The SpaceThe newly renovated private suite includes a bedroom and bath and a breakfast room for eating/working/ and relaxing. The bedroom is chic and well equipped with closet space,hangers, spa robes, reading lamps, and a control-it-yourself heating unit. The sitting room, also newly renovated, has two comfortable chairs and a table for working or eating breakfast, plus a mini-fridge and toaster oven. To insures their guests privacy, the hosts have recently built a wall with sliding pocket door separating the suite from the rest of the house. The hosts provide foods for a healthy continental breakfast --fruit, yogurt, bread, coffee, etc. The unit has a mini fridge, a toaster oven and an electric kettle--there are no facilies for cooking. (The family room can accommodate a child. Such family visits need to be negotiated ahead of time with hosts.) Guest AccessTo enter the apartment, guests go down a well lit path on the side of the house to the back entrance which is down four steps. In fair weather, guests are welcome to lounge on the very pretty back patio and deck.
Guests staying for more than four days are welcome to use the washer and dryer located in the hosts's easily laundry room. Interaction with GuestsIn general, either Michaele (pronounced Michael, but she is a woman) or John will be available to greet guests, help them get settled and to answer their questions. Both are usually around and happy to answer questions in the morning about where to go/how to get there/what to do. Feel free to come upstairs and chat in the morning. If you need more information, text or call during the day and they will provide the answer immediately or arrange a time to get together to discus. The NeighborhoodOurs is a pretty, heavily treed, Mid-century modern neighborhood of relatively small houses in the town of Chevy Chase. (We are located a mile and a half from downtown Bethesda and about two and a half miles from Silver Spring.) Chevy Chase straddles the line between Maryland and The District of Columbia. We are located on the Maryland side, but the neighborhood is oriented towards the city -- you can zip downtown by car in 20 minutes in non-rush hour. Getting AroundTo get to downtown Bethesda, which is a mile and a half from our house, or to Silver Spring, two and a half miles from our house, you can take Uber or you can take-the-bus: buses to Bethesda and Silver Spring run along nearby East/West highway. (Bus schedules are in the visitor packet.) Both Bethesda and Silver Spring are on the Red Line. As to driving, the drive to Bethesda and Silver Spring are easy. Public parking in both locations is available and relatively inexpensive. (Public parking in the District of Columbia costs more.) Driving into the District of Columbia is easy--we are located near Connecticut Avenue and Beach Drive, two of the main access roads into the city.
If you need more detailed information about transportation, please feel free to contact us. Other Things to NoteThe house is located half a mile from Rock Creek Park. The hosts consider their proximity to the park, which extends more than twenty miles from the tip of DC into Maryland to be one of their house's nicest features. The park has bike paths (two bikes are available to borrow), running paths, hiking trails (ask John and Michaele where to hike), horseback riding trails, picnic spots, tennis courts and soccer fields. (The information pack in the bedroom contains a map of Rock Creek Park with (some) nearby trails identified.)
Also, the hosts provide all the fixings for a tasty and healthy continental breakfast. (Anything that's missing, just ask) In return we ask our guests to keep the eating area clean. (Our house is happily ant and rodent free.) Cups and other utensils can be washed in the laundry room sink --the laundry area is stocked with dishwashing liquid and dishtowels. We provide china cups, paper plates and plastic utensils. If you prefer real dishes and silver, just ask and we will happily provide.