The SpaceTired Dog Ranch, an 18-acre farm/forest retreat at the edge of the Willamette Forest at the west end of the Cascade Range with year-round Grey Creek as a west property line. Trails both on and off the property provide hiking enjoyment, while garden variety farm critters (horses, dog, chickens, cats) can be enjoyed by young and old alike.
TDR features four vacation dwellings: Cascadian Cottage (sleeps up to 7), Cowboy Cabin (sleeps up to 6), Celestial Yurt (sleeps up to 4) and Hen House (sleeps up to 4) Vacation rentals, Campsites with composting toilets, potable water, post and beam "Cadillac Campsite Kitchen and Shower Shelter" with cook and serveware for up to 12, and large fire pit with wrap seating (seasonal use) in open grassy meadow surrounded by a collosium of evergreens and beautiful view of the constellation. An open air 'long house' is available for large group gatherings such as seminars, weddings, team building events, family and class reunions, etc. The grounds can accommodate RV parking with 20 amp/110v electric service and water hook up, but no septic service, equine lodging (45' diameter corral, hitching post, 12' x 12' paneled mare motels with fresh water canisters, grain buckets, muck rakes and wheelbarrow. Please call for pricing of these additional amenities.
As the name suggests, Tired Dog Ranch is DOG & KID FRIENDLY so bring your two and four legged family members along for fun on the farm in the forest. Neither can be left in a dwelling without ADULT supervision (no teen baby sitters!) and dogs must remain on leash and children remaining cordial around the chickens, cats, dog and horses (no chasing, etc.). If access IN the pasture is desired, I must be on-site and as a guide, otherwise do not enter the pasture. You may feed the horses carrots and apples, but please cut them to bite size amounts.
Bringing Pets AND/OR Children under 12 requires a fully refundable $300 security deposit (in the form of a check that remains undeposited) and as long as nothing is damaged or removed, this check is either returned or destroyed at your pleasure.
To greet you at check-in is a fully furnished dwelling with fresh ground coffee, teas, farm fresh free range eggs, real butter & oil, basic condiments, music and warm fire ablaze during the cold months, DISH network, CD's and DVD movies and high speed satellite wi-fi to enjoy after a day of romping on the trails and in the waterways. Or if you prefer, laze around in the yards or orchard, kick up your paws in the hammock by the long house and under an orchard tree or at the edge of Grey Creek. Fun can be had romping around the many walking and riding trails on, around and beyond the property boundaries.
The CELESTIAL YURT (sleeps up to 4) features an space-age insulated 30' diameter great room with conical open beam ceiling and sky-lite dome cap, insulated plank floor, full kitchen w/sink, gas range, refrigerator; KING bed and Full/Queen bed in pull out couch w/topper; 42" flat screen TV w/blue ray player + streaming video through Direct TV network, wi-fi, DVD, wood stove and dresser storage. $140/night - summer (April - Sept); $125/night winter (Oct - March).
The CASCADIAN COTTAGE (sleeps up to 7) features a downstairs great room with wood stove, couch & comfy chairs, TV/VHS/DVD, FULL Bed, kitchen w/electric range, double sink, frig and storage shelves, bathroom w/toilet, shower & sink, washer & dryer, and dining area that seats 6. The upstairs loft includes 2 TWIN beds and one KING bed and TV w/Direct TV, VCR & DVD. Wi-fi and Netflix. $165/night summer; $140/night winter.
The COWBOY CABIN (sleeps up to 6) features hardwood and ceramic tile floors, glass face wood stove w/custom river rock mantle, vaulted open beam ceiling in LR w/fan/light, comfy leather couch, padded chair and rocker, dining area seats 4, island with 4 swivel chairs, computer desk, private bedroom w/QUEEN bed; sleeping loft with lodge pole ladder access and 2 FULL beds. LED TV with Direct TV satellite, DVD's and VHS movies. $165/night summer; $140/night winter.
All dwellings are wood stove heated (wood, paper, matches and kindling provided - fires will be made or ready at check in (depending on outside temperature) and with instructions and diagrams for starting and maintaining in each dwelling if you are unfamiliar with that process or a little rusty. Portable heaters are available if needed.
Upper Meadow Campsites at $15/night - per car and 1 tent (maximum of 4 people) - fire pit, composting toilet and potable water provided. Trails and National Forest in immediate area. Minimum 48 hour notice - no exception - 48 hour notice RESERVATION ONLY, NO DROP IN'S - Check in & out at 12:00 p.m. Bring own wood, kindling & paper just in case available wood near campsites is wet/absent. "Leave no trace policy strictly enforced".
"Cadillac Campsite Kitchen and Shower Shelter" $25 base charge - additional $10 charge per campsite per day for use of full service kitchen and hot shower shelter (24 hour notice required) - Seasonally available summer months (April - September) and TBA during winter months (Oct. - March).
Summer months - May - September
Winter months - October - April
The surrounding area boasts of lakes, the North and Middle Fork Willamette River, creeks and streams, hot springs, hundreds of miles of mountain biking and hiking trails, the quiet communities of Oakridge and Westfir playing host to fun and festive summer and winter events. To the east approximately 26 miles is the Willamette Pass Ski Resort with ski lift, featuring a bounty of downhill slopes for all ages and skill levels, and cross country trails that would rival a cougar's tracks. See (URL HIDDEN) for other interesting and inviting events, features of the area, and activities throughout the year.
Diamond Express, a subsidiary of the Lane Transit District (LTD) bus system provides transportation to all points west to urban growth areas surrounding the cities of Eugene/Springfield. Catch the bus at various locations for $5/day pass.
Summer rates apply starting April 1st and extend through September 31st. There is additional charges for rental of a sleeping cot at $10/night. Additional guests over the designated capacity is requested, there is a $15/person/night charge. No sleeping on the floor (fire marshall and insurance rule). No critters on furniture (including chairs, couches and beds). Bring your own dog bed. Guest AccessYou have access to the 18 acres of lawn, woodland, pasture and Grey Creek, trails beyond the property boundary and your dwelling, as well as the fire pit in the upper meadow and the 20' x 30' open air Long House near the Yurt. Provided for your convenience are the following: Firewood, kindling, paper, matches or lighter (for wood stoves in dwellings only), tableware, silverware and glassware, cooking utensils, skillets, pots and pans, fresh bedding and towels, farm fresh eggs, fresh ground coffee, DISH and DVD's/VHS's, CD's, books/magazines, games and wi-fi w/Netflix/Hulu! Additional wood for campfires at $4/bundle (includes paper and kindling). TDR strictly adheres to NO FIRES during the restricted summer months. There is Washer and Dryer Service located in the Carriage House (across driveway from Yurt at $1.00/cold wash and $1.00/60-minute Dry. Interaction with GuestsI live on the grounds, very much in the background, but available if you need anything. The NeighborhoodTired Dog Ranch is located on 18 peaceful, diverse and private acres and is the last parcel before 100's of miles of national forest and the Cascade Range. The dwellings are located far from the access road and buffered by a pasture and wooded hillside. If traveling EAST on Hwy. 58, you will pass MP 32 and turn Right on Harbor Drive (cut thru road), then turn Left on LaDuke Rd. Head east until you cross over Grey Creek bridge (about 1-1/2 miles from Harbor Dr.) and take the next driveway to the Right. There is a sign "Tired Dog Ranch" and address posted. Follow driveway up to dwellings. If on Hwy. 58 heading WEST, between MP 33 - 32, turn Left on Harbor Dr., then follow the same directions as above. If you hit gravel, back up as you've gone just a bit too far. Look for the marquis "Tired Dog Ranch" which also has the address in white. Call if you get lost and I will guide you. My cell number is ((PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN). Getting AroundThe LTD provides transportation from Oakridge and Westfir through their subsidiary - the Diamond Express. There is morning and afternoon departure and arrival to various checkpoints in the area. Other Things to NoteIf you are an outdoor junkie and love to challenge the wilderness whether it be on foot, on a bike or on a horse, fish, hunt or sit quietly and listen to the sounds of nature - this is the place to be! On a rainy day, there are games, books, toys, music and movies to lounge and relax with. On sunny days, nature will call you to explore!
Keep in mind that the very design of the Yurt, a 1996 Pacific Yurt to be precise, is an insulated teepee made of heavy water proof canvas and space age insulation panels wrapped around a lattice-work of framing, a "glorified tent" with windows velcroed on the outside and shutters that unsnap and drop down to provide privacy. To access the windows and shutters, a ladder is provided speaks to the more hardy dweller. In the summer, a skylite can be opened using a telescoping arm, the windows opened using a ladder to access. In the winter, the gifted at fire making survive in the most chilling of weather. Consider the wood stove to be like a baby - it needs to be fed, burped, rubbed and otherwise tended to if it is to give you hours of enjoyment. Of course a fire will be started and the Yurt will be warm upon your arrival, but it's up to you to do the rest and keep it a cozy warm abode. If there is any question of whether you can pass muster with "fire making 101", I would suggest tackling another "stick built" dwelling at Tired Dog (Cowboy Cabin, Cascadian Cottage or Carriage House) that has better insulation and windows that open and close from the inside.
DIRECTIONS - can be easy if you don't depend on internet maps. While traveling on Hwy 58, access to LaDuke Rd. is Harbor Drive, a cut through road between MP 32 and 33. Quickly you join onto LaDuke Rd. and head east (turn left). Travel about 1-1/2 miles and once you pass over Grey Creek bridge, turn into the next driveway to the RIGHT (south). There is signage "Tired Dog Ranch" just past a post at the driveway entry with the address 47061 LaDuke Rd. If you've hit gravel, you've gone too far, back up and look to your right. Travel up the driveway to your dwelling (Hen House is first, Celestial Yurt is second, Cascading Cottage is third, Cowboy Cabin is fourth, Campsite with Kitchen and Shower Shelter is through a fenced entrance at south-east end of property). If camping, drive into the upper meadow where a number of campsites nestle against the tree line. Stay on the designated perimeter driveway for access to camping sites. Refrain from driving or parking in the open field. Camping is permitted during summer months April - September), while the upper meadow serves as feeding grounds for the horses during the winter season. If you'd like to "Glamp", take advantage of the "Cadillac Campsite Kitchen and Shower Shelter" (full kitchen services including cook and plate ware, and four hot showers w/dressing areas).
There is a $300 security deposit required at time of check-in for families with dogs and children under 12. Please bring your checkbook and make this fully refundable check to Tired Dog Ranch. Your check will be held undeposited and returned or destroyed (your preference) as long as no damage or removal of property occurs. There are free range chickens that wander all around the property during the daylight hours (that I need alive so I can continue to provide complimentary eggs to all my guests). KEEP YOUR DOG ON LEASH! Typically a parent doesn't know if there is any propensity for them to chase anything (squirrel, chicken, cat, other dogs, people, anything!!) so better to be safe than sorry, as replacement cost for a chicken is $50. Once in the forest and on a trail, it's okay to unleash the beast and let them set out to sniff to their hearts content, and the upper meadow is a fairly safe bet for no chicken zone, but take caution, as there may be campers with their pets and children enjoying their quiet outdoor slumber. DO NOT LET YOUR CHILDREN CHASE THE CHICKENS! This will get my border collie worked up and it doesn't turn out well... Dogs must remain with their owner at all times (no exceptions)