Fire update...skies are clear, air is pristine and from here you are worlds away. All our trails are open and unharmed in the White Salmon area.
Get a bird's-eye view of the Gorge on your way up, and enjoy your own private suit of rooms in this unique and spacious custom home that was lovingly built. Beautiful grounds, tranquility and nature all around ensure a retreat-like experience.
The guest area is 1,200 square feet of living space on the first floor, separated from the rest of the house...far more than just a "room in a house"!! Everything you see in the photos is yours alone, no shared space.
The rental area is clean, roomy, and bright with high ceilings, in-floor heat for comfort in winter and a shower with endless hot water. Thick walls keep it not only cool in summer but also quiet and never drafty.
You have a bedroom with a queen bed, eating area, TV and lounge area, a library space, an extra sitting room, and the bathroom.
For food you have a microwave, small fridge, complimentary breakfast, tea/coffee, wi-fi and satellite TV. It is not a fully equipped cooking rental but geared rather to provide for your smaller food needs. If you are planning on preparing lots of meals in, this might not be the best fit for you.
The rental area is very clean and pet free. (the two resident dogs live upstairs only) There is a couch in the extra sitting room that folds out if you need two beds.
A complimentary breakfast of yogurt, juice, fresh fruit, coffee/tea, milk, cream, and cereal is provided. If you have any special requirements I'm happy to accommodate, just let me know when you book.
The grounds close to the house are grassy and your front lawn is landscaped to be a little oasis. There are chairs and a covered front porch for you to sit on and enjoy some of the peace that is all around. You can also explore the rest of the two acres of mowed field and curated trees or go for a nature walk right from the door.
The house is located at 2100 ft. , (exactly 5.25 miles) up Courtney Rd., above the Columbia River on the Washington side. The first picture above shows the general location of the house, and is about a half mile walk out the door. It is almost always ten degrees cooler up here in the summer than down at river level. The air is fresh and clean as we are above all the orchards and away from pesticides, highway smells, etc.
Right out the driveway is great road biking, mountain biking, road running, trail running, hiking and world class paragliding.
The house is about 20-25 minutes from either town, and is a perfect contrast to a long day of driving or playing in town.
Remember the distance to town when organizing your schedule. I am flexible on checkin so you can arrange things to your convenience. Generally you can arrange for any time after 4:00 p.m. For unusual needs I'll make occasional exceptions for earlier. For that, let me know before you book just in case it's not possible for some reason.
The property itself has a lovely view of Mt Hood, along with a beautiful meadow of waving grass and newly opened up regional views to the east from recent logging. You can walk to the path, ( a half mile through our "neighborhood") that runs along the ridge and enjoy the view in the picture. Or you can walk down Courtney about 3/4 of a mile to one of the best views in the Gorge, ( also pictured)
We are at the top of two major trail systems; Hospital Hill and the Syncline/Coyote Cliffs..
Directions: There are two ways of getting here.
One option is straight up Courtney Rd., which quickly and dramatically climbs the hillside to the top of Burdoin Mt. If you don't mind the twists and turns and a few miles of primitive, gravel road near the top, I recommend it in good weather for ease of finding the house as well as the sheer beauty of the drive. You simply check the odometer and go exactly 5.25 miles and turn left into the driveway. You can see the house from the road, so don't worry or overthink it. As long as you stay on Courtney and DO NOT use GPS, you'll be fine. Tip; the road turns back to pavement 1/10th of a mile from the shared driveway. ( It says 527 and also 525.)
The other way is up from White Salmon which is less dramatic but regular, paved road all the way. It is kept plowed in winter, as well.
(There is one view up top that is spectacular.)
Follow: Jewett Blvd. to N.Main, then turn right onto Snowden. Then from Snowden, right onto Bates for 1 mile, then right onto Tunnel (it merges eventually with Bristol but ignore the name change, just go straight through) Turn right on Courtney and go 7/10 mile to the driveway on your right, turn in. The drive takes 15 to 20 minutes from White Salmon.
Accès des voyageurs
The guest area is accessed by the red doors in front on the main floor. (When guests are here, I use the upper doors and go around the back stairs.) When you arrive, please ring the doorbell and I will let you in and get you stituated.
You can enjoy the bench on the porch right outside your door or go into the back and use the fenced yard and deck. All the grounds are yours to enjoy as well.
The upstairs, garage, and an office downstairs with a separate entrance are my private areas.
Échanges avec les voyageurs
I try to be there to greet you when you arrive to show you around and get you settled. After that you have your privacy.
While you are here, I'm usually around in the evenings for a chat, to answer questions or help you out in any way during your stay.
1. No smoking or pets.
2. It's a "shoes off" house.
3. General respectful care of the home.
4. It is naturally cool in the summer. There are small space heaters for your fine tuning but I keep it at 70 with the infloor heat (unless it is hot outside.)
5. The house is on a septic system. In the bathroom, TP only gets flushed. Go lightly with it, there is a waste basket for excess and everything else.
With endless hot water for showers extra care must be taken not to overly steam up the room. An extra floor fan/heater is provided to help move excess steam from the room while still keeping you warm.
6. I invested in led bulbs so leaving lights on is not an issue. I also encourage you to freely use the space heaters as desired to stay comfy and you can leave them on when you go out during colder months.
7. Do not turn the bathroom fan on all night as a noise maker. If you have issues with quiet at night, let me know and we can figure something out for you.
8. Upon leaving don't worry about tidying up, I'll be cleaning everything anyway and as much as I appreciate the gesture, it is unnecessary work for you.
9. Don't worry over small mishaps but do mention them so I can fix, clean or replace. An example would be a wine spill on a pillow. I'm not going to be upset about it or charge you for it, but I will be embarrassed if it is hidden and the next guest finds a dirty pillow!
Hopefully this info relieves any stress or confusion over small things. You can leave a little note or just put the thing out where I'll be sure to see it.
I have lived in the Columbia Gorge full time for ten years now, after moving here from Utah.
My husband and I began construction on what was to be a summer home, many years ago, to enable us to spend time in the Gorge windsurfing and kiteboarding. We put our dreams, time and money into this home until he died, suddenly in a kiteboarding accident. By then the house was watertight and partially finished.
I am a jeweler and had a nation- wide wholesale business for twenty years which I closed in order to take time off and move here from Salt Lake City, upon becoming a widow. Recently I have been making jewelry again and opened an online shop, but finishing this house and healing in the peace of nature have been the main things occupying me for the last few years. I am also a mountain biker, lifetime skier, having skied competitively and professionally in my youth, and also love writing, reading and daily walks with my two dogs. I stay very busy working on the property as well.
This home has turned into much more than a summer retreat as I've been finishing it over the last five years into a home that could be comfortable for a whole family. I knew I wanted to have more people living here but hesitated seeking room-mates. Then I heard about airbnb and tried it out. Sharing the home nightly or weekly seemed turned out to be the perfect fit for this home which is much too big for only one person and really is in a special location for vacationing.
As a host, I try to fit my style to the needs of my guests. Some people want more privacy, others less. I basically get you settled then back away and give you your space. I am always available for anything you need or questions you might have. When I travel, I like a quiet place to retreat with a book, computer, or TV at night, that is also clean and quiet. I also want a good, strong cup of coffee in the morning. That's what I try to provide for my guests.
My own favorite travel destinations are Ireland, Paris, New York, or anywhere warm in the winter and fun to explore.
Favorite reading is historical fiction or classics. I have so many favorite authors I could never mention them all.
As for music, I love all Celtic music, also U2, Mark Knoppler, Santana, Stevie Ray, lots of female folk/country singers, older folk musicians like Dylan and Pete Seger, African music, Latin. Not a fan of heavy metal or hip-hop.
As for food, it is part of a commitment to the environment and personal health. I've been a vegetarian almost my entire life. I have been buying organic only for longer than I can remember, since the 80's really. I try to eat for health but don't judge or preach or even mention it usually.
A life motto? Not per se. I believe in the Golden rule, in practicing kindness, generosity but learning boundaries, hard work and integrity. If I had to come up with a motto it might be: "walk your talk."