Still Looking to Book that Summer Getaway?
We’re nearly halfway through summer already (we know, we can’t believe it either) and for those of us who’ve already binged through the latest season of Stranger Things, (among other Netflix and Hulu obsessions) there are still entire blocks of days left in between now and that time of year when your feed will start being spammed with ads for syrupy sweet pumpkin lattes. If you’re hoping to get that well-deserved vacation in before summer slips away, we’ve scoped out a handful of Airbnbs in Oregon, including a cozy lodge, a rustic farmhouse, and an alpaca farm retreat, that still have empty days in August, available for the booking.
Hilltop Lodge overlooking Tenmile Lake
Just north of Coos Bay, this stylish (and pet-friendly) two-level chalet is tucked away on a hillside and surrounded by forest, with sweeping views of Tenmile Lake and an outdoor jacuzzi where you can spend the evening stargazing. A great option for groups or families, the sprawling three-bedroom lodge is cozy, yet chic (it won a Dwell Design award in 2021) with modern amenities that include Wi-Fi and Smart TVs as well as firepits for evening bonfires—but do bring your own firewood, or, as mentioned in the description, if you can’t get any, “you may see Uncle Michael as during his free time he does cut firewood.” (Apparently, Uncle Michael is also known to assist guests with starting up a roaring fire.) The space is close enough to downtown Lakeside for a quick trip to restock groceries and just a two-mile trip to the lake if you’re looking to take a dip. Have a big group? You can book the lodge along with the restored two-bedroom barn — a pared down version of the lodge with a mountain view, lake access, and hot tub.
Open Dates: August 3, 4, 14, 16
Sauvie Island Alpaca Farm Retreat
Sauvie Island has always been a great quickie getaway for busy Portlanders, but something about cute, cuddly alpaca and sheep roaming around just takes it up several notches. You’ll be staying in the cozy 300 square-foot guest suite (aka “Tu Casa”) which includes a covered patio and views of Mount St. Helens and is also a great spot for viewing migrating birds. Of course, as a working alpaca and sheep fiber farm, adorable interactions are a given, especially as the sheep are known to hang out right by the guest house. Don’t bother setting an alarm, since the roosters crow bright and early in the mornings. The bright and airy guest house, complete with cheery blue and gold furnishings (the home was also featured in Dwell, sensing a theme here) is ideal if you’re looking for a peaceful space to work (Wi-Fi connection is available) or a nature retreat that doesn’t require filling the gas tank.
Open Dates: August 21, September 1, 5
The Milk House at Cast Iron Farm
A working dairy farm just 1.5 miles from downtown McMinnville, there aren’t many Airbnbs where you can sample raw dairy milk and honey with a backdrop of cows mooing and the braying of resident donkey, Chaos. (If you’d like a nice cold serving of milk upon arrival, just mention this to the host prior to arrival and it will be awaiting you in the fridge. Honey is also available for purchase.) The rustic studio space is set on the second floor of a converted barn with all the workings for a comfy stay, including a soaking tub, balcony, fully equipped kitchen with a gas stove, indoor fireplace, and Wi-Fi and TV. But do take advantage of the fact that you’re staying on the farm. You can even request to accompany your hosts during their evening chores, where you’ll meet the cows and the farm’s in-house horse, Lark.
Open Dates: August 22, 23, 28, 29
Lincoln City, OR
It wouldn’t be summer without a vacation on the coast, and this pet-friendly beach cabin in Lincoln City checks off everything that’s important: beach access points, a fire pit for roasting marshmallows, an indoor fireplace for chillier nights, and of course, all the modern entertainment comforts for your Netflix and chill needs. Set in the Olivia Beach community—an upscale coastal neighborhood located in Lincoln City’s Nelscott district—the newly built cabin is part of the Olivia Beach Camp Cabins, where you’ll find a playground for the little ones and a volleyball court, and a full kitchen that includes a griddle, waffle iron, and crab feast pot. Other suggestions? The area’s tide pools are a great place to hunt for agates, in case you want to take home a souvenir, and if you’re hoping to kayak, Devil’s Lake State Recreation Area is just a short drive away.
Open Dates: August 11, 14, 17, 18, 22, 25, 26, 28-31, September 1, 5