One bedroom 900 sq ft cottage built partially cantilevered over the water.
About Jeff Porter
Our family grew up on the McKenzie a half mile from here. After living all over the world, we have come back to the River! I stayed here for years, cabin #1 , the Blue Heaven River Cottage and just fell in love with it! We bought it in 2015, really fixed it up, and have put our heart into it so that guests could enjoy it too!
Jeff Porter purchased this Cottage in 2015
Why Jeff Porter chose Vida
This cabin will take you back into the 1940's! It is romantic and cozy, and as close to the raging river as you can get. The deck is actually cantilevered OVER the river! The knotty pine and white fir floors are charming. There are other cabins, but this one is unique due to it's location, with the National Forest across the river, and the sound of Cook Rapids just outside. Eagles, osprey and many other birds make this famous trout river in the mountains their home. You are super close to excellent trails ( HIKING AND BIKING) in the volcanic peaks. Belknap Hot Springs is just up the road, so is Cougar Hot Springs. The award-winning Tokatee Gold Course is just 7 miles east. The majestic McKenzie Pass road to the Three Sisters is a drive you MUST do. Skiing at Hoodoo is 45 minutes east. And, fishing for McKenzie River Reds (Trout) is the best there is! Come and stay a while!
What makes this Cottage unique
Cabin # One, the Blue Heaven Cabin is lovely. Unique to ONLY this cabin are the following which were added after we purchased it: Lopi Republic Wood Burning stove with large window( fire bundle of wood free) new stainless refrigerator and oven/stove appliances, new high-efficiency washer and dryer, new ADA toilet, Stereo, Flat screen TV on articulating mount, DVD(100+ free DVDs), soundbar, sound-proof windows on the road side!, new Stanton Queen Sleeper ( no horrid bar in the back on this one!), air conditioning in both Great Room and Master Bedroom, Strong heaters in both Great Room and Master bedroom, library, Gameroom fully-stocked, a Grizzly Bear River path along the river, with chainsaw-carved bears, teak furniture on the deck, wrought-iron table and chairs below the deck( out of the rain). Relax and enjoy! And , yes, fish from the deck!
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
We love animals though!
Minimum age of primary renter:25
Please treat this private cabin as you would want someone to treat yours. This special place has been making memories since 1941.
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
Magical cabin getaway!
We had a wonderful time at Jeff's property. Beautiful views, cozy cabin vibe, updated amenities. We'll be back!
Thank you very much for staying and hope you come back soon. We love just hanging out on the deck with a cold or warm beverage listening to the Rapids and watching the birds fly by.
Fantastic view and comfortable home
We stayed for two nights in early fall and it was comfortable for our small party of two. The highlights for us were the view of the river and proximity to it. The deck is situated at the edge of the river and large enough hang out and enjoy a meal. You can also enjoy the river view from the large living room windows, bedroom window, and even the laundry room window! In the morning we woke up to sun shining through the beautiful fall colored leaves above the river. In the afternoon we saw kayakers, boaters, and even SUPs floating by.
The only downside to this property is the proximity to the road - as you do hear road noise. I only noticed this at night, because I'm used to sleeping in a relatively quiet space. I wasn't shocked by this, though, as I have driven by this property many times and I knew it was close to the road. Being closed to the road made it also very easy to find, and the lovely river sounds (and view) were more then enough to make up for it.
The owner was very responsive to messages, and helped me change my travel dates without any hassle.
We found the furniture to be comfortable, and the decor to be appropriately cabin-like. It was clean as well. I do hope we get to come back soon!
The heavens gate cabin is magical, charming and so cozy. And the McKenzie river is breathtaking!!! Will definately return. My only complaint is the parking and being right on Hwy 126....scary!!!
Thank you for the nice comments don’t forget that we also own the 4 acres across the street ( we call it the Morning Meadow) which has plenty of parking next time you stay( and lots of blackberries and Italian plums too... in the summer).
We have wanted to stay in these cabins for over 20 years and finally made it happen. Beautiful setting. The sound of the river drowns out the chaos of the highway and was just the retreat we were looking for.
Thank you for staying at the Blue Heaven Cabin, Come and stay again.
This place has provided the quintessential vacation cabin experience. We have loved every minute of our stay here. The view and sound of the river, the rustic charm of the furnishings, and the cool temperatures have all contributed to one of our best vacations ever! My husband wants to know if we can live here forever! 😆
Thank you very much for the nice review I’m glad you had a great stay. We also love just sitting on the deck in the sun watching birds and relaxing, and don’t forget the 4 acres across the street with the sunny Morning Meadow and the trees that’s a great place to stroll with a hot cup of coffee.
Refreshing Rustic Riverside Retreat
We loved hearing the rushing river, waving to the boaters, reading or playing Gin Rummy on the deck, or just enjoying the beauty. When we could tear ourselves away, we had some delightful hikes, especially loving Proxy Falls.
Thank you for making this available to us!
The McKenzie is well known for its' pristine beauty and fly fishing. You can fly fish along a strip of river within walking distance or fish for trout right off the deck. Many hiking and bike trails close by. Enjoy one of the hot springs located nearby. Take a rafting excursion, view the covered bridges, or take a drive on one of the many scenic routes. Hike the waterfalls. Watch the eagles and osprey fish the river right from your deck. Relax and wavy at the rafters and boaters floating by. Here are a few of our recommendations:
Terwilliger Hot Springs (Also known as Cougar Hot Springs) is one of those places that you hate to tell others about. You like it so much that you want to keep it a secret from the rest of the world. Simply put, this is a magical spot hidden within this super-natural forest. Terwilliger Hot Springs are a fantastic place to soak away anxiety and stress that you may have brought with you from the city. It is also a great place to relax after a long hike, mountain bike ride or a day of skiing at Hoodoo.The h ot springs emerge from a small cave (you can climb into it) and flows out into 5 cascading pools. As the water flows down into the lower pools the temperature gets a little cooler.
Hours: Open year round from dawn to dusk.
As you pass the reservoir on your left take a moment to enjoy the sweeping views. You should see a small shack/kiosk on the right and a parking area on the left. Terwilliger Hot Springs is about 15 minutes from the cottage.
Park in the lot and walk on the path to the kiosk. There is a $6 per person day use fee.
Other Hot Springs
*For nice hot springs experience without fear of encountering naked people visit Belknap Hot Springs. It is not far away, it is further east up Hwy 126 between McKenzie Bridge and the Ranger Station. Day use fee $10-15. Hot springs are piped into a swimming pool. Indoor changing rooms. This is approximately 20 minutes from the cottage
HooDoo Ski Bowl:
Great family friendly ski area features a new lodge, groomed trails and lift tickets under $50 Hoodoo Ski Area sits on the summit of Oregon’s Santiam Pass and is Oregon’s most centrally located destination for winter sports enthusiasts. Just 45 minutes from the cottage, Hoodoo Ski Area offers more than 800 acres of terrain, 34 runs, five lifts and one of the largest tubing parks in the West. Founded in 1938, Hoodoo is Central Oregon’s original ski area and your destination for family-friendly fun in your backyard! The ski slopes are on a big, rounded butte, with lots of wide open terrain. So whether you prefer the deep and challenging powder of Hoodoo’s backside or the finely groomed runs of the front side, the majesty of Hoodoo’s location and fun of Hoodoo’s night skiing will bring you back again and again.
McKenzie River Waterfall Loop Trail
Sahalie Falls and Koosah Falls in one awesome hiking experience.
Length: 3 miles
Elevation: Trail is at 2800 ft. elevation.
Season: Spring to Fall
Water: Potable water available at Ice Cap Campground.
How to get there: From the cottage take Highway 126 east approximately 32 miles to the parking areas of Sahalie Falls and Koosah Falls Viewpoints.
Trail Description: This trail is part of the McKenzie River National Recreation Trail. It follows the McKenzie River as it flows over two spectacular waterfalls and cascades into whitewater.
Other Area Waterfalls
A vast number of rivers and streams are birthed from the depths of central Oregon’s majestic Cascade Mountains. These many rivers create a dazzling display of water features throughout this chain of volcanic mountains. These water features often are displayed as spectacular waterfalls.
Koosah Falls / Sahalie Falls
Tamolitch Falls (aka Tamolitch Blue Pool)
Tamolitch Falls-Tamolitch Blue Pool
Once a majestic waterfall, the McKenzie River has changed course and gone underground a few miles up stream. The river only flows over the falls a few times a year, the rest if the time the water emerges from the rocks underwater in the basin of waterfall pool.
Tamolitch Blue Pool - Tamolitch FallsThis is a unique site. While it is rare to see a large waterfall ledge completely dry, the color and composition of the pool is also unique.
One of the first things you’ll notice is the color of the water. The topaz blue color of the water is almost iridescent – like a blue anti-freeze. The water is so clear that is seems to be only about 5 ft deep – yet closer inspection will reveal that in many spots its over 30 ft deep. So pure in fact that you’d swear the water wasn’t moving – yet at the end of this glass like pond – a volume of water rushes out as the McKenzie River is reborn. I did this hike for the first time last summer. The photos you see are real. The water is the most amazing color.
Tokatee Golf Club is just 10 miles away with views of the Three Sisters Mountains.