The SpaceIt's a little quirky, a little crooked, and very charming.
Karen and Steve are happy to welcome you into their home in this 19th century brick bungalow, with all the things you'd expect in the city. Walkability to great coffee shops, movies, restaurants, ballgames, shops, clubs, events. Our home is comfortable and cozy with amenities that will make you happy to just relax and enjoy the space. For the summer, we have window a/c units to keep the space cool.
The bedroom has a comfortable queen size Ikea fold down bed with a 3" memory foam pad, artsy style and stocked bookshelves. The living room features the same fold down couch/bed to accommodate another person or two if privacy isn't an issue (no doors between it and the bedroom), but normally serves as a living room with broadcast TV, Apple TV, DVD, VHS.
We have a work space in the front room with wi-fi and an audio hook up for music. Plenty of room to spread out should you need to get some work done while you're here. Guest AccessYou will have access to the entire first floor of our house which includes the kitchen, laundry, the living room and bedroom, both with an assortment of books, DVD's and tapes, along with a TV and tape/DVD player,Apple TV, and local broadcast.
The kitchen has everything you'd need for everyday cooking. Just leave the clean dishes in the drying rack. There is a washer and dryer as well.
We have two bicycles available along with helmets.
The small fenced, private garden is yours to use (check photos). In the summer we have fresh herbs you are welcome to, some chairs to kick back in and relax after your long day of exploring. Interaction with GuestsWe will always be available by email, phone or text for any questions that you might have. Availability is based on our own travels so we will not be sharing the space in any way during your stay. Ourselves or our good friend Kathy will be in the neighborhood should you need anything. The NeighborhoodKeep in mind that this is the city. While much of the neighborhood is enjoying an urban revival, there are some, um, "interesting" elements. The neighborhood is economically and racially diverse. An open mind is all that's needed to thoroughly enjoy your time in our neighborhood.
Newport is a small city within a city. It has a rich and varied history that seems a microcosm of the American story. Immigration, prohibition, gambling, brewing, urban decay and revitalization. The story of Newport is the story of America. Although we feel the area is getting better all the time, it is still a little rough around the edges. The more used to an urban environment you are, the more comfortable you will be.
Walk out your door and literally smell the coffee roasting at Carabello's Coffee shop. Or you could head down to Reser's Bicycle Shop and have an a coffee drink created by Joe, the greatest barista we've ever had the pleasure of coming across. Head around the corner to Ebert's, one of the oldest butcher shops in Kentucky. Take in a movie, Barnes and Noble book store, the Newport Aquarium, and many other attractions at Newport on the Levee. Or you could enjoy any of a number of local, family owned establishments including The Dee Felice Cafe (live jazz and amazing food), The Southgate Revival (one of the classic music clubs of all time, housed in a converted church), Pompillio's, Mansion Hill Tavern (blues), Sis's Family Affair, a host of breakfast and chili joints on Monmouth, all within walking distance. This is what the city is all about, walkability. Stash the car keys and enjoy slowing down for a while. Downtown Cincinnati is just six blocks and a bridge away, walk, bike or cab.
We love to amble through the East Row District, on through Mansion Hill, and on down to the Ohio River for the exquisite views of downtown Cincinnati at Newport on the Levee. The area's rich repository of historic architecture make a stroll a must. Getting AroundWhile we prefer to walk and cycle (there usually are two bicycles available in working condition), the Southbank Shuttle will get you around Newport, Covington, and downtown Cincinnati, which also has public bicycles. The TANK and Metro provide bus service to the entire metropolitan area. Soon we will have the trolley to get us from downtown Cincinnati to uptown, including the University area and the Zoo. Taxicab service is also available. Other Things to NoteThis is our home and we expect that you will be considerate of it. It is a non-smoking space.
We have no microwave.
We now have WiFi and Apple TV.
The inside wood-stove is off limits.
Please watch your step. This house is old and settled. You can enjoy hours of entertainment putting tennis balls on the floor and betting where they'll end up. Please be aware and a bit careful.