Steve is a 5 star host. He was always very helpful and attentive to any needs we may have had. Any communications were responded to in a very timely manner.
The views are great, though unfortunately for us they were obscured most of the time by the haze from the wildfires in the pacific northwest and Canada during our trip. Steve has a nice little garden area with even more great views. As far as location goes, it is about a 15 minute drive up the mountain from downtown Newberg. The area is very secluded and quiet, great for a peaceful vacation.
The place itself is very nice. The kitchen is sufficiently equipped, including a small range and dishwasher. There is also a good coffee maker and electric kettle. The over-the-air TV gets a few channels, but the internet works well. If you're looking to sit back and watch some shows on vacation, Hulu, Netflix and the like work fine (though there might be a slight slow-down in the evenings). The couch is very comfy in the living room, as is the bed in the bedroom.
The only reason this isn't a 5 star review was largely out of Steve's control. Given the typical climate of the region, it is not uncommon to go without air conditioning. Unfortunately, my trip coincided with a rare, sustained heat wave. The sun rising outside the big living room windows is beautiful, but it also means it is impossible to keep the place cool. The typical high during my trip was in the mid to upper 90's. There was nothing that could be done to keep the temperature inside below 85 or 87 during the peak afternoon heat. The lows were low enough to open up the large windows and get the temperature down between 77 and 82 in the morning and overnight, but at a cost. This is the mountains, and there is no shortage of bugs. There are no screens on the windows. I can see where they may obstruct the view, but personally I'd rather have screens than fully unobstructed views if there's no a/c. If you are bug-averse, you have to make a choice. Do you sweat it out in 85 degree heat, or invite the mosquitos, bees, wasps, spiders, flies, gnats and all other manner of insects inside. We did purchase a $20 box fan to help out, and Steve insisted on reimbursing us for it. Steve did everything he could to help, but mother nature wasn't cooperating.
Overall Steve's place is great. I would probably book again, unless I was really concerned about another heat wave coming through. Very nice place, and 5 star host.