Overlooking the Salt Lake Valley, our beautiful home is 3 minutes from downtown and the Convention Center, 10 mins from the U of U, 12 mins from the airport, and 45 mins from most ski areas. The view is spectacular -- and so is our hospitality!
We have one of the best views of the entire Salt Lake valley, including the Wasatch Mountains to the east and the Oquirrh Mountains to the west. Our guest quarters downstairs consist of a main bedroom with queen-size bed, a second room with a single bed, and a private bathroom with tub and shower; there is free wi-fi access throughout and AC on hot summer days. Our property, half xeriscaped, is home to many birds including California quail, scrub jays, hummingbirds, mourning doves, and many songbirds. Abby, a gentle female Doberman, is the third member of our family; we all love interacting with our guests! A full gourmet breakfast is included.
Guests are welcome to our home, grounds, hot tub, and off-street parking. Our grounds include a small orchard with organic fruit you're welcome to pick & enjoy according to the season: cherries (May), apricots (June), pears and peaches (August), and apples and grapes (Sept-Oct).
Interaction with guests
We are well travelled and always enjoy meeting and interacting with new people. Christiane speaks English, German, Italian, and French fluently; Tom speaks English, French, and a little German.
Other things to note
Included in the price is a gourmet breakfast featuring premium coffee (or tea), homemade breads, homemade granola, high-quality yogurt, fresh fruit, etc. If you have any dietary restrictions, please let us know ahead of time.
We have a beautiful deck at the corner of our property that has one of the most spectacular views in the entire Salt Lake Valley. Guests love being out there, kicking back, and taking it all in!
We have off-street parking. If you're towing a large trailer, please let us know at least 2 days in advance.
No smoking, no loud noise or music, please. Please turn off all lights when gone. If you need to do laundry, there are many public laundromats within 2 miles of our home. Most of the upstairs areas are for ourselves and family (the kitchen & breakfast table is an exception); please respect our privacy.
Christiane was born in Germany, grew up in Italy, and then moved back to Germany. Tom grew up in the New York metro area. We met in a classroom in Paris and two years later got married on a raft on the Snake River in Grand Teton National Park. After living in Seattle, Ann Arbor, and Pittsburgh, we moved to Salt Lake City in 1989, where Tom took a position as professor of English and Writing at the University of Utah. Until 9-11 Christiane had a travel business designing individualized, multilingual tours of Utah and the Western US; she is happy to share her knowledge with guests.
We both love outdoor recreation (e.g. skiing, hiking, river rafting), travel, good food & wine, music of all types, reading, international cinema, political discussions, dogs, our iPads, gardening, and more. We have rafted the entire length of the Grand Canyon three times with oar-powered rafts. Tom was a rock climbing fanatic for decades and has a store of knowledge about local climbs. We can also advise about all the local ski areas, other attractions, and many restaurants.
If you've never been to Salt Lake City you'll be surprised by its beautiful setting and all the things there are to see and do. We love it here and take great pleasure in sharing our knowledge with visitors!