The SpaceThe large INTERNATIONAL room has a couch, 2 sitting chairs, king size bed, and a drop-down secretary desk work space. Décor is from all over the world -- will share stories if you want. There are built-in dresser drawers to use for longer stays and minimal closet space (it's our "sports" closet too). The carpet in the international room is clean, but two boys grew up there. Guest room is directly across from the hosts' room, but buffered by a bedroom closet and linen closet. Guest room is a short distance down the hall from the newly remodeled bathroom. Our grown daughter has her things in the bathroom but moves out when there are guests. She may need to grab something, but otherwise it should be all yours.
Near the newly resurfaced pool, a gas bbq and picnic table are available. There is a t.v. and dvd player in the bedroom, but no t.v. stations or cable.
NOTE: There are two indoor small dogs for those with any allergies. We are also chicken (not rooster!) owners - Flan, Lucy Too and Shoshanna . They are in a small coop in the back yard. They provide us with organic eggs daily. The gardener comes Friday mornings about 7 so there will be some noise for about 1/2 hour. And Ron leaves at 6 a.m. - for those sensitive to any noise at all.
Melanie is an avid gardener who loves cooking, travel (France, N. Africa, W. Africa, Australia, etc.) and the house reflects all of that. She does wilt from gardening in heat over 100 degrees, however. Our response to the California drought has the garden/lawn suffering some.
Your hosts are a working couple, except during school holidays when one will be cooking and working in the yard. Organic produce is delivered on a weekly basis and usually an abundance is in the frig. Plus we grow our own plums and berries and make homemade jam. We would be glad to share a meal with you if you'd like. There will certainly be coffee/tea in the morning plus yogurt, bread/muffins, etc. to start your day, use of the microwave or teapot, and toiletries if you forget something.
In the backyard, there is a gas bbq, pool/towels and lounge chairs for your use. There are several outdoor spaces where wine and cheese can be enjoyed. Wireless internet is available.
The neighborhood is quiet, but near freeway 41 onramp where you can easily get on 99 south. 99 north is a straight drive down Herndon avenue a few miles. (Fresno is half way between Los Angeles and San Francisco). If Melanie's schedule allows, dropping you off at the train or bus station downtown would be a pleasure. Two bikes and a lock are available to explore the neighborhood, nearby Fig Garden Village shopping center with some good restaurants and many shops (Whole Foods, French bakery, the Elbow Room w/ music some nights, the Pottery Barn...all in attractive store fronts and surrounded by nice landscaping). Yosemite is less than 2 hours away. Many hikes w/in driving distance. Ron has hiked all over Yosemite and rock climbed there -- plenty of advice and hiking books to loan you for the day. And he is an avid soccer player. We also have a cooler and picnic basket for you to take on your adventures. There are some great wineries nearby too. We love Fresno and can recommend things to do here locally - Gazebo Garden's music and food trucks on Friday/Saturday, a walk at Woodward Park, Good Company Players plays, Tower Theatre movies, farmers markets, etc.
Melanie and Ron have stayed at several AirBnBs and Melanie used to be a couch surfer host. Her favorite new book is on how to run a bed and breakfast of your own :). She has also housed exchange students. She speaks French (fluently) and Spanish (enough to get by) and would love meeting international travelers. We look forward to meeting you!
UPON BOOKING, please let me know if you'll want coffee in the morning (black, sugar, cream/milk) or tea and if you have any food allergies/preferences (gluten, no egg, no milk products, etc. no pork, hate avocado, etc.).
Guests have access: to hall bathroom (leftover daughter's affairs are in there also); limited refrigerator space (please let me know if you'll need space so I can accommodate you); living room and dining room; outside living spaces including lounge chairs, bbq, chiminea, and pool; and the international bedroom. Prefer guests not to use kitchen, but we can usually accommodate some light cooking.
We love visiting w/ guests, but will respect your privacy also. We've dined w/ several guests or shared breakfast together. It's really up to you:)
Smoke detectors and CO2 are installed and working. There is also a fire extinguisher in the room for your safety. Guest AccessThe guest bedroom with sofa, sitting chairs, desk and king bed will be all yours. The bathroom a few feet down the hall will have some of my grown daughter's affairs in it that she may need to access. She uses a 3rd bathroom when there are guests. Outside sitting area and breakfast area are yours to enjoy as well. In winter, you are welcome to join us at the fireplace in the living room. Interaction with GuestsDepending on the dates of your stay, one or both of us will be here. We would be glad to interact with as much as you would like and of course, we are happy to help you with things to do and travel logistics. The NeighborhoodIn a quiet well-established neighborhood, but close to freeway 41 exit. Lovely walkable shopping center nearby w/ food, wine tasting, pharmacy, etc. -- just a nice place to visit period whether you're buying or not. Good area for a neighborhood bike ride (we'll provide bikes). High school nearby if you want to play tennis or run the track in the evenings. Close to groceries for packing your picnic for a national park. Thursday through Saturday especially there are some fun things to do in Fresno -- food trucks, beer garden, monthly foreign films, art hop, etc. Getting AroundIt's a nice neighborhood to take walks in and a walkable distance to Starbucks, restaurants and quaint shops in Fig Garden Village.
There are bus routes nearby, but Fresno isn't known for its public transportation :(
The train/central bus station is downtown. I may be able to give you a ride depending on my schedule. Uber is up and running here, as well as taxis. Other Things to NoteA gardener comes at 7 a.m. on Fridays and is here about half an hour. Ron is an early riser and leaves early for work - usually at 6 a.m. He's quiet, but you will hear a door open/close.