The SpaceThis is a lovely, clean, light filled space, with real plaster walls, hardwood floors, and curtains made of handloomed sari fabric imported from Orissa, India. A small desk/table can be used for work or for your breakfast, tea, or snack. We supply coffee and tea--and if you let us know your preference, milk, soy milk, or almond milk. Yogurt, beer, wine, and juice are in the refrigerator. The cupboard is stocked with snacks, packaged soups, instant oatmeal, granola, muesli. Light cooking in the microwave. We supply dishes, glasses, cutlery, napkins, etc. Guest AccessWe do not share the house. Guests use the side entrance, from the driveway, and its stairway, which does not go into the main part of the house. Upon request, you are welcome to use the washer and dryer in the basement, as well as an iron and ironing board. Interaction with GuestsWe must be available at your arrival to introduce you to our dog, Yoshi, and show you the room. Check in times are 3-9 pm. The NeighborhoodThis is in the heart of Oberlin's historic neighborhood, in a beautiful large home built in 1901 by Julia Brainerd Hall, through the financial generosity of her younger brother, Charles Martin Hall. She lived here with her two other unmarried sisters. Julia was a chemistry major at Oberlin, and her younger brother followed in her footsteps. She participated in his discovery of the method to make aluminum commercially. When his patent rights were challenged, her excellent laboratory notes and depositions were crucial in his winning the rights. She is considered by some to be a co-discoverer. Julia and Charles remained correspondents, and she advised him on many matters. After his death, one of her sisters married and moved to Rochester. She and the remaining unmarried sister moved there, as well. The house was then occupied by their oldest brother, a minister, and his family.
We are only the fourth owners of this 115-year-old home!
You will feel safe and comfortable in this lovely neighborhood surrounded by homes built at the turn of the 19th/20th centuries. Getting AroundFor rides to and from the airport or around the area, check the Oberlin College Classifieds: (URL HIDDEN) A number of locals and students offer rides at very reasonable prices.
If you are staying for any amount of time and want a bicycle, try the Oberlin Bike COOP.
Oberlin is a walking town, and we are two (long) blocks from the campus/music conservatory and downtown.
Our favorite restaurants are Wild Mango and the Black River Cafe on Main Street and the Indian Restaurant on East College. The Fev on Main Street serves a famous Sunday brunch.
The favorite meeting place in town is the Slow Train (coffee house) on East College--free WiFi, seating in the courtyard in good weather. Great coffee, pastries, and atmosphere!
If you need a haircut, massage, facial, pedicure--Adeva Salon and Spa on College Street, near the intersection with Main, is highly recommended. The stylists are first rate.
The Ben Franklin on College has just about anything you might need.
For gorgeous clothes and an amazing bead collection, visit Bead Paradise on College. Also check out Ade's store on Main Street for African art, textiles, jewelry, and interesting clothes.
A health food store is located in the parking between the Conservatory and Main Street.
Check with us if there is anything you need, and we can direct you. Other Things to NoteWhen you arrive, please telephone Dyane at (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN). You can pull into the driveway just behind the garage and unload your luggage next to the side door (see photo on listing).
We supply luggage stands for you, as well as hangars on hooks behind the entry door.