About this listing
Light and roomy, opening onto garden, this apartment is private, quiet and secure. There are 2 sleeping or work areas in the large bedroom, a bookshelf-lined den, kitchen and bath, all separate rooms. Outdoor patio and arbor . Close to downtown and to bike and walking trails.
Only an hour's drive from the Pacific coast, the Cascade mountains, or Portland's many food, brew, literary, hip culture attractions, Salem is easy to get around with plenty of historic buildings, parks and gardens, brewpubs and wineries. From the house you can walk to all services you need or stretch out and cross the river on the beautiful pedestrian bridge. The downstairs suite of about 940 sq ft or +/- 100 sq m includes a large, dividable bedroom space with queen bed in one half and twin in the other. Bath, kitchen, den and garden patio complete the spacious, quiet enjoyment indoors and out. Wi-Fi, offstreet parking. Casual family neighborhood with minimal traffic. Walking distance supermarket, bakery, coffee shops, library, restaurants, ice cream shops, etc. Public transit about 5 blocks away. Good spots for reading, many books and info on local sites and history on-hand. Fresh fruit in season. Travelers offered info and tips in English, Spanish, German or French if needed.
Guests have access to all spaces within the apartment, the patio, backyard and garage.
Interaction with guests
I always enjoy meeting guests upon arrival if at all possible p, answer questions and let them know they can follow up when they want. Then I usually respect their privacy unless they want more contact. Sometimes we have long conversations or share a glass of wine, while other guests may chat only at the beginning and end of a visit.
Quiet requested from 11 PM to 6 AM; no smoking. Except for breakfast foods provided at arrival, the apartment is self-catering. When you depart, please remove your food and leave the apartment as you found it. You are invited to browse the library and read all you want, but leave my books when you go. There is one shelf of trade books that you can add to or take from.
The house washer and dryer available; follow directions.
Let me know if you'd like to share a cup of coffee or glass of wine or even a meal and I am happy to join you if our schedules mesh. Otherwise I assume you'd prefer privacy.
Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.
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An avid traveler and lover of the outdoors, I teach English to non-native speakers at the community college in Salem. Nowadays I do that parttime, making way for winter skiing, summer hiking , road trips or river trips, music, reading and favorite small children. History, gardening, poetry and literature, food, agriculture are some of my interests. Turkey, Greece, Ukraine, Mexico, Switzerland and France are places I've traveled alone and spent at least 2-8weeks each. In fact, staying in one place while exploring all around suits me better than continuous travel, and that's the experience I'd like to enable as a host. From here, there are so many day trips: to the Pacific, to wineries of all sorts, cities north and south (Portland and Eugene), the Columbia Gorge and Mt Hood, waterfalls and forests, art galleries and museums.
One of my strengths is connecting folks with resources and opportunities. At work, that's been my focus in helping newcomers with cultural adjustment. Helping guests get the most from their time here appeals to me, but I also value independence and privacy, so knowing what they prefer can make a good stay for us both.