This year's summer vacation was spent at the Bluff (EMAIL REMOVED) clan was comprised of a family of 4 plus a friend and Grandmother (of course!) . Age ranges were between 18 and 82! This house was pleasing to everyone. It was so incredibly peaceful that even now, 2 months later, I'm still wishing I were there. The house is very uniquely decorated and very comfortable. The beds, all 5 of them, were very comfortable and the linens fresh, with a big supply of towels and washcloths set up for each room. No one complained of sore backs or stiffness (Yay!) We slept so well. There was a huge variety of wonderful books, games and DVD's for us to use. The view of the river was outstanding as we spend a lot of time on the porch watching the water flow by and ridding ourselves of any stress. I can honestly say that this was one of the most relaxing places I've vacationed at and would love to return. We brought our Kayaks to play in the water (they have 2 rentals there as well) and after navigating the rocky beach, found relief from the heat in the river. There's a nice trail hugging the mountainside that is easiest to get to some shallow water to splash in. Bring your river shoes! Lots of big rocks and some slippery ones too. Something to mention: As this is an "off grid" house, you need to keep in mind that the energy you use can't be more than what is stored in the batteries. Well, actually you can but you'll need to expect to start up the generator for an hour or so to replenish the batteries when they are low. Easy as waking up in the morning, stepping outside, turning a key and pressing a button on the generator. No big deal, to be expected really for an off grid house. This was something that grandma wasn't used to so we had to educate her about solar power and some of its limitations and remind her that all is well and a backup power source is at the ready! There are some steeps steps to the upstairs bedroom to be mindful of. Also of note, for dining purposes, there is not a large table for everyone to sit at. We mostly sat on the porch and some people in the living room for meals. Not what we were expecting, but all worked out fine because we wanted to enjoy the view anyway. Oscar and Kat were wonderful hosts and live close by to help you out if you need something. Just "ring the bell" :) Helpful hint: Print out the driving instructions, they're very detailed. Long drive in from the main highway, bumpy in spots but a beautiful drive.
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