The SpaceOur guests will have full access to the bathroom first. The full bath is upstairs and has a ceiling heat lamp that helps keep it warm in colder months, and we have a small half bath downstairs.
There is a body wash, shampoo, and conditioner dispenser in the tub. We also have bars of soap if you do not like body wash. We keep a blow dryer, shave cream for men and women, toothpaste,lotion,cotton balls, q-tips, floss sticks in the guest drawer of the bathroom. We keep plenty of essentials on hand if you need use of them; so don't worry if you happen to forget something.
Free breakfast items include: English muffins and toast with a variety of preserves, different cereals, instant oatmeal, Pop Tarts, Eggo waffles and sometimes bagels. You are welcome to make yourself eggs, Belgium waffle, French toast, or pancakes if you prefer something hot. Bottomless coffee (We buy Folgers), juice, milk, and a large variety of teas, with different sugars, cinnamon sticks, honey, and real half and half. You have use of the kitchen if you require certain types of food to prepare for yourself; IGA grocery store is a minute up the street.
Please don't be shy; feel free to open the cabinets and help yourself to snacks, and different ice cream & ice cream bars in the freezer. Just pretend like you live here.
We do not have central air, but we have window units in the rooms that we use the most. We have ceiling fans, and a whole house fan that really helps cool it down at night. The 2nd flight of stairs is open on the side, so if you have a hard time with steps, our home might not be suitable for you. Guest AccessWe will give you a quick tour when you arrive so you can make yourself at home, and then leave you to settle in. We have a Jacuzzi tub in our casual living room that you are free to enjoy; just let us know if you would like to use it and we will retreat to the man cave or outside if it is nice, since it is not private. My husband put it in when we were renovating the house so we could relax, watch TV, and enjoy the fireplace.
We have a treadmill, weight system, and 82 inch HD TV in the man cave that you can use during your stay. Also, a selection of dvd's if you want to watch movies, a Wii and X-Box with a decent selection of video games for entertainment if you like to game; and we have a nice selection of classic board games too.
We have a large beautiful private yard that is the perfect place to sit back and relax without other people looking in. It has 6 foot privacy fence surrounding our corner lot with many trees and bushes with a lighted fountain, lots of solar décor, gazing balls, statues, abundance of flowers, a covered deck with grill, mini fridge, chiminea, Capistrano fountain, ceiling fan, lanterns, and the rope lights along with all the solar decor really make it beautiful at night. We also have an open deck with a fire pit and log furniture surrounded by trees and flowers. We are out in the yard almost every night doing something during warm season, so you won't see house in the house much. We also have croquet and badminton if you would like to play.
Check in is 4pm , check out is 11am. We can work with you depending on the day if you need to check in earlier or out later; just let us know if you have something special going on; we are pretty easy going. Interaction with GuestsThis is our home, so we will be present during your stay. Please do not hesitate to let us know if there is anything you need, or we can do, to make your stay more comfortable. We respect your privacy and that you probably just want to relax after your trip, so we will leave you alone and up to you to decide how much interaction you feel comfortable having with us; please don't feel obligated to do so. I will check from time to just to see if you would like something. The NeighborhoodYou can walk to what they call our downtown in approximately 5 minutes, and you can feel safe walking around town. El Paso is pretty quiet most of the time.There is a nice park down the street with basketball, volleyball, tennis, soccer, ball fields, pool, disc golf, walking trail and pond, that you can walk to in about 5 minutes. El Paso is about 20 miles North of Bloomington/Normal and 40 minutes from Peoria, where both cities have everything you could want. There is a guest book in the room with local and nearby restaurants, bars, in town shopping, entertainment, hospitals, golf courses, city parks, movie theaters, etc. Getting AroundYou can park in the driveway on the right side and come in the side door to the man cave, and we also have extra parking on the side of our house next to the street. There are no taxi or bus services in El Paso. Other Things to NoteWe removed an old tree next to our driveway and will be replacing the fence. It is a little torn up and looks like crap right now, but that will not impact your stay. El Paso is a small town where the neighborhoods can be a mix of homes, apartments, mobile homes, and duplexes.