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Good Bear Ranch House Retreat. Host a Family Reunion or a Refreshing Retreat

Bedrooms 7
Space 5,200 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

We are best suited to groups of 30 people or less looking for quiet camaraderie

This, one of a kind, rustic log home tucked into the base of the Elkhorn Mountains is anything but rustic when it comes to amenities. It is a large (5200 Sq. Ft.) home located on 250 acres bordered by Wallowa Whitman National Forest. There is scenery, hiking, snowshoeing, and wildlife right out the backdoor. You are with in minutes of The Elkhorn Trail and many Wilderness access options. Anthony Lakes ski area is 45 minutes away. It is a 12 mile trip into Historic Baker City.

Seven bedrooms and four baths accommodate up to 14 people. Air mattresses or tent camping allows for more guests. It is a perfect spot for a group retreat or workshop. The main living areas are well suited to meetings or workshops in a relaxed, elegant setting. WiFi access lets everyone stay in touch with customers while enjoying a few days of team building.

Behind the house there is a grassy, wooded area with a large fire pit, water access and picnic table. Make smores, tell stories or simply listen to the elk bugling across the meadow. The house has a large wrap around deck, including a furnished, covered area (we lounge over coffee and breakfast here in warm weather) near the kitchen/main entry.

The house was built in 1979 with large diameter, hand hewn spruce logs. We recently completed a three year renovation project that provides top quality finish materials and modern amenities. The casual but elegant feel of the house is accentuated by hardwood floors, granite countertops, oriental carpets, chrystal chandeliers, antique furniture, leather couches original artwork and fine bedding. It has a gourmet kitchen (farm sink, professional, dual fuel range) capable of feeding a crowd. Two massive floor to ceiling stone fireplaces grace the main living areas, both upstairs and down. There are spectacular views out every window.

There are two open loft bedrooms. One with two twin beds and one with a queen bed. There is a catwalk between bedrooms overlooking the living room.

The main floor hosts a large entry way for depositing all of your outdoor gear, aforementioned kitchen with counter seating for 8-10, dining room with seating at the large table for up to 14 and a comfy conversation area of leather sofa and chairs, an additional sitting room with sofa, four comfy chairs and TV/DVD, small bath with toilet, shower and sink, large 'spa' bath with jetted tub and two sinks, small sun room perfect for a temporary bedroom or warming up on a winter day. Most of the main floor has high vaulted ceilings of knotty pine tongue and groove planks.

Downstairs are five more bedrooms, two bathrooms and an expansive game room. The master bedroom has a queen bed, pull out queen couch and TV/DVD. The master bath has a toilet, shower and two sinks. The 'Pink' room has a queen bed, large closet and child's pop up, portable 'crib'. The 'Cedar' room has a queen bed and large closet. The 'Blue Room' has a double bed. The 'Yellow Room' has a double bed. The game room has a pool/ping pong table, foosball table, TV/DVD/Wii and access to high speed network.

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Robin Coen
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
15 August, 2017

About Robin Coen

My parents bought this property in the 1960's and I inherited it from them in 2005. I lived there as a young girl and spent most of my days outside, exploring the fields and forests, riding horses, tending to my 4-H projects or 'helping' my dad with ranch chores. At University of Washington I majored in Forestry and spent summers working for the Forest Service. After college I spent the next 20 years working in sales positions for large corporations such as GE, Caterpillar Tractor, Digital Equipment Corp. and Xerox. I traveled extensively but always wished to return to the West that I loved. I was finally able to with a move to Boise ID in 1990. I have been in Boise since then and travel regularly to our ranch property in Baker City. I now have a family in Boise that consists of myself, my husband, Ray, two daughters, two stepchildren and their spouses and five grand children. We spend many long weekends at Good Bear Ranch, sledding, snowshoeing, hiking and cooking fun family meals. I am an artist in progress and derive most of my inspiration from photos taken on the ranch property. I am currently working on a series of large wildflower paintings called 'Rocky Mountain Treasure'.

Robin Coen purchased this cabin in 1962

Why Robin Coen chose Eastern Oregon

This property has been in my family since I was 5 years old. We lived, and operated a cattle ranch there during the 1960's. In later years we used the property as a family summer home and then my parents retired there in 1978. The log home was built in 1979 by master crafter Don Dickerson and his wife 'Dort'.

What makes this cabin unique

Large indoor spaces for groups to meet, Very upscale surroundings indoor coupled with wilderness access.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin in Baker City in Baker County

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 5200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • Max. adults: 16
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural ...
  • Ski-In ...
  • Ski-Out
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 20 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Master Suite - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Double sinks, granite, tile and in room thermostat
    Full Bath Downstairs - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Two sinks, granit, tile and in room thermostat
    Main Floor Spa - Jacuzzi , Large room with two sinks, granite, tile and thermostat
    Main Floor Bath - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Adjascent to spa bath
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Master Suite - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Includes walk in closet, queen, leather sleep sofa, TV, DVR
    Cedar Room - 1 Large Double Bed , Large closet, view of valley
    Pink Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Child Bed , Child bed is a pop-up travel crib, has mountain view
    Blue Room - 1 Double Bed , Sunny south side windows
    Yellow Room - 1 Double Bed , Sunny south facing windows
    West Loft - 2 Single Bed , Loft room open to main floor, knotty pine, pitched ceiling
    North Loft - 1 Large Double Bed , Loft bedroom open to main floor, pine board, pitched ceiling
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • limited accessibility
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting


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Good Bear Ranch House Retreat. Host a Family Reunion or a Refreshing Retreat
average rating of 4.952381 based on 42 reviews
Eugene, OR

Incredible view outstanding lodge

  • 5 of 5

Good Bear Ranch provided a perfect retreat for our family's spring break week. We celebrated grandpa's 70th birthday with our two sons and their families. The lodge held all thirteen family members with ease and provided space and activities for everyone. The age range was 2 1/2 to 70 and everyone enjoyed the space. During the day grandchildren did the outstanding Anthony Lakes Ski Camp (amazing program) but when we returned the house was perfect. A well appointed and spacious kitchen worked well for whomever was cooking. The foosball. pool table were enjoyed, and grandchildren enjoyed the extensive video collection. The wonderful dining table seated everyone comfortably The incredible view of the Wallowa Mountains and the elk grazing in the meadow below only added to our perfect week

  • Review Submitted: Apr 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yes, yes, yes. So glad it worked well for you. This is exactly what I hope will be our guests experience.
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Great for big family trip.

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed .morning coffee on the porch all the way to drinks under the breeze way at the end of the day. Great spaces and accommodations.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Had a great time with family!!!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful setting and spacious, lovely cabin!!!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful, But a few Details that Might Help

  • 4 of 5

Overall our trip was great! Our group of 11 had plenty of space.We enjoyed the elk herd coming to graze!

Unfortunately some of the details listed in the posting about the house were not accurate and/or some further instructions would have been extremely helpful. First off there were no horseshoe stakes or we couldn't find any on the property. If they were there it would have been helpful to have a map of the grounds so we knew where to find stuff and where we could go, etc. We brought our own horse shoes and were bummed to not have this available. The tv/cable was misleading. Yes there are lots of movies but there is no useable tv with actual stations. Nor even the Netflix, etc listed in description, if you have your own account you could access but we didn't. As stated the elk were wonderful but sadly the last two days of the visit a large herd of cows was deposited in the field. I think this will greatly change the atmosphere of the cabin and surrounding area. I doubt the elk will return either, they seemed to steer clear from the areas where the cows were.

Upon arrival fortunately we noticed very quickly for our group of 11 only 4 towels were put out. We had to call the manager who did promptly come get more towels but they were not "available" as indicated and they were NOT plush. There were very old thin towels that barely dried you off. I've never stayed in a place that didn't allow you to access your own towels, and when the instructions said they would be this was disappointing.

Most of the 250 acres were largely inaccessible, it would have been nice if there were more trails from the place as we love to hike and a map of where would could access would have been extremely helpful. The wrap-around deck was barely furnished and the chairs weren't even set up. I walked around it once and felt unsafe, felt like loose boards, but maybe that was just me. There was a baby in our group and they felt unsafe out there with the railing not coming all the way to the bottom of the deck.

The firepit was unusable, high fire warnings so no smores. That was a bummer. Large dining room table but hard to find chairs to go around, we did find some back in the corner of the far room. Only 3 or so games for Wii. No cell coverage on Sprint. We had a ripped fitted sheet for master bed. No internet service in master bedroom. Sounded like there was a large/rough group before ours so not sure if any of these issues were related to that.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the feedback and opportunity to improve our guests experience.Good Bear Ranch has many unique and high quality features but it is also a cabin in a fairly undeveloped rural area which has some limitations. I will be sure to remove the horseshoe game from our VRBO listing. They fell prey to the snowplow last winter and I neglected to adjust the description. I will also adjust the "plush towel" description as we have had to scale back. Our small residential dryer takes days to dry the larger towels. I do have replacement towels and sheets one the way. Regarding Netflix, it should have been available with our pre programmed login. I will need to check this out. Wifi at the cabin is only adequate as DSL is all that is available. Most cell service providers have coverage there. . We love our herd of elk too. The cows are an annual occurrence in July or August as they are necessary to fire safety. Tall dry grass is extremely flammable. The elk have been tolerant this far. I am replacing all wood deck rail with ranch panel but a 6 inch bottom space will still be required for snow removal. The house and deck are very solid. It withstood record breaking snowpack last year when many of our neighbors lost decks and roofs. Yes, it is disappointing to have the outdoor fire restrictions. They are mandatory as decided by the Forest Service based on wildfire risk. These are critical to protecting homes and lives. These regulations apply to all public and private lands throughout Wallowa Whitman National Forest. We have made s'mores over the indoor fire as a small compensation.. You can hike on all of the property and beyond onto Forest Service land. There is a road behind the house leading to Goodrich Creek. Although there are no other developed trails the forest is pretty open and easy to navigate. There is a topographic map of the area in the Sun Room. There are also forest service roads and developed trails on the surrounding public lands. We do have quite a bit of out door furniture, two serviceable dining sets, extra chairs and loungers stowed behind the garage and a sitting area with love seat and three large cushioned chairs. Guests do move thing about to suit their activities though. Oh, and yes, the extra dining chairs are in the sunroom. You may also use the two benches nearby. Your feedback has been helpful for both improvements and clarifications to future guests. Thank you.
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Couldn't of had a better place to go

  • 5 of 5

Great place for relaxation, very clean. All the amenities of home and then some. Lots of wildlife. Your high enough to see 3 cities below you. Small creek within walking distance on a hot day.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 14, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Baker Valley

  • 5 of 5

Location superb. Cabin plenty of room for large groups to 18 or so. Funky railing system on deck that was loose and almost lost a toddler, but we repaired it. Swing needed new rope that broke on a 9 year old. Exterior logs and board and batt should have been refinished years ago to keep it nice for renting.

The 5 star is for location, cabin interior and quiet solitude. Would rent this one again in a heartbeat. Awesome place!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 7, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the five star review. I am most concerned about the loose deck railing. We replaced some snow damaged railing this spring so I would appreciate any detail you can provide about the location of the loose section. The rope for swing will be replaced promptly. As for the exterior refinishing, we have actually done the South side in the last couple of years but will consider the remaining exterior, sigh, there are always projects competing for attention. I am very happy that you enjoyed yourselves and look forward to having you back.
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Nearest Airport
120 Miles
Boise, Idaho
Nearest Barpub
12 Miles
Earth and Vine Wine Bar, Barley Browns Brew Pub
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Baker City
Nearest Train
9 Miles
Baker City
Nearest Motorway
12 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
12 Miles
Lone Pine Cafe, Geiser Grand Hotel
Nearest Ski
25 Miles
Anthony Lakes
Nearest Beach
40 Miles
Phillips Lake
Car: necessary

Good Bear Ranch is at the base of the Elkhorn Mountains, bordering Baker City Watershed and Wallowa Whitman National Forest. Nearby attractions include The Elkhorn Crest Trail, Anthony Lakes Ski Area (hosting many winter and summer activities), Phillips Lake and the Powder River. There are numerous opportunities for hiking, biking, fishing, hunting, huckleberry picking, mushroom foraging, wildflower walks, wildlife photography and exploring the mountain on foot. Mid summer is wildfire season so there may be restrictions on outdoor fires during this time. Please exercise thoughtful caution when exploring our woods.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cabin in Baker City, Oregon

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
26 May 2017 - 5 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £21 per night, per additional guest
Thanksgiving 2017
22 Nov 2017 - 28 Nov 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £21 per night, per additional guest
Holidays 2017
20 Dec 2017 - 3 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £21 per night, per additional guest
Ski Season 2018
4 Jan 2018 - 3 Apr 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £21 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £21 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £116.53
Additional Guest Fee £19.42 per person per night
Pet Fee £38.84
Damage Deposit £582.67

Check In time is 3PM, Check out time is Noon

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.