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The Gorge

The Gorge

Susan Moray

Susan has lived in Portland's Ladd's Addition neighborhood for over 23 years originally hailing from L.A. and living for a few years each in NYC, Maui and the eastern Sierra Mountains. Hospitality is in her DNA, having previously managed vacation rentals in Nicaragua and on Maui. She's a passionate backpacker, fly fisher and cyclist and gardener, growing perennials and organic vegetables.  Susan loves to eat and seek out new fine dining opportunities as well as unique food trucks and she's happy to share them with you. During your stay, she can lay low, offering privacy or be a resource for your intro to Portland's many interesting offerings. For inspiration, these evocative words speak volumes to Susan. " Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray"......Rumi

PDX Urban Barn Guesthouse in the Build Small, Live Large ADU Tour

 

A tour for people interested in learning more about ADUs and meeting

the homeowners, builders, and designers who built them.

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**The next city-wide ADU tour is scheduled for September 9th and 10th, 2017**

More information will be posted about the tour by May, 2017. https://accessorydwellings.org/adu_tour/

Susan Moray

Susan has lived in Portland's Ladd's Addition neighborhood for over 23 years originally hailing from L.A. and living for a few years each in NYC, Maui and the eastern Sierra Mountains. Hospitality is in her DNA, having previously managed vacation rentals in Nicaragua and on Maui. She's a passionate backpacker, fly fisher and cyclist and gardener, growing perennials and organic vegetables.  Susan loves to eat and seek out new fine dining opportunities as well as unique food trucks and she's happy to share them with you. During your stay, she can lay low, offering privacy or be a resource for your intro to Portland's many interesting offerings. For inspiration, these evocative words speak volumes to Susan. " Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray"......Rumi

38 Essential Portland Restaurants

http://pdx.eater.com/maps/best-portland-restaurants-38

It's time to update the Eater 38, the list of highly elite restaurants that define what it means to eat in Portland. The Eater 38 encompasses the entire city, spans myriad cuisines, and collectively satisfies all of your restaurant needs, whether you're looking to drop serious cash or to magically transform a few bucks into a meal.

As happens every three months, a few places must depart and a few restaurants must be added to the 38; here they are with a brief explanation of why:

  • Kayo's Ramen Bar makes the list for leading the current ramen-splosion, and Biwa steps down after its recent change in venue and narrowed focus on omakase (the new Biwa is really new, which puts it on the current heatmap)
  • Likewise, Chef Naoko leaves the list for the moment, after its beautiful expansion, as it dials in its new seasonal bento offerings
  • The Appalachian supper club Mae joins the 38 for many obvious reasons centering on that fried chicken
  • And Davenport makes its return to the list for veteran chef Kevin Gibson's upscale small plates, while Clyde Common steps down. Gibson is a pioneer in farmer-driven cuisine in Portland and the Pacific Northwest

A recent update brought a big shake-up, and the list now only includes one restaurant by any one owner, chef, or restaurant group, for the most part. Additionally, it highlights outstanding restaurants in a variety of dining genres, whether Mexican restaurants, Pacific Northwest cooking, or sandwiches. Finally, because many Portland restaurants are opening further away from city center, the Eater 38 includes restaurants across the city's many neighborhoods.

Susan Moray

Susan has lived in Portland's Ladd's Addition neighborhood for over 23 years originally hailing from L.A. and living for a few years each in NYC, Maui and the eastern Sierra Mountains. Hospitality is in her DNA, having previously managed vacation rentals in Nicaragua and on Maui. She's a passionate backpacker, fly fisher and cyclist and gardener, growing perennials and organic vegetables.  Susan loves to eat and seek out new fine dining opportunities as well as unique food trucks and she's happy to share them with you. During your stay, she can lay low, offering privacy or be a resource for your intro to Portland's many interesting offerings. For inspiration, these evocative words speak volumes to Susan. " Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray"......Rumi

Renewable Power Savings from the Guesthouses

Our eco buildings' electric utility participate in PGE's Renewable program including Green Source, Green Future Solar, Clean Wind and Habitat Support.  Our 2016 renewable power purchase of 6,926 kWh helped prevent 10,498 of CO2 entering the air.   That translates to 11,714 miles not driven.  We're pretty proud of that.

Susan Moray

Susan has lived in Portland's Ladd's Addition neighborhood for over 23 years originally hailing from L.A. and living for a few years each in NYC, Maui and the eastern Sierra Mountains. Hospitality is in her DNA, having previously managed vacation rentals in Nicaragua and on Maui. She's a passionate backpacker, fly fisher and cyclist and gardener, growing perennials and organic vegetables.  Susan loves to eat and seek out new fine dining opportunities as well as unique food trucks and she's happy to share them with you. During your stay, she can lay low, offering privacy or be a resource for your intro to Portland's many interesting offerings. For inspiration, these evocative words speak volumes to Susan. " Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray"......Rumi

PDX Eco Cottage featured in People Mag's online Home & Travel

"Design lovers will appreciate that this adorable and colorful home on offer from TripAdvisorRentals, took home the award for best small house in the 2014 Sunset magazine Small Space, Big Dreams contest. Foodies, will appreciate it's location, nestled near Portland’s restaurant row, Division Street. You’ll have to resist making yourself a little too at home and moving in for good."

 
 

Susan Moray

Susan has lived in Portland's Ladd's Addition neighborhood for over 23 years originally hailing from L.A. and living for a few years each in NYC, Maui and the eastern Sierra Mountains. Hospitality is in her DNA, having previously managed vacation rentals in Nicaragua and on Maui. She's a passionate backpacker, fly fisher and cyclist and gardener, growing perennials and organic vegetables.  Susan loves to eat and seek out new fine dining opportunities as well as unique food trucks and she's happy to share them with you. During your stay, she can lay low, offering privacy or be a resource for your intro to Portland's many interesting offerings. For inspiration, these evocative words speak volumes to Susan. " Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray"......Rumi

The Days are Getting Longer

The sun is lasting longer as we move toward spring and the Urban Barn has a sweet private patio that we hope will get a lot of use when the warming continues.  We've had a number of families with small children and women's retreat getaways enjoy their stay at the Barn.  We're hoping to hear if there's anything we can do to make a stay even more comfortable.  Please comment here if you have any thoughts.

Susan Moray

Susan has lived in Portland's Ladd's Addition neighborhood for over 23 years originally hailing from L.A. and living for a few years each in NYC, Maui and the eastern Sierra Mountains. Hospitality is in her DNA, having previously managed vacation rentals in Nicaragua and on Maui. She's a passionate backpacker, fly fisher and cyclist and gardener, growing perennials and organic vegetables.  Susan loves to eat and seek out new fine dining opportunities as well as unique food trucks and she's happy to share them with you. During your stay, she can lay low, offering privacy or be a resource for your intro to Portland's many interesting offerings. For inspiration, these evocative words speak volumes to Susan. " Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray"......Rumi

Comfort Food

Portland Monthly has come out with a piece on comfort food from Mac and Cheese to modern xurros to some of the best ramen in the world!  With damp and cold weather upon us, these hit the mark.

https://www.pdxmonthly.com/videos/2017/2/7/video-8-portland-comfort-food-classics-to-devour-right-now

Susan Moray

Susan has lived in Portland's Ladd's Addition neighborhood for over 23 years originally hailing from L.A. and living for a few years each in NYC, Maui and the eastern Sierra Mountains. Hospitality is in her DNA, having previously managed vacation rentals in Nicaragua and on Maui. She's a passionate backpacker, fly fisher and cyclist and gardener, growing perennials and organic vegetables.  Susan loves to eat and seek out new fine dining opportunities as well as unique food trucks and she's happy to share them with you. During your stay, she can lay low, offering privacy or be a resource for your intro to Portland's many interesting offerings. For inspiration, these evocative words speak volumes to Susan. " Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray"......Rumi

We're up and running

PDX Urban Barn was a vision in owner Susan's mind after creating PDX Eco Cottage in 2013.  The idea of a self sufficient and fully stocked private vacation rental in, what is considered, Portland's most interesting and culinary-rich neighborhoods, inner SE Portland, right in the middle of Hawthorne St., Division St. and Clinton St was finalized with the completion of the Barn in fall of 2016.  Architect Jack Barnes - http://www.jackbarnesarchitect.com/ - designed two compact and unique environmentally sustainable ADUs (auxiliary dwelling units) using up to date industry standards for energy efficiency, durable design, minimized toxicity and economic sustainability.

The Urban Barn was inspired by the 121 year old actual barn that was replaced.  The scale and decaying beauty of that barn, longtime a neighborhood wonder since it was barely standing after much neglect was used in the design of the new structure.  Susan is mindful of the 'McMansions' that have replaced the older homes in Portland and wanted a building that was in homage to the original and scaled to fit in with the area.

Each ADU can be used individually or together by a group or families to explore the neighborhood offerings including restaurants, food carts, bars and pubs, parks and museums and music venues like the Aladdin Theater.  

Susan Moray

Susan has lived in Portland's Ladd's Addition neighborhood for over 23 years originally hailing from L.A. and living for a few years each in NYC, Maui and the eastern Sierra Mountains. Hospitality is in her DNA, having previously managed vacation rentals in Nicaragua and on Maui. She's a passionate backpacker, fly fisher and cyclist and gardener, growing perennials and organic vegetables.  Susan loves to eat and seek out new fine dining opportunities as well as unique food trucks and she's happy to share them with you. During your stay, she can lay low, offering privacy or be a resource for your intro to Portland's many interesting offerings. For inspiration, these evocative words speak volumes to Susan. " Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray"......Rumi