The SpaceThis is an old house and full of art objects and colorful, funky style. It can be a bit drafty in winter. It has high ceilings and plaster walls, so will tend to be dustier than a modern house. Nevertheless, people find it very comfortable, and interesting, to visit here!
As far as stays longer than one week, I prefer to meet you first before committing to such an arrangement, unless there are exceptional circumstances which we will work out together in advance. Please contact me with your request. Guest AccessThe internet password is pistol123 on the Nina Wifi network. The electric stove is very old. The temperature controls are low, med, high on the burners as you turn from left to right. Turn the oven and broiler knobs to the right one setting to turn on.
Meals are up to you--if you want to cook here, let's coordinate meal times and such. If you want to be fed, we can talk about that in advance and see if we can work it out.
Guests are welcome to use one of the living rooms for hanging out in downstairs as well as personal space upstairs and the kitchen, and any area of the yard including porches and deck. The den off the kitchen is generally my son Jon's territory.
We have a couch big enough to sleep on in the living room and an air mattress that could be used in one of the rooms if necessary.
Pets, if allowed on a case by case basis, will need to be crated if the owner is not with them. Since we have a cat, please check with me first before booking with another animal. Interaction with GuestsPlease let me know how much interaction you would like. I am friendly, knowledgable, and ready to chat if you want to, but I am respectful of those who come for a quiet time and I will mostly wait for you to initiate.
I don't mind offering rides to guests, within reason, and I am happy to work things out with you on a case by case basis; however, you should not come here expecting transportation is available without advance notice. If you are interested in meals cooked for you, let's talk about it. I am flexible. The NeighborhoodThe Central Street neighborhood is very diverse. It is one block up on the Hill above the downtown. There are triple decker apartment buildings, single family homes of varying vintage from the 1870s to the 1930s, and a headstart preschool in an old school building. In this neighborhood are published authors and poets, experimental musicians, single mothers and children, business people, people with disabilities in group housing, artists, bikers, and all types of people. Generally this is a quiet street and people are friendly. It is very convenient to all of the town. Getting AroundThere are regional buses running Monday-Friday at present. Also local cab companies and some Uber service. Train station in Greenfield runs north and south; connect to Fitchburg commuter rail to Boston by car (50 milers from here). Turners Falls has everything a town offers within walking distance--banks, restaurants, shops, food, entertainment, etc. The local bike shop may rent you a bike. Other Things to NoteWe do have a cat, Rusty, who is extremely friendly, but has defective frail hips and needs gentle interaction with other animals. I am not likely to accept visitors who have large dogs (over 35 pounds), because of the possibility of Rusty getting agitated in an encounter and falling down steps and such.
I prefer not to rent to heavy drinkers (more than 3 beers/wines per night) and will not tolerate habitual drunkenness in my home. If you need to relax with a six pack or bottle of wine every night, this is not the place to stay.