"Gateway to the Palouse"
Close to Cheney, Spangle, and Spokane, this is a wide open space of 13 acres surrounded by thousands of acres of wheat, peas, lentils, and garbanzos. At the back of the property, you can expect views of Mt. Spokane and Mica Peak way off in the distance. Our property sits down low with rolling wheat fields to block city light pollution for really dark night skies.
-Porta Potty on site beside shop
-FIRE UPDATE: Spokane County Burn Ban in affect, so open Fire rings NOT allowed at this time, BYO charcoal and you can use the small BBQ on the patio if your kids would like to do Smores.(this is probably the safest compromise:)
-Shared grill, picnic table, 1 shade tree, fire pit stove: more of a "backyard picnic" feel, but open to all.
-Kale is growing! Feel free to pick a few leaves for a salad anytime. Nest clean duck and chicken eggs available for a small price, just ask at booking.
-Very wide open space: sometimes windy, sometimes still and silent.
-Wells Rd is visible from most of property.
-Unless needed, we turn off all lights at night.
-as always, check your animals for ticks when camping, the wetter tall grasses are a prime spot to pick up a tick.
-Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge: 8.9 miles to gate entrance; nature trails and many small lakes for wildlife viewing
-Badger Lake: 13 miles to public boat launch and restrooms; Kayaking and fishing.
-Steptoe Butte: 36.7 miles one way
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We are slowly remodeling the roadside farm house and currently have 4 chickens, 2 geese, 2 ducks, 8 goats and 2 mini horses named "Cal" and "Pickles". When we are on site, you are more than welcome to visit and groom the animals. "Pickles" is a gentle, sometimes stubborn, 19 yr old mini mare who can be walked by lead and halter with adult supervision. There is a Red bin next to the gate with peanut treats for the goats, feel free to pass them a treat through the fence. (if you're brave you can go in the pasture, but the goats will try to stand up on you to get a treat!)
8 miles south of small town Cheney, 7 miles west of main street Spangle, and a short drive to a few fishing lakes and the 16,000-acre Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. This is a great spot to park your RV, car camp, or walk out to the property line and tent camp under the stars and wake up to views of Mica Peak surrounded by acres of Palouse wheat fields, all while being short distances to various activities.
We will be placing a porta potty near the shop for shade and ease of use. Almost all campers will be in view of the house, shop and barn. This is a very open spot with brush, tall canary grasses and wheat fields with grand nightly stargazing views and no neighbors looking onto the property. (This openness is awesome but with very little to no shade)
We believe we've priced ourselves right for those campers that want to get out of the city for a night or two and see the stars and visit the many local fishing and kayaking lakes as well as Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. Or for parents that just want to get their kids out and spend a night or two "practicing" tent set up and camp cooking. Shared BBQ and a small wood stove available near farm house: we also use this and will gladly share it with guests! no use fee. (Dutch oven available upon request for your campsite: $10 use fee, we clean and season after departure, byo charcoal or use ours).
The space is very open. Wells Rd is visible from most of the property unless you tent camp "out back." There is only one shade tree near the house with a shared picnic table and propane grill. You are welcome to use that area for lunch or dinner to be in the shade. Other campers have brought shade canopies or a tarp.
All monies raised will go towards tree and brush plantings on site (and some mini-horse treats).
If you're exploring the local lakes and wildlife refuge all day and want a cooked meal, we highly recommend Rokko's Teriyaki on main street Cheney, or a burger or awesome chicken strips at The Spangle Saloon! If waking up and going is your thing, check out Bene's in Cheney for, well, any kind of eggs benedict you could want.
Speaking of eggs, our farm fresh “nest clean” eggs are available for a small price to cook up on site. Let us know when you book!
We will eventually have a seasonal garden of herbs: sage, parsley, chives, cilantro, kale and who knows what else! You are welcome to pick through it as needed for your meals at no cost(feel free to bring any seeds you may have and help us expand our garden!)
- Check in: After 2PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Flexible
- On arrival: Meet and greet
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 6 months out Weeknight discount: 18% off
The vibe at Palouse Stargazing
If you stayed here and have some insider info for us, let us know!
Matt and Melissa pulled out all the stops for us! We got a true Spokane welcoming (which we soon learned what that meant). Stargazing and sharing stories over a warm fire. Their farm retreat was exactly what we were in need of. We even got to let our little Australian Shepherd blow off some steam "herding" their goats and horses.
We'll be sure to visit them again to have a little more Spoakland fun.
I would definitely recommend staying at Matt and Melissa's lovely farm. You have a choice of camp sites that either feel homey and comfortable (by a duck pond and close to the farmhouse) or, at the edges of their property, private and secluded.
This would be a great site for beginning campers or a family. You'll be close enough to Cheney to buy groceries or head out to dinner, but once you're on the farm, you'll definitely enjoy peaceful views as far the eye can see, plus some great stargazing at night. Kids will also love the friendly mini-horses, goats, and chickens.
Matt and Melissa were very friendly, and they helped out us with suggestions for the rest of our trip.
We loved it, and you definitely will too!
We could not have asked for a more peaceful weekend. Matt and Melissa are fantastic, accommodating hosts and awesome people in general. Their property is quiet, with great views and cute animals. I cannot recommend this place enough! We can't wait to come back (:
Matt is the man! Very friendly host who made sure we were comfortable and enjoyed our stay at his garden. We also spent some time talking to him around a bonfire while watching the stars. Great experience!!!