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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.
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.
Large house 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 anywhere in the house.
After perusing your different options, there is a place to book your stay a little further down on the page!
Bluebird: Queen room with shared bath is dedicated to the Literary Arts, featuring local zines – and a cool birdcage. $115/night, single or double occupancy. $20/extra child/night. Accommodates two adults and one baby (sharing the bed).
Flamenco 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. $115/night, single or double occupancy. $20/extra child/night. Accommodates two adults and one baby (sharing the bed or in a crib)
Barn Dance: Queen bed with shared bathroom. This room is slightly larger than the first two and features a Farm/self-sufficiency library and the Arias Clan’s hat collection. $115/night, single or double occupancy. $20/extra child or dog* /night.
The Loft: Our large upstairs suite with private bath and kitchenette. One King size bed and one single. $155/night, single or double occupancy. $20/extra person child or pet. Accommodates 3. Maybe more, but please check with us first!
The Corner Caravan: Our sweet silver 1969 Barth Caravan all made up in the corner of the lot for those of you looking for something, um, a little different and hip. It has a full kitchen and bathroom. Sleeps 3. $145/night, single or double occupancy. $20/extra child/night
(10pm – 6am) We have guests from all over the world crossing time zones, sleeping children and a deep respect for the rhythm of the sun. We ask that you maintain an atmosphere of quiet and contemplation after 10pm and before 6am. That means you may or may not be able to sleep in past 7am when we get going on farm chores and breakfast. You are welcome to come and go as you wish and stay out late, just consider your noise level after 10pm when you are in the house.
Portland is a culinary mecca and most of our guests want to enjoy the delicious variety. Because of this we do not serve breakfast. Please enjoy our complimentary self-serve coffee & tea bar in the dining room and use our guest fridge to store and enjoy your leftovers.
If you are traveling with a small child, let us know and we can set up the wooden crib for your little one. If you do come with children, please respect our quiet hours and supervise them at all times. Also, sick kids are welcome but running a guesthouse exposes us to more foreign colds than we can handle and still be good caretakers. We ask that you keep sick kiddos contained while in common areas especially with other children.
Because we have a dog of our own in the house we do not allow pets except certified service animals. We’d appreciate it if you’d let us know in advance so we can make suitable arrangements for our pooch.
- We request a two night minimum stay. Sorry, no exceptions!
- Fees are due at time of reservation.
- Short term stays (under one month) are subject to an 12.5% lodging tax
- We require a week’s notice of cancellation for a 50% refund. (Read More)
- Check in is after 3pm, and check out is before 11am (late check-ins are fine just look for a note on the chalkboard when you arrive)
We do all our bookings online via PayPal.
You can opt to pay with credit card if you don’t have a PayPal account and we are set up to accept foreign credit cards.
To check availability or to book a room please click on the first night of your stay and type in the number of nights and guests (including children) and then click “next.” It will show you which rooms are available for your stay:
If it says there is no availability, there really isn’t. We promise. We are very careful to keep our calendar updated. Also, in order for us to maintain a minimum of family sanity we require a 2 night minimum stay. Sorry, no exceptions and we really don’t have time to respond if you ask anyway. Thank you for your understanding!
If you have any problems using your credit card please contact us at 503.489.7645
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