'Advent Acres' is an organic family farm with fruit trees and expansive gardens. Each season has a splendor: Spring blossoms, long summer days, apple desserts in Autumn, winter resting. This bright, airy room has its own exterior entrance.
Advent Acres is unique because it is a rural wonderland so close to the city. This guest room has a full-size futon, a reading nook, and its own exterior entrance for your convenience. A single mattress can be placed on the floor for a family of three. In the summer a larger family could camp on the property.
Guests will have access to the main floor of the farm house. This includes the kitchen, family room, grand living room, and the shared bath. The hosts primarily use the upstairs bathroom when there are guests. The grounds provide a wonderful place for peaceful walking. The wrap-around front porch is wonderful for leisurely breakfasts and reading the newspaper. Our internet signal can be "spotty" in the guest room, so those finding it necessary to be "connected" may need to go to a common area like the family room or kitchen to get a strong signal.
Interaction with Guests
Brad & Val both work outside the home: Brad's schedule varies from week to week, and Val has a more typical Monday to Friday away-from-home work rhythm. We typically will both be present in the evening during your stay.
Our neighborhood is filled with trees. Lake Spanaway is a short distance away and has water craft for rental. Several of our neighbors have horses, and one neighbor has two donkeys that keep us company during the day. And then there's the magnificent peacock! We are a 30-minute walk from Pacific Lutheran University (about 1.5 miles away) and a 10-15 minute drive to Joint Base Lewis/McChord (JBLM).
Airport transportation is very convenient by Express Bus. I make every effort possible to provide ground transportation from the bus stop in Tacoma to our home. It is walk-able though-nearly two miles. Buses and trains to Seattle or heading South to Portland are very convenient. Extending further, the trains just mentioned go to Vancouver, Canada or San Francisco, CA. The nearest bus stop for our local public transit (Pierce Transit) is about a mile away.
Other Things to Note
We are grateful that you are reading about us and our home. Advent Acres is a great story of abundant blessing to us and we would be delighted to share it with you.
We do not drink alcohol or use the now legal drug marijuana. It is our preference that you do not either. Yet we do appreciate the great joy of a cold beer after a long day of hiking at Mount Rainier.
No smoking anywhere on the property. We ask for quiet between 10 pm and 8 am.
We do have an indoor cat. Therefore we can speak about your pets on a case by case basis.
This was our first airbnb experience and it was wonderful! Brad and Val's hospitality was greatly appreciated and they took care of every detail. The room was clean and comfortable. It was so much better than staying in a chain hotel. We loved all of the special little things they did in advance to make our visit enjoyable and special, including the homemade granola and coffee cake prepared for breakfast. We will most definitely stay at this location again! Thank you!
Our stay was wonderful. The whole house was clean and homey. They treated us like family. They even played board games with us. I loved the country atmosphere. For dinner Val and Brad had made a fruit pie which they shared for a late night snack. The breakfast was also great.
My mom and I visited the area recently from Texas to go house hunting. Luckily we stumbled upon Brad and Val's vintage farmhouse listing and decided to stay 3 nights. The surrounding property was beautiful (even on the overcast days) and our double bedroom was cozy and comfortable. As a Texan, I am naturally a cold-natured person, so I loved the fact that the room had a space heater that we could adjust as we pleased. Brad and Val were excellent hosts. The first night we arrived, they invited us to join them for a delicious home-cooked meal of red lentil soup. Val even took the time to sit down with us and orient us to the Tacoma area. The entire experience was pleasant and stress-free. You will get more than your money's worth if you stay with Brad and Val, and you will have the opportunity to eat the best apple cake known to man each morning for breakfast. My mom and I visited the area recently from Texas to go house hunting. Luckily we stumbled upon Brad and Val's vintage farmhouse listing and decided to stay 3 nights. The surrounding property was beautiful (even on the overcast days) and our double bedroom was cozy and comfortable. As a Texan, I am naturally a cold-natured person, so I loved the fact that the room had a space heater that we could adjust as we pleased. Brad and Val were excellent hosts. The first night we arrived, they invited us to join them for a delicious home-cooked meal of red lentil soup. Val even took the time to sit down with us and orient us to the Tacoma area. The entire experience was pleasant and stress-free. You will get more than your money's worth if you stay with Brad and Val, and you will have the opportunity to eat the best apple cake known to man each morning for breakfast!
Urban farm meets bed and breakfast home stay. What a wonderful way to experience the Pacific North West. Upon arrival you'll be welcomed by the greeting party, a few chickens and a beautiful Peacock. The host are all very friendly inducing the animal one's. Edgar the cat is all too willing to keep your lap warm. The Breakfasts are great, home made granola, applesauce, muffins, and fresh fruit. The room was spacious and very light with many windows to see the beautiful gardens and orchards. The hosts are very nice welcoming, and from the very start you'll feel like your at home. Highly recommended.
OMG - Talk about the "Perfect" place to stay! I absolutely LOVED my stay with Brad and Val. First of all, by Val and the girls around 6pm the evening of my first night and had the pleasure of enjoying a lovely dinner with Val. Not only did we get acquainted quite quickly, we found many interesting things about our families.
My room and space were simply spectacular and their house is fantastic. I they have this great wrap around porch which provides you with your own private entrance allowing you to come and go as you please without feeling like you're disturbing anyone. Yes the bathroom is shared but honestly I felt like it was my own private bathroom as there was hardly anyone in there but me.
If you're in the are you definitely need to book a few nights stay with Brad and Val, you'll leave there feeling refreshed and renewed!
Oh and one more thing, lets remember the fabulous breakfasts! Brad makes the most AMAZING homemade granola, it's truly out of this world delicious, be sure to try some!
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Brad & Val were away from the house when we arrived on a Saturday evening, but we were greeted by their teenage son who took wonderful care of us. He lit a fire in the pellet stove in the living room, where we settled in to read on the couches before going to bed. When Brad & Val returned we had a nice chat before sleep time. Brad's apple cake was indeed tasty for breakfast. Given that it wasn't a workday for our host couple, we were able to continue our conversation at the breakfast table and lingered awhile before leaving. We would definitely return to visit them again.
Very welcoming and interesting (and interested) hosts plus a comfortable room made for a very successful overnight stay.
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Val is a member of the math faculty at Tacoma Community College, with a specialization working with students of all ages and backgrounds who have a particular fear or dislike of math. In her spare time she enjoys various needle crafts, especially knitting, and working on the family's 2-acre farm. Brad's work away from our farm and hosting guests takes him to interesting places. He is an ordained minister and officiates at weddings and assists families with end of life care and funeral /memorial planning. He is a certified golf and track and field coach for Special Olympics. He works on special occasions caring for families as a personal chef and food coach. He even worked in the past year cooking in an assisted living facility. Mostly he works and prays at home. He has a private practice as a spiritual director guiding those who seek to deepen their prayer life. Val & Brad play Scrabble almost daily and enjoy the fact that our busy teenagers still like to play family board games with us. We love to bake. With 90 fruit trees on our land there is always something to turn into a pie!