like-minded people to come stay at Whispering Pines on the McKenzie River (also known as Whispering Pines Oregon). You must be willing to love this home as we do while you are there - it is not a place to jump on beds, slam doors, and so forth. While accidents happen, and we understand the normal wear-and-tear, we do ask that you treat the house kindly and respectfully. Once you have booked with us, you will have access to online tutorials on how to use the hot tub, popcorn machine, entertainment system, and other household mechanics to ensure you have a rich and fulfilling time.

Since we are right on the water, in an effort of complete transparency, we are making you aware of the following:


Here is a little background for you on our river. The McKenzie River is a 90-mile tributary of the Willamette River - it drains part of the Cascade Range East of Eugene and flows westward into the southernmost end of the Willamette Valley. It originates as the outflow of Clear Lake, is named for Donald MacKenzie, a Scottish Canadian fur trader. The fish include Chinook Salmon, Mountain Whitefish, and Bull and Rainbow Trout. Dippers, mergansers, bald eagles, ospreys and various ducks feed on the fish. The Northern Spotted Owl lives in the dense forest on the west side of upper McKenzie Basin in Linn County.

Hiking and mountain biking are popular activities on trails in the McKenzie watershed. The river is popular for boating, especially fishing, kayaking, and whitewater rafting.

Goodpasture Rd is a quiet street with homes on large parcels. Whispering Pines is protected from Hwy 126 noise by its unique location in relation to the highway. Not many homes along the river have our curb-appeal, our privacy, and our protection from highway noise. It is a jewel, and it is well-loved and well cared for. Treat yourself to its beauty.

Guest access
Guest will have access to the full house and property. You have plenty of room here to roam, and large waterfront areas to just sit and watch the river go by. If you are users of Blue Apron - surprise! Blue Apron delivers to the Whispering Pines area! There is a $30 fee if you plan to use the hot tub, which covers the cost of prepping it before and after your visit.

Other things to note
Oregon is known as God's country, because of its natural beauty. The creek, the river, and the surrounding areas are prime Oregon territory, and this home offers a lovely get-away for those longing for simpler lifestyles - even if it's only for a few days. The House Common Area has two fireplace, two window seating areas, a large TV with BluRay, dining area and kitchen. Wifi is available; cell coverage for Verizon customers, and for your convenience, a landline is available if you need to forward your cell to it. Ice cream maker is a Cuisinart - you can find recipes at their website, Popcorn for popcorn machine is provided - easy to use but does take a bit of elbow grease to clean. But the popcorn is good, and worth it!

There is a fee for the use of the hot tub, $30 per stay to cover the cost of preping before and after your visit. We welcome your well-behaved pet; there is a fee of $35 per pet, 2 pet maximum. Doggie poop bags are at back deck railing, and breezeway door - please clean up after your pets.

We have online tutorials for how to operate the hot tub, and the popcorn machine, as well as other routine but nice-to-know items.
Whispering Pines on the McKenzie River is a 3500 sq ft house on private 3 acre parcel. Located just below Marten Rapids on lower McKenzie - a treat for all ages. For video, visit WhisperingPinesOregon, or Whisp…

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Bedroom 2
1 king bed, 1 sofa bed
Bedroom 3
1 queen bed
Bedroom 4
1 queen bed
Common spaces
1 sofa bed


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Laptop-friendly workspace
First aid kit
Unavailable: Carbon monoxide alarm

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4.95 out of 5 stars from 22 reviews
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Vida, Oregon, United States

Nestled amid trees and ferns on the McKenzie River, this is the ideal vacation rental. A beautiful and quiet area, it's a the site for family fun and tranquil get-aways. Summer months can be lively on the river with rafters, and floaters. Winters are quieter, as river is cold and faster-moving. There are a houses along the river, and most are on large parcels. People come here to enjoy the natural beauty, and rich environment.

While you have all the views here on property, Goodpasture Rd is a lovely road to walk along and enjoy, and if you walk upstream, about 1.5 miles up the road it becomes a graveled path that you can follow for miles on foot, on bike, or by car. There are picnic tables in the area, if you are adventurous and just want to walk the scenic road - my favorite spot is just a 2 mile walk upstream. All-in-all, here at Whispering Pines, it is perfect for rest, reflection and connection. Downstream, about a mile, is another park you can walk to, for scenic views of the river.

Goodpasture Road is very quiet 5 mile stretch, dotted with homes on large parcels. We have neighbors, but properties are generally large and shielded by natural growth. In summer, when trees are fullest, most homes are barely visible. Across the river, we have 4-5 homes sitting above the river. In winter, when leaves have fallen and darkness comes much earlier, the twinkling lights from neighboring homes are visible. We all take comfort in our little slice of heaven here on Goodpasture.
Nestled amid trees and ferns on the McKenzie River, this is the ideal vacation rental. A beautiful and quiet area, it's a the site for family fun and tranquil get-aways. Summer months can be lively on the riv…

Hosted by Jane (And Dan)

Joined in October 2014
  • 25 Reviews
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My husband, Dan, and I enjoy traveling, and have often used Airbnb and other similar services. Having had 100% postiive experiences, we decided to begin sharing our own vacation home on the beautiful McKenzie River in Oregon. This place is magical, and we hope you will join us. Here, you can draw strength from the magnificent beauty of the trees, reflect in the quiet passage of the river, or delight in the bubbling creek. Nearby, there are paths to hike, waterholes to explore, trails to ride, and rocks to climb. Or just sit and read. We'll take good care of you here at Whispering Pines.
My husband, Dan, and I enjoy traveling, and have often used Airbnb and other similar services. Having had 100% postiive experiences, we decided to begin sharing our own vacation ho…
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House rules
Check-in: After 4:00 PM
Checkout: 11:00 AM
Not suitable for children and infants
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events