Stout Tent Stories is a collection of real experiences from real Stout Tent customers who took a leap and brought their dream to life.
Domke Farms – Boring, OR
SPOTLIGHT ON DOMKE FARMS, a family-run farm, craft haven, and getaway spot. Home of the Donkey Shed and the Canvas Castle.
Nestled in the shadow of Mt. Hood, in a cathedral like grove of trees, Domke Farms bustles with excitement. Prepare to be greeted at the gate by the cutest welcoming committee there ever was! Nigel, a 15 year old poodle, and his two Golden Doodle sidekicks, Primrose and Olaf, are beyond excited to take you on a tour to explore their charming homestead.
The owners and operators of Domke Farms, Chip and Amy, are salt of the earth people. Kind and talented, this power couple, and parents to two amazing grown daughters and 3 spoiled dogs, have used their creativity and connection to build this special place.
How Domke Farms Began
Before Domke Farms, Chip and Amy worked in long term care and later in corporate hosting and management. Chip had perfected the art of being able to read and anticipate people’s needs. Amy, a longtime expert at quilting, sewing, and needlework, grew a love for travel and connection with others as she traveled the country teaching her craft. Content in their careers, Domke Farms happened almost by accident.
The hosting seed was planted when a couple traveling through Oregon posted that they were looking for a place to park their Airstream trailer for a while. Being the kind people Chip and Amy are, they volunteered their land as a short term stop.
An idea was sparked, the hosting seed had been planted , and when their first guests decided to continue on their journey, Amy and Chip decided to share Domke Farms with others.
Located in Boring, Oregon, Domke Farms is an easy 40 minutes outside of Portland and an ideal place for local Oregonians to escape the city, or adventure seekers to enjoy the beauty and serenity of the Pacific Northwest.
Chip and Amy have created the ultimate oasis. Domke Farms has somehow managed to offer the peace of a retreat, the attention to detail of a resort, and the warm family welcome of coming home, all packaged into one campsite.
And in case you’re someone who likes to have things to do, there is always something interesting interesting happening on the farmstead too. They produce specialty honey infused with CBD, house chickens that lay eggs for breakfast, and coming soon… a beautiful garden fit for a CSA is in the works.
For those who like Glamping Farmsteads for the fresh food, you’re in luck! At least one meal a day is enjoyed with ingredients straight from the farm garden, and guests are encouraged to help themselves to whatever fresh growing snack they may find as they explore the property’s six acres. Currently they harvest, corn, beans, potatoes, strawberries, rhubarb, kale, apples and a dozen other delicious fresh fruits and vegetables.
SHOULD YOU OPEN A GLAMPING FARMSTEAD DURING COVID?
**We’ll tell you a secret. Not only CAN you open right now, but it’s actually a great time to get started! Scroll to the bottom to learn more.
Domke Farms officially opened to guests in April 2020, which may seem like the worst possible time to start a business with the rest of the world shutting down due to Covid-19. However, like many other Glamping Bnbs, they found that offering private accommodations outside is actually an ideal and safe way for people to get away and have an experience. It’s been just over 6 months now and bookings continue to trend up!
When asked about their typical guests, Chip expressed that everyone has been very different. Domke Farms has attracted a wide range of guests! A mother who lived 5 miles away and was looking for a peaceful night away from her children; Portland residents looking for a couple nights away from the busy, noisy city; couples celebrating anniversaries; retired couples passing through; solo travelers; even road trippers and travelers from states away that had come to see Mt. Hood.
“We want people to be themselves, and for a lot of people that means including their dogs. We had a guest the other night who brought their Corgi. He was running around in the grass with our dogs for hours. He was so happy!” – Amy
When staying the night at Domke Farms you have two choices for accommodations. The first is the Donkey Shed. This charming Alpaca feed barn has been transformed into an adorable farm cottage with running water, a private restroom, and enough beds to fit the whole family.With a breathtaking view of Mt. Hood, it’s been very popular!
Your other choice is the Canvas Castle. This 5M Pro Series Stout Bell Tent offers a more intimate option for guests. What makes this tent even more unique is the ingenious custom carpeted platform. Beautiful, functional, and definitely Instagram and Pinterest worthy, the Canvas Castle with the upgraded platform is a huge hit (just ask the soon-to-be bride who enjoyed a storybook surprise engagement there recently!).
Another bonus for many outdoor lovers is that Domke Farms is fur baby friendly. Chip and Amy love that their guests can bring their dogs along with them.
IS IT HARD TO MAINTAIN CANVAS IN A WET CLIMATE, LIKE OREGON?
Chip told us, “We added a Stout Tent Sun Shade
to the tent for extra protection and have been so happy with the results. Although Oregon can be very wet and rainy, we haven’t had any issues keeping our Stout Tent dry and in great shape. We look forward to continuing our wholesale client relationship with Stout Tent for years to come.”
**Stout Tent provides customers with a thorough Maintenance Booklet to properly care for your tent and protect your investment. We also offer in-house maintenance and repairs, and are available by email or phone for questions you may have about your specific climate or situation.
ADDING TO THE GLAMPING EXPERIENCE
Chip and Amy truly pamper their guests. This is Glamping to the max!
Included in your experience when you book a night in the Canvas Castle is a hot
water pot, French coffee press, clean towels, and a custom made outdoor shower with
its own free standing bathtub. Yes, really.
Domke Farms prides themselves on making every guest feel as if they are the first and
only. They might be new, but they are clearly off to a successful start and only just beginning to
catch their stride. CSA, quilting classes, and workshops are already starting to scoop up
available weekend spots at the farm, so if you’re thinking of going, reserve early!
The word is spreading quickly that a couple days at Domke Farms is the reset button you have been searching for.
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