About this listing
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Merriam Park is situated exactly between both downtowns. Comfy room, trundle bed (twins), quiet street near cafes, transportation. Shared bath/kitchen, wifi, street parking. Privacy!
Our guests: students, parents of students, artists and people in training (arts, dance, yoga) or those involved in sustainability, local food, etc.
Room #2 is a cozy room with a twin bed that has an additional twin trundle bed underneath that can be pulled out. Merriam Park is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the twin cities and is situated exactly between both downtowns. It is 5 blocks from the new metro (green line light rail). Built in the 1880s most of the homes are Victorian style with big yards, sidewalks and some bike paths. The neighborhood has numerous restaurants and cool shops.
Your accommodations and amenities
This is a 1880s home in St. Paul is near most colleges and universities (Macalester, St. Thomas, St. Cates, Concordia, Hamline and UMN-St. Paul campus). Here you have your choice of one or two bedrooms on the third floor plus a full kitchen and shared bath on the second floor. #2 bedroom has a day/trundle bed, cozy big chair, a beautiful 1920s dresser and mirror and a bird's eye view of the neighborhood. Free wifi of course! There are lots of books and maps about the Metro area and Minnesota in the rooms and kitchen.
Small, well trained dogs may be allowed with prior approval only. There is also an extra $25 cleaning fee.
Your kitchen is fully equipped and has cooking utensils, tea pot, coffee maker and a view of the garden. We have coffee and tea available every morning. The shared bath is original 1920s deco and is super clean. We use only "green" cleaning products!
In the summer there is a garden and fire pit to enjoy. Laundry service is available. Street parking available. House is shared with our friendly, outgoing family (2 adults and a teenager) and two dogs - Nina and Buddy Guy. We are normally on the first floor.
My family stayed at Deborah's place this past fall. Deborah's place was our first stop in our family's cross-country move to the Twin Cities. We enjoyed the homey, family atmosphere, and Deborah and her family were very welcoming and friendly. The neighborhood is wonderful, with many amenities in walking distance. An added bonus: Deborah's extensive knowledge of the local community and activities around town helped us quickly get involved in our new community. - Maureen
We love hosting students, their families, artists and medical residents who want to experience our unique neighborhood. There are few hotels in the area so families are happy to find us. We are located 1 mile from the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River and numerous hiking trails, close to I-94, near parks, biking and running paths, Nice Ride bicycle rentals, Whole Foods grocery store, theater, Choo Choo Bobs (just like the show), St. Paul's premier gourmet coffee shop - Kopplin's, the Blue Door - home of the Juicy Lucy, and a local foods treasures Trotter's Café and award-winning Izzy's Ice Cream! The neighborhood is well known for our vintage shops and antique stores.
WE'RE ON THE GREEN LINE!
Amtrak is a few blocks away. We are on major bus lines for both cities. Taxis are available 24/7. Its easy to rent bikes at any of the nearby NiceRide stations - Simply take a bike when you need one, and return it to any station in the system when you arrive at your destination. It's fast, easy and affordable. The airport is a ten min drive and less than $20 taxi ride. There are several car share programs in St. Paul including HourCar, Relay, and Car2Go.
What to do
Saint Paul is home to beautiful Como Park and Conservatory and one of the only free city zoos in the country. The Children's Museum, Minnesota Science Museum, Excel Center, History Museum and the state Capitol are some things St. Paul - "America's Most Livable City" - has to offer. Check out the city website for numerous festivals. Minneapolis is the premiere arts destination in the Midwest and home to the Guthrie Theater, the Walker Art Gallery, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Cedar Cultural Center, over 300 live music venues, great dining and major sports teams (Vikings and Twins). It's also been named most bike-friendly city in the US. Each city has its unique charm, adventures and secrets for you to find!
We love all things local and promote nearby independent businesses like restaurants that feature local food, local music and art as well as the history and heritage of Minnesota and invite you to learn about our northern culture and diverse cities. We can help you find fun things to do in the area and can even set up tours for you. Our website also promotes local businesses, festivals and events in rural Minnesota - from the prairies and lakes to the Great Northwoods.
Check with us about local events or even an occasionally house concert or backyard jam. We've hosted events featuring artists like Papa John Kolstad and the Hot Club on the deck. Don't worry - those are scheduled in advance and we're always quiet in the evenings.
We think you'll have a great time in Saint Paul. Thanks for checking us out!
Wifi, kitchen, shared bath, laundry. A cool yellow vintage bike is available for guests.
Interaction with Guests
We are here when you need us!
Historic centrally located neighborhood with restaurants and vintage shops. Near almost all St. Paul colleges.
We're on the light rail (green line), major bus routes, near Amtrak and bike rentals. We can loan you one bike.
Other Things to Note
Guests spending more than four weeks in the winter may be required an additional $25 per month heating fee. We had to instill this policy during the winter of 2013-2014 due to extreme "arctic vortex" temperatures that caused our heating bills to escalate enormously.
No smoking allowed. We're respectful of you and we expect you to be respectful of us and our home. Stairs to the third floor are steep. None of the house is handicap accessible. Must leave things clean, including kitchen. Please arrive by 10pm or make arrangements in advance - remember we are a family and keep family hours or some of us get cranky.
I'm a sustainable tourism consultant and have traveled, worked and lived in over 30 countries. My favorite places are NYC, Washington state, Washington DC, Vermont, India, Mexico and the North Shore/Great woods of northern Minnesota.
I'm a foodie, enjoy film and great music. Some of our best family holidays are to places like the Winnipeg Folk Festival where we were in front of the stage dancing like crazy with Michael Franti. I enjoy almost any type of travel - by camel, elephant, horse, boat, train, plane, car or feet - and I've done all of those. Travel can help us not just explore the world, but gain a better appreciation for all types of people, cultures and places. It helps us see where we are from with new eyes.
In the summer you'll find me in the garden - I love pesto and make it fresh all summer. We also grow our own grapes and make our own maple syrup from the trees in our yard. My husband and I are a bit bohemian in our travels and tastes. We love all kinds of music and I volunteer often at the Cedar Cultural Center www. which has some of the best live music in north America.
We spend most of our time on the first floor and will not bother you. We are low maintenance guests when we travel and welcome same. However, if you need anything please let us know! Whether its a suggestion for a nearby coffee house or a fantastic restaurant, the music scene, the arts scene, outdoor activities, museums, shopping, local food and locally made brewskies, how to get around - we got you covered! We love hosting artists and musicians!
We love learning about our guests and have had some AMAZING experiences - one of our favorites was a Japanese guest who taught us how to make sushi and wrapped all of our Christmas gifts (that we were giving) for us in origami style. She was here during the tsunami and nuclear crisis in Japan so we became family! We've had numerous guests come back numerous times - I think that says a lot about the people who enjoy the down home airbnb style as well as our lovely, welcoming neighborhood.
We're not on the highway and you won't find a McDonalds nearby. Our home is 140 years old so if you expect modern then this is not a place you will be comfortable staying at.