Architectural styles for design-savvy travelers: Victorian to modern

Part of the allure of getting away is to experience a different environment and that includes the architecture of the place you’re staying. It may not be practical to live full time in a centuries-old house with a clawfoot tub and no shower, but it’s fun to spend a few days there.

Portland-based Vacasa compiled a list of the most famous architectural styles and matched each to one of the 25,000 vacation rental properties it manages across the U.S.

We also looked at Airbnb, Vrbo, TripAdvisor,, and other online travel agencies to see what’s being offered.

Before you start a road trip, check for the most current travel recommendations and best practices to avoid the spread of the coronavirus. Also read 10 things to consider before going back outside during the coronavirus pandemic in Oregon.

For all of Oregon, face coverings are required for everyone five and older in indoor public spaces and outdoors anywhere physical distancing isn’t possible.

Each vacation rental should state its contactless, safety and disinfecting protocols to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

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Here’s the first in a series of travel stories spotlighting architecture: Check back on Fridays for places to stay that represent A-frame, Art Deco, Adobe, Cape Cod, Contemporary, Craftsman, Dome, Farmhouse, Houseboat, Lighthouse, Log Cabin, Ranch, Tiny House, Treehouse, Tudor and other styles.


Most people envision a Victorian-era house as a towering dwelling with bay windows, pointy roofs and a porch supported by columns that rise up toward fish-scale wood siding and other architectural adornments.

The homes are typically painted several colors to draw out the details, except in the “Scooby-Doo” Penny Black House.

Portland lost many structures built during the Victorian era, from 1837 to 1901 when Queen Victoria reigned over the United Kingdom. But century-old buildings still survive in styles we know as Queen Anne, Italianate and Eastlake Stick, among others.

Historic 1892 Victorian with decks and garden in South Portland’s Lair Hill: The renovated and restored A.P. Delin House’s top floor has 1,600-square-foot of living space. The original grand staircase leads to a vaulted living room and master bedroom suite.

For safety against the coronavirus, guests have no interaction with other residents since apartments are completely sealed off from one another and have separate entrances.


Accommodates five guests

Two bedrooms

Two bathrooms

Around $218 a night on average, depending on travel dates

Vacasa compares Victorian-era architecture to dollhouses and has a purple-painted house for rent in Northern California’s Redwood Coast.

Lilac Victorian in Eureka, California: The newly refinished home in in Old Town Eureka is a block away from the bay and near the fabled Victorian-era Carson Mansion. Drive 20 miles to the Victorian village of Ferndale or 47 miles to Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park.

The Lilac has a full kitchen and living and dining areas on each of the two levels.


Accommodates 10 guests

Three bedrooms

2.5 bathrooms

Around $177-$418 a night on average, depending on travel dates

Midcentury Modern

“Mad Men” dwellings captured the era’s optimism and embraced revolutionary living with glass walls, seemingly invisible indoor-outdoor boundaries and Jet Age-styling.

The concept of a minimum of walls between communal spaces, like the kitchen and dining room, was not common a half century ago, but prefigured how people would increasingly want to live, said journalist and Portland Architecture blogger Brian Libby.

Unlike most houses, especially the more common ranch-style house of the post-WWII era, living rooms in developers’ Joseph Eichler and Robert Rummer tract homes were radically oriented toward the backyard. The houses have no porch or picture window offering a hint of what’s inside.

Mid Century Modern Home in Beaverton: The updated, 1960s Rummer-built home has an Eichler-like minimalist style, interior atrium and open, light-filled layout. The property is a 10-minute drive to Nike headquarters and 15 minutes to Downtown Portland.


Accommodates nine guests

Four bedrooms

Two bathrooms

Around $301 a night on average, depending on travel dates

Vacasa says the most popular design of the mid-20th century showcased flat planes and floor-to-ceiling windows. Palm Springs was shaped by midcentury modernist architects and guests staying in these desert abodes benefit from easy indoor-outdoor living.

Dazzling Desert Villa in Palm Springs, California: The classic Palm Springs midcentury home has mountain views and an outdoor living space with a grill, heated pool and spa. There’s a gas fireplace in one of the two living areas.

Golf, hike Mount San Jacinto National Park and ride the aerial tram to see the valley.


Accommodates six guests

Three bedroom

3.5 bathrooms

Around $279-$1,949 a night on average, depending on travel dates

Check back on Fridays for places to stay that represent A-frame, Art Deco, Adobe, Cape Cod, Contemporary, Craftsman, Dome, Farmhouse, Houseboat, Lighthouse, Log Cabin, Ranch, Tiny House, Treehouse, Tudor and other styles.

Looking for more getaway ideas?

Escape to the middle of nowhere: Stay in a serene Oregon vacation home surrounded by nature: Secluded. Remote. Private. An Oregon getaway, surrounded by nature, may be the perfect antidote to cabin fever after months of working, studying and staying at home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Imagine enjoying open air, outdoor recreation along a river or mountain trails. Or just relaxing on a deck surrounded by trees.

10 tempting, crazy Oregon getaways when you’re ready to get out there: Oregon has an amazing collection of eclectic places to stay, from the coast to the Wallowa Mountains, tiny Tiller to populated Portland, a beach cottage to a cabin. And then there are some weird rentals in alluring locations.

10 cozy, cool, crazy cabin vacation getaways: Escape to Oregon mountains and lakes or the California desert: The need to be in nature may be strong, but there are so many ways to relax amid towering trees in the mountains or next to a lake.

Escape to one of Oregon’s wacky, funky, adorable getaways for rent like this quaint, solar-powered cabin near Vancouver: Getaways mean more than staying in a different shelter. Vacations are supposed to be physical and mental escapes from real life.

If you truly want an experience that’s unlike the place you lay your head, check out Oregon’s wacky, funky, adorable lodging, from a Swiss Family Robinson luxury tree resort to an off-the-grid yurt.

How about sleeping in a teepee on a yak ranch in Bend? In this home stay gallery, we check out 10 oddball abodes that you can check into.

Wild, romantic honeymoons: Start a marriage off right or rekindle your relationship: Which destination is right for you two? You’ll find it on the coast or in the mountains, desert or forest. Or maybe in a lighthouse?

Rent oddball RVs, sleek Airstreams, colorful camper vans, teardrop trailers a la Airbnb: A long holiday weekend may inspire a road trip. You can ride your own wheels or rent a roomy RV, sleek Airstream or colorful camper van, through a company or private owner, a la Airbnb.

Are you ready to escape to a scenic spot near mineral hot springs? Oregon has an abundance of natural hot springs, some easily accessible, others completely remote, reports Oregonian/OregonLive’s travel writer Jamie Hale, who compiled a list of day-use springs.

Relax in a pool bubbling with geothermal energy, but play it safe by staying hydrated, cooling down and avoiding alcohol and drugs.

In this getaway gallery, we look at places to soak in nature here and beyond state boundaries. The vacation stays may be a long scenic drive away from a hidden hot springs, but that’s part of the adventure.

Get away to Astoria on the Oregon coast for craft beer, hikes and ‘Goonies’ fun: If you’re longing to escape to the Oregon coast and it’s safe to travel in Oregon, head as far north as you can until you meet the Columbia River and settle into Astoria. The oldest city in Oregon is famous for fun, from craft beer savored slowly on cool decks to grab-and-go burgers and bakery treats.

Fort Stevens State Park was declared the state’s best park by Jamie Hale, travel writer for The Oregonian/OregonLive. Take a hike in any direction and instead of straining to sneak a street-side peek of the privately owned, off-limits house where “The Goonies” was filmed, head over the Oregon Film Museum to see where the jail scene was staged.

Travel deals benefit road trippers: Check out Oregon’s unique vacation getaways: Vacations might have been delayed during the spring and summer due to stay-at-home orders and concern over the coronavirus pandemic. But some people are making plans to travel later this year for a change of scenery and to take advantage of deals in high-demand locales, according to research conducted by the vacation rental online marketplace Vrbo.

Working remotely and home schooling grant people flexible schedules to get away in the late summer and fall, sometimes staying away longer than usual. The travel trend has a name: Flexcation.

Work from someone else’s Oregon home: Book an office getaway: Are you craving a change of working-from-home scenery? Consider this: People are booking a larger place or one in an interesting location where they can spread out, use the desks and WiFi, and when work is done, they can leisurely explore a new neighborhood.

It’s also a good way to try out a city if you’re thinking about relocating.

For this getaway gallery, we searched for unique listings in Oregon, or right over the border in California, that are perfect for remote work.

Rent an Oregon RV: Escape to nature with a roomy RV, sleek Airstream or colorful camper van: Oregon is loaded with picturesque, pothole-free country roads that lead to waterfalls and other scenic spots. If you feel like traveling, but not in a plane or staying at hotels, you might want to rent a self-contained, roomy RV, sleek Airstream or colorful camper van for a weekend or longer.

Outdoorsy, an online rental marketplace, connects recreational vehicle owners with people who’d like to use them.

Class As, vintage Airstreams and kitschy camper vans are outfitted with bedding, kitchenware and camp equipment. Some owners add 120v outlets and USB ports for charging phones and laptops, and goodies, like Brew Dr. Kombucha, Field Trip Jerky and Grizzlies Granola.

Stay in the Manzanita Schoolhouse and other unique Oregon getaways: It is time to plan for a family getaway? Here’s a unique place to stay on the Oregon coast: The completely remodeled 1927 Pine Grove Schoolhouse with forest and water views in Manzanita can be rented as a vacation stay.

The one-acre property, 12 blocks from the beach, is owned by a longtime Portland family that has been visiting Manzanita and Oswald West State Park since the 1970s.

The landscaped grounds of the Manzanita Schoolhouse have a lake view and plenty of lawn to space out safely and play croquet, badminton, bocce ball. Toss a softball or fly kites. Or just sit in the gazebo or around the fire pit. You can also barbecue under the stars on the three grills.

The best of Oregon’s oddball vacation getaways: Treehouses, RVs, yachts: You might not be able to take a vacation now, but you can dream of one and even make plans. To inspire you, we’re selected a list of the best of Oregon’s oddball vacation getaways, from treehouses and a fire lookout tower to sleek Airstreams and colorful camper vans.

The best of Oregon’s getaway ideas: Escape to beaches, vineyards, mountains: You might not be able to take a vacation now, but you can dream of one and even make plans. To inspire you, we’re selected a list of the best Oregon getaway ideas, from beaches and rivers to vineyards and mountains.

Zen-like getaways: Oregon offers calm vacation destinations (and serene ideas for your home): Oregon has zen-like vacation homes in which to safely escape. Or, if you’re looking for design ideas or serene colors that promote tranquility, you’ll find inspiration just looking at photos of this week’s getaway gallery of calming places.

Get away to an Oregon vacation home with a dock: Make a splash with the whole family: A dock is one of those wonderful, in-between spaces that links one surface, land, to another, water. There’s really no need for a boat. You can enjoy the wooden platform just because it lets you look out and it sways a bit, as if you’re dancing without any effort.

In this getaway guide, we look at docks connected to an Oregon vacation home large enough to invite the whole family, when you’re ready to travel again.

Oregon getaways for the whole family: Are you ready to plan for fun on the water? When your family or friends feel it’s time to break away from home, Oregon’s wide open spaces and waterways will beckon. How about boarding a houseboat or yacht?

The GetMyBoat app lets you search for boat rentals, fishing charters or other water experiences in a desired location by price, type of experience and number of guests.

10 cool treehouses: These elevated vacation getaways are for rent Do we really ever grow out of wanting a treehouse? A vacation rental might answer that question.

— Janet Eastman 5/8 503-294-4072

[email protected] 5/8 @janeteastman


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