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The Kuza Garden Cottage: a Food & Wine Traveler's Delight!

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Minimum Stay 2 nights

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About the property

Cabin, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

This unique, newly remodeled 1922 carriage/guest house is set within a beautiful Japanese garden just behind NE Portland's Yakuza Lounge in the popular Alberta Arts District. With its sanded plaster plank walls & charming, open-plan layout, the Kuza Garden Cottage is an artful blend of the urban & bucolic in the heart of NE Portland.

The Kuza Garden Cottage sleeps 1-2 adults. The 350 sq ft cabin has been newly updated with birch flooring and simple, contemporary design details including a new, queen sized bed with 540 thread count prima cotton bedding; full bath with sunken, step-in shower and Mada products; full kitchen with settings for 4; sitting room; bedroom flat screen TV with cable and DVD; A/C and complementary Wifi.

Set in a lush, serene and beautifully landscaped Japanese Garden with 24 access to hot tub, coldwater plunge tub and outdoor shower, guests are mere steps away from 5 of Portland's most popular destination restaurants (Yakuza Lounge, DOC, Beast, Autentica and Cocotte), 3 blocks from New Seasons Market and 2 blocks from the burgeoning Alberta Arts District and the hugely popular Last Thursday monthly arts festival.

Located just behind Yakuza Lounge, NE Portland's popular modern Japanese pub and izakaya, the Kuza Garden Cabin makes for a truly one-of-a-kind getaway for out-of-town guests and locals alike. Enjoy access to some of Portland's most buzzed about and acclaimed fine dining restaurants with room service available from Yakuza during regular operating hours. Enjoy hand-crafted morning coffee at Extracto or breakfast at Cup & Saucer. Then explore the bustling galleries, shops, restaurants, bars and entertainment venues on nearby Alberta before heading home to this romantic, urban retreat.

'Bed & Dinner' packages are available in partnership with Yakuza (modern Japanese) and DOC (local ingredient-focused, Italian-inspired fare) restaurants. Bed & Dinner package includes accomodations in the Kuza Garden Cottage plus a 3-course dinner for 2 with drinks and/or wine pairings at either restaurant.

Childcare and in-room massage service are also available on request.

Keywords: Cabin, guesthouse, carriage house, garden, Portland, NE Portland, Alberta Arts District

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Dayna McErlean
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
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January 18, 2017

About Dayna McErlean

Originally from Staten Island, NY - I'm a mom, restaurant owner and real-estate developer with a background in the arts. I've lived in this neighborhood since moving to Portland in 1996 when I opened a mixed-use art and performance space just around the corner from were I live and work now. I own the building that houses Yakuza and Beast restaurants and live upstairs from Yakuza with my young son. I also own DOC restaurant, located just up the street across Killingsworth. I am huge soak and steam fan and designed the Japanese garden behind Yakuza to include a hot tub, cold plunge tub and outdoor shower - a hidden gem that you'll enjoy as a guest at the Kuza Garden Cottage. I look forward to welcoming you and introducing you to this vibrant neighborhood.

Dayna McErlean purchased this cabin in 1999

Why Dayna McErlean chose Portland

I have lived and worked in this neighborhood since first moving to Portland in 1996. I designed and built out this building and have loved watching new restaurants join us on NE 30th & Killingsworth. It has been extremely gratifying to see the neighborhood come into its own.

What makes this cabin unique

The Kuza Garden Cottage offers guests a peaceful and serene retreat that's also mere steps from some of the most buzzed about and acclaimed fine-dining establishments in the Portland restaurant scene. We offer Bed & Dinner Packages that include 3 course meals with wine/drink pairings from either Yakuza or DOC. After dinner, take in the festival-like party that's Last Thursday on Alberta, then leave the crowds behind and head home to a late night soak in the hot and cold plunge tubs in your Japanese garden setting. Enjoy a nightcap at Yakuza before turning in for the night in this quiet, urban retreat. Skip the hotels and experience the real Portland in a one-of-a-kind way. We look forwarding to seeing you soon.


Excellent! 4.4/5 -
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The Kuza Garden Cottage: a Food & Wine Traveler's Delight!
average rating of 4.3636365 based on 22 reviews

Absolutely wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

Perfect place to stay for our family of 4. Our hostess made sure we had everything we needed and brought extra bedding for the kids. We were able to enjoy the soaking tub, which was incredible in the cool night air. The restaurant was delicious. I would definitely recommend staying here. I know we will back!

Thank you

  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Quiet Place to Settle on a Monday and Tuesday

  • 5 of 5

I stayed from Sunday to Wednesday and I think that is key -- the restaurant is quiet on Sunday evening and was closed Monday and Tuesday, so I had the place to myself. If it had been Friday or Saturday I don't think I would have liked it -- you really are right on the patio of the restaurant. It is a nice little cottage -- my brother (who wasn't staying there) and I treated it as a home away from home as the kitchen and living area gave us everything we needed to cook some meals and hang out. It is best for one person or two people who don't need privacy from one another. There are no internal doors, and it is an open plan. As one person, I loved it. One thing -- the address on the gate is very hard to see and the back path is dark. Get your phone flashlight out!

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Stressful Stay at Kudzu Cottage

  • 1 of 5

We stayed in this cottage for 2 nights with our 20 month old toddler. We arrived at the cottage at 4pm and the unit had not been cleaned. The bed was unmade, there was trash in the bins, dirty dishes in the sink, towels on the floor, and old food on the counter.

I immediately texted the owner and she called back a little while later and explained the the housekeeper was stuck in traffic and would arrive soon. After a while, one of the restaurant employees came to the cottage and said the housekeeper would not make it, but she could tidy up the unit on her behalf. This didn't make any sense to us, but by this point we were exhausted and our toddler was barely keeping it together from skipping her nap. The employee surface cleaned the cottage (there was no mopping or scrubbing), and said the owner offered to pay for a "couple of appetizers and drinks" at the restaurant (Yakuza).

We got settled in and hoped to make the best of the situation. However, we soon noticed some odd features of the unit.

1. This cottage has a completely open layout in the sense that there is no privacy. A thin, mesh like fabric separates the living/kitchen area to the bedroom. Same for the divider between the bedroom and the bathroom. 2. The dumpsters for the restaurant trash is located outside the living room barn doors. The smells waft in. Also the path to the dumpsters from the restaurant passes directly in front of the entrance. Liquids drip from the bins along the path.

3. The walls do not appear to be well insulated, as sounds from the restaurants (pots banging, very loud music, people talking), could be heard as late until 12am. Also, there is a bonfire pit in front the the cottage that they light at night. We could smell smoke from the bonfire and people smoking cigarettes.

4. One of the main reasons we chose this unit, aside from the location, was the photos and descriptions of the hot tub and coldwater plunge tub. We did not use either. The hot tub was in direct view from the restaurant patio offering barely any privacy. The water looked murky and uninviting. The plunge tub was covered in kudzu and dirt.

We absolutely would not consider staying here again. This unit needs better management, a clearer description of features, and most of all-some TLC. Lastly, I JUST received my deposit and cleaning reimbursement. It took 3+months and several emails. Renting this unit was more trouble than it's worth

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Little slice of heaven

  • 5 of 5

Tucked behind some of Portland's most amazing restaurants, this sweet little cottage is the prefect oasis to retreat to amongst an other wise bustling neighborhood. There is plenty of action with in walking distance. The cottage is well appointed with creative details and lovely linens. The owner was very responsive and helpful.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Flippin' cool!

  • 5 of 5

PERFECT location---This funky/quirky little space was full of surprises. Not luxurious-- but reasonably well appointed with some

truly fun details. Responsive, helpful and available owner.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Didn't meet expectations

  • 2 of 5

We stayed 2 nights at the Kuza Garden Cottage in late September. The listing photos and description did not accurately reflect this cottage. The garden path to the cottage was overgrown with plants and unlit (hazardous in the dark), the hot tub and pool were not useable (we were told the hot tub was broken and the owner expected a part to arrive the next day), they were partially filled with murky water and decaying leaves (appeared to be broken for some time) and the restaurant dumpsters were stored against the back wall of the cottage and a rotten smell wafted into the garden and the rental if the door was left open.

The kitchen was poorly outfitted (no water glasses, mismatched table settings, only two teaspoons, two stained dish towels that looked more like cloth napkins) and there were a couple of food items that appeared to be left by the previous renters (a partial bag of cookies sealed with a band aid). Getting in and out of the bed (built-in) was a challenge and the linen was of poor quality. There were no instructions for how to operate the television mounted on the wall above the bed. Lastly, the toilet is separated from the bedroom and the kitchen/living room by a curtain. So if you're the type who appreciates (needs) privacy when going to the bathroom you will be disappointed (and possibly embarrassed...especially if you have guests over for a glass of wine). Oh that was another thing, there were only three wine glasses so some of us had to use coffee cups for our chardonnay. I think the Kuza Garden Cottage was at one time a bright, fun idea and project but our experience was that it was suffering from neglect.

  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
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Alberta Arts District Cabin Rental Rates

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cleaning fee $75
Refundable damage deposit $100
Tax Rate 11.5%

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Alberta Arts District Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Air Conditioning
  • Linens Provided
  • Mobile Phone
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Beds (1)
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
We offer Bed & Dinner packages that include 3 course dinners with wine/drink pairings for 2 at Yakuza Lounge (modern Japanese) and/or DOC Restaurant (ingredient-focused, Italian-inspired fare). Additionally, we are mere steps away from some of Portland's most buzzed about fine-dining establishments including Beast, Cocotte and Autentica, along with Extracto Coffeehouse and Cup & Saucer cafe. We are a few short blocks from the popular Last Thursday Alberta Arts festival. You won't find comparable access or accommodations anywhere in Portland.

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