This is what happens when you combine:
-an obsession with The Lord of the Rings
-the face of a Hobbit
-a knack for photography
-and a surprisingly close Hobbit house
“As for the Hobbits of the Shire, with whom these tales are concerned, in the days of their peace and prosperity they were a merry folk. They dressed in bright colours, being notably fond of yellow and green; but they seldom wore shoes, since their feet had tough leathery soles and were clad in a thick curling hair, much like the hair of their heads, which was commonly brown. Their faces were as a rule good-natured rather than beautiful, broad, bright-eyed, red-cheeked, with mouths apt to laughter, and to eating and drinking. And laugh they did, and eat, and drink, often and heartily, being fond of simple jests at all times, and of six meals a day (when they could get them).”
When my wife messaged me with an airbnb link to this charming Hobbit house, I couldn’t rest until I found a way to visit it. It’s booked pretty solid, but we managed to find an opening for 1 day. We spent most of our time trying to capture the essence of being a hobbit. Luckily the builder did a lot of the work to create the perfect environment. We just brought our hobbit spirits and creative photography to the table. The weather was a bit stormy for our stay, which felt very true to the quote “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. … if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” We hope to return and capture more photos of the interior in the future, but my wife will likely make me put down my camera next time at least for a short while.
All the credit for this building to Kristie Wolfe. We highly recommend booking a stay, and keeping on eye on the horizon to when she has not one but three hobbit houses in one hill. Here’s the description from her site:
“This inspired dwelling nestled right into the breathtaking Columbia River Gorge mountainside. Reverently framed by the iconic round doorway, the wondrous views will entrance your imagination and inspire an unforgettable journey. Every nook of this little habitation will warm your sole, every cranny will charm your expedition of repose. Up the pathway, tucked into the earth, an unbelievable adventure awaits!”
I think I’m quite ready for another adventure…in this exact same place.