About this listing
Queen bed with optional single mattress for 3rd guest. This bright, airy room has its own exterior entrance. Home-baked goods for breakfast. Very close to JBLM and PLU. We are centrally located in the Puget Sound area, with Seattle, Mount Rainier and Olympic National Park just an hour away, and Pacific Ocean beaches 2 hours away. We have welcomed guests for one night or up to 3 months. Our organic family farm is waiting to welcome you!
Advent Acres is unique because it is a rural wonderland so close to the city. This guest room has a queen-size real bed, 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.
Guests wishing to reserve both of our guest rooms (see also "Vintage Farmhouse: Single Room") would receive a discounted rate of $95 per night for the two rooms for up to 3 people (regular rate for both rooms is $117): $15 additional for a 4th person.
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, and a "Poustinia" prayer house for quiet reflection. The wrap-around front porch offers a spot for leisurely breakfasts and reading the newspaper.
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. We enjoy visiting with our guests when they are so inclined, but will certainly take our cue from you in terms of the amount of interaction or privacy you prefer.
Our neighborhood is filled with trees. Lake Spanaway Park 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. 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). The nearest restaurants/shopping areas are about a mile away.
Airport transportation is very convenient by Express Bus. We make every effort possible to provide ground transportation from the bus stop in Tacoma to our home . It is walkable, though nearly 3 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: because of that, our home typically works best for those with their own transportation.
Other things to note
We do not have cable or satellite TV access: we do have a TV in the common area for streaming (we have ChromeCast) and a DVD player for your use.
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 have come to embrace our role as AirBnB hosts, and always look forward to our next encounter with new guests!
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, so alcohol in moderation is allowed.
Our house and guest-rooms are not "child-proofed" so if you are traveling with small children you will want to be mindful of them at all times they are in the house.
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: unfortunately we are not able to welcome all pets.
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 also works regularly as a cook in a retirement/assisted care facility. 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 look forward to visits from our college-age sons when we can play other family games. We love to bake. With 90 fruit trees on our land there is always something to turn into a pie!