'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.
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 me 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.
Brad and Val were very accommodating hosts. Genuine couple and made us feel welcome.
Got to see and play w the chickens as well as the peacock,,,which was stunningly beautiful.
We shared an enjoyable breakfast, homemade granola, fresh fruit, and Brads famous apple cake, which was to die for....soft moist and ultra delicious!
Perfect place to stay between Portland and Seattle.
We were very grateful that Val and Brad were open to letting us stay a second night on such short notice. Thank you two for working it out for us.
Thank you Val and Brad for letting us share your wonderful home at the same time our daughter was there for her month stint at Madigan. Our room was great and I loved waking to see the chickens and peacock in the yard. Your kitchen was so inviting and your generosity to make us feel at home was appreciated. Would love the recipe for the yummy granola and apple cake we had for breakfast! If Sarah is stationed in Tacoma, we'll look forward to seeing you again (and meeting Brad - who was out of town during our stay!). Janet & Larry
Brad and Val are very kind and welcoming hosts, with whom you feel immediately at ease. The home is clean, comfortable and you are free to make use of the kitchen, living room, the deck, and to check out the gardens and fruit trees. Seeing that we were tired after our travels, they generously offered to let us join them and their dinner guests for home made pizza. They provide lots of choice for breakfast, including their famous apple cake. We lucked out and also had pancakes and an apple tasting of several freshly picked varieties from their trees. Thank you Brad and Val for a memorable visit.
Brad and Val were incredible hosts. The room is cozy and inviting as is the house and grounds. It is in a nice neighborhood - I went for a walk early one morning and loved the surrounding orchards and grounds. Loved chatting with Brad and Val the next morning. They are a delightful couple.
We felt right at home while staying at Brad & Val's beautiful farmhouse, and really can't say enough about how much we enjoyed our visit. My family was in town for a wedding and we had lots of related activities to attend. Because of this, we were in and out quite a bit and did not really get to spend as much time visiting with our hosts as we would have liked. Nonetheless, they made sure the lights were on for us when we came "home" late at night, and the coffee and home-baked goodies were always ready for us when we rolled out of bed in the morning. Awaking to the sound of hens clucking is so much more peaceful than waking to the noise of the next room "neighbors" showering in a hotel room with paper-thin walls. On the few days where we had some down time, it was nice to relax on the cozy wrap-around porch and watch Mr. Peacock and the resident cat, Edgar, carouse around the property. And our brief morning conversations with Brad, Val and James were nothing but a pleasure. All in all, it was an ideal location for us, and the entire experience was as close to perfect as one might hope for.
It was so nice to find this beautiful home so close to family we were visiting. The warm cozy atmosphere of the vintage farmhouse and Brad and Val's warm nature truly made us feel like THEY were the family we went to visit. :)
You know, I read other reviews left for Brad's baking, but until you taste his apple walnut cake in person, you just cannot appreciate the reviews. I felt totally spoiled each morning having fresh coffee, apple walnut cake and a fresh pear from their orchard.
I truly don't know why anybody would ever stay in a hotel when there are such lovely people willing to share their wonderful home. When I travel back to visit my son and granddaughter, I sure do hope Brad & Val have room for me at their home again. :)
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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!