Thank you for your interest in The Lookout, our rate for the week-end nights is higher than midweek and we also have the higher rate for the Sunday night when Monday is a holiday. We prefer a three night booking for holiday week-ends No cleaning fees
This is The Lookout as seen from the West, notice our new hot tub where you can enjoy the mountain views
Our unique three story lookout tower was fashioned after a Forest Service fire lookout tower, the cozy 20' x 20' square upper living/kitchen area offers a 360 degree unobstructed view of Central Oregon's 13 snow capped volcanic Cascade Mountain peaks. The deck on the top level completely surrounds the structure and has deck chairs and a gas BBQ for your enjoyment. Built with reclaimed lumber from a navy shipyard, it has many features that make it very cozy. Bedrooms and bathrooms are located on the middle and lower levels. Our home is on 5 acres of natural landscape on the Crooked River Ranch development. It is a perfect artist/writer retreat. We have an outdoor hot tub and free wireless internet so you need not venture out unless you choose to. A first class golf course and community salt water pool are available for your enjoyment in the summer. The Deschutes River is near by that many fishing and rafting enthusiasts enjoy. Smith Rocks State Park is across the highway for hiking or rock climbing. Winter sports are available at Mt. Bachelor just 50 miles away. It is a 3 1/2 hour drive from Portland International Airport or 20 minutes from the Redmond, Oregon Airport to our vacation home.
Terrebonne, OR is 15 minutes away and offers a grocery store and restaurant. Driving 5 miles further south on Hwy 97 you come to Redmond, OR and then 20 miles more Bend, OR where you can enjoy wonderful restaurants, theaters and shopping.
Check-in Check-out – Our typical check in time is 2:00 pm and our typical check-out time is 11:00 am. If you need to negotiate this please contact me directly.
Key – is on the side of the outdoor staircase in a lock box about 5’ off the ground. The code is ___ Press down on the “clear” button, then press in ___, now push down on the “open” button, pull out from the top. Use this key to get into the house then put it back in the lock box until you are ready to check out, in order to put the key back you have to enter the ___ again. There is a single key on a ring hanging on the peg board inside, use this key for coming and going during your stay, return it to the peg board before using the lock box key to lock up as you are leaving. You will also see a parking pass for Smith Rocks State Park, you are welcome to use it just please remember to put it back before you leave.
Doors on the top floor – to lock the doors you have to pull up hard on the handle and then turn the lock towards the door jam. Check to see if it is locked by pushing down on the handle, if locked it only goes level. If it didn’t lock you probably didn’t pull up hard enough on the handle.
Water Heater – on the wall above the washer is the tankless water heater the dial is turned all the way up to the highest setting, leave it alone. It takes a bit of time for the hot water to make it up to the kitchen, be patient. In the bathroom on the second floor are two switches that says ON/OFF, they are for the water heater, leave on.
Showering – in order to have a hot shower you need to turn the hot water in the tub all the way on and let it run until it is hot, then add cold to achieve a comfortable temperature. If it gets too hot add more cold, do not reduce the hot water or you won’t get enough flow through the hot water heater and the burner will shut off resulting in a cold shower. If this happens turn off both taps and start over, turning on the hot all the way, then add cold. Please note there are valves at the tub and up at the shower so make sure you have it set for tub or shower depending on what you want. It is best to not flush the toilet or run water in the kitchen while someone is showering.
Internet –In the cabinet of the desk on the second level is a power strip, it is in the ON position, leave it alone unless you need to recycle the system for any reason. Our password is niswangerwifi.
Electric Heat Pump – The unit on the middle level has a remote control to turn it on, point the remote at the unit and push on. The unit in the upper level has a thermostat on the wall with an on/off switch, adjust for your comfort level.
Propane Heaters – If you need additional heat you may use the propane heaters. There is one in every room, the pilot lights are lit you just need to turn up the dial to increase the heat. The heater/gas fireplace on the top floor comes on with a flip of the switch on the top left side of the unit. Just use this for ambiance otherwise the room will get too hot. The wall heater in the lower level bedroom does not work, use the electric space heater as needed for your comfort level. The bathroom heater is off so if you need to heat the bathroom you will need to light the pilot and turn up the heat. When you leave turn all propane heaters off or to the lowest setting, make sure to switch off the upper level heater. Also, please close the door to the garage room.
Electric blanket with dual controls is on the queen bed, to keep you toasty at night.
Coffee- bring your own coffee, we have a grinder & coffee machine and filters. There is a chest freezer on the lower level, bring your own bag ice.
Refrigerator- it is a converted chest freezer so the capacity isn’t great. Bring a cooler for extra space.
Dishes – no dishwasher so the dishwashing procedure is to use the right sink for washing (liquid soap in the built in dispenser), use the left sink with sprayer for rinsing. Set up the wooden dish drainer (stored under the sink) use the plastic base so it slopes towards the left sink.
The chair on the winch in the upper level should not be raised or lowered without having weight on the chair or the cable will tangle.
We have gas BBQ with a cover. The right burner is the ignition burner. BBQ tools and a veggie basket are (website hidden)/DVD – in the first level room, no TV reception, just DVD, bring your own movies. They are plugged into the power strip.
Music – radio and CD player, the silver toggle switch is to the left of the old radio box. We have some CD’s but you might want to bring your own for a better selection. We also have a speaker for you to connect your ipod, MP3 or phone.
Hot Tub – Temperature should be 104, if it is not, push the “up” warm button to see if it is set for 104, if it is, push the MODE button until is says STD (rather than ECO or SLP) then turn on all the jets. It should warm up in couple hours. We try to keep the tub chemical levels balanced and correct for your comfort and safety. We use a floating bromine dispenser which you can remove while your are soaking, just put it back in when you get out. If you want to check the chemical levels there are test strips and chemicals as needed. To quickly increase the bromine/chlorine level, toss in a Tablespoon of granular chlorine. Please latch the clips on the front side of the cover only. If it is rainy or snowy we have a blue plastic tub with cover in the lower level for you to take outside to place your towels and robes in while you enjoy a soak. Hot tub & dog towels are to the left of the washer.
Quiet Time – We ask that you be considerate of our neighbors, even though you are on 5 acres of property, noise travels far. We ask that you use your inside voices when outside after 10:00 pm. Thanks!
White led lights around the perimeter of the upstairs are plugged in to the power strip below the old radio. We leave them on all the time. Don’t worry about using electricity we have solar and can’t use it all so we sell back to Pacific Power.
Try to keep food debris and grease from going down the drain as we are on a septic system. There is a bacon grease jar in the refrigerator or use the plastic bag in the basket under the kitchen sink.
You are welcome to use our supplies in the kitchen and bathroom. We have storage containers that you are welcome to use so you can take your leftovers home. If you run out of supplies check downstairs for back up paper products. If the kitchen sponge isn’t fresh, please get a new one they are under the sink.
Turn off what you turned on before you leave. Please close any windows that you open. Switch off the upstairs heater but leave the pilot on, turn the other two propane heaters back down to setting 1 or off.
Please place your bagged garbage in the green can with lid outside under the stairs, please make sure the lid is secured.
Also, be sure to hike out to the edge of our property so you can see over the ridge to the Deschutes River Valley. We made a trail that leads out there. Don’t forget to go to the Steelhead Falls, you can drive down to the parking lot and then hike along the river, it is beautiful. Of course you probably already know about Smith Rocks State Park, it is one of Oregon’s 8 wonders and should not be missed! Parking pass on peg board.
A note about dogs: please keep them close, coyotes live on the ranch and even a cougar or two has been spotted. You can use the baby gate at the top of the outside stairs to keep your dogs on the deck. Please don’t lock them in a room where they can scratch to get out.
So we know what beds you used, please strip the beds and put the sheets and used towels in the lower level, wicker basket or on the floor.
Please feed the birds if you want to by filling the hanging feeder. Be sure to secure the tin can lid with the handle.
Thanks! We hope you have a wonderful time!
WOWZA! What an amazing, special and warm place to spend time. The solar lookout tower exceeded all my hopes and I want to go back and spend time again, especially in the snow. The structure, the views, the totally-central location, the creature comforts inside—they all added up to a special weekend.
Both the Lookout Tower and the land its on are stunning. Love the feel of this place. A unique, treat in Central Oregon. Easy, direct, nice communication with host as well!
Elissa the pasta stainer was on the shelf above the stove, it is plastic, looks like a bowl from the side you have to take it down to see the holes in the bottom. I know the reading lights don't work, we are trying to figure that out, they are on a 12 volt system, it is not bulbs. Thanks for your feedback.
I almost don't want to tell anyone about this spot as it's absolutely magnificent. Everything that I needed was there and usually at my fingertips. The kitchen was well provisioned, everything was comfortable and felt like I was at home (though in a much more fabulous home than my own as I decidedly don't have a 360 degree view from 30' up and 13 snow-capped peaks outside of my Portland windows). The environment is nothing short of stunning. There is much to do in the area by way of hiking and exploring, but the light in the Lookout Tower, both the morning and evening, is not to be missed. It's romantic and homey and creative and very, very comfortable. You'll want to stay for a week. I know I did.
Description was accurate. Welcome instructions were complete. The tower has a lived in feel that was perfect for our family.
Patti was great, everything lived up to or exceeded expectations. A very positive experience had by all. The tower is an awesome place to spend time, we will definitely be back.
Perfect in all respects. Panoramic views of the Cascades. Comfortable indoor spaces that make you feel connected to the outdoors. Fully outfitted and clean. Straightforward, complete and prompt communication with Patti. Couldn’t have been better.
We had the most WONDERFUL time at the Solar Lookout. So glad we changed our honeymoon plans and booked this beautiful space. Super cozy, unique, gorgeous inside, private, had everything we needed and more to make our honeymoon memorable. Patti was always available over email with any questions we had which made the stay even better. Sleeping in, exploring the amazing surroundings the lookout is on, hiking Smith Rock, late nights in the jacuzzi, making dinner together, watching movies (make sure to bring your own), drives into Bend (which is a quick 30 minutes away), so many memories made. We just left two days ago and miss it already! One of the most beautiful and unique airbnb listings I've ever experienced. We can't stop talking about how perfect it was. Truly magical.
My husband Lonnie and I saw the inside of this unique home on Christmas morning 2005. The owners were friends and neighbors of my sister and brother-in-law. Over coffee we happen to say that if you ever think about selling, please ask us first. They looked at each other in surprise and told us that just that very morning they talked for the first time about selling and going on an extended road trip. We said, "let us know how much you want" and with in the next year we were the proud owners of The Lookout. We have used it only for our own enjoyment and loaned it out to close friends and family up until now. We just got on "the grid" so now it is easier for guests to enjoy our property without being concerned if they would run out of solar power. We know you will be just as awe struck as we were when you see The Lookout for the first time. Be prepared to have an unforgettable time! My husband and I live in the Portland area and own or own business.