Tuesday, July 10, 2012

17th Anniversary Trip to North End Crossing B & B

A few weekends ago, Michael and I were able to go on an overnight road trip on the bike to the rustic North End Crossing Barn & Bed in the ghost town of Flora, OR. We had a gorgeous ride through the Wallowa Mountains and when we saw this place, we instantly felt at home. This is a pic of the outside of this affordable B & B. The outhouse cleverly hides a fridge where they sell homegrown milk and eggs. We instantly felt a kinship with Vanessa and Dan, the innkeepers of this charming homestead/B& B.

This was written outside of the door to our room.

Vanessa is a master weaver. She wove the rug by hand with a loom and made some of the quilts on the bed. They also provide a long flannel night gown and PJs. I loved that touch!

These items were also in our room. They give you a pitcher of warm water outside your door in the morning and you also have the use of a claw foot bathtub if you so desire.

The kitchen was my favorite part of this old house! They do all the cooking exclusively on this wood cook stove. They can on it and everything. Vanessa and I were so excited to have lard rendering in common. 

Dan is a blacksmith and made the hooks on the utensil holder which hangs from the ceiling. I want Michael to make me one now. We gained so many ideas while we were there! 

They make their own apple cider vinegar and we decided to try this ourselves during apple season this fall. Can't wait! Vanessa gave me the "mother" to start our vinegar on the right track.

Fresh ground coffee. It was so neat to see someone else who uses a hand grinder just like us!

Dan and Vanessa cooking our breakfast. They have their guests churn their own butter for breakfast. 

I love her island, called a "doughboy"! Gotta have one someday :)

Homemade frittata, fried potatoes, scones, sausage links (from their homegrown pigs) and juice for breakfast. All cooked in cast iron, just like we do at home. 

Vanessa and Dan sent us on our way with knowledge of the ghost town of Flora, instructions for how to make lye, some apple cider vinegar (plus a jar of the mother), and my favorite thing of all - a "woolly washer". The woolly washer is homemade soap with wool felted around it. It washes and scrubs at the same time. I used it on my super dirty camping feet last weekend and it worked great! I've got to learn how to make those. After seeing all of her looms and yarn, I'm really wanting to learn how to spin my own yarn, too. Someday! Gotta master one thing at a time....

So if you are ever in Eastern Oregon and want to see how real homesteaders live, stop by and visit Dan and Vanessa at North End Crossing. They are the sweetest, most interesting people, whom we now call friends. I will be doing a post about the Dan and Vanessa's efforts to restore the Flora School next. 

God Bless, 
Jackie

9 comments:

Simple Home Living said...

Wow! Looking at this brings tears to my eyes. This is how my grandmother's kitchen looked when I was a little girl. I love it! Thanks for the post

Grandma Becky said...

it sounded fun to me...glad you had a good time. Thanks for sharing! My grandma cooked on a wood stove and we loved her cookies, even though they were a bit burned but the best. Thanks for sharing! BnBs are fun to stay in for sure! Hugs! Have a good trip and hugs to your grandpa for me.

Cristeen said...

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Kricket Nicholson said...

We really enjoyed our stay at North End Crossing last year and just knew you and Michael would absolutely LOVE it! Looks like you did! Great pics! Love ya's! Mom

Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

This is right up your alley! So glad you made such an instant connection with some fellow "homesteaders"!

Camille said...

How very, very fun!! What a special time for you both! Happy 17th anniversary ~ I'm so glad you had the opportunity for a little *getaway*. :)

Love,
Camille

Catherine said...

What a precious time you had! Thanks so much for the pics of all of the wonderful stuff; I'm nostalgic for Vanessa and her creative spirit!

Jill said...

Wow, such warm moments here and a house of love! Happy anniversary and what a blessing to spend it with these amazing folks! Thanks for sharing.

blessings,
Jill

Muller said...

it sounded fun to me...glad you had a good time. Thanks for sharing! My grandma cooked on a wood stove and we loved her cookies, even though they were a bit burned but the best. Thanks for sharing! BnBs are fun to stay in for sure! Hugs! Have a good trip and hugs to your grandpa for me.

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