The SpaceSurrounded by forest, this spacious, new, 3-room apartment (bedroom, kitchenette, living room area) on the Columbia River ship channel has a private entrance and accommodates 4 (one bed is a hide-a-bed). The apartment is fronted by large windows with a spectacular view of the Columbia River. With the forest animals and ships in passing, the river is never still. Only our guests will enjoy beachcombing weathered driftwood, stones and many hidden surprises on our private beach. Ships pass close by--you feel as though you could reach out and touch them. Use our outside patio, with seating and table to BBQ. We have picnic and fire pit areas for guests’ use. Kayaks and canoes may be launched, or properly licensed, you might want to try your hand at fishing. Generous breakfast including freshly baked items, eggs, waffle batter, blueberry French toast, jam, homemade granola, milk, juice and all the coffee and tea you might want. Guests in our serene and remote area may not want to drive for dinner, so with advance notice I will prepare a homemade pizza, to order. The charge is $20 and includes soda, milk, or bottled water. Check in anytime after 3 p.m. Check out 12:00 noon. Guest AccessYou will have access to our entire yard, fire pit areas, and beach picnic site. There is an undeveloped hiking area stretching up behind our home if you have extra energy to burn. We want you to have a memorable and carefree time while you are here enjoying what this quiet, safe, scenic area has to offer. Interaction with GuestsWe occupy the floor above the apartment, taking great care to respect guests’ privacy. Welcoming our guests upon arrival is a priority. Being nearby, we can respond to any needs you might have. If you are inclined to get acquainted, that works for us, too. We enjoy conversations with our guests, especially gathered around the fire pit by moonlight. We usually get the message quickly if you want to be left to yourselves, that's fine also. The NeighborhoodWe live in an especially beautiful, serene, and naturally rich area. The waterfowl on the Columbia is very diverse: white Pelicans (new to the area), hawks, several varieties of ducks, geese, osprey, and several species of owls. Eagles are everywhere and many are in our big fir trees at the front of our property. They put on quite a show and have been known to drop fish out of the sky onto vehicles. Occasionally, we get a show from some sea lions and seals gobbling up the Salmon fingerlings. One of our guests described the night silence as "you can hear your own heartbeat". You might hear an owl, or a frog in spring, or the sternwheeler or a tugboat if you are not yet asleep, but the freighters slip by us with only a low, barely discernable hum to their engines. Spring and fall might bring the distant mournful sound of the ship's horns, but instead of it seeming like noise, it is rather romantic. You might find yourself trying to figure if it is coming from upstream or downstream and staying awake to find out. Getting AroundWe can be reached by car. We are 9.8 miles out Altoona Pillar Rock Rd. Do be careful driving our winding and hilly road. Take your time. Stay to the right. We are 30 minutes from the nearest gas station and 11 miles from any restaurant. It's best if you have, at minimum, at least a quarter tank of fuel or so to give you options: Astoria has the cheapest fuel and is 1 hour away. I have a list of restaurants in the apartment. Other Things to NoteThere is always something happening in this area: Weekend farmer's markets; fishing tournaments; the World's Largest Kite Festival in Long Beach, WA (August); the Astoria Regatta (August); Wine and Seafood Festival (March); Cathlamet Bald Eagle Days (August); and many others. Astoria has two incredible Museums: Maritime and Flavel House, movie theaters, and an Olympic sized in-door swimming pool. Dale and I are very acquainted with activities in surrounding areas and can often recommend favorite beaches, parks, etc.