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This property allows you to book online with a credit card. After submitting a reservation request, the owner or manager has 24 hours to accept, at which time your card will be charged and you will receive an email confirmation
"We stayed here with our family of three as an early birthday getaway for my husband. The fishing in front of the house was so-so, but we heard that the river was about to be stocked so it sounds like we just missed the big ones by a few days. No matter, he still enjoyed being out in the river for hours each day and even helped our six year old land one! The home is clean and well maintained, as are the grounds. The river access was very easy and we waded in the water every day, skipping rocks. (it was unseasonably warm for September!)
The owner is understandably concerned about the number of stairs that lead from the house to the various decks and to the river, which is why this listing says "no young children". Don't be put off by that. If you have toddlers this may not be for you, but our six year old had a blast! The stairs are very solid, with appropriate railings. Also note that there are two bedrooms on two floors. So, if you have a kiddo with night-time needs this could be a concern.
We met a few of the neighbors during our stay, very nice! The house was also very quiet inside, despite the proximity to the road and bridge. And, there were a lot of games available to play when it got too dark to fish.
This weekend was a much needed family getaway and we would not hesitate to return. Many thanks for sharing this great spot!"
Guest: Lisa C.Date of Stay: September 2014Review Submitted: September 29, 2014
"This hidden gem exceeded all of our expectations. My wife and I wanted a place to unplug, reconnect, and recharge. We made our reservations in the summer and spent the rest of the year looking forward to the trip. It started with a forecast of inches of rain (okay by us) and a call from the owner letting us know about the hot water pump problems the previous reviewer noted. We received regular updates during our drive on the status of the repairs, and by the time we arrived, the problem had thankfully been resolved. The owner noted that she was recovering from surgery. Perhaps that was a factor in the previous reviewer's experience? In any case, we arrived just before dark and found the cabin to be as described - nestled in the woods on the banks of the McKenzie and delightfully secluded.
The hot tub had already been filled and was just the right temperature upon our arrival. This is not your ordinary hot tub! The cedar tub is situated in woods, perched above a tributary stream and overlooking the river. You reach the tub from the cabin by descending a short flagstone-paved path and crossing a cute bridge over the tributary. Robes were provided to make the trip out and back more comfortable.
Inside, we enjoyed the cabin's unique architecture, thoughtfully-placed windows, french doors, and ample amenities. The cabin was clean and the care taken by previous renters was clear. The heat - all three forms of it - was more than ample. Beware the heated floors... my wife is now convinced that we need to install heat in our own floors! The television is small by modern standards and not well-placed for viewing from the couches, but it is perfectly adequate for watching a movie in the evening (there is a DVD player) and doesn't detract from the overall experience in the way that a modern large-screen TV might. This is a place to snuggle up and read by the wood stove, sip a glass of wine together on the deck, contemplate the passing river, and unwind in the hot mineral waters. In the warmer, dryer months this would make a great home base for exploring the many outdoor attractions of the McKenzie River, McKenzie Pass, and Santiam Pass.
Of the cabins and B&Bs my wife and I have explored in Oregon thus far, this one is our favorite. It offers indulgent amenities without pretentious luxury or commercialism. We'll be back!"
Guest: Mike V.Date of Stay: December 2014Review Submitted: January 11, 2015
"The word "retreat" is apt. Leave your laptop at home. This beautiful cabin is exquisitely in tune with the spirit of the landscape: both energizing and relaxing. The cabin is impeccably clean and artfully decorated by a world traveler with a joyful heart. For our winter visit we appreciated the gorgeous scenery, the rushing high water of the creek, the fireplace, the spa-quality sauna, and the well-appointed kitchen."
Guest: MenosLobosDate of Stay: December 2014Review Submitted: December 28, 2014
"My daughter, son-in-law, and five year-old granddaughter live a world away in Belgium; we do not see each other often enough! This year I decided to bring them here. We needed time together and they needed time away from their very busy lives, to unwind and recharge, but also to experience the west coast because they had never been here.
The River Dream was the perfect solution. Completely spacious inside in a stunning setting on the McKenzie River outside, we had the perfect visit except that a week was too short.
The house is a home; it is laid out perfectly with a master suite on one end on the first floor overlooking the river and my granddaughters bedroom on the other end. Upstairs was yet another beautiful suite with a lounge and work area off of it overlooking the incredible living room and river from a balcony. Upstairs was like having a separate house!
The decor is soft and the finishes very Zen. The house has every amenity imaginable and more than having every amenity, each amenity is state-of-the art, from the sound system and entertainment center, wi-fi, and even every appliance that is first-rate and barely makes a sound. Perhaps our favorite was the hot tub on the deck overlooking the river, but it is hard to choose a favorite.
The location, outside of being a beautiful riverside home on the McKenzie, is but a short and gorgeous drive to Eugene or, heading east on the McKenzie Highway, 5 minutes from an incredible fish hatchery, farther on a fascinating Civil War/American Indian Museum, and still farther the breath-taking Sahailie Falls (translate from Chinook: "Heaven").
The River Dream became our base: to stay in or to venture out. We went to the Aquarium in Newport and up to Depoe Bay to whale watch, leaving plenty of time for a relaxing evening. Another day it was Wildlife Safari near Bend--another full day with plenty of time to return and relax. Or just a day in Eugene at the Science Factory and Saturday Market.
Above all, the owners are extraordinary and Marilyn was the exquisite Hostess who met us and showed us every feature of the house and welcomed us as if to our new home.
Anyone seeking an exceptional experience will have one staying here!
Guest: DavidDate of Stay: April 2015Review Submitted: April 11, 2015