Right now Squirrel Farm is a kaleidoscope of emerald: Food Forest and fabulous seclusion. Hiking trails in the Gorge, up Mt Hood, north and south on the Columbia River are waiting. Entertainment options are minutes away. Food, music and magical peace!
Squirrel Farm is a 15-acre ‘food forest' farming operation 20 minutes from downtown Portland at the portal of the Columbia River Gorge. Meadows, miniature horses, peacocks, a year-round creek, 500 year-old Douglas firs and views of Mt. Hood are just the beginning. Your suite is on the ground floor; and includes the entire first floor to yourself you have a private entrance which you can drive up to, a very quiet bedroom with a queen-size European-style feather bed. In addition, you'll have a sitting room with a full-size futon bed, chaise longue, writing desk, DVD player, artwork from around the world and a view of the Provence garden and hot tub. There is a game room with pool table, which includes a breakfast corner. We are delighted to provide you with breakfast and dinner by arrangement. But you have everything you need to be creative with local produce, game and wine, right there: mini-fridge, toaster oven, hotplate, coffee machine and utensils. We provide towels for tubbing and après-tub robes.(URL HIDDEN)But the best part: the Farm is situated at the gateway to the Columbia River Gorge. Hiking tours are available with Friends of the Gorge, Troutdale's historic street is lined with antique shops, cafes and restaurants. Wind surfing, kayaking and fishing adventures are available. If you are touring the Pacific Northwest by bicycle (and who isn't?), Squirrel Farm is the perfect HQ. If you prefer to savor the stillness and seek respite from the chase, on property you can enjoy the horses, wander down to Beaver Creek, learn a little about Permaculture and participate in the life of the farm to whatever degree suits you. Permaculture weekends can be had all year round.
When I was starting out with the idea of welcoming guests to Squirrel Farm, I wanted to redress all the unpleasantness of the hotel/bed & breakfast experience: Like? Like rigid check-out times. Hate those... And what about he coffee making mine-field? Why is there never enough creamo to go support two cups of coffee? All that, we have done away with it. If we have missed something that vexes you, please share your thoughts; it probably vexes us as well.
* Check In/Check Out times are negotiable. At Squirrel Farm, we understand that any travel experience – business or pleasure – can be ruined by inflexible, iron-clad check in/check out. Essentially, our guests are buying 24 hours of peace and quiet in rough-edged rural elegance – any 24 hours. If you are out on a hiking adventure in the Gorge and just need an extra 6 hours, we won't charge you for an extra day.
While staying at Squirrel Farm you will have exclusive and private access to the hot tub, pool table, game room, basketball court and the entire grounds, they are all yours. Squirrel Farm is completely wheelchair accessible.
Interaction with guests
If you prefer to stretch out, join me in the Great Room on the second floor for food, fun, a wrap-around verandah, wood stove and vast library (Your suite includes a substantial collection of books on the history of Cascadia, plants, people, ghosts lighthouses, shipwrecks, flora, fauna and the literary arts). I will be in and out of the property during your stay but your suite is entirely private and your alone. I am available if you need me for anything.
Other things to note
We can also provide the use of a Smart Car as a rental during your stay. Please inquire about this service.
We have only a few 'requests for guests'. Please turn out lights when not in use and blow out candles. Regarding the hot tub; please be sure you dip your feet in the water bowl before getting in; random sand clogs the filter. And of course, please let us know if you need anything and tell us what we can do to make your visit the perfect farm-stay.
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