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Seven Porches Guest House in 'hipstoric' Waitsburg is your affordable value-added alternative to rooming in Walla Walla. Located just 25 minutes from downtown Walla Walla and its surrounding wine country, Waitsburg has a gourmet culture all its own with the popular Whoop Em Hollow Cafe, the charming Coppei Coffee Co., the eclectic jimgermanbar, the one-of-a-kind Anchor Bar, the 1950s Betty's Diner, the authentic Monarca Mexican Restaurant - not to mention the Laht Neppur micro brewery. Norman Rockwell couldn't have painted a more American small town. One of the oldest cities in the state, Waitsburg was established in 1865. Its homes and Bruce Mansion museum are steeped in that legacy as a frontier wheat town, while downtown buildings have been restored to offer a unique gourmet and shopping experience. Waitsburg is 40 minutes from the friendly, down home and rarely-any-lines Ski Bluewood resort - a mountain that has the second highest base elevation in the state of Washington. With its original wood interior finish, fir floors and warmly appointed rooms, a stay at the Seven Porches is a trip down Memory Lane with all the modern conveniences. It's a mere block and a half from the restaurants and bars downtown, and the highways (124 and 12) that connect the city to the Tri Cities, Walla Walla, Dayton and Ski Bluewood. Plenty of seasonal outdoor activities such as skiing, biking, hunting, fishing, snowmobiling and mountain biking abound with spring, summer and fall festivals to boot. From the large regional car gathering known as All Wheels and the Classic Auto Show to Mule Mania weekend and Pioneer Fall Festival, the events season in the Touchet River Valley has something for everyone. Add regular shindigs and wine events in Walla Walla to that and there's almost always something to do in wheat and wine country. Seven Porches has two large upstairs suites with queen-sized beds. One has a balcony and its own access to one of the upstairs bathrooms. The upstairs also has two smaller bedrooms with double beds and a quiet seating area with a view of the Bruce Mansion. The four upstairs bedrooms share two bathrooms: one with a tile shower and one with a large soaking tub. The two bedrooms downstairs each have queen beds as well, share a private hallway and a bathroom with shower. Linens and towels are provided. The television room off the kitchen has an HD cable set with a comfortable leather couch. WIFI is accessible throughout the house. The dining room table seats 12 and the kitchen is a feast for cooks who enjoy cooking meals on a six-burner Viking stove and oven. During the spring, summer and fall, it's a joy to hang on the large porch that covers two sides of the house and watch local residents walk, drive, bike ride and sometimes horseback ride down the campus-like residential length of Main Street that's the scene of an all-American parade on the third weekend in May.
Keywords: This charming historic home at the heart of Waitsburg near Walla Walla wine country is ideal for one-night stays, a weekend or a week. Rent one or more double-occupancy bedrooms or the entire six-bedroom, three-bath house. A single room, double occupancy is $90 per night plus tax. Please contact the owner to make a reservation. The whole house rate ranges from $450 to $550 plus tax for exclusive use of the entire house (two-day minimum).
Seven Porches Guest House has six double-occupancy bedrooms and three shared bathrooms, a shared kitchen, living room, dining room and television room. Rooms can be rented separately or the entire house can be rented at a discount for larger groups....moreless
May 2015 whole house May 1 - Jun 1, 2015 2 night min stay
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Reservations and pet fees are payable upon booking using a credit card. Longer stays require half down on credit card to hold reservation. No refunds of any or all payments in case of cancellations. However, full credit toward a future stay applies for cancellations within three weeks of reserved date(s).
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Seven Porches offers reduced rates for lift tickets at Ski Bluewood when purchased with one of its overnight stays.
Year Purchased: 2008
About the owner: How many hats can you wear?
A career journalist and former foreign aid specialist, Imbert Matthee's entrepreneurial ambitions took hold in Waitsburg, where he owned the newspaper for four years, opened a coffee shop and started the Seven Porches Guest House.
Imbert and his wife Karen originally bought the historic Stimmel home as a second home, soon found themselves living there full-time and subsequently decided to share the dream with visitors and travelers to the area.
Imbert has a labradoodle retriever named Dizzy after the famous jazz trumpeter and loves to take him for long runs in the never-ending wheat field roads that surround Waitsburg. He and his family now divide their time between Waitsburg and Bainbridge Island, where Imbert works for a nonprofit (www.smilepartners.org) and Karen is marketing director for the Kitsap Humane Society.
Why the Owner Chose Waitsburg: We took a first-ever trip to Walla Walla and rode our bicycles up to Waitsburg, which offers everything metropolitan suburbs can't: splendid star light, rolling country roads, hollows steeped in frontier history, skybound raptors and the sight of the beckoning Blue Mountains.
The Unique Benefits at this House: Waitsburg and the Seven Porches have easy highway access from Portland and Seattle; a unique gourmet food culture written up in magazines and newspapers worldwide; American roots that go very deep and very proud; striking distance to wining, dining, skiing and the great outdoors.