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Located right off the 199 Redwood Highway, we welcome you to our forest sanctuary. This giant 30' Dome is our newest addition to the land. The dome is just a few min walk down to our own private beach and swimming. This camp is a several minute walk to the main house, private communal kitchen, compost toilets, shower house and sauna.

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Located right off the 199 Redwood Highway, we welcome you to our forest sanctuary. This giant 30' Dome is our newest addition to the land. The dome is just a few min walk down to our own private beach and swimming. This camp is a several minute walk to the main house, private communal kitchen, compost toilets, shower house and sauna.

 The dome includes a Queen sized mattresses and linen bedding. The dome is ideal for two to four people but bedding is only included for 2 people. The couch is also an additional sleeping option or feel free to bring extra pads and bedding for the floor if you have children.

The dome includes electricity, a kitchenette, fun machine to make music and a wood burning stove.  Please know we provide wood but must chop the wood into smaller pieces and use the stove to keep the dome warm.   It also has a couch and several hang out nooks to read or rest.  For extra warmth we recommend bringing cozy clothes to sleep in and even a hot water bottle if you have one!  The winters can get cold on the land so we want our guests to be prepared.  We ask that you use our beautiful big communal kitchen which has all of your kitchen needs to cook your meals if possible! Please no shoes in the dome. 

Cedar Bloom has available power and cell phone service. Cell phone service works great if you have AT&T or Verizon. Internet is limited but is available.We have several giant meadows with thousands of trees surrounding. We are right on the Illinois River with a mile of river frontage and 3 incredible swim spots. It's a great place to come and recharge and renew.

We are surrounded by beautiful scenery in all directions! We are close to the Redwoods, The Oregon Caves and so much more. We are close to major cities such as Grants Pass, Medford, Crescent City and Ashland.

MORE ABOUT CEDAR BLOOM...

Cedar Bloom was purchased in the spring of 2017 by Spirit Weavers Gathering as a place of peace and healing, for all walks of life. Spirit Weavers is an annual womens gathering which happens once a year each June. We host over 1,000 women in just two weeks on the land. We are located on the Illinois River just outside Cave Junction, Oregon.

Our Main House was built in 1962 and retains the flavor of the 60’s with a beautiful Mid Century Modern feel. It houses a kitchen, dining hall, a living room, five bedrooms and three bathroom with a bathtub. It currently houses Agustin and Mea and their seven year old daughter Naia.

Grateful to be voted #1 Staff choice for Campground on Hipcamp this year!

FIRST NATIONS PEOPLE OF THE ILLINOIS VALLEY

For thousands of years, the Takelma people lived in the Illinois and Rogue River valleys, what is now known as Josephine County. They lived in small bands close to the land. Interior southwest Oregon has pronounced seasons and the ancient Takelma adapted to these seasons by spending spring, summer and early fall months collecting and storing food for the winter season.

Salmon was central to their food source and way of life. The salmon diet was supplemented by game, such as deer, elk, beaver, bear, antelope and bighorn sheep. Smaller mammals, such as squirrels, rabbits and gophers, might have been snared by both men and women. They gathered the root of the Camas plant, part of the asparagus family, as well as acorns from the two native species of Oaks, the Oregon white oak and California black oak. Other vegetation included manzanita berries, pine nuts, tarweed seeds, wild plums and sunflowers. The Takelma are also known to have cultivated a native tobacco plant, but otherwise relied on the fruits of the wilderness for their survival. The main utensils included horn, bone and wood-made implements and a great variety of baskets constructed generally by twining on a hazel warp. Stone was used in the making of arrowheads and pestles. The clothing and personal adornment of the Takelma was similar to the tribes of northern California. Notable characteristics include facial painting, red-headed woodpecker scalps for men and basket caps for women. The women also tattooed the skin in three stripes and men tattooed the left arm.

European Settlement of the Illinois Valley began by the 1830’s, as the gold and logging industries developed. By the end of 1856, the traditional residents of the Rogue and Illinois River valleys were forcibly removed and relocated to the Siletz Reservation on the central Oregon coast. The Takelma were joined on the reservations by their neighbors, the Athapaskans and the Shasta, as well as tribes from even farther away, such as the Coos and Tillamook. It is reported that by 1906 less than ten Takelma were alive and able to speak their native language.In 1994, for the first time in over 140 years, an ancient ceremony took place to welcome home and give thanks for the returning salmon, on the Kanaka Flats of the Applegate River. People of all heritages were welcomed at the annual Salmon Gathering on the Applegate River until 2006. In 2007, the ceremony was moved to the place where it was held for thousands of years: the Tilomikh (Powerhouse Falls), on the Rogue River near Gold Hill, Oregon. Since then, the ceremony has taken place annually in its traditional location, demonstrating that the Takelma culture is alive and will continue into the future.

Today, Takelma descendents continue to reside on or near the Siletz and Grand Ronde reservations. The Pilgrims brought back the Salmon Ceremony to Southern Oregon. Due to the Pilgrim’s contribution in returning the Salmon Ceremony to Jackson County, Agnis Baker-Pilgrim is known to some locals as the ‘Keeper of the Sacred Salmon Ceremony. Agnes, one of the oldest grandmothers of the International Council of the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers, has returned to the Rogue Valley and today her voice can be heard strong and clear, proving that the spirit and blood of her people are still with us.

PLANT & ANIMAL RELATIONS

We are very fortunate to be surrounded by a widely diverse population of flora and fauna. As caretakers of this sacred land, we feel a strong responsibility to honor our plant and animal allies by not only protecting them and their habitat, but also to help educate others about what lives and grows here by providing people with opportunities to experience the beauty of these plants and animals for themselves. For this reason, We are honored to host the many different groups who will gather here on this land for learning and communing with the nature that flourishes here. We feel very fortunate to be involved in this process of helping promote a sustainable and abundant future for all living things on this planet by sharing knowledge and skills from the human past that can make a sustainable lifestyle a reality for everyone everywhere.

The animals here include, but are not limited to deer, foxes, coyote, raccoon, skunks, and sometimes black bear though we havent seen any yet! The birds that surround us are migratory geese, quail, wild turkeys, hawks, ospreys and eagles. The fish that call the Illinois River their home are the Salmon People, Steelhead & Trout along with their friends the otter and ducks. The Land is a no-hunting zone so the animals here are abudant and safe.

The plant life here is incredibly diverse. This land is home to many native grasses, ferns, and berries, wild flowers, as well as many other edible and medicinal plants and fungi such as mugwort, self-heal, soap root, and a variety of mushrooms. The tree population is a blend of hardwoods like Manzanita, Madrone, and several kinds of Oaks along with mature Fir, Pine, Cedar trees, Alder, Maple and Apples. With special attention to management of non-native and invasive plants, Spirit Weavers is committed to maintaining a well balanced forest ecosystem with high biodiversity.

TIMES Please clean up and check out of your site by 12:am on the day of your departure. You can check in by 2:pm on the day of your arrival.

CLIMATE & THE ILLINOIS VALLEY Cedar Bloom holds the heart during the summer. Temps can range from 75-95 during the day and generally cools down to the 70's during the evenings. Swimming in the summer months is delicious. We have mostly pebbly beaches and a jagged rock and sand beach right where the Swimming hole is. The river is chilly until late June and it cools down again in late September.

NEIGHBORS There is another campground right next door but since we have 100 acres, you never really see a soul besides us! Please use our pathways to travel property next to us, and respect the privacy and tranquility of our neighbors by not keeping late hours or playing loud music.

EMERGENCIES If someone needs to reach you in an emergency, Cell phones work great on the land. If you don't get service and need to contact someone our land phones are available.

SHOWER HOUSE & SAUNA We have twelve showers total. The first shower house is open showering with 4 showers and the 2nd shower house has 8 stalls. You are also welcome to use the sauna throughout your stay.

COMPOST TOILET The "Honeydew Station" is our two chamber composting toilet. It looks like a tiny house and you will see it on your right as you drive in. Instructions are inside!

FOOD & WATER Please bring your own food to camp. Town is close so if you need to run errands to grab food its a short drive away. All of our water is on a well and is super clean and ran through a UV light. Please keep food and garbage out of the reach and smell of animals so we don’t have animal visitors at night.

GARBAGE If you pack it in, please pack it out when you leave.

FIRES Depending on the time of year, cooking fires are permissible in the fire pits provided. June-Sept there can sometimes be fire bans in the county. Please NO bonfires. We have fire wood in the forest around the meadow for use for cooking fires but please bring your own wood to the land. We also have wood available for purchase in the Camp Store.

PETS If you must bring your pet, please message us before hand. We ask that you clean up after your pup while here. We have doggie bags in the camp store.

THE RIVER & SWIMMING HOLES We have a mile of river frontage and there is tons of space for all. Keiki Beach located down the trail from the sauna is the more shallow and flatter part of the river. This is a great spot for families! Mermaid Rock which is located down the trail to your left of the main house is our large swimming hole with deeper waters. This part of the river is clothing optional. Please be aware of the rocks down at Mermaid Rock & Dock. The rocks are tricky to walk on for both adults and especially children. Please keep your eyes on your children at all times while at the river. Feel free to bring rafts to play on.

CAMP STORE If you happen to forget anything we have a camp store that is located in the main meadow. The Camp store sells everything from supplies to books and trinkets. If you text Mea she can meet you there anytime.

GRATITUDE We feel honored to be stewards of this land. One of our main visions for this land is to protect its cultural and environmental heritage. We are excited to share about the native food forest we will be cultivating for the local community and beyond. We will also be placing the land into a conservation trust so no logging or future development can occur. For the many years to come, we will explore the ways can live in harmony with the natural world for the greater good of people and the plants and animals we depend on. We welcome you to Cedar Bloom!

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE LAND AND EVENTS HERE, PLEASE VISIT CEDAR BLOOM FARM & THE SPIRIT WEAVERS GATHERING WEBSITE OR ON INSTAGRAM @cedarbloomfarm @spiritweavers @daughterofthesun_

Lodging provided
Dome
1 site
Up to 4 guests per site
Park at listing
ADA access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Pack it out
Laundry absent
  • Check in: After 3PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Meet and greet
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 9 months out
  • Response time: Within an hour
  • Response rate: 100%

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Hipcamper Nora

Better than imagined! what a gem!

Nora J.
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January 6th, 2021

What a nourishing and relaxing stay we had! The Dome space is just BEAUTIFUL and kept super clean. We felt like we stepped into a page from Sunset magazine! The Winter hosts Ben & Nenah were amazing and communicative and offered us wood for the Dome fireplace upon arrival. We had a good fire going and were able to stay warm despite the lower temperatures. My husband is a master fire builder so that helped! Plus we did bring lots of extra layers and a hot water bottle just in case. The hosts were accommodating yet gave us our own space to be and explore which we appreciated. The land is just Gorgeous! You can feel the love that has been out into the every corner and detail. The outdoor showers overlooking the river were our favorite! We had a great hot sauna with a cold river dip that was so healing. We also used the commercial kitchen which I found to be super helpful and filled with all you need to cook as I didn't bring much. We just loved our time at Cedar Bloom and will for sure be back! What a hidden gem! I'm so glad we found you all!

Our home away from home!So clean and beautiful! This kitchenette was perfect for tea! Rainbow rocks in the river.Lots of wood available to use!
Hipcamper Merrigan

Excellent experience!

Merrigan R.
recommends this listing.
January 3rd, 2021

We had a wonderful and Covid safe experience! This was our second time staying at Cedar Bloom. The first time we stayed in an A-frame. The dome stay was very clean, super cozy, and had so much more room than we expected! Between the fireplace and the propane heater, the heating in the dome is adequate for a winter stay (do remember it is a non insulated canvas dome). The sauna and outdoor shower is the best kept secret, and I highly recommend checking them out! The hosts are always great and there is tons of privacy and space. 10/10 experience!

Hipcamper Mea (May Ah)
Response from Mea (May Ah), the Host, on January 6th, 2021

Thank you so much for being with us! We are grateful we could create a safe space to enjoy nature during these times!

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Hipcamper Kristi

Magical place w/ great hosts

Kristi D.
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January 21st, 2021

I’m booking my next trip after I write this review! The property is magical and the dome was gorgeous.

About the dome: Its beautifully decorated and was extremely clean. It felt cozy while also airy and modern. We made sure to keep the fire place going and the propane heater running at night and they kept us (hub, self and 2 year old) warm enough during winter months. The hosts provided lots of wood. We did bring some kindling though that I think was very useful. While there is a huge, complete communal kitchen on property, the dome has a little stove to heat up water inside, a grill outside and picnic table.

About the property: it’s gorgeous to walk around and just be. There is a river right on property that I’m sure during the summer months is so fun to play in. We saw lots of deers, a wood pecker, and a bald eagle! The bald eagle I saw while bathing in their outdoor shower that overlooks the river (can you say magical?). They also have a sauna that was perfection on a chilly day,

Location: while you feel very far from everyone, there is a town that is super closeby if you need anything. One day we didn’t feel like cooking and ordered wood fire pizza😋.

Hosts: So friendly, considerate and responsive. We got in late (2am) so they had the fire going for us in the dome so it was warm enough for us, as it was a chilly night.

Anytime I reached out to them prior, during and our after trip (I left my message watch there 😜) they responded immediately.

Looking forward to seeing another side of this place and coming in the summer!

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Hipcamper Mea (May Ah)
Response from Mea (May Ah), the Host, on March 9th, 2021

Thank you so much for visiting and for such a lovely review! Happy to have you back anytime!

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Hipcamper Hojae

Underwhelming for the price

Hojae C.
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December 1st, 2020

I was the second guest ever to stay at the dome! We visited during thanksgiving weekend.

GOODS: Amazing geodesic dome structure. Cute furnitures. Very private. A propane burner stove setup by the host. A wood stove installed inside the dome and the host provided lots of firewoods to burn. Comfortable bed with lots of blankets to keep you warm. Sauna/showers are clean and amazing.

BADS: The host wasn’t wearing a mask or maintaining proper physical distancing. The dome wasn’t ready by the checkin time. The inside of the dome was as cold as the outside. The wood stove wasn’t heating up the dome at all but just made the whole place so smoky. Foggy windows / couldn’t see the trees or the river outside the windows. Hair and dirt on the floor (didn’t seem like it was vacuumed after the first guest). Dirty furnitures.

BOTTOMLINE: The host was NOT following the state’s health and safety protocols or Hipcamp’s COVID19 safety standards. Wait till the pandemic is over to visit this place. Personally enjoyed my stay at the A-Cabin more.

Hipcamper Mea (May Ah)
Response from Mea (May Ah), the Host, on December 6th, 2020

Thank you for your feedback. As shared you were our second guest in the dome which means we are still learning what is needed. We lowered the price by $50.00, got an internal fan for the stove so that the heat circulates better, pushed up the check in time by an hour so that we had more time to prep the dome for the next guest. Everything in the dome is brand new so not sure how the furniture could be dirty but your words were noted. Our check in process is meet and greet with 6-12 feet in between us. We do not wear masks outdoors in the low season with very few guests on the land. We are at our home on 100 acres of open air space allowing us to breathe and take in the fresh air of the forest. You are certainly welcome to wear a mask while outdoors if you wish.

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Hipcamper Sara

Unique stay in a lovely setting

Sara B.
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February 3rd, 2021

Cedar Bloom is gorgeous! The land, all the unique little structures and beautifully crafted amenities. Our dome was in excellent shape, super clean and nicely stocked with wood. It was absolutely freezing with snow on the ground and very hard to keep an uninsulated structure like this consistently warm, but it was very peaceful and a special experience nonetheless. I personally probably wouldn't do another winter stay, especially for the price, but I bet summer is prime! My only complaint about the actual accommodations was the very uncomfortable bed. It's Ikea and the slats under the "mattress" kept falling through out of the frame it was super unpleasant to get out of bed into the chilly cold air to reassemble the bed a couple times. There were 2 of us, so maybe it would've been better for sleeping just 1. There was only that 1 bed though, so I don't see how it would accommodate 3 as advertised, unless someone else took the Ikea couch. A bed upgrade would make this place incredible. But we loved the cozy experience and have recommended to lots of folks that have asked about it via the amazing IG worthy photos it creates!

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Hipcamper Joelle

A beautiful, natural property!

Joelle R.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
February 28th, 2021

We stayed one night in the river overlook dome, and it was such a beautiful stay. Here are the pros and cons of our experience:
Pro’s: The dome itself is so cozy and esthetically beautiful. The bed was very comfortable, the view was stunning, the decor was on point and the hosts were kind and helpful. We loved the sauna and enjoyed it once at night and once in the morning. The river was easy to get to and absolutely stunning. I liked knowing that the property was gated, and secured with a gate code for only guests.
Cons: Being late February, it was quite cold, and we didn’t sleep well, due to having to get up regularly to keep the fire going. The farm across the river has a large dog that barked ALL night. The dome itself is not insulated and all sounds inside carried outside very easily. The other earthen dome on the property is within very close proximity to the geo dome and we did fear they could hear us most of the night. The showers are all open/outdoor showers, and it was far too cold to use them. The toilets are all outdoor composting toilets and are a few minutes walking distance from the dome.. which was a challenge at night. There is not cooking allowed in the dome, and it was raining and cold, so cooking outside wasn’t really an option. And, the communal kitchen which was an attachment to the main/host home was quite a walk.. and we expected it would be closer to our dwelling.
All in all, I would stay here again, but will definitely need to adjust my expectations. A beautiful spot to glamp for sure, but keep in mind, especially in the winter months, that there is a walk to the facilities and it was definitely a bit chilly in the dome, even with a fire and buddy heater going. For the expense, it does seem a little pricey, as I would compare it to a elevated version of yurt camping. We will be back with our kiddos for a camping experience in the summer.

Outdoor shower stalls Outdoor shower stalls Back view of the dome. Composting toilets.. no ADA toilets on site that I’m aware of.
Hipcamper Darci

Perfect weekend getaway!

Darci M.
recommends this listing.
February 28th, 2021

We had an incredible time at the River Overlook Dome! The dome itself was just as gorgeous as all the photos online. The property was breathtaking. We’ll definitely be back.

Hipcamper Marlon Hj
Marlon Hj A.
recommends this listing.
March 1st, 2021

This place is amazing. So dreamy. Every little detail in the dome is well thought of. The bed is nice and cozy. Inspected every nook of the dome. So clean.
What an amazing experience in this 100 acre property. The sauna and the hot shower by the river! So magical.
I’ll be back in the summer.

Hipcamper Kristi
Kristi L.
recommends this listing.
March 20th, 2021

What a magical place to stay! Would love to come back when it is warmer to enjoy the river! The sauna sure was relaxing though! Definitely recommend and excited to come back.

Property
Cedar Bloom
State
Oregon
Country
United States
$222/night
1 Site