About this listing
Together with the 3rd floor room, this is a 2nd floor room, quiet & comfortable, sleeps 4+. Our house is on a quiet, tree-lined street, 15 minute walk to the train to NYC (30 mins to Penn Sta). We have a large fully-equipped kitchen. Linens included.
Looking for a getaway with some friends? Visiting the area with the kids? Want to see a show at the Wellmont Theater? Or a great place to stay outside the city but close enough to sightsee everyday? Look no further!
Montclair is a charming old town that is a destination unto itself: visit the Montclair Museum of Art, hang out at one of our coffee shops, browse for antiques or dine at one of the over 100 restaurants in town.
We are easily accessible to Manhattan. Only a short walk to the train or bus to New York City; 30 minute drive by car. Once there, you'll have easy access to all the great neighborhoods that make New York City a worldwide destination. A native Brooklynite, I'm happy to make recommendations of sights to see in the city, assist with reservations, etc
Our house is on a quiet tree-lined block. The second-floor room is a haven; very quiet and light-filled. It's a perfect to retreat after a big day of sightseeing. On the first floor you'll find a large living room with a fireplace, a large dining room, powder room and kitchen - all of which is available for your use. Enjoy a glass of wine on the front porch or in front of the fire when it's chilly. Off street parking is included, as are wifi and FIOS TV. I will make coffee in the morning for you.
I look forward to welcoming you to my home!
We have a fully equipped kitchen (even an espresso machine) that you are welcome to use. You can linger after breakfast in the dining room or relax in front of the fire after dinner in the living room, as you like. Or, if you prefer, our town has many good restaurants, many of which are BYO so you can splurge on the wine without breaking the bank!
We have a TV, wifi, and the NYTimes is delivered every morning (though I have dibs on the crossword). Off-street parking is required over night.
Interaction with Guests
I'm generally around during the day and I am happy to give advice about what to do in Montclair and the neighboring towns (museums, theatre, restaurants), sightseeing in NYC, or hiking in New Jersey and can be available to help out with transportation questions. Rides to/from Newark Airport can be negotiated.
The station for the train into the city is a pleasant 15 minute walk along tree-lined streets. The train take 30 minutes into either Hoboken or New York City and $6.25/adult, $2.75/child, $51.50/week. The airport is 20 minutes away by car.
No smoking in the house. Please be respectful of the children's school routine - you can come in late, if quietly. We have 2 cats so we cannot accommodate pets - though contained animals (hamsters, reptiles and the like) would be fine, but at your risk.
Private bath right next door to 2nd floor room for the exclusive use of the guests of these 2 rooms.
Bear made us feel welcome in her home. She helped with advice on how to manage our sightseeing in NY City. She even printed out tickets for attractions that we were able to purchase online. We used both rooms for our family of four. All was relatively comfortable. The house is very old with a lot of character. Coffee was made available for us.
We were gone most of the time; host, family and cats were very friendly, the beds were clean and the place quiet, except for the construction next door during the day. Good experience, but more a bed than a bed and breakfast, so plan accordingly.
This was a return visit. Bear went out of her way to help me out when I needed a place to stay. A very nice family. Great neighborhood.
Bear and her family were really welcoming and easy going. Comfortable bedroom. Lovely neighborhood.
Excellent experience as usual! I love the neighborhood, the quiet walk to the train. One of the most relaxing places to stay.
It's always a pleasure to stay at Bear's. I would recommend it to everyone!
Great area. Bear was very accommodating and a great hostess. I am staying there again next week.
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About the Host, Bear
I am a 40-something mother of 3 intrepid travelers. We've been to several off-the-beaten-path destinations as well as a few of the run of the mill ones. I am fan of food, wine, theatre, art, photography, hiking and camping, knitting and gardening. I love meeting new people and exploring new places. I love having the opportunity to get to know a place through the eyes and ears of the people who call it home.
I am flexible; I can be as present or absent as fits the situation. I'm an independent traveler though I always appreciate recommendations for hidden, or locals-only treasures - the best neighborhood bar, the quirky museum, the coolest music venue... I'm up for it all!