Welcome to Estancia Serenova.
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Benvenuti a Estancia Serenova. italiano
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Welcome! Estancia Serenova is a small rural retreat nestled in the forest land of Milton Creek Valley, only six miles west of Highway 30 in St. Helens, Oregon. It takes only an hour of drive out of most of Greater Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area to experience this serene environment close to nature and be rejuvenated.
Our 20-acre forest land has deep roots in the history of Columbia County. Before the arrival of the Euro-Americans, this area was inhabited by the Chinookan first nations. The woods along the Milton Creek provided an economic boom for the early settlers along the Columbia River. Indeed, Milton was short for “Mill Town,” where a large sawmill was located. Nearby town of Plymouth was the first steamship port along the Columbia River, and the town prospered as a business and industrial center of Oregon. Later Milton merged with Plymouth to form the city of St. Helens. The land where Estancia Serenova stands today was once home of the late Dr. Dory M. Walrod (1921-2001), the town doctor of St. Helens and later one of the co-founders of the Columbia Humane Society. It was the original location of Columbia County’s first animal shelter where dogs and cats were kept for adoption, in addition to Dr. Walrod’s own llamas!
At Estancia Serenova, we strive to help our guests create memorable and transformative experiences in a rustic yet elegant setting. Our philosophy for hospitality traces its roots in the Italian traditions. Agrotourism has become popular in Italy as well as in Latin American countries with a significant Italian heritage (Argentina and Uruguay). Estancia Serenova brings it to the Pacific Northwest.
We have acquired this 20-acre land in the spring of 2015, and are gradually making it available for use by the community as well as by visitors from far and near. We offer our event space for all types of workshops, groups, and celebrations in addition to our own programs.
Be sure to check out our calender of all events and rental availabilities
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These events are open to the general public. Dates are subject to change. Registration and/or fees may be required to participate.
We are open for event rentals! Enjoy the serenity and natural beauty of rural Oregon as Estancia Serenova provides an ideal setting for workshops, retreats, and private celebrations.
The following rates were set for the 2016 season, and are subject to extensive revisions in the near future. If you have any question or concerns please call Lisa at (503) 757-1737 to discuss further.
Until further notice, event rentals are generally available on Saturdays and Sundays only. For availability be sure to check our calendar. The rates quoted below represent the basic prices under a typical event set-up. Different financial arrangements may be made depending on your specific situation and needs.
Our event center can accommodate up to 50 persons on the main floor (depending on seating configuration) and 15 persons on the loft level.
Day use all-day rate: $500 (8 a.m.-6 p.m.)
Day use 4-hour rate: $350
Evening surcharge: $100 to extend event up to 9 p.m.
Evening-only: $400 (6 p.m.-9 p.m.)
All events must end by 9 p.m. and vacated no later than 10 p.m. unless overnight accommodation is reserved.
Coming soon: cabins for overnight accommodation of eventgoers. These wood cabins are built using traditional Amish construction methods and offer a simple, rustic accommodation for those who attend your event.
Cabin surcharge: $160 for each small cabin (4-person capacity) or $190 for each large cabin (6-person capacity).
Please note: on-site foodservice is not currently available. We can recommend several well-reputed caterers in St. Helens area. Also there are a few grocery stores and a handful of dining options along Highway 30. Another possible option is to have a food cart on site.
Parking pass: $15 per vehicle per event (first five cars are free per each party). No parking pass required for motorcycles, bicycles, or vehicles with official disabled parking plate or tag. Parking space is limited. We strongly encourage carpooling.
Disclaimer: We provide this information as general guidelines and for your cost estimate purposes only. We reserve rights to modify the rates herein at any time without notice for any reason. The price listed on your invoice and/or contract shall be official and final. (Last revised: Nov. 28, 2016.)
St. Helens was the first port town on Columbia River. St. Helens Historic Downtown District is recognized by the U.S. National Park Service and is notable for small antique shops and charming architectures. The small downtown St. Helens and the central business district along Columbia Boulevard are walkable. There is also a historical museum inside the Columbia County Courthouse.
Downtown St. Helens was a backdrop for the film Halloweentown (1998) and Twilight (2008). Every year, St. Helens dedicates the whole month of October celebrating Halloweentown with many events. Experience Twilight tour and Twilight fan store also exist.
Nature and parks
Albafiori by Estancia SerenovaTM is an all-inclusive, transformative retreat experience for women who are seeking a more balanced and integrated lifestyle. Albafiori’s programs are designed around Le Cinque Vie TM, our original proprietary curriculum co-developed by our founders Lisa Neef and Rose Imhof.
Albafiori programs take place at Estancia Serenova and at off-site locations. Additionally, we will make some programs available online for the worldwide audience.
For more information about Albafiori by Estancia Serenova and its programs, visit albafiori.serenovaretreat.com.
For answers to commonly asked questions, please refer to this page (it is being updated frequently, so if you don’t find an answer to your questions, please feel free to ask – and if appropriate, it will be added to the FAQ page).
Estancia Serenova is located in a quiet rural area of Milton Creek Valley, near the village of Yankton. We are approximately six miles northwest of St. Helens city center, the seat of Columbia County, Oregon. We are within one hour of driving from the Portland International Airport and approximately 2.5 hours from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
Train and bus: Both Amtrak Cascades and Coast Starlight trains make stops at Kelso-Longview and Portland Union Station. Columbia County Rider offers several trips every weekday from the downtown Portland Hilton Hotel and from the Union Station (Greyhound and Amtrak). Each trip from Portland to downtown St. Helens costs $6. Alternately, you may also ride the CC Rider bus route 5 from the Kelso-Longview Amtrak station, transfer to route 7 at Rainier Transit Center (total fare $8 each way, takes about an hour and a half; be sure to ask the route 5 driver for a transfer ticket to St. Helens), and deboard at the St. Helens Transit Center. Pick-up from downtown St. Helens may be arranged in advance.
Bicycling: Columbia County is popular among bicyclists. Highway 30 (Columbia River Highway) has wide bike lanes between Northwest Portland and St. Helens. We are located not far from typical bicycling routes between Highway 30 and Vernonia or Oregon Coast. Caution is advised on Pittsburg Road (especially between Yankton Arthur Academy and Gensman Road with non-existent shoulders) as it is a winding country road with high speed limits. More bicycling information
32180 Pittsburg Road
St. Helens, Oregon 97051-9147