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Vacation and Business Get-A-Way/Lay-Over

John Day, OR, USA
  • Chalet1700 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps8
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 nights

3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6-8

A Fly-in or Drive-in retreat.

Discounts with stays over 5 nights.

One of 6 places we have. If this is taken, inquire anyway for possible cancellations or other openings.

The John Day Valley Chalet, as we like to call it, is located right above the town of John Day, Oregon and just below the airport. It has a great view of the entire eastern valley and of Big Canyon Mountain to the south. It is a perfect vacation home for families or an ideal location as a corporate lodging facility for those coming for a few days on business in the valley.

The Chalet is very private, sitting on 3 acres, out of sight of the few other homes in the area. It is completely furnished with a complete modern kitchen and all the amenities of a nice country retreat, though you won't be roughing it. It sleeps 6 in three spacious bedrooms with pillow top queen beds and a couple of single floor mattresses for the kids or extra vacationers. There are two full bathrooms, one with double sink and double shower and large walk-in closet.

There is dish TV with HBO and player with numerous videos, CD player, internet and local telephone as well as laundry room.

Outside we have a 15 x 22 ft. deck with Patio set and Bar and Bar-b-que. Steps go down to a large yard overlooking the valley complete with Gazebo, Fire pit, Horse shoe pit and just outdoor lounging.

The driveway is large enough for large RV's to turn around in or park next to the home itself.

There is also a nice 6 x 10 ft. wire kennel with dog house for outside use and a dog house in the garage for inside use on cold days.

Like I said, the home is totally furnished and equipped. Just bring your suitcase and your groceries.

It is beautiful, quiet and clean and we leave the keys in our car in this country.


Jim and Sandy Bay

Member Since 2009
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Calendar last updated:
Apr 21, 2018
About Jim and Sandy Bay

Jim discovered the John Day Valley in August of 1972. He bought an old mining claim on Big Canyon Mountain that day and has been enjoying the valley ever since. He came up every year for 34 years always with the dream to retire here. Jim and Sandy finally moved to the John Day Valley permanently in 2006 and wanted to provide quality vacation rentals for others to be able to enjoy vacation here also. They now have 3 vacation properties in the valley, each one very different from the other.

Jim and Sandy Bay purchased this Chalet in 2012

Why Jim and Sandy Bay chose John Day

We loved this property for its privacy, access to town, beautiful views and all the up to date amenities of a modern efficient, yet country home.

What makes this Chalet unique

Centrally located to entire valley and town yet totally private and quiet. Great for reunions and group events and meetings with large deck with bar-b-q and bar and big living room and landscaped high desert yard and views forever.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 3
        1 queen
      • A couple of very comfy single supported floor beds for the extra vacationers. Swedish made, very nice.


      • 2 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, shower
      • Master bathroom has two sinks and double shower. Both have plenty of towels.

      Location Type

        • Downtown
          One mile from town yet totally private with overview of entire John Day and valley to the east.
        • Mountain View
          Big Canyon Mt. is right across from you. We are off the valley floor with great eastern view up entire valley.
        • Rural
          Totally rural feeling yet only 1 mile from town and totally private home.


            • Adventure
            • Away From It All
            • Budget
            • Family
            • Historic
            • Romantic
            • Sports & Activities
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Iron & Board
                    • Air Conditioning
                    • Garage
                      Can park one car. Limited to storage of travel and camping items only.
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                    • Internet
                    • Clothes Dryer
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Living Room
                      Large living room with views down the valley to the East and to the south and Big Canyon Mountain
                    • Parking
                      Large parking area in front of home and RV pull in on one side.
                    • Telephone
                      For local calls only. Cell service by Verizon.
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Washing Machine


                        • Coffee Maker
                          Coffee too, bring your cream, we have sugar
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          Place settings for up to 12 for events.
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Kitchen
                          Fully out fitted kitchen for most any kind of cooking and place settings for up to 12 for events.
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                          plus Crock cooker and large Roaster
                        • Pantry Items
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Child's Highchair
                            • Dining
                              Large dining room table and 6 chairs, Nice outside deck set to eat at also as well as a nice card table and 4 chairs.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 8 people


                                • Books
                                  Small interesting western library and books of interest and the world and horses, of course
                                • DVD Player
                                • Games
                                  Horse shoe pit outside and board games and card table n chairs to also play at either inside or out on the deck.
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                • Television
                                • Video Library


                                    • Bicycles
                                      No bikes provided but good country for it. Several loop rides. Look up possibilities on line.
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      Large 16 x 22 ft. deck with great view of valley and table and chairs and large bar for those events and warm beautiful evenings.
                                    • Golf
                                      Nice local course 3 miles west one highway 26.
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      No kayak or canoeing in winter and fall but a great river system for it in the spring and summer. Also Magone Lake for lazy fishing and swimming days.
                                    • Lanai / Gazebo
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      Classic high desert yard with small gazebo and fire pit to sit around and feel stories and look at eh stars and view at night.
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      In the Spring and Summer
                                    • Ski & Snowboard
                                      Cross country and snow mobiling in winter


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • limited accessibility
                                          Only two steps up to front door.

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Communal Pool
                                              There is a nice pool in John Day during the summer months for one and all.


                                                • churches
                                                • festivals
                                                • library
                                                • playground
                                                • restaurants
                                                • ruins

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • scenic drives
                                                    • antiquing
                                                    • eco tourism
                                                    • horseback riding
                                                    • horseshoes
                                                    • photography
                                                    • bird watching
                                                    • shopping
                                                    • sight seeing
                                                    • sledding
                                                    • walking
                                                    • wildlife viewing

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • ATM/bank
                                                        • Babysitter
                                                        • fitness center
                                                        • groceries
                                                        • hospital
                                                        • laundromat
                                                        • massage therapist
                                                        • medical services

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • mountain biking
                                                            • basketball court
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • golf
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • hunting
                                                            • kayaking
                                                            • cross country skiing
                                                            • mountain climbing
                                                            • mountaineering
                                                            • skiing
                                                            • snowboarding
                                                            • snowmobiling
                                                            • swimming
                                                            • water tubing


                                                                • Back yard and patio includes the bar w/ accessories and outlets, horse shoe pit, fire pit, gazebo and misc. lawn seating all with great view and privacy. For the kids there is also a very nice large park in John Day on 7th St. Grant County tour The John Day gorge petroglyph's, paleontology center on 19, Kimberly orchards picking and picnic, & swimming holes along the way, Strawberry Mt. hike to lakes, any forest service lookout, Snaffle Bit restaurant, 1188 Pub, Chucks Diner in Prairie City, Prairie City in general, County museum in Canyon City (very cool) & Oxbow Trading Co. in Canyon City, Left turn at 10 mile marker off 395 south of Canyon City and drive around the wilderness park, Bear Valley to Murderers creek over Fields Peak with walks in forest, Aldrich lookout, south fork swimming hole (ask in Dayville), Long Creek to Monument drive and down through Kimberly, Ritter hot springs off 395 N., North Fork drive to or from Austin Junction Chamber of Commerce in John Day f

                                                                  4 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  Beautiful house and view!

                                                                  Monica A.

                                                                  We had a great time in John Day and at this property! The house had a great layout and an awesome view. We were in town for a baseball tournament and had the team over one night for dinner. We had plenty of room and the boy enjoyed playing cards and horseshoes! Just wish it had a barbecue.

                                                                  Great home.

                                                                  Jeffrey K.

                                                                  Very comfortable, nice amenities abd beautiful view.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Thanks for the stay. We hope you had a good time in our little valley.

                                                                  There is so much more here than first meets the eye.

                                                                  Great place to stay in John Day

                                                                  PSPortland, Oregon

                                                                  I have been traveling to John Day for over five years for work and wish I had come upon this place earlier. It is much better than motel options in town and it has a commanding view of town and the surrounding area. The house has all the necessary items for a vacation and is very well maintained.

                                                                  Amazing view, wonderful house

                                                                  LaciWillamette Valley, Oregon

                                                                  This was a great VRBO experience. The house is up above the city with a wonderful view. We stayed 4 nights (myself, my husband, our one-year old, and my in-laws) and spent a lot of time enjoying the view both from outside and from the living room. We ate almost every meal out on the deck enjoying the warm weather and view. We brought spotting scopes and saw deer and geese clear across the valley. The house is very clean, new, nice, and comfortable. Kitchen was fully stocked. We were all extremely happy with our stay. If we come back to this area we would definitely want to stay here again. The house is close in proximity to other homes but it's completely private, once you drive up the driveway.

                                                                  We cooked some at the house and ate out several times. You have to eat at the Outpost. We had breakfast and lunch here (different days) and both were great and with good service. We also tried the Snaffle Bit Dinner House. Yum! This place was amazing. They seriously had the best tomato soup ever. And great steaks. But call ahead here, they aren't open everyday and sometimes just evening hours.

                                                                  I enjoyed a walk up the hill one evening, this house was just in an ideal location for us. John Day is such a small town that it felt safe to be out and about by myself. The house was also great for our one-year old. She's very active and on the move but the house was pretty childproof. We did move a few breakable items out ot the way but our daughter loved the house and felt right at home.

                                                                  Owner's Response:


                                                                  Thanks for the nice review.

                                                                  Yes, this little valley has some surprises in it.

                                                                  Be well,

                                                                  Jim and Sandy Bay


                                                                  John Day, OR, USA

                                                                  The John Day Valley is located in Eastern Oregon, approximately 125 miles east of Bend, Ore & 190 miles east of Boise, Idaho & 100 miles south of Pendelton, Ore. & 75 miles North of Burns, Ore. The two highways to John Day are Hwy 26, east/west and Hwy 395 north/south. The John Day Airport is located 2 miles from town on the plateau above the town. This is a relatively untouched country in many ways. There are many back roads and 'circle' drives around the entire county and close enough to other great sites for reasonable day trips or over nights, such as the Steens Mountain/Alvord desert country. It is in the Strawberry Mt. wilderness country and quite spectacular and accessible to several wilderness areas and mountain hiking and hunting. The John Day river system, the last undamned system in the US, provides great fishing and swimming. It is in easy driving distance from most all the sites in the basin including the main, south, north and middle forks of the John Day River, Magone Lake, Murderers Creek, Bear Valley, and the Strawberry and Aldrich Mts. and Blue Mts. look out towers, Kimberley Orchards for picking, fishing, swimming and picnicking, the John Day fossil beds and museum, several swimming holes and hunting, hiking, cycling and winter events. We came over Dixie Pass, from the east, and bought property that day in 1972, we were so taken with it, and we still are. Like I said, drive in or fly in and enjoy some very special country and good people. Just to let you know, At any time before, during, or after your stay with us, your information may be shared with a ' This site gives me the opportunity to share how good a renter you are. A high rating can open other doors for you in your travels and possible discounts or special rates.

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                                                                  Call or e-mail for easiest reservation. 20% required up front with balance on arrival. Rates shown for up to 3 persons. Rates vary according to number of persons and length of stay. Add $30 per night per person, less 10 to 15% discounts over 5 days. Dogs limited to two, charged $10 per night each. Kennel and/or garage. No pets inside please. No other pets. Long term rates, over 30 days are $1950 a month which includes all utilities. John day valley rentals

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