The SpaceWe look forward to welcoming you to our upstairs apartment in a circa 1920 two-family house, filled with charming details like the built-in breakfast nook that everybody loves.
While there's nothing like returning to your own bed after a trip, we hope you'll be very comfortable in this one:
o Pillow-top mattress (size: full/double)
o Six down pillows: two each of soft, medium, firm (synthetic available upon request)
o Cozy flannel sheets in the cooler months
o Puffy down comforter
o Antique quilt from Pennsylvania
o Bedside rug is a sheepskin from my sister's farm
And more treats to customize your experience:
o Two spa robes with hoods
o Hot/cold thera pac
o Dohm/Marpac Sound Machine for white noise
o Luggage racks
o Ceiling fan and, in summer, room AC
o ...and just ask if you'd like a space heater, additional fan, or humidifier.
You'll find that that my grandfather's easy chair, on rockers, provides a lovely spot for a quiet read with a mug of complimentary tea or coffee.
The bathroom, with its vintage subway tiles, is a few steps down the hall. It has your plush towels and a full-size tub with massaging showerhead (optionally handheld).
More essentials and extras:
o In your room: water carafe, drinking glasses, chocolate, lotion/moisturizer, scented mist, travel-size toothpaste, personal soap, razor, hand mirror, small hair dryer, alarm clock, small drying rack
o In the bathroom: bar soap, liquid soap, shampoo, conditioner, shaving cream, toothpaste, mouthwash
o Is there something else you need? Let us know, and we'll check the cupboard for you. Guest AccessIn addition to your bedroom and the shared bath, you'll have access to the following:
o Wi-Fi via FiOS internet
o Large living room with TV (streaming Amazon Prime plus several dozen DVDs)
o Kitchen where you can store food and do light meal prep (dishwasher for easy cleanup!)
o Breakfast nook with booth-style seating
o Dining room
o Washer and dryer in the basement (two floors down), shared with one neighbor
o Oodles of books
Included "on the house": coffee and extensive tea selection. Interaction with GuestsWe know that when traveling, sometimes you crave human interaction in your day and sometimes you want a break from it all. We want to accommodate your needs, so please tell us how we can help. We tend to be very social, with lots of friends locally, some of whom you may meet when they stop by for tea or to split the farmshare box.
Your host: Melissa has traveled to more than 20 countries for business and pleasure, on five continents, which you'll see reflected in our home's art and books. She is an independent management consultant and during the workday has a varied schedule between her home office and local meetings and events. Her boyfriend, who has his own residence, enjoys meeting guests when he visits. The NeighborhoodOur location is at the edge of small commercial zone within a primarily residential neighborhood. We love that there are lots of trees and that we have the combination of easy parking, public transit, and walkability.
Within three blocks are several restaurants and a small grocery store, where they make their own Greek yogurt. Extend your walk to 10-15 minutes and you'll have a dozen or more restaurants -- Sofra, Shangri-La, and Savinos, for instance -- plus ice cream, coffee, clothing, antiques, and gift shops (must see: Wescott Mercantile). Also, studios for yoga and other exercise.
Melissa's favorite place in Boston is the Mount Auburn Cemetery, located about halfway between the house and Harvard Square. It's a beautiful arboretum-like space, with fantastic views of the Boston area from its Washington Tower. "Recognized as one of the most significant designed landscapes in the country, Mount Auburn was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975 and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2003." It's a favorite spot for urban birders, and I've seen foxes, turkeys, bats, rabbits, and turtles. (URL HIDDEN) Getting AroundThe #73 bus line is one block away, taking you two miles to Harvard Square and the subway (the "T"). You'll have a parking spot in a shared driveway; there is also lots of on-street parking, free, from 7am-1am. The airport is 20 minutes away in light traffic and an hour or so via public transit (silver line to red line to #73 bus). Recommended smartphone apps: Catch The T, xtBus, Lyft, Uber.
***Note about parking: There is ample street parking from 7am to 1am, for free. Driveway space is available adjacent to the house for overnight and most other times. It is in "serial" so your car will be parked behind one or two other cars, and we will coordinate moving it as necessary. Other Things to NoteThis is a "shoes off" household, with hardwood floors throughout and rugs in key locations (like your bedside). After leaving your shoes by the apartment door, help yourself to slippers in the basket there.