The Secret Ingredient In Our Lavender Chill Hand Soap & Other Recipes


We make all of our own personal care products at the motel. We make a hand soap that feels so amazing because it has xanthan gum in it. Xanthan Gum is a common product in gluten-free cooking but you can also use it in place of Guar Gum, which is usually used in beauty products. Xanthan gum happens to feel amazing when mixed with water, soap and a little scent. 

People with curly or dry hair have been so excited about our deep conditioner. It will make your hair feel amazing! So moisturizing!


If you don't have drier hair you can just use our shampoo as your shampoo, conditioner and body wash!

We also make our own laundry soap. All of our recipes are pretty customized except our laundry soap recipe. We got it from Wellness Mama. We really like this one because it a liquid laundry detergent, it works and it's so inexpensive. We save so much at the motel and we are using safer ingredients than you can buy in the stores.

Hand soap
1 c. Distilled Water
½ c. Castile Soap (Dr. Bronners)
2 Tbs Liquid Coconut Oil or other oil

Mix all ingredients in a container except the xanthan gum.

Add one tsp of xanthan gum per cup of soap mixture to a food processor or standup electric mixer. Add 10 drops lavender oil per batch. Put in large container and let sit overnight so that the suds can deflate. Then fill hand pump bottles.

Moisturizing Shampoo and Body Wash
1 c Distilled Water
½ c Castile Soap (Dr. Bronners)
2 tsp Avocado Oil (or coconut oil)
1/2 tsp Rose or Orange Essential Oil
2 tsp Glycerin

Put the above ingredients in a bottle. We like to use condiment bottles from restaurant stores for our shampoos. Shake well before each use.

Deep Conditioner
1 tsp of grapeseed oil
2 tsp Vegetable Glycerin
1 Tbs  Emulsifying Wax
1/2 tsp Vitamin E (or 2 capsules)
1/2 cup distilled Water or Herbal Infusion
5 drops Grapefruit Seed Extract
15 drops Rosemary Essential Oil

Stir together the oil, emulsifying wax and glycerin on low in a pan, warming slowly until the wax is melted. Remove from heat and pour in the Vitamin E. Put one cup in a food processor. Put in condiment bottle.

Laundry Soap

  1. Grate a bar of castile soap.

  2. Put grated soap in 2 quarts of water and warm on the stove in a pot. Stirring constantly.

  3. Put 4.5 gallons of hot tap water into a 5-gallon bucket. Stir in 2 cups washing sodas and 2 cups borax until completely dissolved.

  4. Pour hot soap mixture into the bucket. Stir well.

Add Essential oil of your choice.

It's Been Brenda Dunn's Art All Summer Long


All summer this summer we have been featuring the art work of Brenda Dunn. Brenda has a very recognizable style. It's one part vintage pin-up and one part a celebration of color and feminine lines. We also love how affordable her work is. We have our eye on a mermaid piece that is only $30!

Here is her artist's statement:

Brenda Dunn is an artist/illustrator and curator currently living and working in Portland, Oregon. Brenda's specialty is her vintage-inspired pinups that capture the sultry, glamour of the forties and fifties. Her pinups have been shown throughout the Northwest and in numerous
publications. Her works were also featured in 3 seasons of TV show Portlandia.

In addition to the pinups, she also specializes in fashion illustration. Brenda has worked with several designers and boutiques in Portland. She has also had her work featured in Portland and New York Fashion Weeks.

If you would like to view her work, please call us 503.738.7825 and we can arrange a viewing.

May Featured Artist - Raven Lloyd

Saturday, May 5th from 5-7 pm we will be featuring the art of Raven I. Lloyd.

This art opening is part of a larger event - known as the Seaside Art Walk. This event happens the first Saturday of each month from 5-7 and many participating galleries and businesses are involved. Here is a map of the the Art Walk. Participating businesses are listed in the link as well.

We just loved how Raven's work looked like constellations in the night sky twinkling through a dark night, but we see stars in everyone and everything.

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To quote Raven, "The images I created for this body of work were inspired by negative spaces I observed in nature during the snow storms last winter here in Portland. Specifically the snow covered bare branches on bushes and trees and the spaces created within the structure of the plants. The theme of Spaces In-Between carried over to thoughts on breath, time, notes in music, ocean waves and stars in the night sky. All of the empty spaces in-between something tangible influenced my creative process to produce this body of work."

Before & After

This post is long overdue, but we have been so busy running the motel that we haven't had time to properly share the full renovation. 

Here's the visual story of the motel renovation. We bought the motel on January 12th and found out maybe the day or two before the purchase that the former owners weren't going to move out right away. All of their belongings were all over the house. They had had a huge garage sale right before they had sold the property and this is what the place looked like. There were heavy curtains on the windows, which made the place seem darker. There was quite a bit of clutter too.


Former owner, nicknamed, "Wedgie" eating his peanut butter sandwiches and tea in the living room/lobby of the inn.

Former owner, nicknamed, "Wedgie" eating his peanut butter sandwiches and tea in the living room/lobby of the inn.

There was seriously a lot of work to do. Every day we worked as hard as we could. Many days working up to 14 or 16 hours a day. We worked till our hands were literally bleeding. This is not exaggerating at all. There is so much blood, sweat and tears in the remodel.


Yoga/meditation room that used to be a wallpapered closet

Yoga/meditation room that used to be a wallpapered closet

We made these changes over just about a month. You can see the daily vlog updates we did during the remodel. We are still making little changes and updates by the day. There is still more to do, but we are getting there more and more each day.

Our First Art Opening!

It's our first art opening! On Saturday, April 7th, we are opening our doors, in conjunction with the Seaside Art Walk. We will have sangria and snacks available. We will also be spinning records and talking ART. Come by between 6-10 pm

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This month we are featuring Ursula Barton, who is just one of the artists whose artwork adorns the walls of the inn. We love how her hand-mixed paints that tell the story of a rainy day bike ride in Portland Oregon. Learn more about the artists at the inn here.

Here are details about the art walk. This event is free. It is about seeing art in sponsoring galleries and businesses along Broadway and Holladay in downtown Seaside.

The complete list: 
1. SunRose Gallery, 606 Broadway
2. Moxie Shine, 609 Broadway
3. Bev Drew Kindley Pop-Up Gallery, 608 Broadway
4. Fairweather House and Gallery, 612 Broadway
5. Art in the Loft Gallery at Beach Books, 616 Broadway
6. Katharine Stewart, Ancient Health, and Healing, 10-B Holladay Drive
7. The Whet Spot, 12 N. Holladay Drive
8. Westport Winery Seaside, 810 Broadway
9. Blue Bond Art School and Gallery, located at 417 S Holladay Drive
10. Starry Night Inn, 811 1st Ave