Our 4 cottages are perfect to host small groups of up 26 guests, making them ideal for small retreats such as workshops, seminars, art or yoga classes and other multiple day events.

With its unique location amidst awe-inspiring landscapes and close proximity to the famous Painted hills, the Painted Hills Vacation is an ideal sanctuary! Free of modern-day distractions, noise and light pollution, this beautiful space is an invitation to relax, rejuvenate and connect with Mother Nature.

Classes or workshops, such as photography, writing, painting, hiking, bird watching, geology, yoga, bicycle tours, or any other type of retreat will be perfectly accommodated here. Family reunions and weddings are welcome too!

cycling in the painted hills


We can accommodate large groups of up to 30 guests with our 4 beautiful unique properties. The combination of sharing all cottages together, and, if needed, adding the small Dandelion Cabin, can truly make your retreat a special event! The cottages are all located side by side and across from each other on the quiet Rosenbaum Street, above the pioneer town of Mitchell. There are shared garden and yard areas between the properties that can be used freely.

Event participants can choose private or shared rooms, or stay in the dormitory space in the largest Cottage. Each cottage has one or more bathrooms, living rooms and other hang out areas, and fully equipped kitchens. For a larger indoor working space, the City’s spacious townhall can be rented separately.

Indoor Classrooms:

Indoor classes or sessions can be held in the smaller classroom Studio/Rose Tree Art Gallery for groups up to 8 participants. In the summer months, plenty of outdoor spaces are available throughout the gardens and yards surrounding the cottages.  For larger groups, the beautiful spacious Community Hall in downtown Mitchell can also be rented separately for a reasonable daily rate.

The Rose Tree Gallery also holds exhibits from local artists and exhibitions.

Outdoor Classrooms:

Breathtaking landscapes such as the Painted Hills, Ochoco National Forest or Sutton Mountain, besides other exciting points of interest, offer inspiration and a special setting for your outdoor events, adding to the unique experience of any retreat. The magic gardens surrounding the cottages are also inviting for holding your class or workshop outdoors.

The Garden Spaces:

The beautiful floral gardens surrounding the cottages are a vibrant Oasis in the Desert! They feature magic places, nooks and crannies, plenty of outdoor furniture for holding an event or a special presentation. The old shady trees are an invitation to hang out, relax, or gather for a picnic after classes. Relax in the shade of the old fruit trees or have a BBQ or picnic after classes! BBQ’s are available to have a grill party! The “Common Ground” area invites you to hang out together, play some outdoor games, have a garden party, or do some stargazing in the night.

Don’t hesitate to contact us for any questions you might have, and let’s start the conversation if we can accommodate your special interest retreat.

New COVID -19 Info. for the Painted Hills Cottages – 2022

Painted Hills Vacation – Cottages & Retreat

We Remain Open and Ready to Welcome Guests!

In these difficult times, we highly recommend our secluded cottages, each surrounded by a garden (dogs are welcome), nestled in the stunning landscape of the nearby Painted Hills and Blue Basin. It’s the perfect getaway for self isolation and reflection! Each of our 4 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. As the rules and restrictions for each state are subject to change, we suggest that you know what is required before you make your trip.

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 in the road!

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

Travel Information for Oregon

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