The SpaceThe Tasco House is a large old craftsman home turning 100 years old in 2015, in a town with real people who talk to each other. A town by the same name, Taxco, Guerrero MEXICO (pronounced ‘Tasco’), is the town Janine’s grandmother lived where her door was open to the hungry wanderer. Guest AccessThere are four guest rooms total in the home.
•The Library Room, as we call it, is a cozy side room facing a large tree.
•The Beach Room is the side room facing “D” Street. (The house is on a corner lot with a peaceful yard in back.)
Each of the two rooms have a queen bed. In the spring of 2016 each room will have it's own private bath.
•The Bougainvillea Room, as we call it, is the room facing the back yard. It has its own air conditioning unit as well as heat, since the sky lights can otherwise heat it up or cool it down too much, and has a double bed.
•The fourth room on the opposite side of the house, is the Bunk Room, with a large cherry bunk bed, welcoming children and youth but also comfortable for adults with a sense of adventure. There is one bathroom upstairs, and one bathroom downstairs, with the two new bathrooms in process. We are especially kid and youth friendly.
•The kitchen and the laundry on the first floor, the dance or entertaining room, is all available to guests as desired. There is a large seasonal glassed-in porch with a dining table that faces the front street, also available to guests. Interaction with GuestsJanine can be available as called for, or to give privacy as needed. She works some evenings and nights and every other weekend, with her work based at home, and getting called out to do nursing visits. On work weekends, the contact could be minimal with immediate access via texting. The hosting goal is to be supportive in the ways diverse guests need.
We hope to be responsive to both need and spontaneity. The NeighborhoodIndependence is reportedly at the end of the Oregon trail, on the banks of Willamette River, becoming before our eyes Oregon’s next secret hang-out. It has an unpretentious and relaxed quality to it that is unique and completely non-tourist.
We are as close to the river as we are to the train that passes two blocks from the house, with a 12-mile canoe ride to Salem, open year round. Great biking routes . There is swimming, but you have to be careful of the currents. The average year-round temperature is in the 50's F, with sunny summers and rainy winters.
•Across the street from theTasco House is Riggs Auto, where Rick the mechanic restores vintage cars and trucks.
•One block away is the Pink House, a cute Victorian café with breakfast, lunch and dinner, prideful in the freshness of its food, to be enjoyed in cozy rooms, a front porch or a courtyard terrace.
•El Mechànico is a converted gasoline station into a hip bar with outdoor seating and fire pits . . . in wine country.
•Wine vineyards strew the countryside.
•Independence is one of the most productive areas for growing hops, with Rogue Ale and Spirits having a farm and tasting room a short bike ride away.
•It has a small Mexican grocery store, an art gallery, a movie theater, several places to eat, .50 cent beef or cheese tacos on Friday nights at the Arena bar, you can get ice cream at 2EZ where you can hear all you ever wanted to know about the area, and more, from the old-timer nick-named Dutch, there's the friendly and professional Umpqua Bank, a kid’s playground, an amphitheater with Friday concerts and Thursday movie nights in the summer near a water fountain, a library one block away, a used book store and consignment shop a few blocks away, a post office and city hall a few blocks away, some houses, and not a lot more.
•It is a very quiet city, as cities go; few sirens, low crime rate, no yelling or disruptive behaviors that we have heard. It is more noisy for someone used to living in remote areas of nature, and especially quiet if you are coming from a larger city.
It takes about 5 minutes to drive through the center of town, and that’s if you are driving slowly. Monmouth, 5 minutes away, has larger grocery stores, a hardware store, more restaurants, etc. Salem, 20 minutes away, has Enterprise Car Rental with its service of pick-up and drop off to Independence, as well as other large city conveniences. Corvallis is 1/2 hour away with an expansive farmer's market, natural food stores, arts connections, and more.
Independence is a town of less than 9,000 people, with the ocean one hour west, the Cascade Mountain Range one hour East, Portland one hour north and Eugene one and a half hours south. Its central location makes for a soulful place to rest one’s head and heart when wanting to explore diverse areas in Oregon. Bend and the desert is 2-3 hours south.
Willamette Valley rural countryside-driving has waterfalls, rivers, streams, fields, farmland, distant mountains, and natural beauty, easily accessible. Silver Falls State Park near Silverton is an hour drive away with incredible falls and trails.
We are new to the area so guest research will be necessary for getting up-to-date historical local and tourist information. Getting AroundThe center of Independence is walking distance of a few blocks. There is limited public transportation access for outside of Independence. Car rental is most practical transportation access. [Enterprise Car Rental offers the service of pick-up and drop off to Independence.] Other Things to NoteThe price includes rental for 3 - 4 bedrooms upstairs, and use of the whole house except for Janine's office and bedroom.