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Vacation and Business Get-A-Way/Lay-Over

Bedrooms 3
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 nights

About the property

3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6-8

A Fly-in or Drive-in retreat.

Discounts with stays over 5 nights.

One of 6 places we have. One of 6 places we have. if this is taken, inquire anyway for possible cancellations or other openings. (It has been taken for the 8/21/2017 eclipse.)

The John Day Valley Chalet, as we like to call it, is located right above the town of John Day, Oregon and just below the airport. It has a great view of the entire eastern valley and of Big Canyon Mountain to the south. It is a perfect vacation home for families or an ideal location as a corporate lodging facility for those coming for a few days on business in the valley.

The Chalet is very private, sitting on 3 acres, out of sight of the few other homes in the area. It is completely furnished with a complete modern kitchen and all the amenities of a nice country retreat, though you won't be roughing it. It sleeps 6 in three spacious bedrooms with pillow top queen beds and a couple of single floor mattresses for the kids or extra vacationers. There are two full bathrooms, one with double sink and double shower and large walk-in closet.

There is dish TV with HBO and player with numerous videos, CD player, internet and local telephone as well as laundry room.

Outside we have a 15 x 22 ft. deck with Patio set and Bar and Babeque. Its steps go down to a large yard overlooking the valley complete with Gazebo, Fire pit, Horse shoe pit and just outdoor lounging.

The driveway is large enough for large RV's to turn around in or park next to the home itself.

There is also a nice 6 x 10 ft. wire kennel with dog house for outside use and a dog house in the garage for inside use on cold days.

Like I said, the home is totally furnished and equipped. Just bring your suitcase and your groceries.

It is beautiful, quiet and clean and we leave the keys in our car in this country.

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Jim and Sandy Bay
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, spanish
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Calendar last updated:
January 2, 2017

About Jim and Sandy Bay

Jim discovered the John Day Valley in August of 1972.

He bought an old mining claim on Big Canyon Mountain that day and has been enjoying the valley ever since. He came up every year for 34 years always with the dream to retire here.

Jim and Sandy finally moved to the John Day Valley permanently in 2006 and wanted to provide quality vacation rentals for others to be able to enjoy vacation here also. They now have 3 vacation properties in the valley, each one very different from the other.

Jim and Sandy Bay purchased this chalet in 2012

Why Jim and Sandy Bay chose Eastern Oregon

We loved this property for its privacy, access to town, beautiful views and all the up to date amenities of a modern efficient, yet country home.

What makes this chalet unique

Centrally located to entire valley and town yet totally private and quiet.

Great for reunions and group events and meetings with large deck with bar-b-q and bar and big living room and landscaped high desert yard and views forever.


5/5 -
(2 traveler reviews)

Vacation and Business Get-A-Way/Lay-Over
average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews
Portland, Oregon

Great place to stay in John Day

  • 5 of 5

I have been traveling to John Day for over five years for work and wish I had come upon this place earlier. It is much better than motel options in town and it has a commanding view of town and the surrounding area. The house has all the necessary items for a vacation and is very well maintained.

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Willamette Valley, Oregon

Amazing view, wonderful house

  • 5 of 5

This was a great VRBO experience. The house is up above the city with a wonderful view. We stayed 4 nights (myself, my husband, our one-year old, and my in-laws) and spent a lot of time enjoying the view both from outside and from the living room. We ate almost every meal out on the deck enjoying the warm weather and view. We brought spotting scopes and saw deer and geese clear across the valley. The house is very clean, new, nice, and comfortable. Kitchen was fully stocked. We were all extremely happy with our stay. If we come back to this area we would definitely want to stay here again. The house is close in proximity to other homes but it's completely private, once you drive up the driveway.

We cooked some at the house and ate out several times. You have to eat at the Outpost. We had breakfast and lunch here (different days) and both were great and with good service. We also tried the Snaffle Bit Dinner House. Yum! This place was amazing. They seriously had the best tomato soup ever. And great steaks. But call ahead here, they aren't open everyday and sometimes just evening hours.

I enjoyed a walk up the hill one evening, this house was just in an ideal location for us. John Day is such a small town that it felt safe to be out and about by myself. The house was also great for our one-year old. She's very active and on the move but the house was pretty childproof. We did move a few breakable items out ot the way but our daughter loved the house and felt right at home.

  • Submitted: May 19, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Laci, Thanks for the nice review. Yes, this little valley has some surprises in it. Be well, Jim and Sandy Bay
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Nearest Airport
1 Miles
John Day Municiple
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
All Bars
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
John Day Golf course
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Hwy 26 & Hwy 395
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
All restaurants
Car: necessary

The John Day Valley is located in Eastern Oregon, approximately 125 miles east of Bend, Ore & 190 miles east of Boise, Idaho & 100 miles south of Pendelton, Ore. & 75 miles North of Burns, Ore. The two highways to John Day are Hwy 26, east/west and Hwy 395 north/south.

The John Day Airport is located 2 miles from town on the plateau above the town.

This is a relatively untouched country in many ways.

There are many back roads and 'circle' drives around the entire county and close enough to other great sites for reasonable day trips or over nights, such as the Steens Mountain/Alvord desert country.

It is in the Strawberry Mt. wilderness country and quite spectacular and accessible to several wilderness areas and mountain hiking and hunting. The John Day river system, the last undamned system in the US, provides great fishing and swimming.

It is in easy driving distance from most all the sites in the basin including the main, south, north and middle forks of the John Day River, Magone Lake, Murderers Creek, Bear Valley, and the Strawberry and Aldrich Mts. and Blue Mts. look out towers, Kimberley Orchards for picking, fishing, swimming and picnicking, the John Day fossil beds and museum, several swimming holes and hunting, hiking, cycling and winter events.

We came over Dixie Pass, from the east, and bought property that day in 1972, we were so taken with it, and we still are.

Like I said, drive in or fly in and enjoy some very special country and good people.

Just to let you know, At any time before, during, or after your stay with us, your information may be shared with a ' This site gives me the opportunity to share how good a renter you are. A high rating can open other doors for you in your travels and possible discounts or special rates.


Rates & Availability

John Day Chalet Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Solar Eclipse
Aug 19 2017 - Aug 20 2017
2 night minimum stay
Flat fee
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $99
Pet Fee $20 + Tax
cleaning fee $50 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.0%

Call or e-mail for easiest reservation.
20% required up front with balance on arrival.
Rates shown for up to 3 persons. Rates vary according to number of persons and length of stay.
Add $30 per night per person, less discounts over 5 days.
Dogs limited to two, charged $10 per night each.
Kennel and/or garage. No pets inside please.
No other pets.
See event rate for 2017 Eclipse

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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John Day Chalet Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chalet
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Master bathroom has two sinks and double shower. Both have plenty of towels.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • A couple of very comfy single supported floor beds for the extra vacationers.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • 10 garden chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water tubing
Back yard and patio includes the bar w/ accessories and plug, horse shoe pit, fire pit, gazebo and misc. lawn seating all with great view and privacy. For the kids there is also a very nice large park in John Day on 7th St. Grant County tour The John Day gorge petroglyph's, paleontology center on 19, Kimberly orchards picking and picnic, & swimming holes along the way, Strawberry Mt. hike to lakes, any forest service lookout, Snaffle Bit restaurant, 1188 Pub, Chucks Diner in Prairie City, Prairie City in general, County museum in Canyon City (very cool) & Oxbow Trading Co. in Canyon City, Left turn at 10 mile marker off 395 south of Canyon City and drive around the wilderness park, Bear Valley to Murderers creek over Fields Peak with walks in forest, Aldrich lookout, south fork swimming hole (ask in Dayville), Long Creek to Monument drive and down through Kimberly, Ritter hot springs off 395 N., North Fork drive to or from Austin Junction Chamber of Commerce in John Day f

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