Sunny bedroom, attached 1/2 bath, and large front porch in an owner-occupied downtown bungalow. Your room comes with either a king bed or 2 twins - please let us know which you prefer. We're 1 block from Missoula's river-front trails, 3 blocks from both downtown & the University of Montana campus, convenient to the I-90 interstate exchange, and within an easy walk of Missoula's best coffee shops, restaurants, theaters, and music venues.
Briefly: You have exclusive use of the front porch, front entry, a window-filled bedroom, and a lovely new "en suite" half bath. Single-speed cruiser bikes and inner tubes are provided for your use.
Less Briefly: We're in the heart of Missoula (almost literally; our historic home is a contributing resource within the National Register of Historic Places "Heart of Missoula" Historic District), at the confluence of the North Hills, Clark Fork River, Crazy Canyon, Mount Sentinel, and Mount Jumbo trail systems and of Rattlesnake Creek and the Clark Fork River. We're a stone's throw from campus - an easy walk over either of two pedestrian footbridges -, and a short river walk to happy hour or concerts at the Adam's Center, Top Hat or Wilma, or ice cream at Big Dipper or Sweet Peaks.
Your room is equipped with Montana-interest books, maps and hiking guides, and a coffee/tea station. Your closet is in the hallway just outside your bedroom door. You'll find extra blankets, pillows, rain gear, and an iron and ironing board there.
You'll share the full (4-piece) bath with us. That ends up being very easy - we're up and out very early and very quickly - and it's even easier now that you have your own private 1/2 bath.
In addition to your private room and half bath, you have private use of the cool shaded front porch. I am happy to do your laundry; fill the laundry bag hanging on the door of your closet and leave in the hallway. PLEASE do not ask to use the laundry room - I'd much rather do your laundry than keep the laundry room tidy!
Interaction with guests
The home is owner-occupied (long-time Missoulians, recent empty-nesters). Your stay can be as private or as social as you choose; we like to visit AND we're happy to respect your privacy.
Other things to note
We want our guests to be happy. Here's the fine print:
Light sleepers and country dwellers beware: One previous guest said that our location is busy -- ideal if you like being within walking distance of campus and/or downtown, less ideal for those with business on the outskirts. We live in Montana's version of the urban center. During the winter, when the storm windows are up, traffic and neighbor noise is minimal. It's louder during the summer when we take down one of the storm windows and put in a window fan/AC unit. You'll want to either run your fan, your AC, or the white-noise machine. Note too that you WILL hear the night trains. Everyone in Missoula hears the night trains; there's no escape in our hill-rimmed town.
Also: Our home is an old Craftsman bungalow, built in 1927, and while your bedroom is the largest of our bedrooms, it's still small by modern standards; thus our low price. We are a wonderful option for single guests, those staying for only a few nights, or those who are out and about much of the time. Others might find the quarters a bit cramped.
No smoking in the house, please. The front porch is a designated smoking area.
Please, no shoes in the house.
And, if you think about it, please pull the shower curtain closed after your shower, so that it will dry more quickly.
Dogs welcome, Cats not (Mike-the-cat is an ungracious host to cats, though he'll snuggle up with your cat-friendly dog). The Jacob's Island Dog Park - securely fenced along the west edge, open to the river on the remaining three sides - is a very short walk from the house, just off the Van Buren St railroad/pedestrian bridge, on the south side of the river. Unfenced but river-side Kiwanis Park is an even shorter walk: one block south of the house.
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I'm an adjunct professor at the University of Montana, my husband Warren is a therapist, we're both long-time Missoulians, and now -- 4:30 p.m. Sept. 1, 2014, our Airbnb launch -- we're empty nesters. We wish we weren't, but rather than lament the children's flight every time we walk by their empty and strangely tidy room we decided to build a travel-to-see-the-kids fund.