Review written by Carrie Conrad (Michael's wife)
My husband was able to fly out ahead of myself and my parents for our daughter's wedding in Springfield. So he was absolutely correct in telling me it would be perfect when we arrived 7 days later. First, the driveway is surrounded by huge trees nearly cathedral-like in the way they tower above. Awesome. The inside was not disappointing at all. Nicely spaced bedrooms, one with private bath, and great gathering area with chairs and couch that are on rollers to shift into the desired seating arrangements. Plush carpet felt wonderful on my bare feet and kept early morning risers creeping quiet. All the kitchen appliances one would want: stove with large oven, microwave, full size refrigerator, toaster, etc. Never turned on the TV once ... we were too entranced by the full length deck off the back. That quickly became our reading, eating, grilling, talking, drinking coffee, joking, and watching a fisherman catch a huge 3 foot long steelhead area! My 83 year old dad was thrilled to see the struggle and successful catch and gave the fisherman a round of applause. We walked only a few yards to the boat launch each day, where we saw multiple fish breach like whales out of the water and make huge splashes around us. Must have been pretty big salmon or steelhead. Loved going to sit on the stairs leading to the river from the house with my coffee just soaking in the sun. Nearly 90 degrees each day. And the house was kept cool everyday just by shutting up the place after letting the cooler air in at nighttime. Very much shaded, so very comfortable even in the heat of the afternoon. Boy did that deck get used! Plenty of towels and bedding and use of washer and dryer made things much simpler (less packing). I definitely look forward to returning, possibly when our daughter has a baby? Thanks for all the great memories and comfort of your home.