About this listing
Stay here if you want to relax, seek walkable accessibility to downtown and an opportunity to swap stories of travels. You can make yourself at home in the kitchen and have the opportunity to hear advice on the city's best spots should you desire.
The home is across the street from Franklin and Marshall College, mere seconds from a gorgeous park and a brief walk to downtown (about 15 minutes). The guest room is on the second floor, right beside the shared bathroom.
The home is a beautifully renovated house built in 1898. I love my house, I hope you will too!
In addition to me, there are two nice housemates who live on the third floor. They too use the bathroom that you will use, but they are very clean.
Comfortably, my guest room houses TWO people. The room is small, but two people will be comfortable, with two single beds. However, I am completely willing to welcome a third person (I have an air mat) if you just need a place to crash for a night or two. I didn't want to limit groups of three...just understand that a third person will make it tight, but it's completely fine with me! I know how frustrating it can be to spend a lot of money on sleeping when you are on a tight budget. But, understand it is SMALL for 3 people, so please don't say I didn't warn you!
I know that a lot of people have other plans for breakfast, but if you want, I'm more than happy to give you some cereal. Just let me know! (If you would rather me point you in the direction of good eateries, that's fine too!) Regardless, I'll make sure you have some delicious coffee (or tea) each morning and will do whatever I can to make your stay in Lancaster a successful one. I love giving advice on the best places to eat, drink and see in town, so if you ask, I'll help you as much as I can.
Interaction with guests
I will typically be around for questions you may have. I also try to be quick to answer if you text or call me before or during your stay. I do this because I enjoy meeting the people who stay with me.
If you prefer hiding in your room, that's okay too!
My house is in a beautiful and quiet neighborhood that is easy to get to all the places in Lancaster city that you want to be, but peaceful when you need a break.
It's perfect for getting out of town, for any F&M (Franklin and Marshall College) related event or getting downtown effortlessly.
Things to see and do:
Lancaster First Friday and Third Friday (Lancaster Music Friday) each month,
Lancaster Central Market, The Amish, Lancaster County sightseeing, Franklin and Marshall College (F&M), Millersville University (and the Ware Center with lots of great events), Lancaster Convention Center, Long's Park (Long's Park Summer Music Series), The Fulton Opera House, Zoetropolis Art House and much more!
To eat and drink I recommend:
Lancaster Brewing Company, Aussie and the Fox, Himalayan Curry, The Fridge, Square One Coffee, Chestnut Hill Cafe, Mean Cup Coffee, Prince Street Cafe, On Orange, Tellus 360, Hunger and Thirst, Iron Hill Brewery, Splits and Giggles (the closest ice cream to my house and good sandwiches/soups too) and many more!
There is a bus stop right outside my house. Also, you can get downtown with a 15-20 minute walk depending on speed and destination.
I also can lend one bike if you are interested, just ask!
The train station is also walkable (20 min) and many guests come in by train or bus. This station is linked west to Harrisburg (and beyond) and east to Philadelphia (and beyond). I've been told it generally costs about $7 to take a taxi from the train station to my house.
There is now Uber in Lancaster too, so keep that in mind!
Here are some contacts for taxis:
Lancaster City Cabs ((PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)
Yellow Cab ((PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)
According to other guests, it costs around $5-7 to get from my home to the Amtrak station or to downtown.
Other things to note
I host on airbnb because I genuinely love getting to know new people and helping you learn about my awesome little city. I love when guests ask me for advice on where to eat, where to drink, what to do. So, please don't be shy!
PLEASE NOTE: It is extremely helpful if you provide a "best guess" time range for your arrival time and then stick to it. It's really hard to maintain a schedule when a guest tells me they plan to arrive at 2pm and then at 1:59 they text me and tell me it will now be 3pm, and then at 2:59pm, they text again...etc.
I obviously realize not everyone can give such an accurate prediction (and I'm gracious!) but please remember this isn't a hotel with desk clerks just standing around waiting for you. It's just a tiny pet peeve I've developed after two years of hosting with airbnb. If you communicate and stick to the plan and give me fair warning if you need to change your arrival plan, we will get along fine! I promise!
Common human courtesy:
1. Clean up after yourself (this includes cleaning the kitchen if you dirty it, washing dishes, wiping up the stove if you spill food, wiping the bathroom sink if you splash toothpaste everywhere).
I thought everyone's mothers taught them this, but you would be surprised).
2. Please be reasonably quiet if you are coming in late or leaving early, no need to panic if you make a noise, just basic courtesy :)
3. Please turn off lights and fans when you aren't in the room (This is a major pet peeve. Please don't leave all the lights of my house on at all times.)
4. Please do not invite unauthorized guests to stay with you (make sure you clarify if there are TWO people when are booking.
5. Understand the bathroom is shared, please be aware of the time you are spending in it and help to keep it as clean by wiping the counter, cleaning up after you shower, etc.
6. If you have a problem, communicate it and I will do whatever I can to help you out! I'm always sad when easily fixed issues come up on my review that I could have solved if I had been asked.
7. Please be mindful when you come and go that you make sure both doors are completely latched. I have a wonderful dog and I don't want her to have a chance to escape.
8. NO SMOKING on my property. This is includes NO SMOKING on my front porch, NO SMOKING in the backyard. I've had some problems with this so, to preserve my relationship with my neighbors, I'm making this more strict. There is a huge park across the street with lots of benches.
I am a traveler who appreciates the comfort of a cozy place to call home in the midst of wandering the globe. I am quick to smile, enjoy people's stories and love hearing people laugh. Depending on the time of the year, I may be responsible for the well-being of dozens of international teenagers. I love cities and want to travel to everywhere I haven't yet been and go back to every place I've already seen.