I moved to Hood River 4 years ago after finishing grad school at Oregon State. I grew up in Madison, WI and went to school at Colorado State. I studied natural resources because I love the outdoors; hiking, camping, snowboarding and cross country are my favorite activities. I've traveled quite a bit in the Western US, mostly checking out ski towns, wine growing areas and hot springs. When I travel, I like to get off the beaten path and live like a local. I just got back from a 2 month trip to France where I tasted amazing wines, did a little work trade for a small organic winery and a bnb, and ate the most amazing food! I stayed with some wonderful airbnb hosts over there, as well as hostels, hotels and homes. I loved every minute of it! My other favorite travel experiences are my study abroad trip to New Zealand and a trip to Ecuador to volunteer on a Bioreserve.
When I'm at home, I like to play in the yard, I have a big garden in the summer and lots of plants and projects that always keep me busy. I love to cook with fresh, local foods and often have dinner parties for my friends. I work in the wine biz so my wine cellar is well stocked and wine tasting is a frequent activity. I also love to go out dancing when there is a good band in town.
I am a bit of an urban homesteader; I make my own soap, laundry detergent, dish soap, spice blends, teas, dog food, wine, vinegar, and I can or freeze tons of garden produce. I'd be happy to show you how to do any of it yourself, just let me know when you book the room.
When people stay at the house, they often comment on how relaxing it is. I like the slow life, enjoying the coziness of the fireplace, beautiful view, good food and good friends. I hope you'll enjoy it too!
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