Located in lovely, tree-lined, safe neighborhood in the heart of the Minneapolis lake and park district. 15 minutes by car to airport, Mall Of America and downtown, or by foot to Lake Harriet. Queen bed, full bath (shared if Room #2 booked), AC and fans, hi-speed internet/wi-fi; coffee and breakfast ingredients if requested. All furniture in home is custom made. Bike available.
Queen bed (*full bedroom set on display in juried art show Aug 10 - Oct 29; room will be furnished for comfort, just not with Craig's designer stuff!); full bath - shared if other guest room is rented. AC or fans in summer. Hi-speed internet/wi-fi. Coffee available. 15 min to airport, Mall of America, downtown, or by foot to Lake Harriet. Bike available in our safest of Minneapolis neighborhoods.
First floor has two living spaces, one formal the other not, in addition to the kitchen, 1/2 bath ("WC" for you Europeans), and dining spaces. Furniture is custom built by husband, Craig, some of it quite whimsical in design. Your wing is for guests: the second bedroom is on the south-west corner and has two twin beds - it is listed separately on Airbnb and if rented, bathroom will be shared. Hosts' bedroom suite is at top of stairs on second floor, on opposite side of the house from guest wing.
The guest wing on second floor has laundry room available for small fee. Full bath is shared by guests in the two airbnb rooms. The guest wing on second floor has laundry room available for small fee. Eating spaces available in dining room, dinette or patio in back yard. Full kitchen used by us is also at your disposal, as is refrigerator space. Also feel free to make yourself coffee from our french press or Italian Moka.
Interaction with guests
Craig or Jean (maybe both) will be home during your stay, and are Minneapolis enthusiasts interested in sharing what we love about the Twin Cities. You decide how much you want to talk with us, though; we want no stress for you! Neighbors are also very friendly, helpful, easy to approach.
Other things to note
Minneapolis is the most bike-friendly city in the US (as of Dec 2015), and we are close to trails, including those that circle the Chain of Lakes. Jean has a bike you may borrow, and the city has NiceRide rentals in season. There are multiple coffee shops, restaurants, grocery stores within minutes. High speed wi-fi is free. We are not TV watchers, so screen time will have to be on your computer.
Breakfast items are available to you upon request, as well as space in fridge for your own items, but we ask that you clean up after yourself in the kitchen. Slippers are available in front hall closet, to warm your toes, as we ask you to remove shoes at the door. Turn off common lights at night please, except for nite-light in your bathroom. We ask that you run fan in bathroom after showering (x20 min). Please treat the furniture kindly; it's custom made and the bedroom sets are destined as gifts to our sons. No smoking or pets. Neighborhood quiet hours between 10pm-7am.
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When my husband, Craig, or I travel for work we have to stay in standard hotels, so when travelling for pleasure we prefer staying in more unique settings, from camping and cabins to B &B’s and boutique hotels. Same goes for restaurants; we’re foodies and seek out local cuisine, ma & pa joints, and good chefs. Nearly always on our vacation “must do” list includes a tour of some sort. Tours of historical sites or art museums are typical, and we adore park rangers.
I am an admitted extrovert. As a physical therapist I have to relate to all kinds of people and do a lot of teaching currently to injured workers or those at risk for injury. Also, I currently teach tai chi classes and give eduational seminars about tai chi, and I used to be a tour guide at the Walker Arts Center, our world-class modern art museum (now schedule precludes that). Nordic walking and yoga are my favorite fitness activities, and I love downhill skiing (which is how I met Craig), theater, and cooking. My family and sons consider me a nutrition fanatic, but really I just find joy in knowing what’s in the food I serve and in finding/shopping for healthy and tasty new foods.
Craig isn’t really my opposite, though claims he’s an introvert. He loves biking (and gets me to bike with him by hauling me on a tandem), and woodworking – the latter is his relaxing hobby that counters his brain-taxing job in IT. And I get some really cool furniture.ask to see photos . Craig is quite fit, being a 5-day/week YMCA guy, and we do a yoga class together on Saturday mornings.
We’ve both travelled a lot, including our 3 month tour of Europe and Turkey in 1988 and our four-year house in Germany from 1997 to 2001, which gave a home base for many more trips in the EU, as well as several friends with whom we still take vacations. That said, the USA gives us many opportunities for national and state park experiences, historical and cultural events and education, and local cuisine sampling.
Both of our grown sons attend our alma mater, the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Both are also foodies, good cooks, and both actually enjoying hanging out with one another, which warms their mom’s heart.
Instead of music or TV, at home we like the sounds of the birds outside; we try to avoid turning on the AC in favor of open windows. [okay, not during Minnesota winters] That said we do rely on AC when Minneapolis gets hot and humid, and we do binge occasionally on Neflix or Amazon Prime TV series - this surprises even us, as we’d gone completely without TV for 20 years of marriage, and have never had cable TV.