Bed & breakfast opens in John Day

Andrea Martinez and her husband, Pete, have opened the Victorian Lane Bed & Breakfast in John Day. The home is well furnished with upcycled items with an English flair.

The landscape view is Eastern Oregon, but the atmosphere inside at the Victorian Lane Bed & Breakfast in John Day has a slight British flair.

Decorated with fine upcycled furniture and antiques, the home on a ridge high above the John Day Valley features four bedrooms named for places in classic English literature, Andrea Martinez explained.

The Kensington room, named for a park in London featured in James Barrie’s well-known children’s book “Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up,” comes with a double bed and a children’s bunk bed perched above a playhouse built into an eave of the house.

The Plumfield room, named for the school in Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Men,” offers two single beds for visitors who want to share a room. A family room with a large-screen television is shared by the four bedrooms.

Andrea and Pete Martinez moved to John Day about four years ago to escape the crowds and pace of Southern California, where Pete worked as an engineer in the aerospace industry. They remodeled the house on 13 acres near the end of Chimney Gulch Road and opened up the bed and breakfast in March 2017.

Visitors can enjoy a spectacular view of Canyon Mountain from the back deck, watch an Old West sunset or peer at the Milky Way through a reflecting telescope.

“We counted more than 30 falling stars during two meteor showers last year,” Andrea said.

A piano and guitar in the music room sees some use, but many visitors come to see the Kimberly orchards or the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, to swim at Magone Lake or hike up to Strawberry Lake.

“One group of women came to visit antique and thrift shops,” Andrea said, noting that her website features a list of the local shops.

Visitors at the bed and breakfast have come from Holland, the United Kingdom and Germany. Two couples on motorcycles from the Portland area stopped at Victorian Lane last year on their way to see Hells Canyon, she said.

“Members of the Dutch TV reality show ‘Who’s The Mole?’ stayed here last year,” Andrea said.

She said she was encouraged by news about a sister city relationship being established between John Day and a village in China connected to the Kam Wah Chung Heritage Site, which could draw more visitors to the area.

Guests at the bed and breakfast are served an afternoon appetizer when they first arrive and a full breakfast in the morning. Breakfast-to-go is available for guests who must depart early, and packed lunches are available on request.

The Victorian Lane Bed & Breakfast is open from the end of February to the end of November. For more information, visit their sites on Facebook and Instagram and online at victorianlanebnb.com or call 541-286-5548.

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