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If you are an Urban Farming pioneer, enthusiast, or gonna-be, a Cultural warrior, jammer, or creator, or perhaps a Thinker, Poet, Artist or Dreamer. Then GREAT! We want to meet you and share the wonders of how being connected to one’s food creates community, beauty, healing and security. We can’t wait to meet you!!!

However, we are not a hotel with air conditioning, nor are we a Bed & Breakfast with doilies and syrup-ey sweet hospitality. We are a clean (sometimes cluttered) simple Farm, Creative & Healing Community with a funky DIY vibe. We love meeting warm, open and creative people. If this all sounds fine to you then this might be a really good fit and we look forward to hosting you. If not, you might be happier somewhere else.

The Neighborhood

Tierra Soul is located in the fun and hip Mississippi Avenue Historic District ~ a couple blocks from boutiques and coffee shops, restaurants and parks. We are a 5 minute drive, and 10 minute MAX ride from downtown and a 5 minute drive, or 30 min. walk, to the Alberta Arts District. We are 3 blocks from a MAX station and bus stop and can rent bikes nearby for your pedaling pleasure!

Check out the TriMet trip planner to arrange your travels to and from the airport or other destination.

Wanna rent bikes? We recommend Everybody’s Bikes. It’s cool and close.

We have several accommodation options for you to choose from . . .

  1. The Farmhouse, 3,000 sf with 6 bedrooms, expansive living areas & gourmet kitchen.
  2. The Mercantile, 700 sf unique turn of the 20th century neighborhood grocery.
  3. The Corner Caravan, try out tiny house living in this sweet self-contained unit.

The Farmhouse

Dining Room Feast TableLarge house rented as a whole to groups wanting to stay together while in Portland. It is surrounded by magical urban farm (sometimes we call it an un-farm), Founded by Mama and Papa Arias and their two little ones in Spring 2010. We have tended dairy and fiber goats, ducks (including the famous Hettie Quackers) and chickens for eggs and meat, honey bees and an expanding perennial fruit, flower, herb and vegetable garden. In 2014 we began creating a bee sanctuary.

We are an urban “permaculture farm.” That means we do our very best to work with nature instead of against her. It also means we are located on a regular .1 acre city lot. Our farm boasts over 75 edible plants without using a single row for planting. This is to maximize efficiency & resilience, decrease vulnerability to pests, and increase beauty. We call this way of farming, Lazy-Lady Living and from our experience, it is a major hope in the future of global food production.

The Farmhouse has lots of communal space to enjoy with a front porch and piano! We also have free WIFI.

Rooms in the Farmhouse:

The Farmhouse is rented as a whole and sleeps 16+ people.

Tierra Soul Urban Farm and GuesthouseBluebird: Queen room with shared bath has an artsy feel – and a cool birdcage. This was the second room we opened at Tierra Soul and it’s Krista’s favorite.

 

gypsy blue 01Flamenco Dream: This room got it’s name from our very first guest – La Magdalena, a Flamenco Dancer. Complete with accordion and fiddle. Queen four poster bed with shared bath.

 

Barndance1*Barn Dance: Queen bed with shared bathroom. This room is slightly larger than the first two.

 

 

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Bee Hive: Full bed in main room and King bed in attic loft (not great for small children, but behind a closable door) and a single in a small adjoining room. Bright open space with private bathroom.

 

DSC_0502The Loft: Our large upstairs suite with private bath and balcony (note – balcony is currently under re-construction). One King size bed and one single.

 

 

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The Corner Caravan

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The Corner Caravan: Our sweet silver 1969 Barth Caravan all made up in the corner of the Farmhouse (see above) lot for those of you looking for something, um, a little different and hip. It has a full kitchen and bathroom and sleeps 3 comfortably. WIFI and Air conditioning (some days you just need it in a tin can).

 

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The Mercantile

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The Mercantile is special. Used in the 1930’s as a neighborhood grocery, this space has been lovingly restored bu the Arias Clan to its original footprint. It is a bright open space with high ceilings and rustic wood floors located in the heart of the Mississippi hood – right around the corner from the Farmhouse.

The Mercantile is our future Farm-Stand and current crash pad when we are in Portland. That said, it is full of our favorite things and traces of our creative energy. It is an open floor plan with a full bed and a set of bunk beds, bathroom with shower and full galley kitchen with dining for 4. There is a sitting/living room area as well.

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What our guests are saying:

Filled up my soul . . .

I really enjoyed my stay here – filled up my soul. I felt like I was visiting a friend or relative and staying at their house. I wish there was a Tierra Soul in every city I visited!

~ Mike V. from Chicago

 Bring your rain boots and an open mind . . .

I fell love with this house, it’s people, and the energy flowing through it. For someone living in a city it is an amazing escape into another reality. Krista and Co. are extremely welcoming and involved in the creation of a sustainable and eco-“friendly” community. Bring your rain boots and an open mind.

~ Madeleine, aka Flamenco Lady from New York/Spain

Something out of a fairytale . . .

Thank you again for our wonderful time at your home. Your home and little family feel like something out of a fairytale. ~Barbara Wabik

 A beautiful family and a fascinating way of life . . .

David and Krista are wonderful people and even more wonderful hosts. Their home is perfect for all types of travelers — Mississippi Ave, with all its bars, restaurants, food carts and stores, is a five minute stroll away. The bus into Downtown stops two blocks around the corner. David and Krista know exactly how to run a guesthouse. They give you space and privacy if you want it, but are more than willing to open up their home and their lives to you if you’re interested… and you should be interested. They have a beautiful family and a fascinating way of life. I dare you to come away from your experience at Tierra Soul without being inspired to re-evaluate your own approach to life, food and family! ~ Jennifer & Rich Beauman from Florida

 Head-over-heels in love . . .

By day one we were already head-over-heels in love with the place. ~ Sarah E. from Winter Park Florida

 Not the usual bed and breakfast – better . . .

Krista and David were awesome hosts! They have an amazing urban farmhouse happening in the super sweet city of Portland! If you have never been to Portland before, rest assured this is a perfect area to stay in. Three minutes walk from Mississippi Street – a bustling mecca for those who like great food, even better beer and plenty more options for a relaxed night out. You can get a bus two streets away that will take you straight downtown in ten minutes. Very easy. Krista and David will be happy to point you in the direction of anything you might like to know about, or hang about in their house to play with farm animals (outside), be entertained by their adorable kids or chill out on the porch. Not the usual bed and breakfast – better. ~ Katie from Australia

 A sweet household . . .

What a sweet household! The practical things are that this is in an interesting neighborhood within walking distance of excellent cafes and FOOD CARTS, there’s plenty of parking and its three blocks from the MAX rail which will take you downtown. Close to the airport, too. But its not the practical aspects that make this house so appealing, its the warm, loving interaction of the the family, the kindness and consideration they show each other and their guests. And they have goats, ducks, chickens and bees, how fun is that? I look forward to returning in the fall. ~ Jenny from California

 Captured my heart . . .

I am soooooo glad that I booked our stay here at Tierra Soul. Not only is this little oasis beautiful, it seriously captured my heart. I seriously got the best night’s sleep, last night, which I haven’t had in a while. We loved the handmade soap and the coffee and tea bar, but, more importantly, we loved how relaxed this place was run. More importantly, the steps the farm is taking to be environmentally responsible is very inspiring and refreshing. We will definitely be back soon! ~ Deb T. from Pasadena California

 Both hip and old-world . . .

I stayed here for a couple of days and will make this my home away from home in Portland. They use all natural cleaning products and the rooms are pristine and artistic (not overdone).  It was relaxing, and felt like a positive place to channel my limited funds. I like that their whole city lot is a growing food permaculture-style and that there is a communal dining table to hang out at. The two little cherubs of the household are adorable and David and Krista are both hip and old-world. ~ Nina G. from Astoria, Oregon

 The essence of our trip . . .

Where we stayed in Portland was really the essence of our trip there. Tierra Soul was friendly, relaxing and showed us exactly what we were craving to find: an ideal way of life. ~ Ellen from LA

 Authentic and driven by values . . .

My husband, 7-yearl old son, and I stayed in The Corner Caravan for 3 nights. We had a great time and were thrilled to find like-minded folks. My son was so excited to stay in the Caravan and it did not disappoint! We liked being able to cook for ourselves and were quite comfortable. Krista and David and their amazing children were kind and welcoming. Since staying in the Caravan my husband and I have each returned to Tierra Soul once and stayed in the Farmhouse. It’s beautiful and creatively decorated. And most importantly, it’s authentic and driven by David and Krista’s desire to live in accordance with their values and meet others who want to do the same. We will absolutely stay with them again the next time we’re in Portland! ~ Mara from Boulder Colorado

 Real people making a big impact . . .

This family and sweet little farm appeal to special folk and is perfect for people like me who like to hang out with goats, hear the sounds of children around and snuggle into a cup of tea. Nothing fancy here… just real people making a big impact in a small space. ~ Deana May

Good Medicine . . .

Thank you so much! You are wonderful people and an inspiration! Good Medicine! ~ Kay & Matt

Some kind of paradise . . .

This place was the best and Portland like some kind of paradise! ~ Petter and Sofia from Sweden