We had the best stay at the Dauenhauer Family Campground. The grounds were really well maintained, the campground is situated right in the heart of wine country and we easily brought in a 45 ft Motorhome without any worry. The host was kind and very informative. We will definitely be back!
We had a great stay at Brenda's Tiny Creekside Cabin. The entire property was really well maintained with tons of accommodations to make the stay easy and fun. The cabin is located right above a river that runs through the property next to Brenda's house. There are multiple covered areas to prepare and eat meals with larger groups of people. She has a coffee pot, hot plate, stovetop, and barbeque, and tons of other tools in the kitchen. There is a very nicely designed firepit in the center of everything with chairs, side tables and she provided firewood. One of our favorite parts of this property was the indoor and outdoor shower! This would be the perfect property to visit if you are a family who has kids, there is a space on the bridge for kids to tie off floaties and the river itself is very shallow. If you have dogs, they should be on a leash since she has ducks and chickens and other farm animals. You can walk all throughout the property and find hidden game trails, beautiful oak groves, and a swimming hole a short walk from the cabin. Brenda was a very welcoming host, she mentioned that during the summer she often shares her homegrown produce with guests who stay with her! We definitely recommend staying here or at one of her other campsites on the property and we will be back!
There is so much to love about this property. It is situated within the trees in a secluded and safe area with an awesome view of Mount Adams and is about a 10 minute or less drive from White Salmon. There are bistro lights that hang around the camp creating a beautiful ambiance and cozy spot to hang by the fire. The Cedar Shack itself is extremely nice! So many adorable details in the small house, You have a bed up top with a few bars to climb up with, a table that can easily fit four playing cards down below. Water is located in the kitchen area and it also has a small oven and cooktop along with a small wood stove that would keep the small space warm all evening long. There is an outhouse near the Cedar Shack that is very clean and easy to locate. Colin and Taryn were great hosts with awesome recommendations for White Salmon activities and places to eat and drink. You can tell how much care was taken with this property. I really can't recommend this Hipcamp enough, we will definitely be back!
We had a great stay at Dog Mountain” Creekside Camp. The site is nestled nicely in Adrianne's backyard with a creek and school field on one side, and neighbors with chickens on the other. It was so nice to hear the creek water as it cascaded over rocks as we went to sleep. She had a beautiful garden where the peonies were about to bloom. There was an outhouse on site and it was extremely clean and easy to access. We had access to water, wifi and a plugin that we could use at any time. There was a nice table with chairs that we used for dinner prep and a fire pit to available when there isn't a fire ban. Perfect view of the night sky and awesome location in the gorge. Adrianne was a great host, easy to communicate with and quick to respond. She had great recommendations for whatever activities we were interested in.
Wow, is all I can say about this Hipcamp. Rachel is hands down the most thoughtful and kind host that I have met. Every detail was taken care of.
The beautiful Cabin that was built by Simon, Rachel’s husband and as soon as you stepped inside you could smell fresh cedar and flowers (which Rachel placed by the bedside) filled. The beds were extremely comfortable one is up in a lofted area and the other two are on the main floor. You can easily sleep four inside. There were little Pendleton Blankets to wrap yourself in the evenings. We slept with the windows open each night, and right outside the window was a little stream that was the perfect background noise. There is a stove to keep you warm in the colder months, and Rachel mentioned she wanted to add a hotpot for some meals. Rachel left us coffee to drink in the morning. There is a generator that you can use for light and electricity inside the cabin.
Outside of the cabin, there is a firepit with plenty of wood and two outdoor chairs already set up. There is also a hammock to read and relax at. On the porch, there is a little bench to sit by the river overlooking the rest of the camp. We picked blackberries on the property as we were walking towards the cabin and we went home and made a crisp with them.
Hands down one of our favorite parts of this campsite was the waterfall! We couldn’t believe it, it was only a 5-minute walk to view the waterfall and we climbed with the dogs all the way up to the base of the waterfall and enjoyed placing our feet in the base. It was refreshing and perfectly cold on a hot day, everything around us was so lush and green.
Rachel gave us recommendations to local swim spots and we definitely stopped in at Skyway Bar and Grill and had the Mac and Cheese which is our favorite.
Can’t say enough good things about this site, I would recommend to anyone. I can’t wait to see it in the different seasons.
Staying at Salmon Valley Hideout was a very cozy experience. It was so nice to have the large tent set up and ready as soon as you arrived. The cot, camp chairs and camp sofa were a really nice touch. There were solar night lights that surrounded the campsite. It was tucked away in a lush forest, it was very private with a locked gate. There was an outhouse that was easy to walk to, and a fire pit with wood that Rachel provided which kept us warm all evening.
It is a short walk to an incredible canyon view where fog hung heavy in the morning, and the sunset provided a multicolored backdrop. The Salmon River Trail is near this camping spot. Mt.Hood Skibowl is a 15-minute drive. If you are looking for a cozy spot at any season to snag a bite to eat or drink I would recommend Skyway Bar which is about 5 minutes from the campsite.
Our stay a the Tiny House with a View was great! This would definitely be considered glamping, you really don't have to pack much. There were tons of amenities including a comfy loft bed, wifi, coffee left for us in the morning, a charcoal grill, composting toilet, drinking water, and a shower. The Tiny House is located on the outskirts of Salem about 3 miles from Independence. It is nestled perfectly between farmland and wineries that scatter the Willamette Valley.
Jeannie was an amazing host, she was extremely easy to communicate with and was always available to help if we needed it. We talked to her about her organic apple farm located in Stayton (ask her about her cider-making classes and Apple CSA) and she told us all about her property and it's close proximity to many activities. She mentioned Rogue Brewery, the Waterfront Park in Independence, Kayaking on the Willamette River, the Three-Legged Dog Pub House, Ankeny Wildlife Refuge and the Independence Disk Golf Course.
The view from the deck was beautiful at sunset and as we walked through the micro-farm we were able to check out the vegetation growing in the raised boxes and the small greenhouse. It was a quaint and quiet spot, exactly where you want to go to get some peace of mind. We will definitely be back to this little piece of heaven.
Our stay a the Tidal Waterfront was an exciting adventure! The property is located in a remote location south of Newport. Wallace provides detailed directions to help get you to the property, I recommend screenshotting them on your phone as the service can be spotty. There is plenty to do out on the property from foraging, hiking, kayaking, fishing, and crabbing. Wallace was always there to lend a helping hand and gave us a 101 on kayaking. If you are interested in kayaking, ask him where the best spots are on his property. You will be in for a treat. The cabin is unfinished, rustic and is used to store some of his belongings. It is a great place to stay warm and dry, but make sure you bring something to sleep on. There are also a couple of tent sites available near the cabin. The beach is about a 20-minute drive from the property. The rustic nature of this site might not be for everyone but our group had a great time and we will back again soon!
We had a great stay at Cedar Root Portland Escape. It was the perfect city escape. Close and convenient, yet remote. Brad was a great host, he was extremely easy to communicate with and was there for any questions we had. There are multiple places to set up your tent on the property. All have flat ground, and each with their own style. One is located near a small pond and sauna. The other is nestled in the trees and one is located next to a playground set which would be great for kids. There are fire pits, although they can only be used when there aren't any burn regulations. There is a pond near the sauna that you can swim in, and there is an outhouse on site. Milo McIver State Park is located close and is a good spot to hike, bike, horseback ride, play disc golf and fish. Definitely, recommend staying here. We will be back.
I must say our Creekside stay was pretty magical. We arrived late after work on Friday night and Sol was there to meet and greet us. He was extremely easy to communicate with throughout the entire process. He showed us around the campsite pointing out the many pieces of camp infrastructure that he built from the sediment up. Now when I say from sediment up, I truly mean every stepping stone he placed in by hand, each path was bordered with a thick rope that he set purposefully throughout the site. This helped guide you during late hours of the night. Rose plants spread throughout the entire forest. I can’t even imagine how epic that will be when they are in full bloom. There were tons of edible plants to forage from, we snagged some fresh huckleberries, and blackberries. He created an annual edible ecosystem. (Including Wapato in a small wetland area of the site). We camped on a mossy level bed right next to the river. There is plenty of space to pitch multiple tents. Sol even left us a strawberry starter to plant when we got home. It was very thoughtful. In the morning you can hear eagles up in the trees high above the tent. There was easy access to an extremely clean bathroom a short distance away. The Columbia River was also a five-minute walk and perfect to catch the sunrise. The campsite is about 40 minutes from Astoria. We stopped in Astoria on the way out and had lunch at North West Wild on the waterfront (best fresh seafood) and following that stopped at Reach Break Brewery for a cold beer. I highly recommend staying here. We will be back.
We had an awesome stay at this Coastal Hideout. The spot has just about everything you could possibly need. It is especially the perfect haven if you are interested in water sports. (Surfing, Paddle Boarding). They have boards to rent on site, as well as a washing station and drying room for your wetsuits. YES, A DRYING ROOM. You can purchase wood and rent a Traeger BBQ on site. On Saturday nights they have live music, and it was mentioned that they were going to be playing movies there as well. A brewery (10 Barrel) and a small cafe are going in on the site in the next couple of months. There are tons of local spots to grab some brews and fresh seafood. These are some of our favorite spots that were recommended to us by the host on site: Brady's Oysters, Half Moon Bay, West Haven Park. I would give a heads up that if you are staying at a site that mentions that you can have 4 people, that means a tent that can fit four people, not two separate tents. It is also close quarters and you will be staying right next to other campers, this is not a remote location. The staff is extremely friendly and helpful. On site, they also have RV hookups, a hostel, a motel and tons of campsites. Once you arrive, you might never want to leave :) We look forward to our next visit!