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This Ethan Allen sleigh bed, with gorgeous mountain and sunset views, has cool cross breezes and wraps you in warm wood walls, ceiling and floor! A sweet retreat after hiking, skiing, enjoying the river, or shopping!
Yes, guests should do their own dishes and please remove shoes when entering my home.
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I am an artist and educator who loves to travel and explore new cultures. I have traveled extensively through Europe, Central America, the Caribbean, as well as up and down the East and West coasts of the USA. I hope to explore more of Canada and the Maritime Provinces, the Southwest and Northwest USA.
I think I enjoyed Italy most of all, with the amazing art and history, as well as the wonderful people I met, and certainly the food was incredible, as expected.
I couldn't live without Lobster and fresh veggies, and without seeing the ocean once in a while. My homemade Salsa is a staple in my fridge year round!
I need music in my life and I need to be creative at some level most of the time.
Reggae music, classic rock, blues and jazz fill my airspace at home or in the car. Stone Mountain Arts and Meadowbrook are nearby music venues that have some great acts coming up.
Netflix is one of the best things! I catch so many indie movies and foreign movies that I would not otherwise take the time to find. I have basic cable in the common rooms for guests who desire a little down/tube time.
I hosted foreign students for the summers when my children were growing up, and I have couch surfed in Amsterdam, as well as hosted here. I enjoy sharing food and stories with locals wherever I travel and try to teach children stories and songs in every place I visit.
As a host, I really enjoy letting guests know a little history of the area, telling them where my favorite restaurants and nature spots are, as well as sharing the comfortable home I have created, while throwing in a few extras to make them feel welcome and special!
My 1930's log home is just the place to kick back and enjoy a cozy fire with amazing views of the Presidential Range, either in the wood stove or outside around the fire pit. Warm wood interior and a cozy vintage kitchen make it a great home away from home. Should you choose to venture out, the quaint nearby villages in Fryeburg or North Conway Village and Jackson gives lots of opportunity for exploring classic New England. There are unique shops, great "Valley Original" restaurants as well as tax-free outlet shopping just across the border. Portland and Old Orchard beach are just 50 miles away if you want ocean and a real coastal town experience, but the Saco River and a public beach, are just a couple of minutes down the road. Bring your kayaks and canoes or rent from one of the well-run outfits nearby.
There is a paved, 4 mile biking/walking trail just across the street and, of course, miles and miles of world-class unspoiled hiking trails in my backyard. The AT crosses the Presidential Range.
Summer is a great time to experience the Mount Washington Valley and the coast of Maine. Why not enjoy it from a home away from home?
I am not fluent in all the languages I listed but I am working on it and do enjoy the chance to learn more.
This last bit is my response to a recent guest's feedback about my home: I hope it will help future travelers decide if my home is a good fit for the experience they are hoping to have!
Kathy and her group wanted to rent just two rooms for two couples, and to pay for a fifth guest who would sleep on the floor of one of the rooms. They paid the $20 extra person fee, but since I had an empty twin room, I let their friend use it with no extra charge, though I did have a cot and an air mattress that he could have used. I want my guests to feel like family and I would have done this for a family member!
I asked Kathy and her husband if there was anything I could do differently to make their stay more comfortable. They had a few suggestions and since these things are not clear on my listing, I thought I would address them here.
My home is on the main road, (There are only two main roads in Fryeburg!) and though there is a small commercial area across the street, there is absolute quiet between cars, and shouldn't be portrayed as a constant, city-type, noise situation. It is quiet at night for the most part, but we are in the mountains and there is still traffic that must pass here to get to and from all the shops, hotels, and restaurants in North Conway and beyond.
I bring the center of the house to the rear, where the non-stop, serene mountain views and comfortable furnishings are designed to help keep guests relaxed. The Adirondack chairs out back are situated to watch the beautiful sunsets or star gaze!
The kitchen is quaint. I live here and love the way the kitchen is rustic but full of cool, funky things, and also good quality cookware, knives, and antique dishes, appropriate for the age of the house. I open my refrigerator and spice cabinet to travelers who choose to cook. These are things you will not find in an over-priced, impersonal hotel room. This is part of the draw to airbnb for me! I like to spoil people!.
I do not pay for a cable upgrade. I do not watch tv personally and feel that basic cable and High Speed internet is more in tune with the travelers I have hosted for the most part. The local channel "Outside TV" has been a favorite for my guests, as they have mostly been outdoor enthusiasts, hikers, Skiers/boarders.
Kathy mentioned an idea that I should have locking door knobs on the bedrooms, but that is the exact opposite of the feeling I am creating here. It is a safe place, and I do not want to promote a false feeling of insecurity. I believe that people are good, and I trust the system that airbnb has created. I don't believe that an airbnb traveler, who goes through the system of being verified, wants to travel here, pay to spend the night, and then steal from me or from other guests. I am sticking to this ideal and my belief that people are good. My things are here too, and I don't lock my bedroom door.