About this listing
Quiet, roomy home with views toward the river and easy access to downtown Salem, or the highway to Cascade Mountains or Pacific beaches. Roomy closet, comfortable single bed, work table; shared bathroom across the hall; living room, deck and kitchen all available. Family neighborhood with low traffic and good neighbors close to conveniences and places of interest.
A ten-minute walk brings you to coffee shops, quality grocery store, library, hardware, parks, restaurants, bookstore, transit mall, etc. In fifteen more minutes you can walk to downtown Salem via the lovely pedestrian bridge across the Willamette River. Bus service, bike paths or your car can take you to your destination or exploration.
Kitchen, bathroom, living and dining room, deck above garden, front porch and front yard.
Interaction with Guests
I enjoy having morning coffee or evening glass of wine with a guests depending on our schedules. Usually I can help answer questions, make suggestions, provide directions to meet the guest's needs
The West Salem transit mall or a bus stop are each about 10-15 minutes by foot. Downtown can also be reached on foot or bicycle mostly on a designated pathway.
An avid traveler and lover of the outdoors, I teach English to non-native speakers at the community college in Salem. Nowadays I do that parttime, making way for winter skiing, summer hiking , road trips or river trips, music, reading and favorite small children. History, gardening, poetry and literature, food, agriculture are some of my interests. Turkey, Greece, Ukraine, Mexico, Switzerland and France are places I've traveled alone and spent at least 2-8weeks each. In fact, staying in one place while exploring all around suits me better than continuous travel, and that's the experience I'd like to enable as a host. From here, there are so many day trips: to the Pacific, to wineries of all sorts, cities north and south (Portland and Eugene), the Columbia Gorge and Mt Hood, waterfalls and forests, art galleries and museums.
One of my strengths is connecting folks with resources and opportunities. At work, that's been my focus in helping newcomers with cultural adjustment. Helping guests get the most from their time here appeals to me, but I also value independence and privacy, so knowing what they prefer can make a good stay for us both.