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2-bedroom Near John Day Fossil Beds Nat'l Monument Visitor Center

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 bedroom Close to the John Day Fossil Beds Nat'l Monument Visitor Center

There are 2-bedrooms and 2-bathrooms. One bedroom has a Queen bed the other has 2 XL Twin Beds. The unit is large, about the size of a duplex with a fully equipped kitchen and table seating for 8, deck, picnic table on deck and Weber Barbecue.

Dayville has a population between 150 and 200. There's a school for the 58 students, a mini-market with gas, coffee drinks, and DVD rentals, a mercantile with a liquor shop and bike shop, a Growler Fill Station with ice cream and a café with delicious pies (open Wed 7:00 am -Sunday 3:00 pm).

Dayville is 125 miles east of Bend, in the John Day Valley, at the confluence of the main stem of the John Day River with the South Fork John Day River, 4.5 hours from Portland Airport and 4 hours from Boise Airport. From any direction it is a beautiful drive to Dayville with few cars on the road and majestic views of open landscape with rolling hills. From Portland I suggest you head east on the Gorge before heading south at Biggs Jct, east at Wasco and traveling through the windmill covered grass lands, Condon, Fossil, Spray and the Sheep Rock Unit of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. From Dayville, traveling back to Portland, if summer traffic will not be bad, I would stay on Hwy 26 to Prineville and Madras and the road will take you through the Indian Reservation in Warm Springs and over Mount Hood to Sandy.

Dayville is a quiet place to stay, a place to get away to, a place to write a book or just enjoy a simpler life for awhile!

Currently, Verizon is the only carrier providing cell coverage to Dayville. There is a land line for emergencies and for receiving calls.

The Wi-Fi is good and there is a flat screen and HDMI cord for viewing Netflix via your phone or laptop, and DVD's for children, but no television reception.

For those returning for a second stay, please know the resident tuxedo cat Oscar was loved well and adopted by a Park Intern.

The nights are cold and the days are filled with dry blue skies perfect for hiking the Blue Basin, Time Left Behind, or Black Canyon Trails, going to the Visitor Center, or taking an auto tour through Picture Gorge, the Painted Hills and the Park. My favorite historical museums in the area are the Kum Wah Chung Museum in John Day and Dewitt Rail Road Museum in Prairie City. In the summer months plan a longer stay if you would like to visit Ritter Hot Springs, Magone Lake and the Strawberry Wilderness Area.

Come, Enjoy and Play in Grant County!

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More Details

owner, Christy Waldner
Member since: 2010
Speaks english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
June 22, 2018

About owner, Christy Waldner

I am a family law mediator, community organizer, bike tour organizer and lead the cycling proponent group in Grant County and beyond. I personally clean the units myself more times than not and have tried to include everything you will need.

I love hosting and sharing the beauty and simplicity of where I live with others.

You can view my sag supported bike tours with lodging every night at

owner, Christy Waldner purchased this house in 1999

Why owner, Christy Waldner chose Dayville

My Dayville vacation rentals are the closest housing with kitchens to the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument Visitor Center. The units are clean, comfortable, updated and spacious. The large deck has a picnic table, the city park has nice playground equipment, the little country church has services on Sunday and the town folks are nice.

It is quiet. Peaceful. Relaxing.

What makes this house unique

I love Dayville! It is quiet, stress free and healing. No 'have-tos', just peace and quiet. It is typcially sunny and usually 5-10 degrees warmer in Dayville than in John Day or Prairie City. You can walk down main street and easily imagine what it was like to live there 50 years ago.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation house rental in Dayville

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • The first bathroom has a large shower. The second bathroom has a bathtub/shower combo. The third bathroom has a shower. Bathrooms are a new remodel.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , New queen bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Two XL Twin Beds
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single , Xl Twin Bed, third bathroom with shower, small couch
  • The newly remodeled daylight basement studio (bedroom 3) is located downstairs from the kitchen away from the rest of the house.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • long term renters welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • museums
  • playground
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • tennis
Laundry Mat across the street Nearby City Park with play area for the children Cafe, ice cream parlor, growler fill station, mini market and mercantile


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2-bedroom Near John Day Fossil Beds Nat'l Monument Visitor Center
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 39 reviews

dayville rules

  • 5 of 5

stayed 3 nights... w my wife, 2 and 4 year old. great place, super convenient to nearby landmarks that are unbelievable. would gladly book it again. thanks for the experience.

  • Submitted: 21-May-2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cozy with all the comforts of home

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I went there for two nights with another couple and had a great stay. Nice comfy quiet bedrooms, the two bathrooms are nicely updated, nice full kitchen and cozy living room. Right across the street is a coffee shop with great coffee, breakfast sandwiches, burritos and, they open at 4:30. We would stay there again for sure.

  • Submitted: 10-May-2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clean, comfortable, quiet and convenient location.

  • 4 of 5

We were very comfortable at this property. Clean (seemed newly redecorated/refurbished---other than kitchen sink island 😯?) and well located for our desire to see as much of John Day National Monument as possible as well as the Kim Wah Chung Museum. One caveat for potential renters: There is NO TV reception in the town of Dayville and Verizon is the only cellphone carrier there. You are virtually cutoff from the world!!!! This rental property DOES have WiFi connection which helps. The town of Dayville is small but filled with delightful, helpful merchants.

  • Submitted: 11-Sep-2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful home base for exploring this beautiful area. Dayville is a great little town.

  • 5 of 5

This place is comfortable, extremely clean and had everything we needed. The extra studio space was a great bonus. There was plenty of room for everyone to spread out and have their own space. Our family looks forward to staying here again when we come exploring during a different season.

  • Submitted: 4-Sep-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

The location was great to go to the John Day Fossil Beds area. The suite was huge compared to others we stayed in during our extended holiday. We even got a phone call to welcome us.

  • Submitted: 12-Jun-2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Delightful -- nothing fancy but comfortable !

  • 5 of 5

Perfect place to hang out while you explore John Day fossil beds and more. Nice shade tree over deck keeps you out of the hot sun and helps cool the house. Friendly folks in town -- growler station handy across the street. Nice to have cool place for dog while we explored nearby wonders.

  • Submitted: 30-May-2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
220 Miles
Nearest Barpub
31 Miles
John Day
Nearest Golf
30 Miles
John Day
Nearest Motorway
Hwy 26
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
Nearest Ski
125 Miles
Anthony Lakes N of Baker or Mt Bachelor in Bend
Car: necessary

Painted Hills, John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Thomas Condon Paleontology Visitor Center, hiking trails, auto tours


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation house rental in Dayville

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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee C$39.95

The 3rd bedroom, located downstairs from the kitchen, is a furnished daylight studio apt with shower, XL Twin bed, small pullout couch, mini kitchen, Wi-Fi, flat screen TV with HDMI cord and DVD player (no television reception).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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