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Get in touch by sending us an email at info@paintedhillsvacation.com or by filling out the form.

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For personalized bookings, or for any questions, please call (541) 462-3921.

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Come on by and see the place for yourself! You can find us located in Mitchell, OR, along SE Rosenbaum Street.

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Answers to common questions

We’ve compiled a list of answers to common questions.

What is the Best Thing to do in the Area?

Besides visiting our main attraction – the Painted Hills, we always recommend to drive  “The Loop” which is a 120-mile magical round trip from Mitchell to Spray, Service Creek and back to Mitchell. “The Loop” is part of the Journey Through Time Scenic Byway and hits some of the most picturesque places of Oregon including Picture Gorge, Sheep Rock, Blue Basin, Cathedral Rock, and the John Day River. You get to visit the Thomas Condon Museum of Paleontology for a glimpse of ancient history, pick seasonal fruit of the trees at the Thomas Orchards in Kimberly, swim in the John Day River, hike in ancient natural places, eat a tasty lunch in small family run restaurants of pioneer towns, and have a glorious sunset at the Painted Hills before you come back “home” to your cozy cottage.

What’s happening in Mitchell?

Mitchell keeps growing every year to become an international tourist destination. The combination of old, historic buildings and houses, and new hip businesses (i.e. the Tiger Town Brewery and Painted Hills Pastries) make it a unique and quaint place to experience small-town America.

Mitchell currently has 3 restaurants (2 cafes and a brewery), a pastry shop, a drive-through coffee shop, several small gift shops, a general store, and a gas station. All these businesses have their own specialties and love serving everyone who comes through Mitchell.

We also recommend a visit to the whimsical Lucky Strike Rock Museum – just out of town at Hwy 26 – to admire the unique collection of amazing fossils and gemstones.

There are two great hikes nearby, perfect for guests who brought their dogs along, or a romantic evening stroll for a couple in love – the walk to the historic Owen Ranch and the Old Logging Road hike.

With no light pollution, Mitchell is a great place to stargaze and observe the summer’s meteor showers and Milky Way.

Where can we get to the John Day River for hiking, swimming and fishing?

There are some special river access spots that are not marked on the regular tourism maps for our area but we’re happy to share them with you.

The best swimming spot is about 8 miles past the Painted Hills and is called the Burnt Ranch Recreation Area.  It has a lovely sandy beach, looming rock formations and a deep swimming hole. The other place is called the Priest Hole, 6 miles away from the Painted Hills and nestled in the Sutton Mountain Wilderness Area. It’s a beautiful large valley where the John Day River bends through in generous curves. It’s perfect for hiking, wildlife spotting, swimming, and fishing.

Where can we hunt for Fossils?

The town of Fossil, about 45 minutes away from Mitchell on the Journey through Time scenic Byway, has a fossil bed area behind the local high school. For a small fee of $5 you will be supplied with digging tools and can start digging for your own fossils, mostly of leaves and seeds since you’re digging up the remains of an ancient forest. This is a great activity to do with the kids who love it.

The Lucky Strike Mine, located in the Ochoco Forest about 1.5 hour away from Mitchell offers digs for Thunder-eggs. Tools will be provided and you can take your finds home for a fee.

Can we bring our Dog?

Yes you can! We are a very pet-friendly business. Of course there are some basic sensible rules to keep your pet safe and our flowerbeds in good shape.  No diggers, no excessive barkers, and please clean up after your pet here at the cottages and in the surrounding area. There is a pet fee of $25/pet/night. Your dog must stay on the leash in all the National Parks and in the City of Mitchell but there are plenty of fantastic off leash hikes nearby.

How far are you from Portland?

We are approximately 4 hours from Portland. Additionally, we are 2 hours from Bend, and 4 hours from LaGrande.

How far is the nearest airport?

The nearest airport is Robert Fields Airport, in Redmond, OR. Approximately 70 miles away.

New COVID -19 Info for our Business

May and June 2020

Painted Hills Vacation – Cottages & Retreat

Open and Ready to Welcome Guests!

We can highly recommend our private cottages as well as our remote area as the perfect Getaway and place of Self Isolation.

The gardens are in full spring bloom creating a peaceful secluded sanctuary! Perfect for kids to play and be outdoors!

Each of our 3 cottages has a private entry, spacious fenced garden, and parking directly in front of the property. Social distancing is easy to maintain if you bring your own food and cook your meals in the fully equipped kitchens.

Our Cleaning and Sanitizing Protocol for COVID -19

We’re following the new cleaning and sanitizing protocol of the Oregon Health Authority, OHA.

We’re cleaning all surfaces with germ killing cleaning supplies, and sanitize them afterwards with a bleach solution.

We’re very aware of how important these protocols are in the current situation, and understand our responsibility to help minimize the spread of COViD -19!

Hiking, Biking, Wildlife, Nature!!

The three units of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, including the Painted Hills, are open again!! Including this highlight of our area, there are ample awe-inspiring hiking and biking opportunities in the close vicinity of Mitchell.  Fantastic views around every bend of the road!

Be in Nature to relievethe stress of the last months, relax and rejuvenate!

Travel Information for Oregon

Oregon has a voluntary restricted travel policy in place, and lodging businesses are allowed to be open.

If you travel directly to the cottage, you should be able to minimize your contacts and can easily keep the social distancing rules.

Call us at 541 462 3921 for special rates for longer stays of more than 5 days! The longer you stay, the better the Rate!

Aruna and Barbara