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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 - 4 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.

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Member since: 2011
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
19 June, 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.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Welches in Mount Hood Village

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
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
  • Hob
  • 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 ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 35 garden chairs
  • churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • Horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • ski
  • 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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Dancing Bear is a Quiet, Cozy Cottage in the Woods with Large Outdoor Area
average rating of 4.9344263 based on 61 reviews

Super cute & cozy!

  • 5 of 5

Dancing bear offers a comfortable, cleanly, and quiet stay. The hosts are welcoming & local activity pamphlets are provided so you don’t miss out on all the fun. Definitely will rent again if we’re in the area!

  • Review Submitted: 18-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful and serene.

  • 5 of 5

Cozy cabin full of everything you need. WiFi but no tv. Games and puzzles. A wonderful propane fireplace. Trails up the mountain by a brook and down to the river. Horseshoe pit too. Hosts were wonderful. Great place to get away and close to skiing.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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!

  • Review Submitted: 08-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: 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.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: 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!

  • Review Submitted: 31-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: 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.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 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

Please note- the Bridge over the Salmon River is being replaced in 2018. This will mean some construction delays coming and going. There may be some noise but it is about 1/2 mile from us. Generally we are 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.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Welches, Oregon

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
12 Jun 2018 - 1 Oct 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
2 Oct 2018 - 14 Nov 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
15 Nov 2018 - 2 Dec 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
3 Dec 2018 - 7 Jan 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning fee £30.37
Pet Fee £7.59

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 for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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