'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.
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!
Book it! You'll Love it!
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.
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.
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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!