February 1, 2013
Cozy Vegan Getaway Right Here in Portland
by Trista Cornelius
Do you want to wake up to the smell of scrambled tofu, grits, and hash browns? Do you want to follow your nose downstairs from your cozy attic bedroom and find a glass of orange juice waiting for you? Do you want to lounge after breakfast and read the paper by a warm gas fire or outside on a grand front porch?
Of course you do. So, book a night at The Cherokee Rose Inn, Portland’s first and only all-vegan bed and breakfast. Oh, I forgot to mention that you’ll also find freshly-baked vegan cookies awaiting your arrival.
Sandy Miller, proprietor of the Cherokee Rose Inn, grew up in Georgia where the inn gets its name (it’s the Georgia state flower), worked as a school teacher in San Jose, California, visited Portland and liked the climate (it reminded her of home), and bought the 1912 craftsman in SE Portland “on a whim.”
The house was “way too big” for one, so Sandy decided to turn it into a B&B. Sandy describes herself as a “shy and quiet person,” which makes her the perfect host: warmly welcoming you and getting you situated, then gracefully retreating to her part of the house to give you all the quiet, privacy, and relaxation you need.
The inn has been open just over one year and has already welcomed 70 guests, all of whom found her through Happy Cow, Trip Advisor, or heard about the inn by word-of- mouth. In addition to the living room with a baby grand piano and gas fireplace, a dining room, and a kitchen, guests have the entire top floor to themselves: two bedrooms, each with a queen-sized bed and a trundle bed (so each room can sleep up to four) and cable TV, a common room with a microwave, books, and treats, and a shared bathroom.
The inn is perfectly located two blocks south of SE Belmont (not far from Paradox Cafe), just off of the #15 bus line, with a laundromat nearby for guests staying a long while or having arrived after a long trip, and Portland’s vegan mini mall about fifteen blocks away. Food Fight! Grocery provides Sandy with her breakfast items, and Scapegoat Tattoo has provided at least one guest with a vegan tattoo!
While enjoying your breakfast, you may notice the exuberant songs of parakeets wafting from Sandy’s part of the house. Hamish, a white, fluffy, long-haired ball-of-fuzz-of-a- dog will want to meet you, and Bill the black cat named after the vampire in True Blood because he gives love bites might feign some interest in your presence before loyally following after Sandy.
Treat yourself to a restful night, plan a romantic anniversary or honeymoon, provide your out-of-town guests with a classic Portland experience in the heart of Vegan Land, or buy a gift certificate for a friend.
Read more about The Cherokee Rose Inn here: www.cherokeeroseinn.com