The SpaceYour room is on the main floor and at the back of the house. You have a private 1/2 bath next to your room for convenience, and a shared shower upstairs (this upstairs bathroom is private to you when the upstairs bedroom isn’t rented).
We have no neighbors behind us to interrupt your view of the wetland and the woods beyond. With your windows open in the spring and summer, you'll hear red-wing blackbirds, orioles, and chickadees in the early morning, tree frogs in the evening, and owls late at night.
Your room has a table so you can work efficiently on your laptop. Use the mini-fridge to keep your beverages, snacks, and left-overs cold, and the microwave to heat things up. On the table are a coffee maker/water heater and a toaster, so you can fix yourself coffee, tea, or instant cocoa anytime, plus toast or English muffins with honey or jam.
Next to the table is an armchair and floor lamp, for those quiet times when you want to read but aren't in bed yet!
We can talk about whether you'll have the time and inclination for breakfast in the morning. If so, your options include French toast, English muffins, multi-grain toast, cereal, yogurt, milk, orange juice, and tomato juice. Guest Access—You can park either up in the driveway on the left side, or in the street right in front of the house, depending on which spot is open at the time.
—You can borrow my bike to explore our neighborhood trail system that winds through the woods and wetlands. (I wish I had two bikes for couples!)
—Feel free to relax on our deck anytime you're here! Interaction with Guests—We have two bedrooms on Airbnb, this one on the main floor and another, upstairs. I'll let you know when you send your inquiry if a guest is currently scheduled for the other bedroom during your stay.
—I often work from home, so will likely be around during the day. However, our main floor is laid out in such a way that you'll probably only see me when you need to.
—If you're a deck lover, we might be sharing some time on the deck. The NeighborhoodWe're in a quiet residential neighborhood, super-quiet for you because you're at the back of the house! There is very little motor traffic during the day on weekdays. During the evenings and weekends, you’ll see more traffic and many people out walking.
Your welcome packet includes maps of neighborhood trails and the nearby regional trails. Getting AroundIt's best if you have a car or a friend can drive you while you're here, because there are no transit lines within walking distance. An Uber pick-up can take up to 20 minutes.
If you have a car but prefer public transportation over city driving, we're a 10 minute drive from a Park 'n' Ride lot with express connections to downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Below are drive times from our house to a few of the major venues and museums in the Twin Cities (source: (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) maps). Please note that these drive times don’t factor in rush hour traffic, possible road construction along the route, or the time required to find a parking space(URL HIDDEN)Como Zoo and Conservatory: 27-29 min(URL HIDDEN)Guthrie Theater: 26-28 min(URL HIDDEN)Mall of America: 36-38 min(URL HIDDEN)Minneapolis Convention Center: 30-32 min(URL HIDDEN)Minneapolis Institute of Art: 32-34 min(URL HIDDEN)Minnesota State Fairgrounds: 31-33 min(URL HIDDEN)MSP International Airport: 35-36 min(URL HIDDEN)National Sports Center: 15-17 min(URL HIDDEN)Science Museum of Minnesota: 26-28 min(URL HIDDEN)Target Center: 30-31 min(URL HIDDEN)Target Field: 30-31 min(URL HIDDEN)U.S. Bank Stadium: 27-28 min(URL HIDDEN)Walker Art Center: 28-29 min(URL HIDDEN)Weisman Art Museum (Univ. of Minnesota): 29-31 min(URL HIDDEN)Xcel Energy Center: 27-29 min. Other Things to Note—We're a 15-minute drive (on city streets) to the National Sports Center in Blaine.
—I'm almost always here for check-in. When I'm not, you'll find the key in a coded lock-box on the front doorknob, plus a sheet of information in the entryway that will tell you where you can find everything.
—We have a permanent tenant in our lower-level walk-out apartment, whom you might meet in the driveway coming and going. James is a quiet young man who graduated with my older son. He has his own entry from the backyard patio, has no access to the rest of the house, and doesn't share our deck.
—Ideally, you're comfortable with pets, but we understand that if you booked at the last minute, our room might be a less-than-perfect match. We can keep our dogs out of your way for a one-night stay, but it would be difficult to do so for longer than that. We can definitely keep our cat out of your room!