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

Contact us by Phone

Feel free to give us a ring at (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.

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.

When are your low and peak seasons?

Our peak summer season is between June – September, and our low season is from November – March.

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 Tomas 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 Johns Day River, hike in ancient natural places, eat a tasty lunch in small family run restaurants in one of the small 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 with old dilapidated buildings getting renovated c into new hanging into restaurants, cafes, and souvenir places. Today, there are 4 restaurants, and other businesses are developing.

We 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.

Tiger Town Brewery offers outdoor dining with spicy chicken wings, the Sidewalk Café is serving their famous old-fashioned milkshake, Espresso 26 invites you to taste one of their special coffee drinks, and the two historical General stores are getting a make over to be reopened for the summer season of 2018.

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 with 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. It’s a beautiful large valley where the John Day River bends through in generous curves. It’s perfect for hiking, wild life 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 find home for $1/pound.

Can we bring our Dog?

Yes you can because we’re a pet friendly business. Of course there are some basic sensible rules to keep your pet save and our flowerbeds in good shape.  No diggers, no excessive barkers and please obey the clean up after your pet laws. There is a pet fee of $20/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.