Historic and cozy brownstone in the heart of Midtown Harrisburg. Amenities include a hardwood bed with a new, quality, queen sized mattress, a large, private balcony, an upscale bathroom, and use of a state of the art kitchen. Only 3 blocks from the Susquehanna river, 4 blocks from the Broad Street Market, and surrounded by numerous farm to table restaurants within a 1 minute walk. Coffee and tea, and a second 18" thick pillow top twin air mattress for an additonal guest are also available.
The guest room includes a queen sized bed, a mini fridge and freezer, a coffee station with refreshments, a private balcony, and a box of toiletries in case you forgot something. Guests may also use the living room, kitchen, and bathrooms. We ask that guests kindly store their food in the separate guest fridge, as it is always fresh, clean, and empty when a guest arrives.
Interaction with guests
Feel free to message me by text or email at any time or by phone from 8AM to 10PM. We will be on site much of the time. We love sharing stories, conversation, and fun ideas for things to do in the area with our guests (perhaps even a meal), but we also totally understand busy schedules that don't allow for all of that and will do our best to make your stay as efficient as possible if that's what you desire.
Other things to note
While our guests all have loved our place and the intricate details on nearly every surface in our home, the high ceilings, and the fantastic views, we realize that it's not ideally suited to anyone who has trouble climbing stairs. There are a few stairs into the house at all entrances, and the first floor has 10 foot ceilings which make for a long staircase to reach the bedrooms on the second floor. Also, due to the historic nature of the house, neither we, nor any former owners wanted to tear up the unique finishes to add ductwork. Therefore, we have electric baseboard heat (with a thermostat in literally every room) and window AC units (all newer and very cold) in most rooms. Your bedroom has its own air conditioner and you may set it however you like. As for the rest of the house, we typically just turn on units in whichever rooms are currently in use and shut them off if we leave the room. You may leave your bedroom AC on while you're out if you prefer; however please turn off any other air conditioners that you turn on when leaving the room/house.
Also, while parking is widely available and free, it is street parking here (no meters or permits required). You may inquire about off street parking spaces, which are available for $10/night extra.
1. First and foremost, to book this listing, you must have a cell phone or other mobile device that will allow you to communicate with us during your stay. This is crucial because many times we are not home when guests check in and without a way to receive text instructions, you won't be able to get in. If you will have someone staying with you who is traveling separately or if you're booking for someone else, please make sure we have their number and they have ours.
2. On a related note, while we love hosting international travelers and learning about other cultures, at this time, if you do not speak fluent English, then this listing probably isn't ideal for you. This is because we generally send check in instructions via text or email since we're not home during the day at consistent times. Due to certain features of our home, such as smart locks and pet gates, that are a bit more complex to operate, we have found that many guests with a language barrier have trouble operating these features due to trouble understanding our written instructions, and thus may have trouble even getting inside our home.
3. Kindly remove your shoes in the entryway (shoe rack provided for your convenience). Absolutely no shoes on the second floor. We provide all guests with a new pair of free hotel slippers upon arrival for their convenience (or you may wear your own slippers, socks, or indoor-only flip flops). Your slippers can be found in the basket to the right of the front door. We want to keep the carpets clean for our guests. Thank you for your understanding!
4. Smoking and vaping are prohibited on the premises -- both in the home and on any of the porches.
5. Make sure you always lock the front door behind you, using only the deadbolt. It locks with a standard hand-operated turning mechanism on the inside and on the outside is locked by pressing the Schlage button at the top of the keypad. Before attempting to lock with the Schlage button, make sure you firmly pull the doorknob towards you and hold it there while it locks. The doorknob itself doesn't latch properly and it could break the deadbolt motor if you try to close it when the door isn't firmly shut.
6. Our cat, Simba, is loose on the first floor. He's very friendly, but not allowed outside or upstairs. We have gates in place to make sure he doesn't get to the second floor or the kitchen. Please make sure he doesn't get outside or follow you through a gate.
7. Finally, we ask that you would please be gentle with the decorative pillows on the bed. We provide an abundance of regular, far more comfortable pillows and can provide even more upon request, but please don't sleep with the decorative pillows -- they are merely decorative, not sturdy enough for regular wear, and we have had to replace them due to abuse already. Thanks!
A few brief factoids about me:
Over-educated tractor trailer driver who is working on several startups as well as hosting AirBNBs.
Avid traveler. It's my favorite thing.
Shameless National Park Spokesperson. (unpaid....for now)
Foodie and obsessive chef.
Maker of puns.
Hater of cigarettes.
Lover of great conversations.
Well, since this is a travelling site, I'll say that my favorite trip thus far was a two week epic road trip along the Pacific Coast that involved romance, redwoods, dear friends, anthropological nutrition, and lots of unforgettable stories.
Also flying in a helicopter over the Grand Canyon and meeting the Grand Canyon's Narnian squirrels was pretty awesome, though I think Zion NP has been my favorite park to date. I would love to compare notes on the best parks. Sharing stories with guests and hosts is always a favorite part of this experience, but I also totally understand busy schedules that don't always allow for chit chat.
I have been in Harrisburg for about a decade now and lived in three different parts of town before deciding to call Midtown home. Whether you're in town for a night or a month, I can recommend some excellent eats and awesome activities to make your stay the best it can be. Harrisburg has become a thriving, hip, cultured, and foodie-centric city in recent years. We have many great options to explore.