An amazing retreat place for small groups up to 35 guests to hold your weekend workshops, seminars, or any other multiple day events.

With its unique location amidst awe-inspiring landscapes and its close proximity to the famous Painted Hills, Painted Hills Vacation is an ideal sanctuary and the perfect place for your next workshop, class or seminar. Free of modern-day distractions, noise and light pollution this beautiful place is an invitation to relax, rejuvenate and connect with Mother Nature.

Painted Hills Vacation is the perfect setting for your special interest class or workshop, may it be photography, writing, painting, hiking, bird-watching, geology, yoga, bicycle tours, or any other type of retreat. Family reunions and weddings are welcome too.



Your students or event participants will be staying in our three cozy European cottages, each with full kitchen and bathroom. They are located next to each other, in a quiet neighborhood on a rim above the quaint town of Mitchell.

We can accommodate up to 35 guests in shared rooms and dormitory space.

A small studio is available next to one of the cottages and ideal for holding your smaller workshops and classes.

For larger groups up to 35 or for movement workshops, such as yoga or dance classes, a beautiful spacious hall is available at Mitchell’s city hall just one-minute walking distance.

Outdoor Classrooms

Breathtaking landscapes such as the Painted Hills, Ochoco National Forest, or Sutton Mountains, 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 of Painted Hills Vacation are an oasis in the desert and wonderful places for your outdoor classes and presentations. There is plenty of space to hang out and relax in the shade of the old fruit trees or have a BBQ or picnic after classes.

Painted Hills Vacation has its own professional mobile food cart, the DinoBite, on site that is equipped with a fully functioning kitchen. If a catering service is needed for your event, the DinoBite can be rented separately. The menu is flexible and can include non-vegetarian, vegetarian, and vegan options.












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.
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New COVID -19 Info for our  Business 

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 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.  

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  sanitizing 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 are  open including the Painted Hills, as well as many other awe-inspiring  hiking and biking opportunities in the close vicinity of Mitchell.  Fantastic views around every bend of 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