The SpaceYou'll walk upstairs to the second floor hall, which opens to two galleries and two bedrooms. Guest bedroom includes a bath tub and closet, with toilet and tiny sink accessible just outside the guest room door. Unique glass tower is part of the guest room where there's room for an air mattress/child's or two-person sleeping nook. Guest AccessYou are welcome to explore the art in the two classroom-size galleries, go downstairs and make use of the spacious studio (extra fee if you make art), or just browse the many art books there; have breakfast in the adjoining kitchen, walk to several lakes, relax in the secluded, park-like back yard, where you also can paint plein aire, or just have morning coffee on the deck. Sorry, no TV in guest room, but you can watch in the studio and kitchen. Interaction with GuestsI can help you if you want to learn about art, how to make it or appreciate it. Instruction and materials for oil painting, pastel and watercolor are available at extra cost. Evening TV is a possibility in the studio, where I usually stay until bedtime. Breakfast in the kitchen or summer deck; yogurt, fruit, granola, hot cereal, coffee, juice. The NeighborhoodTo get the flavor of the American Heartland, you can't find a better place than Otter Tail County, Minnesota. We have award winning schools, many musicians, artists, art galleries, live performances, well educated farmers, Norwegian Lutherans, and maverick Unitarians. The only UU church between St. Cloud and Fargo is just six miles down the road. All our kids are above average. Bass Lake, just across the road from the Unitarian Church in Underwood, is a very good fishing lake. Glendalough and Maplewood State Parks are 10 and 25 miles away, respectively. This is one of the most scenic and unspoiled best kept secret places in Minnesota. Getting AroundThis is a place you get away to. The two largest towns nearby are Battle Lake (12 miles) and Fergus Falls (15 miles). Underwood (6 miles) does not have a grocery store, however, it is truly a village, in the educational sense. You'll need your own vehicle to get here; from the Twin Cities it's three hours—18 miles northerly from the Dalton exit from I-94, or 20 miles from the Rothsay exit, if you are traveling from Fargo (one hour) or the west. The Perham exit off Minn. 10 is approximately 25 miles. My intersection easily connects with all the surrounding towns, but this location can only be described as remote and secluded. (My adult city kids think it's the middle of nowhere.) Other Things to NoteThis is the American Heartland. Barnhard Arts is located on a landmark hilltop intersection, across the road from Tingvold Lutheran Church. A Unitarian church is six miles south. There is slightly more traffic than you would see near the lakeshore, and occasional noise, but once you're inside this sturdy-built school house these distractions are minimal. Usually it's quiet here, and a very good place in all seasons. Fall colors; blue and white winter retreat with nearby cross-country skiing; green May, June and July; summer exploration. For fall colors, Glendalough and Maplewood State Parks are easy distances at 10 and 25 miles respectively. Otter Tail county seat, Fergus Falls, pop. 37,000 is 15 miles, a prosperous town that time continues to forget. Otter Tail Lake, one of Minnesota's largest, is six miles. Otter Tail County has more lakes than any other county in Minnesota, the land of 10,000 lakes. The arts are accessible through Fergus Falls Center for the Arts (frequent live performances), Lake Region Arts Council, and Kaddatz Galleries; also, Art of the Lakes Gallery in nearby Battle Lake. The Great American Think-Off (NPR) originated in New York Mills (40 miles) at their town's art center. Phelps Mill is an historic landmark and serene park, five miles east, and marker for the birthplace of Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas, an FDR appointee. Underwood and Battle Lake Schools have won major national awards in recent years, four times for Underwood. There's a major Norwegian influence in this part of Minnesota, as reflected in art, music, performance, and decor.