I forget what I Googled to find this place. Possibly hippy bed and breakfast or maybe it was authentic Portland lodgings. Whatever the query, we sure got what we came for; four nights in a real family home and a glimpse into our hosts’ daily lives and routines.
If all you’re seeking is a place to lay your head then keep looking as you probably won’t be happy with Tierra Soul. If you want a unique and truthful time with people who welcome you into their home but aren’t going to make a fuss about it then go ahead and book your stay.
I’ll finish this post in list format as that seems to be how most like to consume information.
• The Tierra Soul children are hilarious. Both precocious and cute the brother and older sister kept we and our young son entertained and well informed about the urban farm animals and upkeep.
• The mattress is quite plush. It’s a very comfortable space age foam thing. We stayed in the Loft and were pleased with the king size bed for us and the single for our son. It also has a private bath, the only room in the joint that doesn’t have shared facilities.
• The hand made soap found in every room is a rich and lathery treat. The secret according to Krista, co-owner of Tierra Soul, is FAT. Soap made with animal
fat is a luxury that really must be experienced.
• The first hand look at how this family functions in their daily lives is an adventure in itself. Not much is hidden here, from their philosophy on child-rearing to what they eat and drink and how to prepare it is all on display and open to questions, discussion and sharing. Both Krista and David have a lot of knowledge about food; both the production and preparation.
• The goats, ducks and chickens are a wonder. We come from a place where farming happens on a much larger scale so to see gardening and animal husbandry on a standard city lot is an eye-opener.
The Cold Hard Truth (according to us)
• There is a lock on the front door but it doesn’t get used. I was a little unsettled about falling asleep with no lock between my family and the outside world but in all fairness I’m still alive and well.
• They do ask you sort your garbage into recyclables and landfill/compost waste. I tried my best but there was only one bin with no bag so we did have a bit of a mess on our hands at the end of our stay. I travel with garbage bags so I didn’t mention this issue to our hosts as it wasn’t a huge deal. I’m certain they would have remedied the situation if I’d bothered to bring it to their attention.
• Your socks may get wrecked. The house boasts the original floorboards. They are a little rough in spots and have a tendency to hook onto sock threads. Either bring slippers or keep your shoes on.
You would be hard pressed to find another family who will welcome you into their home, warts and all, like the Arias family at Tierra Soul. They are not phony and won’t try to kiss you as you arrive but hopefully you’ll leave having created a few genuine friendships.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are currently transitioning from renting rooms out B&B style to hosting creative and healing retreats. 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