A Great Relaxing, Cabin In The Woods With Many Outdoor Options Close By.
Joanne and Tom Rader
About Joanne and Tom Rader
Tom and I are retired health care professionals (speech pathologist, nurse specialist) who enjoy sharing our wonderful space with family and friends. Tom is an avid golfer and loves to gold Elkhorn. We have traveled extensively but feel there is no place better than our Dancing Bear Cabin for enjoying nature and getting away from it all.
Joanne and Tom Rader purchased this Cabin in 1995
Why Joanne and Tom Rader chose Lyons
This property is a great getaway place for people and families looking to "unplug" from the high speed world. It offers plenty of outdoor options right outside your door and within a short car ride. It is comfortable, cozy and great fun. Although we call it a cabin, it has all the conveniences of a home.
What makes this Cabin unique
Mostly what we feel and our guests say is that this a wonderful place to relax, listen to the birds and river and get out of the city. Another unique feature is how close it is to Elkhorn Golf Course. You literally can carry your clubs across the bridge to the course. It is a seven iron stroke from the cabin. The access to hiking and waterfalls is amazing with some of the most scenic places in Oregon at your doorstep. For boating, Detroit Lake is 30 minutes away with their marina. For winter sports, there is Hoo Doo and a number of cross country and snow shoe options. Sitting around the campfire is another great feature. Breitenbush Resort and Hot Springs offers day use with reservations and gives you access to hot springs and wellness programs.
100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
lovely home near the river, peaceful
We really enjoyed our stay at this wonderful home. Well stocked with everything you need. This was a wonderful family oriented home with many things for the "littles " to do, So happy we stayed here. River down a trail was fantastic. Nice swimming whole for everyone, loved it .Heard 3 Owls last night , quite and so peacful in the woods.
Family Time at the River
It's our third summer staying at the cabin, and once again it is just what we needed to unwind and enjoy each other.
When we arrived there were two piles of dog poop to pick up. At 11 that night a brown dog came padding across the deck and in the morning I had another pile to pick up. We were visited daily by an audacious little (Welsh?) terrier who barked at me until I gave her some attention then promptly marched up onto the deck, peed on my dog's bed, hopped up on the bench I was sitting on, sidling up close for cuddle. Only a Terrier could manage to be this adorable and obnoxious at the same time. In the morning there was fresh dog pee on the deck. There was no privacy at all. My dog was completely agitated and we had to keep him inside where he paced and whined while strange dogs came and went. This place needs a fence so badly it should be obvious. The cabin is quite nice and the river is accessible but a surprising amount of traffic on the little gravel road. There is a television but it is just for decoration unless you bring your own blue ray disks, the player doesn't play DVDs. So who's this place good for? The person who doesn't have a dog but loves to clean up after other people's dogs. Don't bring your dog, it will be too distressed.
We were saddened and surprised by your comments. It is the first negative review we have received and we have had many dog owners staying at the cabin and returning because they consider it pet friendly. We went up to sort out what went wrong for you. One, there is a new dog in "town". Our neighbor on the corner, recently adopted Roxy, a four year old Welsh terrier, as a companion dog. He walks her on the road but she sometimes walks herself. That mystery solved.
Our neighbors on the other side are there camping on weekends. They have a dog. She was probably the second dog. Those neighbors are aware their dog occasionally comes over. I informed the wife of your experiences and concerns. The wife is a dog groomer and trainer and they have trained her to not come to our cabin. But dogs will be dogs and are curious, particularly if there is a new dog in the area. They watch their dog carefully and if she wanders, they call and she returns immediately.
These neighbors also come over routinely to police the area for dog poop if we have not been around, as a courtesy and dog owner responsibility. We are sorry for your experience. We have poop bags located in the kitchen for such emergencies and I will add that information to our instructions we send out.
As for the TV, perhaps you didn't know that there are many DVDs in the drawers in the coffee table, in addition to the ones that are stored under the TV. I will add that information to what we send out. Plus the camping neighbors said they have lots of movies and are glad to lend them. Not all of our DVDs are blue ray (most are not), but they do work in the machine.
As far as traffic on the road, yes, there is some, as people live here and a few may come to explore, ignoring the sign that says it is a dead end. Plus it was July 4 weekend so it is bound to be more active. Generally, there is little traffic except those who live or camp there.
We appreciate your bringing these issues to our attention and we have made some changes. We share our cabin because we love it and want others to have a chance to appreciate what it has to offer. We are sincerely sorry it was not a good fit for you.
This was a amazing place & cabin. Everything was clean and very comfortable. I’ll be definitely coming back soon!
Thanks for the lovely review. So glad you enjoyed the cabin and look forward to your return!
Joanne and Tom Rader
Clean, quiet beautiful cabin in the woods.
Dancing Bear Cabin is a must for visitors to the North Oregon Cascades. Set on a private, dead end road in the dense forest, this cabin provides a feeling of home. The kitchen is extremely well stocked containing not only dishware and glasses and every pot and pan and utensil you could need, but herbs and spices and condiments of all kinds. Plastic wrap and foil and wax paper and small ziplock bags make working in this kitchen fun.
The corner wood stove in the living room is safe and heats the cabin quite well. The owners supply an ample amount of firewood with kindling split and newspaper to get things started. The ceiling fan circulates the air and we were all very comfortable. Very comfortable furniture filled the living room for easy conversation. There are lots of activities provided for the small visitors with crayons, markers, coloring books, puzzles and other fun things for keeping the kids busy. There is an extensive DVD and CD collection for entertainment or background music. A washer and dryer is right there for use as well.
We were there in late November so the weather prevented us from using the beautiful deck and all the essentials for outdoor enjoyment. Toys for the kids and comfort for the adults abound. A round stone fire pit is a nice touch. There is a trail down to the river with swimming holes and Dancing Bear Cabin has inflatable toys and goggles for playing in the water. The whole cabin contains everyday items that make one feel so at home. This is not a bare bones vacation rental. As you walk through the front door, you realize you are sharing someone’s home and not just a space to sleep. We would very much recommend Dancing Bear to anyone looking to get away from cell phones, tv and the Internet for a few days and enjoy all that Nature and this beautiful cabin can provide.
Thanks so very much for taking the time to write such a detailed and complimentary review. Your description captures just the experiences we hope that other will have when they stay. We love it and like to share it with people who appreciate the unique things it offers.
Joanne and Tom Rader
Wonderful spot in the woods!
Beautiful setting in the forest. Clean, cozy and well appointed cabin. We had a wonderful weekend. Thank you so much!
This area is known for its wonderful outdoors activities both summer and winter. Opal Creek Wilderness is a short drive up the canyon. There are lots of hikes along the spectacular Opal Creek. Three pools is another popular swimming hole with waterfalls. Plus there are many not so well known waterfalls to explore. Breitenbush Hot Springs and resort is about a 45 minute drive and in addition to the hot springs there are lots of classes and massage options. A number of lakes abound in the area.