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River Mountain Outdoors

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· Bloomsburg, Columbia, Pennsylvania
83 acres hosted by Doug H.
2 lodging sites · 2 tent sites
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The history of the Pump House began in 1878, when three ambitious men hatched a plan for the world's first long-distance underground oil pipeline which would transport oil from well to refinery more quickly and efficiently than the horse-drawn wagons of the time. Pumping stations were needed every fifty miles along this long route to keep pressure on the pipeline so that the oil could reach its destination. Pump House Bed and Breakfast is one of the only properties in the country in which the both the original homes of the foremen and the large brick buildings remain. Doug, owner, has spent more than 20 years lovingly restoring these foreman houses as well as the large industrial brick buildings. The Brick Barn Hall once housed steam pumps to pressurize the pipe and keep the oil moving, and the Catawissa Cabin behind it served as the telegraph office. The Studio Hall contained boilers that produced the steam to power the pumps, while the adjoining Studio Cabin functioned as a blacksmith's workspace. Today, the buildings function as reception spaces for weddings and other special events, and house private suites as well as an art studio where Doug pursues his work and teaches drawing, ceramics, and stained glass classes. The Season House, one of the two foreman homes, features additional guest accommodations while Doug resides in the other foreman house. Visit and experience a piece of PA history! The 2004 This Old House feature on Doug's
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221 ratings · 172 reviews
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Lori L.recommends
July 14, 2024
Creekfront Tiny Home with Full Bed and Twin Bed
Cozy by the Creek
We loved staying in the tiny house on the Creek. This cozy space included every necessity with bathroom and shower just steps away. Our first night it rained but we were warm and dry listening to the sound of the rain on the tin roof. There was plenty of warm lighting to allow reading at night and the beds were super comfy. There were plenty of windows that allowed plenty of light and a nice cross breeze that kept us very cool inside in late June. We were just a short walk from the creek with trails around the property to explore. This was perfect for our 2 night stay. There was also a charcoal grill available outside the cabin for our use. Since it rained the first night our host allowed us to share the use of the gas grill on the patio of one of the shared buildings. We visited during a drought such that the water level in the creek was too shallow to canoe The water was deep enough to relax on my inflatable raft, so you may want to bring something to float on in the creek.
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Tye T.recommends
July 12, 2024
Creekfront Tent Camping Close to Shared Amenities
gorgeous spot, hosts were super great, no bugs! highly recommend. also very clean bathrooms
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David A.recommends
July 8, 2024
Rustic Tiny Home with Full Bed
Wonderful spot!
Such a wonderful getaway! The tiny house was just as advertised, with more - a beautiful trail along the river, nice and friendly hosts, and just a wonderful environment. If I’m back that way, I’d certainly come again!
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John D.recommends
July 5, 2024
Creekfront Tent Camping Close to Shared Amenities
Creekside camping with amenities
We had such a great time at this tent site! Doug has a fantastic setup with lots of amenities all within a short walk from the tent. Bathrooms, water, showers, towels, even extra sheets and washer and dryer - which saved us in the rain. Our kids had a blast playing in the creek and cooking over the fire. We would absolutely recommend, especially if you have kids. Tons of room plus the bathrooms and showers offer comforts of home (if you’d need that sort of thing!)
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Gillian B.recommends
July 1, 2024
Creekfront Tent Camping on Tip of The Island
Really lovely location and the sweetest host! My pups and I had a wonderful few days relaxing, hiking, canoing and swimming in the creek.
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Jackie T.recommends
June 30, 2024
Creekfront Tent Camping Close to Shared Amenities
Yes, would stay again!!!!
We really enjoyed staying at Doug’s place. The camping spot was awesome: on the water, close to clean restrooms and quiet. We found local dog parks and breweries. The Main Street in Bloomsburg had some nice food spots. Would recommend to any tent campers.
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Bloomsburg, Columbia, Pennsylvania, United StatesTraditional, ancestral territory of Susquehannock First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Joined in September 2020
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