The SpaceA cabin in the woods + a cottage at the beach + a cutting-edge art gallery = the happily factory. Just outside Boston (30-45 min), near Quincy Center, w/public transport access, free parking, 10 minutes' drive to the freeway. It feels like Boston & Cape Cod combined.
It’s a special treat - IF you like antiques, weird cool things, and see beauty in imperfection. But it's not for everyone - so please read on to see if it's right for you...
On the plus side:
- half block walk to the beach
- reading in the hammock on the porch watching birds & squirrels
- grilling steaks or boiling lobster to eat on the farm tables inside or out
- fans, shade, ocean breeze, gentle weather
- flat screen with Netflix & DVDs in the living room
- ping pong, toys, games, & art materials to play with, books to read
- self-serve coffee/tea & Light breakfast included your first night
- loaners like beach stuff, umbrella, sunglasses, stuff you maybe forgot
- cute furry wild animals in the yard who won't bother you (really!)
- naturally clean indoor air, avoiding chemicals
- It's exotic! Stay in the home of a real Bohemian!
- super safe neighborhood, quiet, peaceful
- witty, playful art like the best contemporary museum, in a range of media
- charming! unique! full of life!
- cheaper than a hotel!
On the minus side (for some folks):
- no AC, no TV
- the yard outside is a wild-life preserve, not a croquet court
- inside you may see a spider or something with wings (it's ok! it won't get you!)
- something is always not quite finished being renovated
- sound travels thru wood walls & ceilings more than thru modern ones
- some of that art is related to sex! or bodies! or (gasp) feminism!
- it's not a familiar perfect chain hotel or McMansion
- it's not the cheapest thing imaginable!
But what are the bedrooms like?
- 3 main, 'cute' bedrooms: 1st w/queen bed, 2nd w/twin, 3rd w/full: each w/memory foam-topped bed, mirror, desk, chair, hooks or closet, fan
- 2 'storage' (not for being cute) rooms with twin floor mattresses
And if we have 8-12people?
- queen air mattress, queen sofa bed, in living room; feather bed pallete there or in third bedroom Guest AccessFull use! Living room (15' x 20'), dining room (seats 8+), big kitted-out-kitchen (microwave, dishwasher, pots/pans, etc). Huge wrap-around porch with multiple seating/dining alcoves & hammock. Full bath upstairs, 1/2 bath downstairs, washer/dryer. Interaction with GuestsWe'll mostly do texting, then phone/web/app. I usually do a tour in person with you upon arrival, but if we can't arrange that, detailed notes will help you feel at-home. The NeighborhoodThe best sky, the most relaxing beach, the most pleasant walks, and the best smelling fresh air in the Boston area! Getting AroundPUBLIC TRANSIT: 2 block walk to bus, 15 minute ride to Red Line subway (T) / Quincy Center (where there are also lots of restaurants & pubs). Or 5 minutes' bus in other direction to Hingham marina w/shops, restaurants, movies.
TOTAL TRAVEL TIME: Approx. 45 minutes via driving OR mass transit to most areas of Boston including suburbs (30 to 60 minutes depending on location and time of day). The MBTA (mass transit) has a very thorough “how to get there” website, Please consult it or G. maps for travel times from “corner of Pilgrim Rd. & North St. in North Weymouth, MA” to your destinations before writing with transit questions! *** I’d just be copy-pasting this paragraph, unless you have questions those sites can’t answer
Drivers enjoy our guaranteed free parking right in front! Other Things to Note1. Kids: art is within reach, it's not too fragile but active youngsters should be supervised. There's lots of toys and games kids get to play with too!
2. Dis/abilities: 1 full flight of Imperfect stairs outside, squirrels who like to throw walnuts on walk paths & such, & 1 full flight of wood stairs inside.
3. Upstairs balcony: off-limits currently.
4. Yard: not off-limits, but not conventionally landscaped.
5. LGBT friendly, welcoming all, regardless of race, language, nationality, etc.
6. Art: Some of our often playful, witty contemporary art references a bit of nudity & the existence of a concept called sex!
In 4 years I've had 100's of air bnb guests, including children and adults of every age - 98% of guests were content (often overjoyed) with the decor. There are over 100 works of contemporary art. Many are abstract paintings, but others are more unusual sculptures or imagery.