Approaching from a winding road which switches from pavement to gravel to pavement again, taking care to watch out for a few dangerous potholes, you will spot a roadside sign: “Elk Horn Bed and Breakfast.” Enter here. If it is a colder season, two or three smoking chimneys may greet you in the spacious driveway
Built in the 1930s and situated on 55 acres of pure, country joy, this lovely house was purchased a decade ago turned into a bed and breakfast. Two creeks run across the backyard, just below the 50 or so foot drop off of the back patio. It is a lush, green ampitheater of tall pines and grassy meadows. The pleasant sound of flowing water abounds, as do the songs of birds and the ribbits of frogs. I have even heard rumors of salamanders running around.
The rustic yet modern feel of the home will comfort you, bringing back memories of of so-and-so’s lovely country home – or perhaps your own, if you are lucky enough to have one. We stayed in the Robin Nest, a long and wide room with a fireplace, king-sized bed, and plush carpets. Larry will give you a tour. If he is not in, you will meet his mother, a should-be prize winning pancake chef. I will not give away her secret ingredient.
You will not go hungry when you stay here. Both quality and quantity are the core values of the fine breakfasts served. The blue-berries are homegrown. Larry will tell you how two varieties are required for proper pollination.
It feels like home. Larry is a true gentleman and a fine cook. He may even put on a concert on the back porch with his acoustic guitar. And he should not shy away from those vocals. He has the golden, baritone voice of a country/folk singer.
Highly recommended by both the lady and I, we cannot say a single negative word about the whole experience. A great nest from which to venture out on hikes, we climbed Henline Mountain all the way into the snow caps and may go back in the summer when all of that has melted.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover hospitality and charm within the beauty of God's nature amid the quiet sanctuary of the Oregon Santiam National Forest. Tucked away from the bustle of the city, our B&B will help you reconnect with nature. Fall asleep to the sound of Fish Creek outside your bedroom window as you relax into a cozy bed next to a private fireplace. Wake refreshed as you experience the warmth of the new day sunrise over Elkhorn Mountain and enjoy a hearty home-cooked breakfast. Come join us! ... more less