About This Listing
A block away from the bike trail and Main St. in Florence neighborhood. Cozy private room looks out at woods. The decor is my own original painted furniture, art quilts, and stained glass. I love meeting people and introducing our "Paradise City".
Share my 900 sq. ft. home with me. One medium sized bedroom overlooking woods has a new comfortable inner coil twin size bed. A new twin size air bed or padded cot can be added for a second person. My other listing accomodates couples in a spacious room with new double size bed. It's in the same home. There is one shared bathroom in the home.
Guests are welcome to the kitchen, dining room, and deck in back of the house, facing woods. There is reliable high speed wifi available.
Interaction with Guests
I take my cues from my guests. I'm pleased to meet and converse with guests, be available as possible, and provide information about our unique, wonderful community. At the same time, I respect those who seek more privacy, quiet, or solitude. I'm flexible, and never intrusive. Though I no longer have a dog, I welcome well-behaved quiet dogs as house guests (accompanied by humans, of course).
I adore my neighborhood. Just a few steps from my door to the expanding bikeway, a network gradually connecting the eastern coastal states. I'm around the corner from Main St., with cafes (vegan, gourmet, and child-friendly), restaurants, the landmark Miss Florence Diner (I think a portrait hangs at the Metropolitan Museum), galleries, used book shop, and historic sites. Florence was, for a time, home to Sojourner Truth and was an Underground Railroad stop for slaves fleeing the South. It was also the site of a 19th century Utopian community and an early Unitarian Universalist congregation. Look Park is less than a mile away, with zoo, paddle boats, mini train, tennis, miniature golf, water park, and picnic/barbeque sites. Fitzgerald Lake trails are also just a mile away, extensive hiking trails along a lake and forest. I've seen moose, deer, bears, and a snapping turtle. Florence is just 2 1/2 miles from downtown Northampton, with its fabulous restaurants, shops, art and music venues. The world's best dog park is also 2 1/2 miles away, with a looping path along a river, woods and fields. Did I mention that I'm crazy about dogs?
The Central Mass Greenway bike trail is a few steps from my door. It's bicycle heaven around here, with bike paths extending in all directions. The busses in Florence are infrequent in the evening. A car is suggested.
Other Things to Note
My internet connection is not always reliable or strong. Sometimes, it's fine and sometimes not. I'm working on it.
Courtesy and consideration for others makes for pleasant visits. It's a fairly quiet, peaceful household, so if you love loud music, wear earphones. At the same time, it's not a monastery and I do like having fun and enjoying good company. I try to be approachable and flexible with reasonable requests. Quiet, well-behaved pets are welcome. There is no smoking permitted anywhere on the property. Light alcohol use (1 or 2 drinks) is okay. Drunkenness isn't okay. No drugs.
Lisa is a very gracious host who gets out of her way to ensure her guests have an enjoyable stay. I stayed with her during my daughter's graduation from Smith College and her house was the perfect base to reach the College and downtown Northampton by car. By bus it would be slightly difficult to reach Noho, though. The room is spacious with very tasteful decorations.
I would recommend going there!
Stayed for one day at the single bedroom. Lisa showed me the place and was very kind.
I only stayed for one night and didn't really spend much time in the house.
Lisa was very thoughtful and kind, and she provided a very quiet space.
Wonderful wonderful wonderful! The space was cozy and comfortable. I unfortunately didn't get to meet Lisa directly but her friend Pam was sweet and welcoming. I felt very at home here and was glad that I chose this place to stay.
Lisa made me feel very welcome and was very informative about local amenities, events, activities in the area. She's a great resource for local knowledge.
The 1940's cottage was just as described - with a wonderful ambiance and nuanced decor. Lisa is talented and has a great eye for design! Additionally the house was quiet and peaceful yet close to many local cafes, services, shops, etc., and I enjoyed discovering this part of the Northampton area.
It's been a terrific stay and I would recommend this airbnb to anyone.
Thank you Lisa!
Excellent experience! Lisa is a great and caring host, made me feel like home constantly going out of her way to make sure I was comfortable. Thanks a lot Lisa! :-)
Great neighborhood. Walk right into town for coffee. I took advantage of the bike path into Northhampton.
The house is modest, but very clean and does the trick. Lisa is very bright and informative. She is respectful of her guests.
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About the Host, Lisa
I'm originally from New York, and have lived in the Northampton area for 25 years. I'm a former social worker, and am a multi-media artist and designer. I love meeting new people, love dogs, and I badly play mandolin and fiddle. I promise not to subject any guests to my playing. I love good company and conversation, yet am sensitive to those who are seeking privacy, peace and quiet. Empathy, kindness, and the Golden Rule are central to my style. I love words, language, most art forms, and aesthetics. I have an offbeat, spontaneous, but always good-natured sense of humor (so I'm told). Well-behaved dogs who like other dogs are welcome. I've travelled to the Southwest, Mexico, and California. I've made three trips to Europe, once "vagabonding" around Europe for three months. I hope to do much more travel.