I have lived in the Columbia Gorge full time for seven years now, after moving here from Utah.
My husband and I began construction on what was to be a summer home, ten years ago, to enable us to spend time windsurfing and kiteboarding in the summer. We put our dreams, time and money into this home until he died, suddenly, in a kiteboarding accident. By then the house was watertight and partially finished.
I am a jeweler and had a nation- wide wholesale business for twenty years which I closed in order to take time off and move here from Salt Lake City, upon becoming a widow. Finishing this house and healing in the peace of the natural environment all around us here in the Gorge have been the main things occupying me for the last few years. I am also a mountain biker, lifetime skier, having skied competitively and professionally in my youth, and also love writing and reading and daily walks. I still stay very busy working on the property as well.
This home has turned into much more than a summer retreat as I've been finishing it over the last five years into a high-end custom home that could certainly be comfortable home for a whole family. I knew I wanted to have more people living here but hesitated seeking room-mates until I heard about airbnb. Sharing the home nightly or weekly seemed like the perfect fit for this home which is much to big for only one person and really is in a special location for vacationing.
As a host, I try to fit my style to the needs of my guests. Some people want more privacy, others less. I basically get you settled then back away and give you your space. I am always available for anything you need or questions you might have. When I travel, I like a quiet place to retreat with a book, computer, or TV at night, that is also clean and quiet. That's what I try to provide for my guests.
My favorite travel destinations are anywhere I can windsurf in warm water, Ireland, Paris, New York. I love Mexico but won't go alone.
Favorite reading is historical fiction or classics. I like to travel through my reading or enjoy the talents and style of good writers. I have so many favorite authors I could never mention them all.
As for music, I love all Celtic music, also U2, Mark Knoppler, Santana, Stevie Ray, lots of female folk/country singers, older folk musicians like Dylan and Pete Seger, African music, Latin. Not a fan of heavy metal or hip-hop.
As for food, it is part of a commitment to the environment and personal health. I've been a vegetarian almost my entire life. I have been buying organic only for longer than I can remember, since the 80's really. I try to eat for health but don't judge or preach or even mention it usually.
A life motto? Not per se. I believe in the Golden rule, in practicing kindness, generosity but learning boundaries, hard work and integrity. If I had to come up with a motto it might be: "walk your talk."