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Off the Grid and Forty Feet Up!

SuperanfitriónTiller, Oregón, Estados Unidos
Casa del árbol - Anfitrión: Dabney And Alan
4 huéspedes1 habitación3 camas1 baño
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Our 2021 season will run April 1 through November 15, 2021. We will start booking our 2021 season in early March, 2021 and early June 2021.

If you'd like to be on our Cancellation Notification List/2021 Booking Notification List, email us at summitprairie at the email of the world's most popular search engine (starts with a G) or visit the Booking Info tab on the summitprairie website.

El espacio

As you are probably aware, Oregon has experienced unprecedented wildfires.  The closest fire to us was the South Obenchain Fire, approximately 25 miles away to the south, and the Archie Creek Fire, approximately 50 miles to the north.

We have had several periods of soaking rains over the last few weeks so we are no longer in fire season and are no longer experiencing any smoke.


Several of our booked guests have contacted us asking us to please stay open so they have an opportunity to get away and relax in a relatively safe environment. We understand. We are trying to be socially responsible while at the same time meeting the wishes and needs of our guests. We really want to see you, but also to keep us all safe.

Like all other businesses, we are taking extra measures to make sure the spaces are as clean and safe as possible, paying special attention to surfaces most frequently touched. Obviously we can't guarantee anything, but we are doing all we can to reduce the risk to you as well as to ourselves. We have only 2 reservations per week. Our guests check out by 11 a.m., we completely disinfect the lookout along with leaving blankets and pillows out on the deck to air out in the sunshine and fresh air. The doors and windows to the lookout are left open to air out until the next guest arrives after 4 p.m. that afternoon. No one else but the two of us will be here during your stay. And we live in our Summer House about 500 feet away from the lookout.

If you do decide to come, consider staying here during your entire visit. That’s not a bad thing. There are plenty of things to do here - hiking, soaking in the hot tub, watching the deer in the meadow, and there are lots of games and books on the shelves of the lookout. Simply being quiet and apart from the hurt of the world right now is worth it.

If you do decide to cancel, we will fully refund anyone, at any time, regardless of the reason, no questions asked. Should you decide to cancel, we would of course prefer that you do that sooner rather than later but we realize that isn't always possible. Also, if you're not feeling well, please cancel, even if it is last minute - we totally understand!

We respect your decisions. And look forward to hosting you at Summit Prairie.


We are completely booked for our 2020 season. See information below about getting on our Cancellation/2021 Booking Notification list. In 2021, we will only have a 4 NIGHT MINIMUM - check in Thursday, check out Monday and a 3 NIGHT MINIMUM - check in Monday, check out Thursday. Check in/check out days will be Mondays and Thursdays only and we will not have any 2 or 1 night stays.

We can only take about 60 reservations per year and there will be hundreds of guests trying to get a booking when we open the calendar. We allow our previous guests priority booking each year and they usually book about the half the season and almost all of the weekends prior to opening our calendar to the general public.

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1. Early and late season 2020 is completely booked. We typically book our season at a specific date and time - early March, 2021 for April through July 2021 bookings and early June, 2021 for August through Nov 2021 bookings. Exact date and time will be announced here over the winter. Visit the summitprairie website and sign-up for our Booking Notification List/Cancellation Notification List.

2. Make sure your Airbnb profile is filled out completely including a clear photograph of yourself, your government ID, what city you are from and a little bit about yourself. Our intention is not to discriminate against anyone but when we see an incomplete profile we feel like a guest is trying to hide something. We've had guests that were able to secure dates only to lose them before confirmation because they didn't have their profile completed. That is an Airbnb requirement, we're not in control of that.

3. Have all of your credit card information completed on your profile and your ID verified. Booking will happen very quickly and you will not have time to add credit card or ID information when the calendar opens.

4. Refresh your browser frequently. The entire booking window this year lasted less than 2 minutes. Don't worry about sending us a message when you send us your booking request - someone else will grab the dates while you're typing your message! After the calendar appears full, continue to check back over the first 48 hours - guests frequently get overly excited when booking and dates that appear to have been booked end up opening up again. We will announce on the site when all dates are filled and booking is completed.

5. Be flexible on your dates. Most of the weekend dates and summer mid-week will already have been booked by our previous guests so most of the dates available will be early season (April/May) or late season (October/November).

6. Once you book your dates, you won't be able to change them as we will be completely booked for the season. You also will not be able to change the number of nights but you can cancel your reservation and if we're able to rebook the dates, we will give you a 90% refund (this is less strict than the Airbnb strict cancellation policy of 50% refund up to 2 weeks prior to arrival and no refund 1 week prior to arrival).

7. If you're unable to get a booking, visit the summitprairie website and click on Booking Information. Or send an email to summitprairie at the email of the world's most popular search engine (starts with a G) and we'll add you to our Cancellation Notification List. We usually get 5 to 6 cancellations during the season and the sooner you get on the list, the more chances you will get to book.

8. Finally, we do know that it is a complete hassle to book with us so we are extremely appreciative of you guys that stick with us through this process!!

Thanks and we look forward to seeing you someday at the Summit Prairie!
Missing peace and quiet? Wishing for space to relax and renew? Here is your chance! Off the grid, atop a 40-acre meadow on 160 acres of private land. Surrounded by the Umpqua National Forest in Douglas County, Oregon.

Welcome to Summit Prairie!

Hear the wind give voice to the trees at the edge of the meadow.
Listen to the birds calling in the valley below.
Let the peace you feel here…. stay with you.
Your hosts, Alan and Dabney, will welcome you, help carry your things up the four flights of stairs, and orient you to all the wonders of this place, then leave you in peace so you can enjoy.

Built in Two Thousand Nine, the lookout tower is modeled after Fire Lookout Towers built by the US Forest Service in the early Nineteen Hundreds.
However, it's enhanced with modern essentials: a full kitchen featuring hot and cold running water, propane stove, refrigerator, heater and lamps, exterior shower, comfortable beds in the cupola and main floor with windows all around to let in summer breezes and breath-taking views.
And while simply chilling at Summit Prairie is oh-so-fine, think of this place also as a launch point for day trips to Crater Lake (2 hours), or Ashland, site of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (1.5 hours), or historic Jacksonville, site of the annual Britt Festival (1.5 hours), Rogue River Rafting (45 minutes), the South Umpqua Falls (45 minutes) or the Seven Feathers Casino in Canyonville (1 hour).

Imagine! Kick back and relax, read a book, play a game (or three)… write in a journal, meditate… daydream in the hammocks down the hill… soak your cares away and relax in a secluded wood-fired, spring-fed hot tub… Even dance under the moon or sing to the stars.

Memories are made here.

Come to Summit Prairie...

Acceso de los huéspedes
160 acres of private land, fire pit, wood-fired/spring-fed hot tub, vegetable garden, hammock tree and anywhere else you want to wander and explore. There are no "off-limits" places here...

Otros aspectos a destacar
As experienced Airbnb hosts, we want to make sure we describe the experience in as much detail as possible...

Location - We are located about 10 miles out of Tiller, Oregon with the last six miles on a one lane gravel forest service road which can take 20 to 30 minutes to drive. The road is currently in good condition and we've had small cars, such as a Prius or MG convertible make it up here with no problem at all. We will call you a couple of days prior to your arrival to talk you through how to get here, even though you will have the written directions in your reservation. If you get lost, you won't be able to call us because you won't have cell phone service. The signage on the road is not always good (sorry, we're not in control of that...) so we want to make sure you know exactly how to get here! Tiller is at 1,000' elevation and we are at 3,500' elevation so the weather up here is generally 10 degrees cooler than it is in Tiller.

Groceries - If you are coming from the north, the nearest grocery store and gas station is in Canyonville, OR (Ray's, 151 NE Main St., open 7 am - 10 pm) about an hour away.
If you are coming from the south or the east, in Shady Cove, OR (Shady Cove Market, 22111 Highway 62, open 7 am - 10 pm), about 45 minutes from the Summit Prairie.
You're probably better off shopping at a supermarket in an urban area because these grocery stores are expensive and have very limited selections.
Make sure you're full up with gas and food because there are no gas or grocery facilities once you leave either of those towns.

Bathroom facilities - We are off grid so the bathroom is a pit toilet (a nice one, we might add) that is about 100 feet from the base of the tower. We have a "pee pot" in the upstairs cupola sleeping area, a "pee funnel" off the side of the tower and an "emergency potty" outside on the deck. It's actually pretty civilized, all in all, but it's not like having a flush toilet just a few steps away. The hot shower is outside on the deck - in front of God and everyone, but then, there isn't anyone else here!

Be aware that the lookout is one big room, so "private space" for changing clothes or showering is minimal!

The tower is 40 feet high, accessed only by four flights of stairs - there is no elevator! And, while there are landings for each set of stairs (to admire the view, and catch your breath!), everything must be carried up!

Spring water is pumped upstairs by a solar-powered pump from the a collection tank a few hundred feet from the tower. The water is tested as safe. We have been drinking it ourselves for years, but if you're squeamish about drinking untreated water, you might want to bring bottled drinking water.

Fire Season - During the summer forest fires are possible in the area. That could restrict campfires and use of the hot tub and it could result in smoky air. We will let you know immediately if there are fires. If smoke or fire in the immediate area of the Summit Prairie poses a threat to health or safety, you may cancel your reservation with no penalty. In 2018, fire season ran from mid July through late September.

Please note that we do not have a television, clock or mirror and we have no WiFi access!

As one of our guests pointed out, all guests need to bring are their clothes and groceries. There is a full grocery store in Canyonville (about an hour away at exit 99 off I-5) and in Shady Cove (about 45 minutes away and over the Rogue/Umpqua Divide Pass...). There are also several restaurants in Canyonville and in Shady Cove.

The upstairs cupola sleeping area has a queen size Tempurpedic mattress and is accessed by a ladder which can be tricky and requires being steady on your feet. On the main level are two twin size beds, on either side of the room. Linens are provided for both twin beds and the upstairs queen-size bed along with towels and washcloths for up to four people.

Additional people (over the first 4) are welcome to either sleep on the floor, out on the deck or in a tent in the meadow. They will need to bring their own tent, sleeping bags, air mattress, towels, tableware, etc. There is an additional charge of $10 per person per night for guests over the first 4.

We have all the pots, pans, utensils and small appliances that you will need to cook, but no microwave or dishwasher. We have basic spices and condiments so feel free to use what we have. We have a saying - "just because you're off-grid does not mean you have to eat bad food!"

We have a small under-counter propane-powered refrigerator with a freezer compartment. It has limited cooling capacity during hot weather so consider bringing a cooler and ice if you're bringing a lot of food items that need to be kept cool.

We have picnic tables and fire pit at the base of the tower.

Environment - We are located deep within the Umpqua National Forest so there are wild animals that roam freely in the area - deer, elk, bear, cougar, coyote, bobcats, skunks, mice, lizards etc. There are also insects on the ground, in the air and sometimes in the cabin. We don't find insects to be a problem, but have a few temporary window screens if you wish to use them. Poison oak is native here which we do our best to keep it under control and out of areas where you might come in contact with it. However, we do have Tecnu wash if you get a rash from Poison Oak.

Pets - We DO NOT allow our guests to bring pets - no exceptions, so please don't ask - not even for a deposit or additional fee. We fully realize this means that some guests will choose not to visit us.

Children - This property is not suitable for children under the age of 5.

Cell phone service - Verizon, US Cellular, AT&T (as of 2019) and T-Mobile work at the Summit Prairie. Sprint does not. We're not sure about other carriers. We have Verizon service and a personal WiFi hotspot on our phones in case of an emergency.

Electricity - We do have a small solar-powered electrical system is used to for some lighting and charging cell phones and small computers. It can only handle 300 watts and it cannot handle any appliance with a heating element - hair dryer, coffee maker, etc. (we have a French press you can use). We are diligent about conserving electricity, especially if we have several days of cloudy weather.

The nearest hospital/emergency medical facility is in Medford, a little over an hour away or in Roseburg, about an hour and a half away.


April/May - The meadow is in peak bloom, carpeted with waves of wildflowers, beginning with low-growing buttercups, then Oregon Sunshine and purple larkspur later in the month. Deer and elk graze in the meadow almost every evening and early morning. As the sun sets in the evening, you'll hear the frogs down in the valley singing their hearts out. It is Spring, however, and the chance of rain remains high. Temperatures are usually in the mid-60's during the day and low 40's at night. We've had snow as late as Memorial Day (in the US, it's usually the last weekend in May), though that is rare.

June - The meadow continues to bloom, the grasses get tall, and the deer continue to graze in the meadow. Birds can be seen and heard, especially early in the morning. Usually we see purple finches and juncos at our feeder. We still have a good chance of rain, but temperatures are a bit warmer, into the mid-70's during the day.

July - Probably the best all-round weather month - rain tapers off and the skies become perfect for stargazing at night. The wildflowers begin to fade, the grasses begin to turn amber, and the deer move on to other places to graze. It's also the season of thunderstorms, which can be dramatic to watch in the late afternoon.

August - The best star gazing month of the year! The meadow becomes very dry, the grasses drop all pretense of being green, and temperatures rise into the 90's during the day. Evenings are usually warm enough to stay up until the wee hours watching the Perseid meteor showers. Forest fires can occur in the area which can make the air hazy and sometimes smell smokey. Some years we may have to close if forest fires come too close. Grasshoppers can overtake the meadow on some days.

September - The meadow starts to become golden. Even the sunlight takes on a golden hue. Temperatures top out in the 80's and the air is dry with a hint of cool in the evening. On one level it can be the quietest time of year. Forest fires can still be a problem to be alert to. Grasshoppers can overtake the meadow on some days, but they never come up to the lookout tower.

October/November - Fall is in the air. Harvest time is here. The farmers markets are full of good produce. Temperatures cool off, and moisture rises, which can mean waking up to fog in the air and leaves dripping softly in the woods. Nighttime can be chilly, perfect for steaming drinks and a cozy blanket. If there have been forest fires, they have subsided. Deer hunting season begins in early October, so you may also hear the sound of baying dogs and gunshots in the area.

Sip cocktails and watch the sunset from the deck of the lookout

Sit around the campfire and tell ghost stories

Read a book in a secluded spot

Hike in and swim at the very secluded Fish Lake in the Rogue-Umpqua Divide Wilderness (about an 1.5 hour drive)

Kayak or canoe on Lost Creek Lake (about an hour drive)

Star gaze

Be creative! It's a big space...

Our 2021 season will run April 1 through November 15, 2021. We will start booking our 2021 season in early March, 2021 and early June 2021.

If you'd like to be on our Cancellation Notification List/2021 Booking Notification List, email us at summitprairie at the email of the world's most popular search engine (starts with a G) or visit the Booking…

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Tiller, Oregón, Estados Unidos

Enjoy 160 acres of pure, private bliss. Surrounded by the Umpqua National Forest, you'll awaken each morning only to the sound of birds calling in the trees or bees humming about their business in the meadow. In the evening be amazed at the sunsets, and then as the dusk settles into darkness, exhaust your ability to count all the stars that light up the sky.
Enjoy 160 acres of pure, private bliss. Surrounded by the Umpqua National Forest, you'll awaken each morning only to the sound of birds calling in the trees or bees humming about their business in the meadow.…

Anfitrión: Dabney And Alan

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Dabney Tompkins has been a commercial real estate broker for years. His husband, Alan Colley, is "retired", having worked in corporate America and then as a fundraiser for local non-profits most of his career. (That's Dabney on the left and Alan on the right.) Our favorite travel destination is Paris, we think it is the City of the Planet. We love to cook at home and try to do that almost every night. We've stayed with Airbnb hosts in New York, Paris, Vancouver, Seattle, New Orleans, Spain, Morocco, Cuba, Honduras and have found it to be a great way to find accommodations that allow us to be in the part of the city we want to be in and cook while we're there. We've decided, as part of our new adventure in life, to open our lookout in Southern Oregon while we build our "summer house" and to experience things in life that we would never have experienced before - where the sun rises and sets different seasons of the year, the position of the moon and the stars in the winter and the summer, being friends with people that are way out of our norm, planting food from last year's seeds and learning to live a "real life".
Dabney Tompkins has been a commercial real estate broker for years. His husband, Alan Colley, is "retired", having worked in corporate America and then as a fundraiser for local no…
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We will welcome you personally, show you how things work and then retreat to our summer home a few hundred yards away, in a secluded grove, out of sight from the lookout. Be aware that we live on the property and will be available to answer any questions, help in emergencies or assist if any of the off-grid systems malfunction. You may see us once or twice a day either in a vehicle or by foot as the access to our summer house passes by the base of the lookout. We also will be using the hot tub but will try to give you priority use of it. You generally won't see or hear us unless we are accessing our summer house, watering the garden or tending the hot tub, both a distance from the lookout. And, to be sure, we are always up for sitting around the campfire and spinning tall tales! At the suggestion of several of our guests, if you are interested we can share a meal or two together - just let us know in advance if you're interested! Or we will stay out of sight as much as we can and give you as much privacy as you would like.
We will welcome you personally, show you how things work and then retreat to our summer home a few hundred yards away, in a secluded grove, out of sight from the lookout. Be awar…
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Salida: 11:00
No es apto para bebés (menores de 2 años)
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