The SpaceThe space is intended to be more of a place to lay your head at night and stow your gear during the day. It's pretty spartan. The walls need to be ulpainted. It's great for anyone that's just passing through or backpacking. you'll notice from reviews that the value from the room isn't from the accommodations as much as the hospitality and service. The property was previously abandoned for about 6 months and was pretty rundown. It's improved a lot, but "it ain't the Ritz." If you would like the air mattress set up, please specifically request it before arriving.
The real VALUE of this location isn't from the room itself so much as the service package that comes with it. I offer perks like:
PIck up from airport/mass transit*
Immediate access to National Forest
TSA approved toiletries/hygiene supplies.
*Subject to availability Guest AccessThere isn't much, but you're welcome to it. You'll have full enjoyment of the house. While this room is designed to be more of a place to stow your gear and sleep at night than a 5-star resort. To be clear, the property isn't much, I tend to focus more on the customer service aspect of your stay since I can actually affect that. Also, I can't really pick up and move it to the metro station, it's a 10 minute walk, 15-20 if you're a slow poke. I'll give you a ride if our schedules sync up. It's about a $5-10 cab ride when you're coming back at night (recommend negotiating a lower flat rate before getting in the cab). I'm not sure how much Uber is. You can use space in the fridge (please label your food) and have full access to the kitchen and cookware. There's a backyard, that leads into a national forest. If you're into light hiking, feel free to go into the tree line and explore. You'll find some old hiking trails and a few deer paths that you can follow to the stream. If you go out at the right time, you'll also find the deer that made the path. Follow the stream long enough and you'll find a beaver dam where the terrain switches from deciduous forest to bog and then swamp. Interaction with GuestsI should be around and if I'm not you'll have my cell number for any questions or issues that arise. I'm big on prompt and professional customer service since it's my biggest selling point within reason. So don't hesitate if there's anything that you need. I'll leave you to your devices, but don't feel that I'm unapproachable. I prefer to let each guest determine their level of interaction, so I won't pester you or hover. But if you want to chat, feel free to pull up a chair. If you're staying on a work exchange agreement, I'll tell you what to do or how to do it, but not both. The NeighborhoodSafe, quiet neighborhood that's close to nature, on the edge of the Nation's Capitol. In fact, it's part of the Henson Creek reserve if you're into nature walks/rides.
Metro is about less than 1km away. In other words, that's a $5-10 cab ride or a 15-ish minute walk along the Parkway. You'll be about a 30 minutes metro ride away from monuments. FYI, most things in DC are a 30 minute metro ride; driving is about the same, but you have to pay for city parking. Aside from monuments, you're a little closer to the other tourist activities depending on what you're looking to do (National Harbor, Baltimore, Chesapeake Bay, Asateague Island, Richmond). (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) "Traillink" for info on the "henson-creek-trail."
(URL HIDDEN) Getting AroundIf you want to go site seeing, I may be able to offer some recommendations and can probably give you a lift to the metro station. If I'm free, I may be able to offer a tour of the city on weekends. If I'm not around, it's not far from the property (if the road didn't curve, you could see it). I also have a few metro passes that I may be able to loan you. It'll save you at least $7 (US), and you can reload it as necessary.
Alternatively, you can rent a car, Enterprise will pick you up or you can take the metro to the Branch Avenue station near where their office is. There are also Zip Car and Enterprise Car Share at the Suitland Metro station.
Checkpoints. As you approach, please update me as you reach the following checkpoints en route to my location.
GROUND VEHICLE (Beltway Approach)
1. I-66, I-95, or I-270, I-295, I-395, I-495, I-695 (Suitland Pkwy)
2. Traveling on Washington Beltway (AKA I-495, Beltway). Please advise me of which exit (exit name & number) you are near.
3. Crossing or leaving Washington Beltway via I-66, I-395, I-295
4. I-495 Exit 9 MD-337 toward Allentown Rd/Andrews AFB/Morningside
5. Suitland Parkway (you'll be turning left at the traffic light)
6. Suitland Road. You'll cross over a bridge/overpass.
GROUND VEHICLE (DC Approach)
1. I-295, I-395, I-495, I-695
2. JEFFERSON MEMORIAL/Crossing the Potomac River from DCA.
ANACOSTIA RIVER: Crossing any river on I-695/S Capitol Street
SUITLAND PARKWAY: Both sides of road lined with trees; all following checkpoints are cross streets you will pass without turning.
DC/MD STATE LINE: You will go under a bridge (Southern Ave SE) and pass a stop light. Speed limit increases to 45 mph.
3. NAYLOR RD (4-way intersection train station is on elevated platform to your right; the speed limit increases to 50 mph).
4. SILVER HILL RD: You will go under another bridge/ flashing radio tower on hill to your right.
5. MEADOWVIEW DRIVE: Right turn from Suitland Pkwy marked by sign and isolated street lamp.
Prior to departure, Please inform me when you
1) board your plane
2) when you land
3) clear baggage claim/depart the airport.
Below, airports are listed alphabetically by FAA trigraph.
* Special Instructions for Flights
1. BWI (Baltimore-Washington "Thurgood Marshall" International Airport) - Take Amtrak or Acela to Union Station and proceed to DC Metro Approach instructions.
2. DCA (Reagan International Airport) - There is a metro station connected to the airport. Use DC METRO approach plan.
3. IAD (Washington Dulles International) - Most complicated
a) Dulles Airport Shelter 2E
b) Take bus 5A L'Enfant Plaza Station (comes hourly, takes about 45 minutes)
c) Proceed using DC METRO Approach plan.
1. BWI Station
2. New Carrolton Station
3. Union Station
4. Continue using the DC METRO approach plan.
1. Enter DC Metro system Red or Green Line
2. Gallery Place/China Town Metro Station
3. L'Enfant Plaza Metro Station
4. Crossing bridge over the Anacostia River
5. Continue, updating every station for the last few stops until reaching Suitland Metro Station
6. Suitland Metro Station (I will likely pick you up here)
7. Continue after advising me of mode of transit for last leg (Uber/Taxi/ walking). NOTE: Negotiate taxi prices before entering vehicle; try for $5 which is comparable to Uber/Lyft. Other Things to NoteI'm working on doing some landscaping at this time, so the yard is a work in progress when the weather cooperates. If you're staying with me on a work exchange agreement, gloves and tools are located in the shed. As weather changes, I'll shift my focus to indoor renovations. This should not affect your room, but there may be some clutter (tools, etc) around common areas. Don't stress about your beauty rest; I usually don't do anything loud before noon.