Fantastic rustic home on it's own hilltop. The home is almost 100 years old and was once the main home of an orchardist. It is two stories with a basement as well. It has all the modern amenities. Television, dvd, satelite, internet access, etc. Our home is full of Northwest Native American Art, such as paintings, carvings, and basketry. Newly remodeled, large country kitchen great for cooking and entertaining for large numbers. Table seats 10 comfortably. Large beautiful front porch that looks out over the town of Willamina. Often times, the front yard is full of deer, which like to eat from our apple trees. There are also blackberries, pears, cherries, plums, and a few nut trees. The home also has a very large woodworking shop. Very kid friendly, tons of toys included! Willamina, Oregon is a very small town. The main industry is logging. It has a charming small downtown area with a quaint antique shop, pharmacy, hardware store, thrift shop, grocery, and several eating establishments. Willamina is only 30 minute drive south to Salem, the Oregon state capital. 30 minutes to the West, is the beautiful Oregon Coast. Here one can have easy access to many tourist destinations such as Lincoln City, Newport, and Pacific City. Portland is located about an hour's drive North. About 5 miles down the road is a Native American Casino, Spirit Mountain Casino. It is ran by the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde whose reservation is 10 minutes away. Those interested in Native American Culture will be delighted to explore the area!
Our neighborhood is a typical small town, Oregon neighborhood. Our home is a bit secluded and sits on it's own hilltop. The town is very representative of the "West", with it's "cowboy" and "Indian" feel. The town is small, so everything is within walking distance. Willamina is very art and culture oriented and hosts a large art event every summer. With an Indian Reservation nearby, there is a large Native American population. Willamina is a great place to experience Oregon living. It is green, forested, there is a beautiful river that runs right through town, there are hills all around, there is nature everywhere, and it is a hop, skip and a jump to the beautiful Oreon Coast!
We are a family of six. Dad, Tony (36) is a linguist. He works for the local Indian Tribe and runs a language immersion pre-school, in order to bring back the native language to the area. Tony is also an artist of Native American art, carving mostly. Mom, Mechele (34), is a social worker. She works for the tribe also, in the Foster Care Program, Indian Child Welfare Unit. Then there is daughter, Mary Raven, 11, and 3 sons, Sammy, 7, Tahoma, 6, and Ferrill 14 months. Our kids are very well behaved, but not all would always be going with us. Younger ones would stay with Grandma. There is also Hannah the dog, Fancy the siamese cat, and Gonzo, the Cockatiel. We are all enrolled members of the Chinook Tribe, which is located in Washington. We are just living in Oregon due to our work. We are very involved in our Native American Culture. Tony is the Chairman of the Culture Commitee for the Chinook tribe, as well as an activist for Native American issues. We sing, drum, dance, and are part of a Canoe Family. We own our own Northwest Coast canoe, Tony is also a traditional canoe carver, and as a family, we take part in a two week long journey every summer. Most of the Northwest tribes get together every summer for two weeks and paddle up the Coast to a certain destination. It is quite an event. In the end there ends up being approximeately 90 canoes paddling in, and 10,000 observers on shore to great them. 2007, will end on the Lummi reservation. This means our home is also empty for the last week of July and first week of August.