Hummingbird Lodge is situated on forested land filled with rhododendron, ferns, lupine, and berry bushes. During the warmer months, hammocks and Adirondack chairs let you enjoy the beauty of the land comfortably. Or soak in the hot tub as you watch the bluebirds, hummingbirds, and squirrels play in the cedars and Douglas firs.
Our youngest guests enjoy searching for fairies in the woods, building forts, and taking nature walks, all within our fenced 10 acre property. Let them wander without concern, and then call them back with the dinner bell.
The deck, newly built in August 2017, includes a spacious dining table and umbrella, as well as a new Char Broil gas grill.
For those preferring the indoors, lounge in the great room under soaring log ceilings by the fire, or cook for friends in the open kitchen. Share your meal at the custom-built, live edge dining table, lovingly crafted by the homeowners.
The living room includes a new television and a selection of DVDs to suit the whole family. Try as we might, we're unable to arrange an internet connection for the home; however a landline is available for urgent needs. Consider unplugging and enjoying the solitude.
Downstairs, just past the living room and kitchen, you'll find a queen bedroom across the hall from the bunkroom. The bunkroom includes a twin-over-full bunkbed plus a separate twin; it sleeps four. These two rooms share the full bathroom downstairs.
Upstairs, you'll discover a loft with books and games for children and adults, plus a cozy chair for reading (purchased after the photos were taken.) Pass a full bathroom on your way to the very large master bedroom, with windows looking out over dense forest and rhododendron bushes. This room includes a king-sized bed and a lounge chair, which unfolds into a twin sized sleeper. We keep bedding for the lounger in the master closet. While this provides a ninth sleeping space, we don't include it in the count, as we recommend it just for children. (Our six-year-old finds it extremely comfortable.)
Just one hour from Portland, Hummingbird Lodge provides the best of all worlds. On your way to the home, pass through Sandy to pick up any groceries you need. Perhaps stop at one of the Portland-caliber restaurants just five or ten minutes from the house; we love Al Forno Ferruzza and Koya Kitchen most of all. Then retreat to ultimate privacy at Hummingbird Lodge. Depending on the time of year you visit, some of Oregon's best hikes are just a few minutes up the road. (We love Ramona Falls and Burnt Lake, and dozens of other destinations await.) Or pile into the car for a 15-20 minute drive to Mt. Hood Ski Bowl and Timberline (which we recommend to the non-skiers too year round.) Fishing, swimming, golf, rafting, and world-class rock climbing at French's Dome are all a short distance away. And most importantly for many of us, we always provide coffee for our guests.