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