Cabin 5: May 18-22, 2023- Birding



This package includes a 4-night stay in cabin #5, participation in a guided birding excursion on Friday, May 19 with Pepper Trail and Friday evening group meal prepared by PLAYA’s house chef. On Saturday afternoon, enjoy PLAYA’s Community Birding Festival and join in the campus activities while meeting local neighbors and friends. Activities include guided bird walks around the playa campus, hands-on art and science activities for both youth and adults, and snacks and refreshments on the playa patio. 

Choose “single” for single cabin occupancy, guided birding excursion and Friday Group Dinner for one.

Choose “double” for double cabin occupancy, guided birding excursion and Friday Group Dinner for two.

This self-directed residency is for ADULTS ONLY. Out of town families wishing to participate in the Community Birding Festival on May 20th can find lodging accommodations at the Summer Lake Hot Springs or the Paisley Sage Rooms

This spacious 1 bedroom cabin is part of the southern trio of cabins that faces the playa. It has a queen bed, a full kitchen with dining table and chairs and a large bathroom with a shower. Includes a large writing/work desk in the living room as well as a small art and writing studio off of the bedroom. Enjoy the private wrap-around deck with expansive views of the playa and the surrounding mountains. This cabin can sleep up to 4 people with use of the full-size fold-out futon in the living room and a twin cot that can be placed either in the living room or the art/writing studio.

*Please note that the tub room has been converted into a writing/art studio. The tubs have been removed in an effort to conserve water in support of our environmental mission. Only non-toxic art materials can be used in the studio.

Arrival begins Thursday, May 18 at 2:00 pm and departure is Monday, May 22 by 12:00 pm.


  • Thursday, May 18, 2023: 2:00 arrival begins | Evening on your own | 7:00 Introductory Talk in Commons
  • Friday, May 19, 2023: Guided birding excursion with lunch on your own at PLAYA | 6:00 pm Group Dinner provided by PLAYA
  • Saturday, May 20, 2023: Morning on your own  | 2-4 pm Community Birding Festival | Optional: Group Potluck Dinner in The Commons OR Group Dinner at the Pioneer Saloon in Paisley
  • Sunday, May 21, 2023: Day on your own
  • Monday, May 22, 2023: Depart by noon

Instructor Bio:

Dr. Pepper Trail is well known in Oregon birding circles and is a sought-after birding guide  on tours worldwide.  A board member of Playa, he has a special love for the Summer Lake region. He’s been called the Sherlock Holmes of bird crime for his work in wildlife forensics, and has been featured in articles in Audubon and National Geographic. He’s also an accomplished poet and a gifted and enthusiastic teacher for birders at all levels of experience.

Sorry, no pets allowed.



Additional information

Single | Double

Single, Double