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Dancing Bear is a Quiet, Cozy Cottage in the Woods with Large Outdoor Area

Bedrooms 1
Space 560 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cabin, 1 Bedroom + Sofa bed, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2 adults & 1 small child)

Enjoy sitting on the deck listening to birdsongs and watch the deer and other occasional wildlife wandering through. If you enjoy cold river swimming try jumping into the Salmon River's swimming hole from our property.

Sleep in luxury in the queen sized bed with it's ironed Egyptian cotton sheets. The double sofa bed in the living room is not quite so luxurious but children are quite comfy in it.

Escape from TV by playing games or cards; CD's or books can be checked out in the owner's home next door. Information on local restaurants, hiking trails, scenic drives and other activities is available in the nicely furnished cottage. Mt. Hood is the only year around ski and snowboarding area in the country.

Please Note: We prefer to contact our guests and potential guests directly. VRBO is trying to have all communications go through them - we will respond to you directly within a few hours.

Keywords: Charming, secluded cabin, pavillion with barbeque in large private yard, deck overlooking creek, short walk to Salmon River on private property, near resort with golf, spa, restaurants, short distance to many hiking trails, gorgeous,lush, green area.

More Details

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 21, 2018

About The Owner

Doug is a retired businessman who traveled the world for a living; Barbara a retired editor, retail manager, and Jill-of-all-trades. We both enjoy traveling, staying in foreign countries long enough to see the sights and absorb some of the local culture.

Both of us are very involved in community volunteer work. Barbara is a past president and currently a very active member of the Hoodland Women's club

Jed, our German Shepherd, doesn't let us forget his daily ballgame session or walk. He keeps us company during the day while Doug gardens, pastes together our 1920's era house or works in his shop, and Barbara gardens, writes, prepares feasts or does needlework. We are both avid readers and music lovers.

The Owner purchased this cottage in 1993

Why The Owner chose Welches

Because it is a beautiful piece of land with river frontage and abuts wilderness. We have traveled a fairly large swath of the Earth and think this is one of the most beautiful places we have seen. There are many wilderness hiking trails close by. It also is only an hour's drive from the attractions of Portland in one direction and the Columbia River Gorge in another. Barbara grew up spending summers in a family cottage on the Salmon River near their current dwelling, so she has known the area for more years than she will admit to..

What makes this cottage unique

Being secluded at the end of a dead end gravel road, having riverfront acreage with a swimming hole, a place to watch salmon spawning in autumn, a shopping center only five minutes away and a resort just across the river.


Welches Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 560 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Queen size Bed (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 35 garden chairs
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
Cottage has radio with CD player, cards and games, large area to play frisbee or fetch with a dog, friendly owners next door who can loan you additional kitchen items, cd's, books, etc.


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Romantic Cottage Getaway

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at the Dancing Bear Cottage when there was nearly 2 feet of snow on Doug & Barbara’s beautiful 13 acres of property. We brought our 4 year old golden retriever and he had a BLAST. The cottage is very quaint and homey. My husband and I enjoyed having a more intimate setting around Valentine’s Day to unplug and spend intentional time together. The cottage came equipped with board games and a wonderful furnace to keep the whole cottage warm during the chilly nights. We absolutely adored Jed, Doug & Barbara’s 12 year old German Shepard; he came to visit us a few times at the cottage and is so sweet. If you’re looking for a quiet getaway in a romantic cottage, Dancing Bear is PERFECT for you! Thank you Doug & Barbara for being such great hosts!

  • Submitted: Mar 8, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

Our time at Dancing Bear Cottage was comfortable and warm. Everything we needed for our two night stay was right there. AND thank you Doug and Barbara for your added touch to make our honeymoon special.

  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A nice quiet relaxing getaway

  • 5 of 5

Doug and Barbra were very friendly and accommodating hosts. The cabin had everything we needed for an off-the-grid weekend. We would love to come back. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Jan 31, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the nice review, Ross and Liz! The cottage was left in perfect condition and we are glad you enjoyed your stay. We look forward to your next visit! Doug and Barbara
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Relaxing Stay!

  • 4 of 5

Comfortable bed, lots of blankets, and adorable cabin! The gas furnace was very useful since it was a bit chilly. Very nice owners and loved seeing their dog, Jed, come say hello at the front door once in a while.

  • Submitted: Dec 12, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location for piece and quiet not far from Mt Hood Activites

  • 5 of 5

Had a good time! Great location and easy access to get to the activities of Mt Hood. Doug, Barb and Jed are extremely nice people. The property is so beautiful, they did a wonderful job creating a serene atmosphere. If you wake up early enough, you can watch the deer roaming the property. Would definitely recommend the stay to anyone.

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the wonderful review and for leaving the cottage in such good shape! Your dogs were good guests also. Looking forward to seeing you again.
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We are looking forward to coming back.

  • 5 of 5

Our weekend was as peaceful as we needed it to be

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Portland International
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Resort at the Mountain
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Oregon 26
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Resort at the Mountain
Nearest Ski
18 Miles
Ski Bowl
Car: necessary

Quiet and secluded at the end of a private gravel road, abuts wilderness, property extends to the Salmon River. The small village of Welches has both fine and casual restaurants, a golf course and resort, many beautiful hiking trails, and is about 20 minutes from historic Timberline Lodge located at the 6000 ft. level on Mt. Hood. The views are extraordinary from this historic structure.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $10
Cleaning fee $40
Tax Rate 7.8%

Contact us for special weekly or monthly rates
Dogs are additional $10,
Dogs cannot be left alone in the cottage
Fee for using Sofa bed is $10, and
if you check in later than 10pm there is an additional $20 fee.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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