Host Spotlight: Wallis

By Jackie Dreyer

Editor's note: Each month, we'd like to introduce you to one of our wonderful Glamping Hub hosts and what inspired them to create a glamping site. This month, we have Wallis, who manages this lodge and cabin property in McKenzie Bridge, Oregon.

1. When was the first time you heard the term glamping?

My family and I have always gone camping, but I believe I learned about it before we visited El Capitan in SoCal and booked a swank cabin for our "babymoon." It was perfect!

2. What inspired you to have your own glamping site?

We took over the property from a couple who lovingly cared for this historic property for a decade, but didn't have any sort of online or social presence. The beauty of this unknown place motivated me to open the doors to a younger generation of travelers and adventurers.

3. If you could describe your property or the glamping experience you offer in three words, what would they be?

We hear the word "magical" almost daily, so magical, nostalgic, and adventure.

4. What was your first glamping/camping experience?

In the womb—my parents' San Juan Islands camping and bike tour. It's on my bucket list to do that adventure. Maybe this year!

5. Why would you recommend people to go glamping?

There are plenty of travelers who don't consider themselves "outdoorsy" but want the creature comforts of a cozy, warm home to come back to after an adventure. Whether you're at home in nature or not, a glamping experience can bridge the gap.

6. What should people expect when they come to your glamping site?

This is our home. We hope that people will feel nostalgic and comfortably at home, like they're visiting a destination from childhood or a friend's cabin.

We're pretty hands-off while guests relax and explore the property and beautiful Willamette Forest. We look forward to adding more experiences and options to the property.

7. What makes your property unique?

We are the remaining historic lodge in the entire area and are what people imagine when they picture a "log lodge in the middle of 'Nowhere,' Oregon."

The property has been quiet for a decade and was even completely closed for the decade before that. For being so beautiful, on the river, and sitting on hot-spring activity, we think that it's the perfect blank canvas for events, retreats, and reunions.

8. What’s your favorite part about owning a glamping property?

Everything except old plumbing!

I love the vibe of every event and the energy of every visitor. People come here to celebrate and reunite with friends and family. People come and fall in love with the property, and I can tell they feel the same way I do.

Personally, being on the property fills me up fast. Decorating and loving on those cabins is the happiest I've ever been. I'm literally giddy when I'm working.

9. What makes your property eco-friendly?

We're self-sustaining and relatively low maintenance. Being a historic property, there's plenty of ways to update the property to help it to be greener. We've added new decks with long-lasting, sustainable materials and look forward to many many more eco-friendly updates.

10. Anything else you’d like to add?

Most of the items in the cabins are also for sale! The rugs are a side-project of mine, and I do a lot of pop-ups with vendors in Bend, Oregon. My on-site store will open in 2018. I've collaborated with local artists, brewers, instructors, and businesses for a lot of cross promotion.

Interested in a glamping escape to Oregon? See more of what Wallis' accommodations can offer here, here, here, here, and here!