What COVID-19 safety precautions do you take?
- We have both been fully vaccinated and boosted.
- We thoroughly clean and sanitize each room with Lysol or bleach (depending on the surface).
- To allow time for ample sanitization, we do not book guest rooms the day before or after they are occupied.
- Please note that Lisa provides direct patient care at a medical facility, where there is potential for Covid exposure. If she has been exposed, we will let you know ASAP.
How do I request a reservation? Check the calendar on the Rooms & Rates page for availability, To confirm availability and request a room or additional information, please use the contact form on our Request a Reservation page. We'll email a PayPal invoice to you. When we receive payment, we'll email a reservation confirmation. A reservation is not considered confirmed until we have received payment.
Why such a strict cancellation policy? There are many activities and events in the area. Once you have a confirmed reservation, the room(s) are shown as not available on our calendar, and we stop getting inquiries for those days. Also, we arrange our personal and work schedules around the B&B calendar, and pass up social and work opportunities that arise on days that guests have made reservations.
How far ahead should I make a reservation? Most of our guests book their rooms a week or two in advance, but many of our regular guests reserve their rooms a month to a year in advance. We generally don't take same-day reservation requests.
What time is breakfast? Breakfast time is flexible - we'll check with you when you arrive to set a time.
Continental Breakfast or Hot Breakfast? We use fresh, locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. Our continental breakfast consists of home made granola, Nancy's plain low-fat yogurt, fruit, homemade pastry, brewed coffee and orange juice. We have many years of experience in restaurants, and offer hot breakfast at an extra charge. For single day guests, our hot breakfast is normally homemade hash browns, eggs (from our herd of chickens), breakfast meat, fruit, toast, brewed coffee and orange juice. For guests staying more than one day, we might serve pancakes, waffles, French toast, or something exotic that catches our fancy. Guests staying more than one day can opt for hot breakfast any or all of the days. By listing theses items, we are not offering a menu, we are just letting you know what might be served, and all items are subject to availability. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions (decaf, gluten-free, lactose-free, food allergies, etc.) - due to our rural location, we might not be able to accommodate some dietary restrictions. NOTE: We only do 1 type of breakfast service per day.
Is there a restaurant in Wasco? "The Dirty Cowgirl Saloon" is a couple of blocks away from the B&B. They plan to be open 7 days a week from 11:00 AM “to close” (probably 9:00 PM) - if they need to be closed for some reason, they will post it on their Facebook page. The next closest restaurants are about 10 miles north of us in Biggs Junction (intersection of Hwy 97 and I-84 at Exit 104) and Rufus (I-84 at Exit 109 , then take Main St./Scott Canyon Rd. to Wasco). In Biggs, there is Amayah's Café (Indian curry & kababs, 732-799-0864), and several fast food options. In Rufus, you'll find Bulldog Diner (sandwiches and burgers, 541-739-2006) and Bob's Texas T-Bone & Frosty's Lounge (a popular steakhouse, 541-739-2559). If you want dinner before you get to the area, just let us know what direction you're coming from and we'll offer suggestions.
Can you provide lunch or dinner for guests, or breakfast for non-guests? Sorry, no. State law requires a restaurant license for these services. Acquiring a restaurant license is cost prohibitive as it would require major remodeling, additional equipment, and additional insurance.
Can guests use the kitchen to cook food? Sorry, no. State law prohibits guests from cooking in our kitchen. You're welcome to bring cold or microwavable food, use our plates, glassware and utensils, and eat at the dining table, on the porch, or in the yard.
Are there refrigerators or microwaves in the guest rooms? No. Please note that we don’t have space to store guests’ food in our refrigerator.
Is there a grocery store in Wasco? Yes, the Wasco Market is about one block away from the B&B. The Market is open 8am to 6pm Mon-Sat, and shorter hours on Sunday.
What are your check-in/check-out times? Check-in is any time between 3pm and 9pm. If you can give us an estimated arrival time, it would be greatly appreciated! Checkout is 10am.
Where should I park? Parking is on the street in front of the house. You're welcome to park under the spruce trees, but be warned that the trees produce sap, and are home to many birds!
Are there TVs in the guest rooms or otherwise available to guests? No. People come here to "get away from it all". For those who need to maintain contact with civilization, we offer free WiFi.
Is there a laundromat in Wasco, or washer/dryer available for guests to use? Sorry, no.
How many people can you accommodate? We can accommodate 4 guests (2 per room). State law prohibits any additional guests.
Do you have any cots or fold-out beds? No. If you are a party of 2 and don't want to share a bed or reserve 2 rooms, the Petroglyph Room can accommodate a sleeping bag (provided by the guest) on the floor.
When was the house built? Our house was built in 1900 by one of the town founders, merchant, banker and first postmaster, Wilson M. Barnett. At some point, the house was converted to apartments. The owners prior to us converted the house back to a single family residence. We purchased the house in 2008 and started the B&B.
Does Wasco House have air conditioning? Yes!
Are your guest rooms on the ground floor? Yes, both of our guest rooms are on the ground floor. There are a few stairs from the on-street parking to the house. Let us know if this is a problem, and we'll figure something out.
Is Wasco House wheelchair accessible? Sorry, no.
Can I visit the hens? Yes! Our hens are located at our barn/chicken coop complex a couple of blocks away from the house. Just ask and we'll take you over - we have booties to protect your shoes!
Do you allow pets? Sorry, no. We love dogs and cats, but many folks are allergic. We don't even allow our own pets in the house.
Do you allow smoking? No, we don't allow smoking anywhere on the property.
Is there cell phone service? Yes. Verizon has excellent service in Wasco (there is a Verizon tower at the south end of town). US Cellular also has good service. AT&T and T-Mobile are spotty.
Do you have weekly or monthly rates? No, we don't. Our rates are as listed on our Rooms & Rates page. We have a mother-in-law apartment that we rent out for long-term stays. When it is available, it is listed on Craigslist (Portland, OR) - search the "Housing" listings for "Wasco".
Who are Dave & Lisa? Dave is from the east San Francisco bay area, and Lisa is from Durango, Colorado. Their separate paths met when they moved to Portland in the late 1970s. Dave and Lisa combined their restaurant backgrounds and opened Thadius' Pantry, a breakfast/lunch café in the Sellwood area of Portland, and then opened Milwaukie, Oregon's first espresso bar - Java Hut. Dave is a retired paralegal and Lisa is an x-ray technician. As a pre-tirement plan, they purchased the Wasco House in 2008 and started the B&B.
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