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Your Mckenzie Paradise--Refresh Your Soul Here...Apartment Rented Separately.

Bedrooms 5
Space 3,200 sq. ft.
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

5 bedroom, 3 bath when rented with apartment (rented separately).

Been dreaming of a river lullaby? Then look no further!

Paradise awaits! The Prince family invites you to share our one of a kind private park like lodge in beautiful Vida, Oregon.

New for 2017...May is remodel month. Guests visiting this Summer will be the first to enjoy our brand new kitchen!

All new stainless steel appliances, beautiful Maple cabinets, flooring, and Granite countertops will accent the beauty of our Mckenzie Paradise!

The main house offers a master suite with King size bed and his and hers dressing rooms. There is also a twin bed for the little ones should Mom and Dad wish to keep them close. A 32" flat screen TV with satellite is included in the master should you wish to keep up with the outside world.

Fall asleep to the song of the creek and river serenading you. The views of the river and creek from the master suite are incredible!

Bedroom two offers a very comfortable Queen bed with a large closet and TV with DVD and satellite TV if you are so inclined.

Bedroom three offers twin beds with satellite TV and a large closet for those longer visits...

Our two bedroom apartment is available for larger groups (rented separately). Apartment accommodations include a queen, full size, and very comfortable hide-a-bed; kitchen area and full size refrigerator, and view of the river.

The apartment offers comfortable space for up to six more (total of 15) guests, and is only available in conjunction with rental of the main home. Rates (in addition to main house rental) range from $95/night to $150/night depending on the season.

You may ask "what if it rains"? Well, we have thought of that too. Our spacious game room offers a pool table, ping pong table, a regulation arcade style air hockey table, PS3 game console with games, with a 40' flat screen TV for kids from 5 to 95!

Your Mckenzie Paradise is located on the sunny North side of the river with beautiful views of the river, creek and foothills of the Cascade range.

With over 400 feet of creek and river frontage, there is always a place to wet a line, or just your toes :)

The home is situated well off the highway on a quiet dead end street. Road noise is blocked by a 6' stone wall next to the highway and approximately 200 yards of trees and grass.

Enjoy fishing? We are blessed to be located on one of the finest trout/steelhead fishing holes on the river, with easy access to the river and creek.

Fry your hatchery fish on the grated firepit at the river or cook them on the Green Mountain Smoker on the riverfront deck. Please release all wild fish unharmed :)

Enjoy romping in a big yard? Come play on one of the largest lots on the river. With over an acre of grass and landscaped garden bordering the creek and river, there is plenty of room to wear yourselves out or just relax and enjoy the peace and serenity.

Volleyball, croquet, bocci ball, badminton, soccer, tossing a football or frisbee? You can't find a better location!

The property is surrounded by an incredible mix of outdoor activities. Fishing, rafting, hiking, mountain biking, golfing, hot spring soaking, birdwatching, wildlife viewing and so much more are all just minutes from our front door.Our asphalt driveway provides plenty of space for an RV or your toys, with a plug in off the gargage/apartment on the driveway.

Our Mckenzie home has been our family retreat for 32 years. We are happy to offer to share the magic of our beautiful with you. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do, and trust you will!


Charles and Kelly

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Charles and Kelly Prince
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
June 25, 2017

About Charles and Kelly Prince

Howdy All!

My name is Charles Prince. I am married to a phenomenal woman named Kelly, who, along with our kids is the light of my life :)

I was born and raised in Oregon (as were my wife and children) and learned from an early age to appreciate the beautiful gifts in my backyard--the Mckenzie and Willamette River's.

Back in those days our parents cut us loose in the morning and expected us to wear ourselves out by evening.

Living between the Mckenzie and Willamette afforded me wonderful opportunities to hone my independent streak and fishing skills.

I was a fishing and rafting outfitter on the river for 12 years before I decided to pursue a different path in life...

We have six children (four boys and two girls) who have been raised around the river. Many of the finest days of our lives have been spent at our Vida home.

We feel truly blessed to have such a quiet, pastoral setting to share with our friends.

Our dog's Gerta and Barchen say it is awesome too :)

Good dogs are welcome, but there are no fences, so please keep them close.

We hope you will enjoy our home as much as we do...


Charles and Kelly

Charles and Kelly Prince purchased this lodge in 1986

Why Charles and Kelly Prince chose Willamette Valley Oregon

Our home is unique in that it has approximately 400' river and creek frontage, plus over an acre of grass to run, jump, fish, play or just relax.

As you will see when you arrive--our hearts are in it :)

What makes this lodge unique

From the moment you turn in the paved drive, the Mckenzie begins to work her magic on you.

Before you even begin to unpack the car, walk down the sidewalk past the arched entry and gaze at the river...

then you will understand what makes our location and home so unique.

Take in the incredibly large yard well off the highway which makes for an exceptionally quiet and peaceful location for getting away with family and friends.

There is outstanding fishing right on the property. Our home is located at the mouth of Gate Creek, one of the largest tributaries of the river. With over 400 feet of river and creek frontage, there is plenty of room to soak your toes and wet a line.

The Rainbow and Steelhead congregate at the mouth of the creek which can lead to amazing days!

Flyfishing is especially good from June through July and again in September/October for Rainbows and Steelhead looking to fatten up on Caddis, Mayflies and other treats.

The property is also an excellent raft takeout.

Come experience the magic of the Mckenzie for yourself--but beware, it is an addictive experience :)

Guestbook comments from the owner

2013 was a fantastic year on the river, but a very sad one for our family.

The exciting changes to the home we had been planning finally came to fruition with the addition of the vaulted ceilings, new covered front porch and refurbished covered deck.

The availability of the newly refurbished apartment expanded occupancy and has been a real hit with our guests as well.

All of the excitement was tempered however by the loss of my Mom in Spring and Kelly's Dad in late summer.

Kelly and I are looking forward to a wonderful, and hopefully less stressful 2014!

Here's wishing all our former and future guest's all the best in this new year!


Charles and Kelly Prince
Dec 2013
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Vida Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 15
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • River ...
  • Ski-In ...
  • Ski-Out ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Master bath has two dressing rooms with large shower...
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Full bathroom in apartment rented separately
  • Bathroom in the master bedroom feature his/hers dressing rooms with mirrors and sinks with a large sit down shower between. Second bathroom in main home is a shower tub combination. Apartment bathroom is a shower tub combination.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 child bed , Full bath with separate mens/womens dressing rooms.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Queen with TV.
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Twins with TV
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Apartment space rented separately for large groups
    Bedroom 5 - 1 double , Apartment space rented separately for large groups.
    Bedroom 6 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Comfortable fold out sofa for two in apartment.
    Bedroom 7 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Very comfortable sleeper sofa in the game room
  • King size bed with memory foam mattress in master bedroom with an added twin for children. Queen bed in North bedroom with a 4' memory foam topper for extra comfort. Twin Beds in the West bedroom with a twin in the master bedroom for young children... The apartment offers a queen bed, two twins, and a comfortable couch/hideabed for accomodations up to 6. There is also a very comfortable sleeper sofa in the new game room that sleeps two. Apartment is only rented in conjunction with the main house. Off season rate 10-1 through 5-20 is $95/night. Peak season rate 5-23 to 9-30 is $125/night.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Wood Deck
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 8 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing


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Your Mckenzie Paradise--Refresh Your Soul Here...Apartment Rented Separately.
average rating of 4.8235292 based on 71 reviews

Great Home on the McKenzie

  • 5 of 5

The house and apartment were excellent. The house had lots of room to spread out for our family. The game room was enjoyed by all, The fishermen enjoyed walking out the front door to cast a few. The inside of the house was well stocked. The property is a beautiful setting.

  • Submitted: May 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful & peaceful

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful home with that Amazing view!!! We felt at "home" and will definitely be back for another visit...with family & friends! Thank you for sharing it with us!!!

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
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Nice Home

  • 4 of 5

I loved the home, kids had a blast, just wish i could've caught a fish. I would definitely rent again when water levels are down.

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I wish you had called regarding the fishing! While we did have one of the wettest winters on record, I would have sent you just a mile down the road to the reservoir, or up to Blue River where water levels don't make a difference. Thank you for staying, and in all likelihood, the next time you visit conditions will be much better!
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Happily surprised about this lovely river house!

  • 5 of 5

Wow! What a lovely house! We came to Oregon from Tennessee for a funeral service and needed a place to stay near Springfield and Lowell. This house gave us this and more.

Upon entering, the river house was clean & smelled good. It was very cold outside but the furnace heated us right up. The kitchen was full of everything we needed to cook, the beds were comfy, and the showers were hot! Plenty of towels, washcloths, blankets, & pillows made us very comfortable. The library had games,

Puzzles, & books available and we took advantage of all of them.

The view was amazing and the river was just a few steps off the deck. Breathtaking!!!

We walked to the local Vida Cafe for breakfast and to the quick mart where we bought fruit, milk, beer, and cereal.

This was such a neat place and we will stay here again when we return!

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Michael. I am sorry to hear of the reason for your travel, but very happy you found the accommodations warm and comfortable during our coldest Oregon Winter in years. We look forward to having you all back during warmer and happier times. With kind regards, Charles and Kelly
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Little Dated, but super nice!

  • 5 of 5

The house was clean, well equipped, and very accommodating. The Owner (Charles) is a first class guy that made exceptions to allow our basketball teams to stay there.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Megan, Our home was built in 1960, and though it has had major upgrades as recently as 2013, we purposely left some features that have made our house feel like our home for the almost 40 years we have been blessed to own it. We are remodeling the kitchen in May 2017. I am happy you all had a good stay, and hope you did well in the basketball tournament. Cheers, Charles and Kelly
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Perfect Quick Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Went there for our company retreat, and it was a great success. The river access is awesome, and the house is great! Plenty of room for all 15 of us (with the additional apartment). It rained a lot, but there is a covered outdoor space that is really nice, with a view of the river. The game room was great, and the kitchen functional. Couldn't have asked for more, besides maybe a little sun...

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Alex, Thank you for choosing our home for your corporate retreat. No matter what the weather, there is always something to create fun on the river! We look forward to having you back again soon. Sincerely, Charles and Kelly
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Eugene Airport
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Ike's Pizza
Nearest Golf
18 Miles
Tokatee--a gorgeous and challenging course!
Nearest Train
25 Miles
Eugene Amtrak
Nearest Motorway
200 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
250 Metres
Vida Cafe
Nearest Ski
40 Miles
Hoodoo Ski Bowl
Nearest Beach
90 Miles
Heceta Beach
Car: recommended

The Mckenzie River has several natural hot springs to soak away your stress.

Belknap Springs is a developed spring 30 minutes East on Hwy 126. With two pools and river view, it is a gorgeous setting.

Terwilliger Springs 'Cougar Hot Springs' are more rustic springs managed by the Forest Service located approximately 30 minutes S.E. above Cougar Reservoir on Aufderheide Scenic Dr. The springs are situated a short 1/3 mile off the paved road in an old growth forest. Truly a gorgeous setting!

The Mckenzie River Trail offers a great hiking or mountain biking adventure just 15 minutes upstream.


Rates & Availability

Vida Lodge Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summertime! Apt. $150/Nt
May 30 2017 - Jun 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
4th of July Week! Apt. Inc.
Jun 30 2017 - Jul 6 2017
3 night minimum stay
Back to Summer! Apt. $150/Nt
Jul 7 2017 - Aug 17 2017
3 night minimum stay
Solar Eclipse! Apt. Included!
Aug 18 2017 - Aug 21 2017
4 night minimum stay
Summer again! Apt. $150/Night
Aug 22 2017 - Aug 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Labor Day Weekend! Apt. Inc.
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 3 2017
3 night minimum stay
Last of Summer! Apt. $150/Nt.
Sep 4 2017 - Sep 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Indian Summer Apt. $125/Night
Oct 1 2017 - Nov 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving! Apt. $150/Nt.
Nov 22 2017 - Nov 25 2017
4 night minimum stay
Late Fall...Apt. $100/night
Nov 26 2017 - Dec 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
Holiday Season! Apt. $150/Nt.
Dec 22 2017 - Jan 1 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
House cleaning fee $115 + Tax
Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.8%

We now have extra sleeping accomodations for larger groups up to 15 people with the availability of our two bedroom apartment. Spring/Summer rate (5/22 through 9/30) is $125.00/Night and Fall/Winter rate (10/1 through 4/30) is 100.00/Night. The apartment is only available with rental of the home. Additional cleaning fee of $65.00 for apartment.
New for Dec. 2014-Gas fireplace. game room/bathroom and hot tub on the covered deck.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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