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Zen Garden Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #2 of 3 Manzanita B&B and Inns
Reviewed November 11, 2010

My girlfriend and I both enjoyed our stay at the Zen Garden Bed and Breakfast. We had to change our reservation to a later date due to a family emergency, and Mrs. Smigel was very gracious and very accommodating about the date change, which we very much appreciated.

The Hiroshige Suite was quite spacious and wonderfully appointed. There was certainly more than enough space for both of us to spread out and relax! Our rooms were clean and well cared for. The B&B is very quiet and a great place to get away from it all. On the Saturday we stayed there, we didn't even drive. We simply walked out the front gate and went on a 6 mile hike out to the point in Nehalam Bay State Park.

Mrs. Smigel was gracious and very unobtrusive. Breakfast was quite good on both mornings and we very much enjoyed her cooking. In the evenings, Mrs. Smigel will leave you a menu so you can decide what to eat the next morning, and you'll likely find it difficult to choose, as they all sound so good!

This is a great place to spend a quiet weekend with a special someone, or perhaps even by yourself.

Stayed: November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 8, 2010

We have traveled all over the world and stayed in all level of B&B. The Zen Garden will always stand out.

If you are looking for a quiet place to just "get away from it all," the Zen Garden is extremely hard to beat. There is no cable or satellite television. There is, however, a large screen television and both a DVD and VHS. I would suggest you either bring your favorites with you, or plan on renting some in Manzanita as the selection at the B&B will not suit all tastes.

Mrs. Smigle is part of what makes the Zen Garden memorable. If you are looking for "Aunt Bea" forget it. If you can appreciate someone who loves her house and wants to share it, you will appreciate her a great deal.

Zen is all about introspection and meditation and the Zen Garden is a good place for that. The house is very quiet, the beach is a very short distance away and you are essentially away from all the hustle and bustle of Manzanita (which isn't much - but you probably left a lot at home).

As for the breakfast, always well prepared and always on time.

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Dangbert
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Reviewed October 18, 2010

Suspicion, paranoia, and rigidity...that is how we would characterize our experience at Zen Garden (which was anything but an idyllic experience as the name would imply). First, the registration process was arduous. It was a series of e-mails with all sorts of rules, required identification information, and the stipulation that only cash or checks would be accepted (who doesn't accept debit or credit cards for lodging in this day and age???). When we arrived we went through another inquisition with an additional show of identification--making us feel at best like we were unwelcome and at worst like potential criminals.

Ms. Smigel was not at all friendly or hospitable. We got the impression that she wanted as little to do with us as possible. And yet, when I specifically asked her not to clean the room because I would be working in it most of one of the days we were there, she knocked on the door two separate times, and then when we went out later in the day came in to rearrange, clean, or whatever (maybe snoop around, who knows).

While there were an astounding number of rules, bordering on obsessive-compulsive, there were some disconnects. For example, one would have thought that the amenities would have been spotlessly clean with Mrs. Smigel's guest requirements; however, the bathroom shelf over the toilet was covered in dust and there were cobwebs around the light fixtures on the vanity over the sink.

The "freshwater soaking bath" which sounded so appealing from the B&B's web site is nothing more than a glorified bathtub. The two of us would have been crammed in it and we're not big people. We would have had to fill out yet another form and pay $20 for a one hour soak. It didn't seem worth it...

The whole idea of a B&B to us is to go to a place that feels like home away from home, to have an experience that is friendlier and more personal than a motel. However, this experience was tense, unpleasant, and certainly not one we will repeat. We do not recommend this B&B to anyone.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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9  Thank Idyllica
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Mistletoetree, Owner at Zen Garden Bed and Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded November 3, 2010

Dear Idyllica,

Thank you for taking the time to submit your comments. Subsequent to perusing to your constructive observations, we will be more able to improve our services and meet our future guests expectations.

I appreciate that you drew my attention to the cobwebs on the vanity lights. The spiders are very busy in the fall! We do strive to make the rooms very clean.

The happiness of our guests is very important to us. We want all of them to have a relaxing and enjoyable vacation here.

Again, thank you for selecting Zen Garden Bed and Breakfast in Manzanita, Oregon; we hope that you will consider staying here again and that next time you do so, you will find the housekeeping to be consistent with your high standards.

Kind regards,

Mrs. Smigel.

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Reviewed August 29, 2010

This is a beautiful place in a spectacular setting, but the innkeeper, Mrs. Smigel, appears to be paranoid and joyless. As others have noted, the place is posted with multiple "Keep Out", and "No Trespassing" signs on the fences that surround the house. It is located on a very quiet dead-end road on the sand dune at the beach, right across from Nehalem State Park. surrounded by other houses with no fences or warnings. Upon registration, she asked to see both my husband's and my driver's license, then inspected me closely, saying I didn't look like my DL picture. I asked, "are you kidding?". No response.

Mrs. Smigel is also rude. I was told specifically I would not be allowed to bring my own pillow, or any other bedding, into the room. You are not permitted to "prepare any kind of food" in the room. There are exactly 47 coffee beans in the baggie provided for your morning coffee(no cream permitted until breakfast). There are signs warning you not to touch various items in the room, including an infernal wall clock that gongs every half hour(one blast) and every hour(up to twelve) 24/7. The sign warning you off the grand piano is a corker.

Fortunately, one of the pillows in the living room was thin enough to sleep on without neck pain, so I used it, covered with a hand towel(you only get one bath towel, one hand towel, and one wash cloth a day). Mrs. Smigel removed the pillow and replaced it back on the chair when she fixed up the room after the first night, but at least she didn't kick me out! She was in the room frequently when we were not--things were rearranged and lights turned on, etc.

Really, the whole experience took me back to boarding school...I was actually afraid of Mrs. Smigel! The duvet was too warm for the nights we stayed, and there is no other bedding anywhere--all the cupboards and closets are empty, or locked up tight. She grunted when I asked for some kind of sheet or light blanket after breakfast the first morning(meal was very good), and did not provide anything. I could visualize her sneaking into the room, at night....

The Hiroshage suite is in a converted garage, and the door between it and the other room's breakfast serving area is thin, with a lot of daylight showing under it. I'm sure the guests in the other room were not aware that their breakfast was being served about 10 feet from where I was trying to sleep in the other room. After breakfast, a man had a long, loud talk(in the way cell phone conversations are) while sitting at the table, and that woke me for good, despite earplugs and a (smuggled in--no electrical devices of any kind allowed) white noise machine running at full tilt. Fortunately, the guests on night two didn't talk on cell phones in the breakfast nook, and it was great to listen to the ocean from the bedroom window, especially after the second night, when I knew we would be leaving soon.

Zen Garden was a useful segway to our two-week sojourn through Oregon and Northern California, because after staying in some of the most spectacular spots on earth, and being treated so hospitably at so many excellent accommodations, like the Weaverville Hotel, Matole River Organic Resort cabins, TuTuTun Lodge, Rose Court Cottage in Arcata, the gorgeous Heceta Head Lighthouse Bed and Breakfast, we finally hit the spot that made us long for home.

If you feel the need to brush up your skills in dealing with people with personality disorders, or enjoy creating ghost stories, or just have a high tolerance for inappropriate human behavior, and really want to stay at a drop-dead gorgeous part of the Oregon coast at a fairly reasonable price, Zen Garden might be the place for you. But stay in the Hiroshage Suite. I hear the smaller room's even noisier. And the Hiroshage has a very nice living room with a giant movie screen you are allowed to use!

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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8  Thank arachne
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Mistletoetree, Owner at Zen Garden Bed and Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded November 3, 2010

Dear Arachne,

Thank you for taking the time to provide us with details of your experience here; your review is very important for us because it will help us to improve our service for other guests.

We have carefully considered your comments and will make some appropriate adjustments to our policies.

This will ensure that in the future people who choose Zen Garden Bed and Breakfast in Manzanita, Oregon, will have a happy and relaxing stay.

We are very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your breakfast and also the location.We think it is a lovely place also.

We would be very glad to welcome you here again on your next visit to Manzanita.

With best regards,

Mrs. Smigel.

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Reviewed August 24, 2010

No welcome mat laid out here! Met with immediate request for driver's licenses. Though coffee available pre-breakfast, request for cream was met with a rude "No, you'll get cream at breakfast." (45 mins later) When she delivered our breakfast, the innkeeper handed us "THE RULES" saying coffee and cream not provided before breakfast--though she admitted she does put coffee out now...but no cream?? (Sugar was there!) When we checked in, Mrs. Smigel had said our room/suite was "only for us." However, when she served our breakfast, she demanded we "immediately close that door" which was an inner door separating our bathroom and sitting room. If we weren't happy, she said, she'd be happy to refund our money. She appeared to be the "unhappy" one and we shortened our stay by one night. I called it the Gestapo B&B!

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank mrt1977
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Mistletoetree, Owner at Zen Garden Bed and Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded November 3, 2010

Dear MRT1977,

Thank you for submitting your review. We have carefully considered your impressions.

We are very happy that you enjoyed the high level of housekeeping and the location here beside the beach on the Pacific Ocean. It is a very beautiful place indeed.

You will be pleased to know that elegant sachets of non dairy, lactose free Coffee Mate "creamer" are now provided in each room.

Thank you very much; please feel welcome to return should you require lodging in Manzanita again

Whatever the season, it is always wonderful to be beside the ocean.

Best regards,

Mrs. Smigel.

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Reviewed August 9, 2010

Not Zen-like. Too many rules, starting from the signs on the outside fence to the rules within the room. Noisy water pipes behind head of the bed. Breakfasts just ok. Only positive was location: 1/2 block from the beach.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Joe154943
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Mistletoetree, Owner at Zen Garden Bed and Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded November 3, 2010

Dear Joe154943,

Thank you for submitting your review of Zen Garden Bed and Breakfast. It is very useful for us to know what you think so that we can provide a satisfactory experience for future guests.

We agree, the location is wonderful and we are very glad that you enjoyed being so close to the beach and the ocean.

The rules inside the door of the closet in your room are the copy of Oregon Hotel Law which we are required to display by the State of Oregon. The notices on the fence are to prevent passers by from wandering into the Zen Garden and disturbing the tranquil situation of the guests.

Please contact me directly and provide me with the dates of your stay and also tell me what you were offered for breakfast. Please tell me what you would have liked to eat instead.

The well being and peaceful situation of the guests is our concern.

Best regards,

Mrs. Smigel.

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Reviewed July 13, 2010

We stayed 2 nights and enjoyed it immensely. Mrs. Smigel is a wonderful hostess and a fabulous cook. If she offers you dinner, take her up on it. Our salmon dinner was one of the highlights of our trip. We stayed in the smaller Zen Room and could hear water running through the pipes above us early in the mornings. It was a bit loud, so I recommend ear plugs. Otherwise, everything was fabulous. Comfy bed, tea, refrigerator, spotlessly clean, great location.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank meggypoon
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Mistletoetree, Owner at Zen Garden Bed and Breakfast, responded to this reviewResponded November 3, 2010

Dear Meggypoon,

Thank you very much for your review. The Zen Room seems to be very popular.

We were very happy the boats brought in Salmon when you were here. Quite often there is local rockfish also which is delicious.

In the winter people have to make do with crab, locally raised organic chicken or lamb. But if you like those also, come and stay any time of year.

We did enjoy meeting you and we hope you will stay here again.

Please send your friends.

Best wishes,

Mrs. Smigel.

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Address: 8910 Glenesslin Ln, Manzanita, OR 97130-9192
Location: United States > Oregon > Oregon Coast > Manzanita
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Ranked #2 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Manzanita
Number of rooms: 2
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