We were looking for a weird Portland experience, for our first time to Portland, and this place fit the bill perfectly. We loved that the kids were running around, (sometimes screaming, sometimes telling us about the different kinds of tea they had made) early in the morning. We loved the small amount of time we spent with the family and got a tour of their house and yard when we asked. And I thought the house was beautiful, and our room was comfortable, but not super fancy. I think they do a good job of describing what you're getting into on their website.
Some of the notes that others have made ring true though - we were looking forward to conversing with the family and other travelers over breakfast, but I guess we went during an off-season, because we were the only occupants and breakfast wasn't served, even though one of the information sheets in-room said that they sometimes have breakfast? It didn't end up being a big problem because we got to go to some great Portland restaurants for breakfast. I think we would have liked to have felt more communal or more welcomed, but it was more of a "come and go as you please, and we're here if you need us" vibe. I think we wanted to be more interactive with the owner's family, but didn't want to overstep our bounds or intrude on them. Maybe that's more indicative of our own hesitation than their lack of willingness, but it was something I noticed!
Overall, I would encourage others to stay there - it was a really cool, different experience, and we would do it again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- If you are an Urban Farming pioneer, enthusiast, or gonna-be, a Cultural warrior, jammer, or creator or perhaps a Thinker, Poet, Artist or Dreamer. Then GREAT! We want to meet you and share the wonders of how being connected to one's food creates community, beauty, healing and security. We can't wait to meet you!!!However, we are not a hotel with air conditioning, nor are we a Bed & Breakfast with doilies and syrup-ey sweet hospitality. We are a clean simple Farm community and we love meeting warm, open and creative people. If this all sounds fine to you then this might be a really good fit and we look forward to hosting you. If not, you might be happier somewhere else. ... more less