The MacCallums moved to Vernonia in October; Mac is the new pastor at Grace Family Fellowship church. They recently purchased the Old Mill House Bed and Breakfast as a home for their family of five. The Old Mill House, formerly owned by Dave and Brooke VanMeter, was one of the few places in Vernonia where visitors could rent a room and stay overnight.
When the MacCallums found a home to purchase in Vernonia, they realized it came with a downstairs apartment, which could be rented out. Julie decided she would start a small business, re-opening the inn as The Carpenter’s House, with the downstairs Sawtooth Room.
Julie says she has never run a bed and breakfast before but says she did work in the school cafeteria. “I like to cook and have people stay with us, so it seemed like a natural direction. My friends and family have always told me ‘You should have a bed and breakfast,’ so when this opportunity was available, we got excited about it.”
Mac added, “She has a gift for hospitality and loves to entertain people.”
The Sawtooth Room is light and bright and has a bedroom with a queen bed, a sitting room with a day bed that can sleep two more, a private bath, private entrance, garage parking for bicycles, and a full kitchen. It came completely furnished, which is good for Julie, who is still trying to unpack upstairs and get the family settled into their new home, because her first guests were scheduled to arrive the next week.
The MacCallums say they chose the name “The Carpenter’s House” to honor Dave VanMeter, who was a builder by trade and did a lot of restoration work on the bed and breakfast. The name also signifies the importance of faith in the MacCallum’s lives. “Jesus was a carpenter,” says Julie, “so the name has a double meaning.”
Julie says she will offer a continental type breakfast for her guests, and will provide a basket of items which guests can prepare for themselves in their fully stocked kitchen. The room will also feature wifi internet and cable television; the bedroom has an electric fireplace.
The MacCallums say they are happy to be here in Vernonia and are looking forward to entertaining visitors.
The Carpenter’s House Bed and Breakfast is located at 487 Arkansas Avenue. You can Julie at 541-961-8601 or at firstname.lastname@example.org