Located just southeast of Portland, Sandes of Time is a great, quiet alternative to staying in the middle of the hubbub of the city. It is a 6,000 square foot, behemoth of a historic home. Once having six bedrooms, the home now only has four charming, guest rooms.
Blake and I only wish we could have stayed here longer, but we booked it near the last minute when other plans had fallen through.
We arrived in the early evening pulling into the long driveway that weaves past their immaculate gardens and large trees and parked near the back of the house. The owners greeted us on one of their three porches and welcomed us into their home. We were given a tour of the house and I was lucky enough to peek my head in all of the guest rooms as we were the only guests for the night.
We stayed in the Winter Garden Suite. Probably the largest accommodations we stayed in the whole trip. The bathroom was as large as the bedroom. The room had two fireplaces, one in front of the bed with a tv over it and the other in the bathroom. The tub/shower combo was by far the strangest one I’ve ever seen. The bathroom was very open and large because it used to be the maids’ quarters. It had a small staircase leading to the attic, that I’m not going to lie, freaked me out a bit. And then there was a larger staircase heading into the kitchen that was blocked off. It’s so unique that it is kind of cozy once you get over the quirkiness of it all.
The best part is the movie theatre they have in the basement. Ok not a movie theatre, but it is a home theatre room with a 120″ screen. You can enjoy complimentary popcorn, coffee, tea or bottled water in the bar area. We started to watch a movie here just because we wanted to say that we had, but we were so exhausted from hiking all day at Multnomah Falls, that we gave up a half hour in.
Upstairs starting at 6 a.m. every day there is a coffee station with instant hot water, a refrigerator and sink. They serve afternoon appetizers on the porch if it’s nice and have cookies and milk night caps in the evening. They serve breakfast every day between 8 and 9:30 a.m.
Terry, the owner, was nice enough to serve us breakfast early ( I had notified her ahead of time of our situation) because we had to catch our flight back to Chicago. She had even offered to pack us a breakfast to go if we didn’t have time to stay. Staying in the Winter Garden Suite allowed us the luxury of smelling bacon cooking as it wafted up the blocked staircase and into the bathroom.
We started breakfast with plates of fruit and blueberry muffins and the option of coffee, tea or juice. The next course was bacon cooked just the way I like it, not too crisp, biscuits with gravy and a soft boiled egg. While we ate, Terry talked to us about our trip, what we do, how we met, how old we are and all about Chicago.
After finishing our packing after breakfast, we took a walk around the grounds to take pictures. Terry even pointed out two baby turkey vultures to us.
I wish we could have stayed there longer but it was a nice end to our trip. If we ever go back to Portland we will want to stay there again. The hosts were nice and accommodating and the room was comfortable. It’s also not too far from the Portland airport and the Monday morning “traffic” was laughable coming from Chicago as there was none by our standards.
I would only have two minor suggestions for them. I would suggest putting lights on their B&B sign outside as it is very easy to drive past their driveway late at night. Also, it would be a nice addition to have the names of the guest rooms on the doors.