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AiroAV Reports: Stay in the Manzanita schoolhouse and other unique Oregon…

Stay in the Manzanita schoolhouse and other unique Oregon...

AiroAV Reports: Stay in the Manzanita schoolhouse and other unique Oregon…

It is time to plan for a fun family reunion? Here’s a unique place to stay on the Oregon coast: The completely remodeled 1927 Pine Grove Schoolhouse with forest and water views in Manzanita can be rented as a vacation stay for one large group of up to 20 guests.

The one-acre property, 12 blocks from the beach, is owned by a longtime Portland family that has lived in Manzanita and Oswald West State Park since the 1970s. 

The landscaped grounds have a lake view and plenty of lawn to play croquet, badminton, bocce ball and softball or fly kites. Or sit in the gazebo or around the fire pit or barbecue under the stars on the three grills.

Inside, the upstairs and downstairs levels are entirely self-contained – each with a kitchen, living room, activity areas, bathrooms and bedrooms, entrances and washer and dryer – so family members can have separation and privacy.

The starting price is about $950 per night, with discounts for longer stays. For more information, contact the owners at 541-385-8744 or [email protected]

Are you looking for more one-of-a-kind Oregon getaways? This week’s gallery looks at vacation stays near a lighthouse or actually on the water.

Before you go, check for the most current travel recommendations and best practices to avoid the spread of the coronavirus. Also read 10 things to consider before going back outside during the coronavirus pandemic in Oregon.

Heceta Lighthouse B&B

Maybe your family would like to vacation near a lighthouse? You can gazed out to sea from a 200-foot-tall vantage point at the historic Heceta Head Lighthouse.

You can’t get any closer to the rare navigational tower than Heceta Head Lighthouse keeper’s cottage, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Queen Anne-style Heceta Lighthouse B&B has six rooms and can accommodating up to 15 guests each night. Unwind on the wraparound porch or in one of the parlors near a handcrafted fireplace, and watch the waves from afar or stroll the paths to the lighthouse and beach.

Throughout the year, nightly room rates vary. You can rent the entire house for about $2,500 a night, depending on travel days.

The Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint, in a cove at the mouth of Cape Creek, has a short trail with self-guided interpretive panels leading to the historic tower. Check to see if Park employees are offering tours of the outdoor area and the tower’s ground floor (541-547-3416, [email protected]).

Saul Zaik Treehouse

The Saul Zaik Treehouse in Portland’s Southwest Hills was commissioned by shipyard magnate Arnold ZidellSaul Zaik Treehouse

Saul Zaik Treehouse in Portland: Architect Saul Zaik’s easily identifiable, site-oriented work can be seen in resorts, condominiums in Salishan and other scenic places, as well as residences, like the 1956 Feldman House for the heir to the Mt. Hood Borax Co.

The Zaik/Miller firm, with partner Jim Miller, also designed commercial buildings and contributed to additions and restoration of iconic landmarks such as the Historic Timberline Lodge, in partnership with the late A.P. “Benny” DiBenedetto’s firm, as well as the Crater Lake Lodge campus and Vista House at Crown Point.

Zaik’s most unusual, eye-catching structure is in Portland’s Southwest Hills: The 1970 Zidell House, an octagonal that sits on a 48-foot-tall ship’s mast. The post came from the USS O’Hara, a Liberty Ship that served in both WWII and the Korean War.

The Saul Zaik Treehouse was commissioned by shipyard magnate Arnold Zidell. Today, the lower level guest suite is a vacation rental with a sitting room, bedroom, bathroom and mini decks to see expansive views of Marquam Nature Park and beyond.


• Accommodates two guests

• One bedroom

• 1.5 bathrooms

• Around $215 a night depending on travel dates


Dome Sweet Dome — a must experience!

Dome home in Bend close to trails: A renovated and redecorated geodesic dome on a large, private lot is close to Phil’s Trail for mountain bikers and hikers and is a five-minute walk to the Deschutes River Trail, a short bike ride to downtown and the Old Mill District’s unique shops, brew pubs and restaurants, and a car ride from Century Drive to Mt. Bachelor.


• Accommodates four guests

• Two bedrooms

• One bathroom

• Starting at $151 a night depending on travel dates

Writer's getaway

The view of the main bedroom from the writer’s cube window at Soapstone Woodland River Retreat in Clatsop County.Airbnb

Soapstone Woodland River Retreat in Clatsop County: A writer’s cube rests on the top of the house inspired by nature’s spirals and the Fibonacci Sequence.

The well-known writing retreat was designed by architect Willard K. Martin on 22 acres with contemplative trails through the woods.

The 20-foot vaulted ceiling has a skylight and two walls of windows frame Soapstone Creek and the forest.

A covered breezeway connects the space to the main structure, which has a dining area, living room with a wood stove, bathroom, sleeping loft and deck.


• Accommodates eight guests

• Two bedrooms

• Two bathrooms

• Around $405 a night on average, depending on travel dates plus monthly discounts


Tomahawk Island houseboat: Linger on the deck while docked at the marina on Hayden Island and take in the Columbia River or use the two kayaks and set out on an adventure.Airbnb

Tomahawk Island houseboat: Linger on the deck while docked at the marina on Portland’s Hayden Island and watch wildlife and the Columbia River or use the two kayaks and set out on an adventure.


• Accommodates two guests

• A studio with a bathroom

• Around $92 a night on average, depending on travel dates

Converted garage

Zen Loft in Southeast Portland’s Restaurant RowAirbnb

10 tempting, crazy Oregon getaways when you’re ready to get out there: Oregon has an amazing collection of eclectic places to stay, from the coast to the Wallowa Mountains, tiny Tiller to populated Portland, a beach cottage to a cabin. And then there are some weird rentals in alluring locations.

The modern Zen Loft in Southeast Portland’s Restaurant Row was created in a converted two-car garage by the small space specialists at Portland’s Zenbox Design. Everything in the home is handmade, from the steel and reclaimed wood cabinets to the barstools and art on the walls. An accordion door system slides completely away to provide a 16 foot opening with no division between inside and outside.

Salishan Resort

The landmark Salishan Resort on 250 forested acres in Gleneden Beach, has upscale guest rooms with views plus activities. from golf to tennis, spa and indoor pool and even an aerial adventure course.Salishan Resort

Wild, romantic honeymoons: Start a marriage off right or rekindle your relationship: Couples who flock to Oregon find romanic places. Proposal Rock beckons people in love to the beach at Neskowin.

The state also has vineyards and other scenic spots to tie the knot, even during the coronavirus pandemic when most family members and friends will watch the ceremony live streamed from afar.

After a dreamy wedding, relax in a fairytale setting. Which destination is right for you two? You’ll find it on the coast or in the mountains, desert or forest.

home with pool

The House on the River in southwest BendAirbnb

Oregon Airbnbs with a pool let you make a splash, stay cool: Summer weather has arrived and there’s probably no better way to cool off fast than by jumping into water. In this getaway guide, we look at Oregon vacation homes with a splashy pool such as the House on the River in southwest Bend, which has 18-foot-tall cathedral ceilings covered in natural cedar and expansive windows that frame views of the river, trees and wildlife.

zen getaway

Sahhali Luxury Beach House of Neskowin, ORVacasa

Zen-like getaways: Oregon offers calm vacation destinations (and serene ideas for your home): Oregon has zen-like vacation homes in which to safely escape. Or, if you’re looking for design ideas or serene colors that promote tranquility, you’ll find inspiration just looking at photos of this week’s getaway gallery of calming places.

Are you ready to relax and only hear the sounds of ocean waves, rustling leaves or birds?

home with a dock

Lakefront, dog-friendly home with private dock and deck:Vacasa/Airbnb

Get away to an Oregon vacation home with a dock: Make a splash with the whole family: A dock is one of those wonderful, in-between spaces that links one surface, land, to another, water. There’s really no need for a boat. You can enjoy the wooden platform just because it lets you look out and it sways a bit, as if you’re dancing without any effort.

In this getaway guide, we look at docks connected to an Oregon vacation home large enough to invite the whole family, when you’re ready to travel again.

floating home

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