The SpaceThe secure and private 3-room suite is up the stairs on the second floor of our personal fiber arts studio. A full-sized and well equipped separate kitchen for your use is on the first floor. Tom and Steve, (your hosts) live next door but may often be found working in the studio spaces. The Westgate Green Line Light Rail train station is just around the corner.
We require a minimum two-night stay. For bookings after March 31, 2016, please send us an inquiry regarding rates and availability.
Bobbin House is WIFI enabled. For maximum comfort, guests control the dedicated heating and air conditioning system for the suite. In addition, the sitting room and bedroom have ceiling fans. Built-in night-lights will help you find your way to the bathroom in the night!
The private bedroom can be made more cozy by closing the glass-paneled door that separates it from the sitting room. It is furnished with 2 twin-size "Sleep Number" beds with memory foam toppers, 2 closets, 2 dressers, 2 bedside tables and 2 reading lamps... so the beds are adjustable to your preferences and no fighting over the amenities! Many alternate bed pillows from soft to firm and extra blankets are in the closets. Pile 'em on!
The sitting room is furnished with 2 comfortable recliners, each equipped with a full-spectrum task lamp, There is a desk with reading lamp and a few office necessities. A table and chairs, big-screen TV, Blue-Tooth high definition radio and DVD player will make you feel at home. We've also provided assorted books, games and classic DVD movies. Public transit schedules, city maps, brochures of local points of interest, and take out menus from nearby eateries are also available.
The bathroom is fully ceramic-tiled and well-lit. It has a shower with bench seat, toilet, sink and large mirrors. There is a storage cabinet for your toiletries. We have a hair-dryer for your use and offer bar soap, body soap, shampoo and conditioner. Fresh towels are offered every fourth day of your stay. Bed linens are changed for you every week. We are sensitive to guests who may have allergies or sensitivity to odors. Whenever possible we use perfume-free and/or low-fragrance laundry and bathroom cleaning products.
There is a secure, lockable storage closet for stowing suitcases, coats and all of your gear. The comfortable ambiance and whimsical decor are intended to put you in the mood for fun and relaxed creativity.
The suite is not a B&B - we don't provide meals. Guests may use the fully-equipped kitchen on the first floor. Your hosts may use the kitchen for making coffee, meeting with guests and eating lunch with students, but guests have priority and generally the kitchen is yours to use when ever you want - You can do your own light cooking, including those late-night snacks and you can eat your take-out meals on real plates at a real dining table. There's even a television in the kitchen so you can catch up on the news and weather while eating. We provide complimentary coffee and tea and an assortment of condiments.
If you're not in the mood for cooking, food choices are not far away. See the AirBnB Map and Guidebook below for local restaurants, coffee shops and bars. A binder with menus from local establishments is available in the suite.
In warm weather, feel free to use the front porch rocking chairs to read, knit, eat your meals or people-watch. Our Minneapolis neighborhood, Prospect Park, is known for unique architecture, curving shady streets, and cottage gardens. You are safe to take an evening walk or early morning bike ride. There is also a private patio with cafe table and chairs on the private and quiet back patio.
From about March/April through October/November the City of MPLS offers nearby bicycle rentals through the "Nice Ride" bicycle system. There is a bike rack in the back where you can secure and store your personal bikes. If we know in advance and have space available, you are welcome to use our dry and secure storage room
We don't allow pets in the suite. Sorry. We're nuts about dogs and we have two of them, but we've been made aware that some people have allergy issues and that most people don't appreciate pet hair as a fashion accessory. Guest AccessGuests are provided with one off-street parking space near the front door. Neighborhood streets and sidewalks are safe and well-lit at night.
The first-floor is your hosts' private fiber arts studio. It is not open to the public but we may working in the space, have customers or students with us in the studio space during a guest's stay. Guests are free to walk through the studio at any time. Guests have priority for use of the first floor kitchen which they can use at any time, 24/7.
The exterior doors are always secured (24/7) with electronic lock and deadbolt. Each guest is provided with a key and a personal electronic lock code of their choosing. The second-floor Suite has it's own deadbolt lock. Your hosts live next door for quick response to your needs.
A full-service drugstore, neighborhood bakery, coffee shops and a few restaurants are just around the corner or within easy walking distance.
If you are bringing a fiber arts project with you and want to use the studio space and/or equipment, or take a class, please talk to Steve in advance about your needs and interests. Depending on our studio schedule we can often accommodate your requests. Interaction with GuestsWe'll try not to intrude on you, yet we're happy to talk with you when you're in the mood for conversation. We won't enter your living space during your stay except with prior notice for routine house-keeping. In case of emergencies, for your safety or that of the property, we may make an exception to this rule.
The Suite is completely private since your hosts live next door. On most days and on some evenings, one of us is in one of the studio spaces working on projects. We generally limit our activities to between 9 am and 9 pm and are very sensitive to not disturb our guests. You are free to look in on us and see what we're up to. We're happy to answer questions and offer suggestions for food and entertainment. You can call us at any time (nighttime emergencies included). We live next door so we're readily available if needed.
It is possible for you to take a fiber arts class while you're staying at Bobbin House Studio. Talk to Steve about the many possibilities. The NeighborhoodProspect Park is an historic Minneapolis neighborhood and has the oldest neighborhood association in the Twin Cities. It is next to the University of Minnesota and is a vibrant and eclectic mix of academics, young urbanites, aging bohemian hippies, artists, musicians, young families, business professionals and even a few politicians. Many famous people have lived in the neighborhood. It is the highest point in the city. The curving, hilly and shady streets are a great place for a walk. Don't be surprised if you see a fox, small flock of wild turkeys, hawks, eagles, rabbits and other unusual wildlife not normally seen in a city - we're very proud of our neighborhood's less-than-perfect manicured lawns and English style "woolly" gardens. You could easily forget that you're in the center of a large major urban city. Getting AroundBobbin House is geographically located in the “bulls-eye” of the Twin Cities Metro area with easy freeway access to anywhere by car and excellent public transit. Bobbin House has a dedicated off-street parking space within a few feet of the front door for one guest vehicle. Additional non-restricted parking is available in the street.
You can easily get to Bobbin House from the MSP International Airport, Amtrak train and Greyhound/Jefferson bus stations by way of light-rail. We are happy to share tips and suggestions on fares and using public transportation. We have transit schedules and maps available and are able to answer most questions.
The closest “Green Line" light-rail station (Westgate Station) is a block away. The #16 bus stop is a few steps closer. Other bus routes are within one or two blocks. The train is a high frequency route which operates every 10 minutes during the day, 10-20 minutes in the evening/weekends, and 30-60 minutes during the late over-night hours. The bus runs every 20 minutes and stops at nearly every block between train stations. Both follow University Ave, a major retail/commercial corridor, which connects the downtowns of Minneapolis and St. Paul, the University of Minnesota and numerous interconnecting bus routes. Major national and regional stores and restaurants, and dozens of small family run shops and restaurants are near all the light-rail stations along the University Ave corridor.
For retail enthusiasts, you can travel to the world famous "Mall of America" by light-rail – it will take you from within a block of Bobbin House to the station inside the mall in about 30-40 minutes. Instead of walking long distances to find your car in a multi-thousand-car parking ramp, save your energy for shopping in the “mega mall” by taking a relaxing ride on the light-rail train. Ultimately, it's easier in many ways. Other Things to NoteOur newest neighborhood coffee shop/restaurant, T-Rex Cookie & Cafe, is just steps away around the corner. They offer fresh baked pastries, soups, sandwiches, salads and some of the biggest and best T-Rex Cookies (1/2 pound cookies in several varieties!). Oh, and of course, rich aromatic Free Trade organic coffee. Other food options are nearby - check out our AirBnB Guidebook for more suggestions.
We're just a short walk away from the Textile Center of Minnesota. Other popular attractions are nearby or easily accessible by public transit or car. Check out the "Links" page on our website for more information.