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25 year Northwest transplant from Upstate New York. Freelance writer living the dream with my family in Bend!
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Alyce called to ensure we made it safely to the Casita. We never met her but the house instructions were straight forward. The setting is wonderful, less than a mile from Shevlin Park, a wonderful hikiing location, and only 10 minutes from downtown.
The Casita was a very clean, quiet and comfortable place to stay. Alyce welcomed us and told us about the quick way to get downtown (google maps showed us a very roundabout route). Everything we needed was provided, and the woodstove was an especially welcome feature during a recent cold spell. We would happily stay there again.
Alyce's Casita is basic+cozy and was a fine place to stay for the weekend. It is just 10 minutes from town, but feels like a quiet little getaway. It's about a mile and a half from Shevlin Park, a great place to run, hike, or throw rocks in the creek. Be prepared to make friends with giant, sweet Wiley dog.
Inside the guest house looked just like it did in the pics. The beds were fine, it was a nice place to stay. The one draw back was the heater ticked throughout the night, much like a clock ticking but louder. It would be off for 10-15 min then kick back on for 5-10. I woke up two times to it throughout the night and it made it hard to fall back to sleep. This was the same for one of my friends yet it didn't really bother my other friend. If you're a heavy sleeper or it's summer and you don't need the heat then there's no problem!
I never officially met Alyce, but she was very friendly and easy to communicate with. She was also very accommodating. I was in Bend with friends to run the Bend Half Marathon, she extended our check-out so we could come back and shower!
The heater was the only draw back, other than that it was a nice place.
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.
awesome, no problems. Happy to have anytime!
Alyce was a great guest. Her Family are welcome back at any time.