Sandes Of Time Bed and Breakfast: Fusing the Past and Present

Sandes of Time Bed and Breakfast
Perched upon a knoll, nestled among trees, beckoning you to come to stay, sits the Sandes of Time Bed & Breakfast in Milwaukie, a suburb of Portland, Oregon. If you are looking for accommodations with quaint charm and old-world style, this Oregon Bed and Breakfast is ideally located near Portland, Lake Oswego Oregon City, Canby, Wilsonville, and Aurora. One can enjoy a relaxing stay in a picturesque setting.

When you met the Sandes of Time proprietors Al and Terry Sandes, you know that you are in for a wonderful stay. The Sandes are very hospitable and take care to make your stay a remarkable one. Many people come back time after time.

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Terry and Al Sande, Owners of Sandes of Time

Find a warm and inviting historic two-story, farm-house style home on 2.5 acres of lovely landscaped land. Originally constructed from 1904 to 1907  and has now been restored and renovated to include four antique-filled guest suites with all the contemporary conveniences including a fireplace, television, and Wi-Fi.

The house is tastefully appointed with antiques and knick-knacks. Terry put a lot of attention to detail when decorating each room of her Bed and Breakfast as Terry loves collecting very traditional homey pieces. Think country cottage.  The ambiance is part of the charm.

Sandes of Time Living Room

Living Room

Sandes of Time Guest Suites

Each of the four guest suites is decorated differently to reflect the seasons and includes a private bath. I stayed in the Spring Garden Room. I felt right at home enjoying my favorite colors and the floral motif. The calming atmosphere of the room fit my mood and the bed was very comfy.

Spring Garden Suite Sandes of Time

Spring Garden Suite

My colleague stayed in the Summer Garden Room, which was decorated in warmer colors. The Secret Garden is a two-room suite that is ideal for a family. Finally, the Winter Garden Suite depicts a winter scene with its different shades of white on the walls, bedding, and furniture.

Sandes of Time Summer Guest Suite

Summer Guest Suite

Sandes of Time Homemade Breakfast

I stayed at the Sandes of Time for three nights. Each morning I woke up to a delicious two-course breakfast made from scratch that took into consideration my dietary restrictions. One day I enjoyed a granola parfait and gluten-free French Toast with sausage and fruit. On my second day, breakfast featured scrambled eggs. On the third day, I enjoyed sunny side up eggs. Typically I’m not too fond of breakfast because I do not have much choice as I am allergic to wheat, dairy, and many of the fruits often served with breakfast. Breakfast at the Sandes of time was a real treat.

Breakfast at Sandes of Time

Breakfast at Sandes of Time

Sandes of Time Common Areas

In addition, the main living room is a delightful area to sit and read a book. During the summer, spring, and fall months, sit out on the veranda swing with a glass of lemonade or cup of tea, enjoying the peaceful setting. Downstairs, one can enjoy a movie in the home theater. You can even munch on popcorn while watching a film.

Sandes of Time Media Room

Home Theater

COVID Guidelines

During COVID, the Sandes are taking extra precautions by following guidelines set for the ORLA (Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association) lodging members, which includes wearing masks and requiring 6’ distancing in common areas. Also, breakfast in the dining room is set up, so guests have a 6’ distance between them. We provide hand sanitizer at check-in, and it is also available at the upstairs guest center. We are paying particular attention to making sure high-touch points are cleaned frequently. And we are not entering guest rooms during stays other than by special request of the guest.

There is a sign on the front porch as you enter that sums up your visit to Sandes of Time. It says, “Enter as Strangers – Leave As Friends.” Meeting Al and Terry Sandes and enjoying their gracious hospitality and your stay, you will most likely be back as many of their guests frequently visiting the area. You will become a friend of the Sandes of Time.

Sandes of Time Bed and Breakfast

Sandes of Time Bed and Breakfast

Note: Common to the travel industry, this writer’s visit to the area included hosted accommodations. While it has not influenced this review, the writer believes in full disclosure.