Rushing River Retreat: For Mind, Body and Spirit

“A river seems a magic thing. A magic, moving, living part of the very earth itself.” 
― Laura Gilpin

View from the deck

View from the deck

Do you find yourself desperately in need of a getaway? Someplace to relax and unwind, even if only for a a day or two? I found a fabulous retreat just an hour from Salem, Oregon, where you can leave your schedule and your cell phone behind and become one with Nature. It’s a beautiful, peaceful place in the woods off  Hwy 22.  Stop by Rushing River Retreat to see for yourself.


when you see this sign, turn in–you’ve arrived!


This beautiful home was built in 1920 and much of the original structure remains.

Rushing River Retreat is the perfect retreat for a weekend get-a-way Winter, Summer, Spring and Fall. The  rushing Santiam River is  a very powerful water feature, melting away your cares.

Santiam 3

Santiam 3

“I sat there and forgot and forgot, until what remained was the river that went by and I who watched… Eventually the watcher joined the river, and there was only one of us. I believe it was the river.”  Norman MacleanA River Runs Through It and Other Stories             The B&B is just an hour east of Salem on Hwy 22,  4 miles from  Detroit Lake, the largest recreational lake in Oregon; 10 miles to Breitenbush Hot Springs and 30 miles to Hoodoo Ski Resort. They offer rental packages for Kayaks and Stand Up Paddle boards during the Summer season. Rushing River can accommodate up to ten guests indoors: 1 queen private room, 2 bunk rooms sleep 4 ea. They do have tent sites available.

upstairs loft

The beds offer serious comfort!

Owners Michael Miller and Terri VandeVeere offer their gracious hospitality and and a delicious rustic gourmet breakfast. Michael and Terri are happy to help you create special events such as winemaker dinners and you-cook or catered indoor or outdoor dinners–along with Nature walks, musical evenings and anything else you might imagine. Future plans include special events such as plein-air painting, yoga retreats, art classes and other special interest offerings. The event center can accommodate up to 100 guests. It’s perfect for a rustic country wedding, with plenty of privacy and room for dancing and dining under the stars. This property is filled with fun little nooks and crannies and secret spaces, including a woodsy lounge, where guests who want to play music, sing, dance and make merry into the wee hours can do so without disturbing anyone.


They call it “The River Channel”–you can sit on this comfy couch and watch the river in every season.

“After all, the best part of a holiday is perhaps not so much to be resting yourself, as to see all the other fellows busy working.” ― Kenneth GrahameThe Wind in the Willows


relax on the deck


The grassy area–a long worked-for dream


Owner Terri VandeVeere chats with her guests


You may hear the story about this kitchen island!

Fresh country breakfast: eggs baked in a cast iron skillet, served with fresh tomatoes, fresh fruit, delightful homemade muffins, crispy bacon, coffee, juice….         “When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet at last, “what’s the first thing you say to yourself?”

“What’s for breakfast?” said Pooh. “What do you say, Piglet?”

“I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?” said Piglet.

Pooh nodded thoughtfully. “It’s the same thing,” he said.” 
― A.A. Milne


The river view is amazing in every season.

                  “…when tired at last, he sat on the bank, while the river still chattered on to him, a babbling procession of the best stories in the world, sent from the heart of the earth to be told at last to the insatiable sea.” ― Kenneth GrahameThe Wind in the Willows         Contact: Terri VandeVeere and Michael Miller


49750 N Santiam Hwy Idanha, OR 97350 503-854-3503

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