Intro: I'm a restless, incurable romantic with a penchant for analog photography.
I love finding beauty in the unexpected. I believe the most simple gesture is the most meaningful. I think that if a day must end, a sunset is the most beautiful way.
Wendy's place is very well located near the Oregon Country Fair and you can even get there from her place through back roads and avoid major traffic, which was a huge plus. We booked our stay with the intention to go to the fair and it worked out perfectly.
Wendy greeted us warmly and showed us several locations where we could set up our tent. We chose a spot that's nestled in between trees because it was a very hot day when we arrived and a shady spot was ideal.
We were also close to the trailer where there was a fully stocked kitchen, including a fridge (which was so handy), as well as a shower. Nearby was also a porta potty and everything was kept very neat and clean.
There were also a few other buildings on the property that were being rented out, so we got to meet and chat with other Fair goers. The property is also close to the road so we could hear cars going by sometimes, but we weren't bothered by it because the road meant an easier access to the Fair. However, if you're looking for a secluded/private getaway, this might not meet your expectations.
Wendy also has two very friendly goats we enjoyed hanging out with. She warned us they escape their area sometimes but that didn't happen to us while we were there.
All in all, we had an enjoyable time and glad to have affordable, cool, quiet, and low key spot to rest during the Oregon Country Fair.
Johan is a builder, specializing in geodesic domes and there are several on the property in various uses. He's a creative genius because there's a lot of neat design touches everywhere. The Ivy Guesthouse for example has a vintage library ladder on a neat pulley system that's weighed by a big rock.
We love the variety of hangout spots...a relaxing hammock by the creek, sandy beaches, decks and handmade wooden benches, a sweet edible garden (where you can pick strawberries to eat!), and a fire pit. So many ways to slow down and relax!
The drive here was also breathtaking. We drove on a road that winds around Applegate Lake with several stopping points for a dip. Johan's place is just a little past the lake, on a private drive that follows a creek. If you like trees, water, and a unique setting this is the place!
Cedar Bloom is absolutely magical! It's pure heaven. This is where the very popular and highly regarded Spirit Weavers Gathering takes place every year and they've taken the utmost care in creating an incredible retreat space in a secluded forest setting. When I arrived here, my jaw dropped. Cedar Bloom exceeded my expectations in every way.
The drive into the land feels like going into a national park...except more private and magical (can I say magical twice?). Then as I arrived at the main house, right away I can see a large, completely stocked, commercial size kitchen. Mea came up to greet me took me around to see more amazing amenities and epic views. First, the newly built bathhouse right on the edge of the hillside overlooking the creek and green mountain beyond...just stunning. Then over to a large deck (would be great for yoga, sunset watching or having breakfast) overlooking magnificent view. And then we walked around a garden with raised bed where veggies will be grown to a newly built all wood sauna that's the most unique structure I've ever seen. It also overlooks magnificent views. Right next to it is a hot water tub for soaking and a set of outdoor showers. A short walk down a pebbly path takes you right to the creek's edge...where we couldn't resist running right in just as the sun was setting. Magical, I tell you.
Accommodations wise...there were many options...and it was really really hard to decide! There's camping right on the creek, which had its draws of course like proximity to swimming all the time. Then there's glamping in the forest in an all set up Soul Pad with a queen size bed. And also their newly built A frames...which are sooo sooo cool. Each A frame has two beds and a large deck, and the whole wall can be opened (check out the pics to see what I mean) to create an open sitting area. Just awesome.
I think it's best to stay a few days so you can experience a different spot each day because it's all so amazing. The place is very spacious (it's 100 acres!) and has so many awesome amenities (creek, sauna, hikes, lounge decks...) that there's really no need to leave. Just enough food to prep your own meals in that huge kitchen and you're good to go (or stay, rather). Only drawback: you'll have a hard time leaving!
Private and peaceful glasshouse cabin in the woods! It's magical and a perfect getaway. The space is gives you the best of both worlds: the beauty of nature and the comforts of home. The cabin is well furnished with a new couch that folds out as a bed, a side table and coffee table, a chair, a shelf for clothing, and a space heater. I love all the big windows which make you feel like you're in a forest, yet it's so comfortable inside the cabin where you can cozy up under covers in bed. Probably the best thing is laying in bed and looking out at that view. Although sitting on the deck sipping tea is also pretty awesome.
I could just stay and relax in the cabin all day, but there's so much to explore here...like just a few steps away is a creek and a private fire pit for bbqing. And around the corner is your own private kitchen, complete with everything you need to make a meal. A little further across a small bridge is the garden with raspberries, blackberries, and veggies for picking. Nicole provides fresh eggs too upon request. Cooking is a breeze because there's a private kitchen. And if you feel like eating out, you can just walk to Cocina 7 - a fun hangout spot for locals with excellent live music and delicious tacos. A short drive from here are lots of amazing wineries - and I'm talking biodynamic, organic, creekside, award-winning wineries. Really, you just need to stay here at least 2-3 days!
Hidden Forest Getaway is a hidden gem and it's hands down one of the most beautiful campsites I've been to this year. Rebecca's place is tucked away in a gorgeous area of the Rogue River. The property is 40 acres so you can spend all day simply hiking and exploring the wildnerness. We came across wildflowers, elk tracks, and morel mushrooms on our hike here.
You can also pretty much pitch a tent anywhere. We were undecided between two great spots - a secluded nook surrounded by a canopy of trees or the large grass lawn next to the vintage trailer, which has a stove, fridge, bathroom, and indoor dining table available for campsite guests! Both had their draws - being totally in nature or having some comforts/luxuries. We set up our tent and took it to both spots to try them out and in the end decided on the one closer to the trailer as the fire pit and grill won us over. If you had a large party, this spot would be ideal as you really could spread out.
All in all, great place, great location, great host!
Super adorable little vintage camper! It's small but mighty - it has a cute eating nook, bench/couch, bathroom (with toilet, sink and shower), and kitchenette. You will still need a tent to sleep in, but we loved having the camper as extra space to cook, eat, and hang out. Plus, it's just so darn cute!
The campsite at Roadrunner Farm is very ideal. It's in a beautiful large orchard with lots of trees and two vineyards. I came in early spring when some of the fruit trees are just starting to bloom and the grass is lush and green. I also love that the campsite has a sink, which is so useful. The bathroom is located in the house, with its own access and that was also very convenient. Plus, they have a beautiful pool, which would be amazing to use in the summer. I can see spending all day there!
Sara & Glenn are gracious hosts. They're experienced campers so they are very thoughtful about what others might look for in a camping site. They are so knowledgeable about the area. Ask Glenn about white water rafting! Thanks to their recommendation, we went to Sundial Bridge and loved it! We're already dreaming about another trip back here in the summer so we can swim in the pool :).
Mary Alice's Painted Sacred Tipi is absolutely magical. The experience of sleeping on the ground next to the warm fire and looking up as the smoke rises to the sky is incredible. I felt close to the elements (it was winter when I came and cold outside), yet warm and cozy at the same time.
The tipi is located on a 2-acre property with a beautiful and large garden. The tipi is surrounded by trees (though they are dormant when we were there, so lots of sun shined on the tipi). Mary Alice says it's even better in the summer when the flowers bloom. If I can, I definitely want to come back.
The property is also very conveniently located close to the center of a cute historic town. The park where the Chataqua Festival and farmer's market are held is just a few steps away. There's also a picnic bench and creek by the park.
And then there's scenic drives of beautiful farm lands and mountains. We enjoyed hiking at the Colville National Forest and having coffee and fresh fruits at Crandall Coffee Co. & Riverview Orchard. We also made a drive to the Keller Heritage Park & Historical Museum in Colville. It’s fascinating to learn about the history of this area, which was once an ancient and important fishing site for Native Americans. The museum had incredible photos of Native Americans fishing at Kettle Falls in canoes!
I absolutely loved my stay here! This beautiful farmhouse has a lot of modern touches, and yet kept a beautiful authentic farmhouse vibe too. I loved the wood burning stove and all the wood details throughout the house. It's a two story house so there's a lot of space to stretch, do yoga/tai chi.
And then there's the view! The living room windows all open to a fantastic view of the meadow, mountains, and sunset. It was such a gorgeous sight to watch the sunset in the evening right on the porch or cozy up on the couch by the fire and enjoy the sunset in the warmth of the house.
Hands down, the most beautiful campground I've ever been to. It's nestled amongst giant pines and right on the coast. Each site is huge, giving ample space and privacy. I wished I could've been here longer.
I especially like this campground because there are campsites along the creek, and I love the sound of running water. It's also more spacious than campgrounds in the Valley and less crowded. That said, the downside is that it's an hour drive to get to the Valley, so plan hikes/activities ahead of time.