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WE WILL ANNOUNCE THE DATES FOR OUR 2018 WEEKEND RETREATS ON MARCH 4TH, 2018.
Do you find yourself yearning for some peace and quiet? A respite from the drumbeat of daily life? Wishing for space to relax and renew? Here is your opportunity! Off the grid and atop a 40-acre meadow on 160 acres of private land deep in the Umpqua National Forest in Douglas County, Oregon. Let the peace you feel here renew your spirit…. and stay with you.
So here are the details... Come stay 2, 3 or 4 nights and all you need to bring is your tent, sleeping bag or sheets/blankets, air mattress, pillow, towel and camp chair - we'll take care of the rest - three gourmet meals a day catered on site by chefs from the South Umpqua Basin. We'll have local beer and plenty of local wine for everyone.
While we are deep in the woods, our local community is part of this retreat experience. Saturday evening we will enjoy live music around the campfire provided by our talented neighbors. During the day you will be able to choose a few activities offered by our community friends, too. During the day you can hang out at the Summit Prairie and enjoy hiking, relaxing in one of the hammocks or soaking in our spring fed, wood fired hot tub, guided meditations, yoga in the meadow.
Or, you can take a day trip to local sites like Crater Lake, South Umpqua Falls, or a rafting trip down the Rogue River (some of these are at an additional cost). You could watch a play in Ashland at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, or spend the day milling around the historic silver mining town of Jacksonville. We'll pack up a box lunch for you if you're going to be gone for the day and we'll all gather again that evening for dinner.
We're planning on 20 to 30 people or so, from all over the US. The lookout will be open for everyone to hang out in, play cards, drink beer out on the deck. Several meals will be served in the lookout.
The cost of $75 per person per night includes 3 meals each day and beer and wine throughout the weekend. Some off-site activities will be at an additional cost and may need to be booked prior to your arrival - specific info on cost and contact information will be in the guidebook so please read it through. We will help you with arrangements if you need it.
You may pitch your tent anywhere on our 160 acres that you wish. You choose how much privacy or engagement with other campers as you'd like. (Some of the more remote parts of our property will require a 5-10 minute hike with no car access, and will not be close to water or toilet facilities).
We've hosted many large events at our property for friends and family over the years, but this is our first time to offer such experiences on Airbnb. We're paying close attention to details to make sure that everyone understands what the weekend will be like.
FYI, because of the nature of this event and trying to book several different parties on the same dates, we will actually book you for dates on this calendar that are not the dates of the Weekend Retreats - BUT IT WILL BE FOR THESE WEEKENDS! We'll send a clear explanation when you request to book here so there isn't any confusion...
Simply imagine! You set your agenda, or skip the whole idea of agenda entirely. Kick back, relax, read a book, play a game (or three)… write in a journal, do yoga in the meadow, meditate… daydream in the hammocks down the hill… soak your cares away in a secluded wood-fired, spring-fed hot tub… You may even wish to dance under the moon, or sing with the stars above you.
Memories are made here.
Come to Summit Prairie...
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Food takes center stage while you’re here. We’ll start the weekend with a Meet & Greet in the lookout featuring margaritas, quesadillas, and a taco bar. Breakfast will be a omelet bar one morning or quiche another. We’ll have wraps or sandwiches for lunch. If you’re going off-site for the day, we’ll pack a sack lunch for you. We’ll have snacks each mid-afternoon and Happy Hour treats prior to dinner. On Saturday night we’ll all gather at the harvest table as the sun sets to dine on a spit roasted whole pig followed by and rich, hand-cranked ice cream for dessert - making sure there are plenty of other options for vegetarians, vegans and GF’s. We’ll invite our neighbors to join us for the evening - organic farmers, sheep and goatherders, beaver and watershed restoration advocates, forest service employees. Afterwards, we’ll all relax around the campfire to the soothing sounds of folk music, echoing across the meadow. And then the stars come out…
As experienced Airbnb hosts, we want to make sure we describe the experience in as much detail as possible...
SOME THINGS TO CONSIDER...
Location - We are located about 10 miles out of Tiller, Oregon with the last six miles on a one lane gravel forest service road which can take 20 to 30 minutes to drive. Tiller is at 1,000' elevation and we are at 3,500' elevation so the weather up here is generally 10 degrees cooler than it is in Tiller.
Gas and supplies - If you are coming from the north, the nearest grocery store and gas station is in Canyonville, OR (Ray's, 151 NE Main St., open 7 am - 10 pm), about an hour away.
If you are coming from the south or the east, in Shady Cove, OR (Shady Cove Market, 22111 Highway 62, open 7 am - 10 pm), about 45 minutes from the Summit Prairie
Make sure you're full up with gas and supplies because there are no gas or grocery facilities once you leave either of those towns. There is a convenience store about 5 miles past Tiller (15 miles/25 minutes) from the Summit Prairie, but all they have is ice, beer, and a few expensive basic items... They do not have gas.
Bathroom facilities - We are off grid so the “bathroom” is two pit toilets (very nice ones, by the way) one about 100 feet from the base of the tower and the other near the Summer House, about 500 feet from the lookout area. There are two hot showers - one outside on the deck - in front of God and everyone - so if you’re shy, you can use the shower at the Summer House or wear a swim suit!
Water is available at the base of the tower pumped by a solar-powered pump from the a collection tank a few hundred feet from the tower. The water is tested safe. We have been drinking it ourselves for years, but if you're squeamish about drinking untreated water, you might want to bring bottled drinking water.
Fire Season - During late summer forest fires are possible in the area. That could restrict campfires and use of the hot tub and it could result in smoky air. We will let you know immediately if there are fires. If smoke or fire in the immediate area of the Summit Prairie poses a threat to health or safety, you may cancel your reservation with no penalty.
WHAT TO BRING
Sleeping bag or sheets/blankets
Camp chair (we have several so if you don’t have one, you can use one of ours)
Swim Suit (or not, we don’t have rules)
Yoga mat if you want to participate in a yoga class on the meadow
Warm clothes for the evening
Insect repellant - usually not a problem, but better safe than sorry
If you don’t have camping equipment, you can rent tents, air mattress and sleeping bags from REI in Portland, Medford or other large cities. But make a reservation soon as they become scarce on summer weekends.
Environment - We are located deep within the Umpqua National Forest so there are wild animals that roam freely in the area - deer, elk, bear, cougar, coyote, bobcats, skunks, mice, lizards etc. There are also insects on the ground and in the air. Poison oak is native here which we do our best to keep under control and out of areas where you might come in contact with it. However, we do have Tecnu wash if you get a rash from Poison Oak.
Pets - At this point, we will allow guests to bring their pets, but you are responsible for their behavior and safety. Aggressive dogs or loud barking dogs will ruin the experience for other guests.
Children - At this point, we only allow 21+ years of age. We may consider a family retreat in 2017.
Cell phone service - Verizon and US Cellular work at the Summit Prairie - AT&T and T-Mobile do not. We're not sure about other carriers. We have Verizon service and a personal WiFi hotspot on our phones in case of an emergency. You may charge your cell phone in the lookout when you’re here.
The nearest hospital/emergency medical facility is in Medford, a little over an hour away or in Roseburg, about an hour and a half away.
WEATHER AT THE SUMMIT PRAIRIE THROUGHOUT THE SEASON
August - The best star gazing month of the year! The meadow becomes very dry, the grasses drop all pretense of being green, and temperatures rise into the 90's during the day. Evenings are usually warm enough to stay up until the wee hours watching the Perseid meteor showers. Forest fires can occur in the area which can make the air hazy and sometimes smell smokey. Some years we may have to close if forest fires come too close. Grasshoppers can overtake the meadow on some days.
September - The meadow starts to become golden. Even the sunlight takes on a golden hue. Temperatures top out in the 80's and the air is dry with a hint of cool in the evening. On one level it can be the quietest time of year. Forest fires can still be a problem to be alert to.
PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS BEFORE REQUESTING A RESERVATION:
- We prefer reservation requests from guests that have been previously reviewed on Airbnb. If you have not been reviewed, please understand that we will ask for further information, references and identification about you before we consider accepting your reservation.
- We only accept guests who have complete profiles with information about themselves and a clear photograph of you. We know that some social network profile photos are of landscapes, pets or other subjects, but that is insufficient for our needs.
- Guests must have an “Airbnb Verified ID” (connected to your social networks, and scanning your official ID or confirming personal details - see Airbnb website section "Verified ID" for information).
- We only accept reservations from the guests that will be actually staying here - we don't accept reservations from parents, children, friends, etc. on behalf of potential guests. Those who wish to make a reservation must be the ones actually staying in our home.
- When making a reservation, please state the number of guests, ages, relationship and purpose of the trip.
- We review all of our guests, good and bad and hope you will do the same.
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Dabney Tompkins has been a commercial real estate broker for years. His husband, Alan Colley, is "retired", having worked in corporate America and then as a fundraiser for local non-profits most of his career. (That's Dabney on the left and Alan on the right.) Our favorite travel destination is Paris, we think it is the City of the Planet.
We love to cook at home and try to do that almost every night. We've stayed with Airbnb hosts in New York, Paris, Vancouver, Seattle, New Orleans, Spain, Morocco, Cuba, Honduras and have found it to be a great way to find accommodations that allow us to be in the part of the city we want to be in and cook while we're there.
We've decided, as part of our new adventure in life, to open our lookout in Southern Oregon while we build our "summer house" and to experience things in life that we would never have experienced before - where the sun rises and sets different seasons of the year, the position of the moon and the stars in the winter and the summer, being friends with people that are way out of our norm, planting food from last year's seeds and learning to live a "real life".