Less than an hour from Eugene and we had our own private slice of the Siuslaw River. The house itself is huge — two bedrooms and two full bathrooms (one is attached to the master bedroom and has a clawfoot tub!) It’s fully furnished so you can spend less time packing and more time on the river. There is a huge deck above the backyard overlooking the river, complete with a gas grill. The yard is fenced in so any four-legged friends can enjoy the property off-leash (**the path to the river is not gated, so be sure to keep an eye on ‘em.) The yard is also lined with blackberry bushes, so if you time your trip right you’ll have plenty to feast on.
Sky Valley A-Frame is the perfect basecamp for your favorite outdoor pursuits year-round, with easy access to hiking, rock climbing, rafting, skiing, and more in the surrounding Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.
The cabin is full furnished with comfortable beds and couches, as well as a great fireplace to warm up next to during the colder months. Every window of the house boasts great views, particularly the bedroom's perfect framing of Mount Baring.
If you're unsure of where to start exploring, start with Lake Serene for hiking, and the town of Skykomish for a quick bite to eat.
Our stay at Relaxing River House was incredible! The Sandy River is directly adjacent to the house, so the sound of the river provides a great backdrop. The house itself is huge: four bedrooms! The tile floor is perfect for hot summer days. The deck is HUGE and has a picnic table, hammock, grill, and lounge chairs. (TIP: on clear nights lean back in the chairs (or hammock!) and watch for shooting stars and the Milky Way. ) There is also a large fire pit in the yard (wood is provided!)
There are tons of shops and restaurants nearby along Route 26, not to mention the endless options for recreation in Mount Hood National Forest, which surrounds the property.
Located less than an hour from downtown Portland, the campsites at Peaceful Woods are a great escape from the city. The Washougal River is just a short drive or walk from the property... as well as a Motocross Park! The Columbia River Gorge is also very close by, making this a great basecamp for all sorts of adventures. There is also a general store about 10 minutes away that has every single supply that you forgot to bring.
The campsites are large and have plenty of room for multiple tents without becoming overcrowded. They are also a good distance away from each other so you'll have plenty of privacy. A stream runs along the property which provides a nice background to fall asleep to, along with the numerous birds in the forest.
There is a communal fire pit on the property, and Campsite #1 includes a charcoal grill. If you stay during the summer there are TONS of blackberry bushes circling the property! There are also hiking trails currently being built on the property.
We had a blast staying at Peaceful Woods and definitely recommend it!
Located less than an hour from downtown Portland, the A Frame is a great place to escape to from the city. The Sauvie Island bridge is only a mile away, making this cabin perfect to use as a private basecamp to explore everything the Island has to offer throughout the year. The nearby towns of Saint Helens and Linnton also have restaurants, bars, a general store, and gas station to satisfy your needs.
The cabin itself is incredible -- both well built and designed. It includes minor amenities such as a small bed, some blankets, electricity, and lights. The floorspace is plenty big to lay out a handful of sleeping bags if you bring a group, and the front yard can also handle a tent. The property also includes a fire ring, picnic table, outdoor shower and outdoor toilet.
We had a blast staying at the A Frame and will definitely return soon!
Located approximately two hours south of Portland, and only 20 minutes south of Eugene, Lavish Country Retreat is the ideal location for a getaway from city life. Alyssa and Erik are extremely gracious hosts and made sure our stay was pleasant and care-free.
After arriving we took full advantage of the relaxing ambiance of the cottage and relaxed in front of the wood pellet stove, finalizing the details of our fire tower trip the following day. Once night fell we enjoyed the myriad of stars visible directly above the backyard. The next morning we were treated to an incredible breakfast brought right to our door by Alyssa. After breakfast we went on a meet-and-greet tour of the resident animals: chickens, ducks, and goats! From there we went on a stroll through a peaceful hiking trail in the forest behind the cottage, spotting various spring wildflowers beginning to show their faces. Next was a quick trip to the swimming hole just a short walk away. It’s a bit early for a swim but it was a great spot to relax and hunt for agates. Finally we drove to the nearby lake to enjoy lunch before resuming our long drive to southern Oregon.
Overall it was such a relaxing, laid back and entertaining experience that we can’t wait to head back next time we’re in the area!
Dog owners: the cottage also has its own fenced-in backyard, so your pup(s) can romp without worry. BONUS: Have a high-energy + friendly dog? Boone, the family dog, is super friendly and will gladly help tire your pooch out!
After my stay at Camp Heaven I now understand the appeal of "glamping." For me, my least favorite part of any trip is packing and then arriving at the destination only to realize i forget x, y, and z. At Camp Heaven, that wasn't even a remote possibility. A few days before my trip Lila messaged me to make sure I understand that we were about to embark on a *Glamping* experience, and the only packing we need worry about was clothing and food. I can't recall the number of times someone asked if anyone remembered to bring ______, to which I laughed, opened a drawer, and there it was. Every. Time.
The amenities are endless, but include everything you need to cook (there is a cooler and even ice is provided), shower (including BATHROBES!), and keep yourself entertained (no joke: there is a **movie projector** inside the wall tent). There are plenty of covered areas to sit and enjoy the outdoors even if it begins to rain.
I could go on and on listing all of the neat little touches throughout, but honestly a big part of the magic are those moments where you realized you forgot to bring something, only to remember that you're at Camp Heaven and Lila's got you covered.
I really enjoyed my stay at the Green Cabin, and Saint Isidore Acres in general. The drive along the Kalama River is beautiful and looks to be a great side-trip for anyone who enjoys fishing. Donal is a great host and his sons provided plenty of laughs. The Green Cabin is a great place to relax and recharge after a busy week in the city. The wood stove inside and the covered cooking area outside guarantee that you'll have a great time even if you happen to stay during one of the numerous rainy days here in the northwest. If you happen to stay here on a clear night, look up! There is little light pollution out here so the night sky is incredible. The close proximity to Mount Saint Helens makes this a great basecamp for your adventures, or a nice stop afterwards to relax on your way back to the city.