About this listing
Guest house tribute to the Avanti & Raymond Loewy, original Mad Man. Morning sun, twin beds, attached halfbath & full bath steps away. Easy stroll to Studebaker Museum, downtown food & bars. Fast Notre Dame access. Breakfast items in kitchen.
Walk across the street to the Studebaker National Museum. This neighborhood is wonderful for strolls. Ten minutes down historic Washington or Colfax to delicious food and memorable bars downtown.
This private 2nd floor bedroom includes two twin beds and a private half-bath. Guests have access to full shower in shared bathroom. A small fridge may also be available upon request with priority given to long-term guests.
View to the east in South Bend shows the side yard, trees, and the Studebaker National Museum's Archives Building and parking.
The Avanti Museum and Guest House (like B&B without a breakfast) operates 6 private bedrooms, each with either a private full bath or half bath. All guests have access to full shower in shared bathroom as well.
The entire house may be available for rental. Please contact us to discuss options or see our full Avanti House listing.
Guests share a community living room, dining room, and a well-equipped kitchen (electric skillet, countertop convection oven, microwave). The living room includes a flat panel TV with basic channels.
Interaction with Guests
Guests should alert the caretaker by Airbnb message when they intend to arrive. Typically, Don or Micah/Jill will meet you and show you the house upon your arrival. It is possible, however, that nobody may be available to meet you upon your arrival (especially if you arrive very late or over a holiday). In that case, we will work out the details of your arrival beforehand. Guests will be given relevant pass codes and keys.
Otherwise, you have as much privacy or interaction as you wish.
The Museum District / West Washington neighborhood is up and coming in the South Bend area with many homes being restored. The Avanti Guest House is across the street from the nationally acclaimed Studebaker National Museum and the Indiana Center for History.
The museum district is very walkable with downtown only 10 minutes away. Bicycle access around town is also quick and easy. The town also has a bus system. We are located 2.8 miles from Notre Dame, and a short drive to the SBN (regional airport and train & bus depot).
Other Things to Note
- Notre Dame Football and other event weekends (e.g., graduation): We ask that guests book a 2 night minimum.
- Long-term stays: if you are interested in staying for a week or more, please message us for details. We have had guests stay in the past for up to 3 months. Our kitchen is also equipped to prepare small meals.
We are located 2.8 miles from Notre Dame, a five minute walk to a gym/pool, and a 10 minute walk to Silverhawks minor league baseball stadium. There is also a laundromat and discount grocery across the street.
Respect personal items, Avanti memorabilia and hanging posters and art, as well as the privacy of other guests in the other rooms of the house. Quiet hours 11pm-8am.
It is possible that there may be events happening in the house.
I walked around the neighborhood and found it to be very eclectic in terms of race and property maintenance. I particularly liked some of the old, Victorian homes despite their need of some tender loving care. Don gave directions to a very "hipster-like" (I say that endearingly) restaurant/bar which had open mike...a nice treat. The food and cider were both excellent!!!!! Who'd-a-thought South Beners were so nice?!?!?!? Don loves sharing his passion for cars.....but that's his story to tell.... Coffee made and in the pot in the AM!!! I'm easy I guess but the place was safe,clean and comfortable. Just perfect for an evening stop over.
Fantastic experience! Sweet house, great location and nice hosts! I will recommend this place to all of my friends and I'm pretty sure I will revisit this place again. Thank you Don!
Avanti Guest House is a great place to stay, everything was provided for my stay and easy to check in. You can definitely tell Don and family take great care of this nice South Bend landmark.
Excellent Experience. Perfect location. Close to everything... Norte Dame, Studebaker Museum, Popular Restaurants & Bars. Our accommodations were clean, comfortable & super cool complimentary Avanti Car Collection Museum to enjoy. Wonderful host !
The room was exactly as pictured, and the home was immaculate. I loved checking out all of the interesting memorabilia that Don has put on display throughout the home. I got in much later than expected, but was able to get to my room without issue. Snacks were waiting for me (thank you!), and the kitchen was adorable. It only took a few minutes to get to Notre Dame, and access to the highway was fairly easy. I will stay again if I am ever in South Bend.
This place is clean, comfortable, quiet, and charming. The kitchen is clean and free to use, including free food such as instant oat meals, food bars, and microwave pop corns. The owner and the people managing the place are very quick in responding to any question and request. They were very accommodating to our crazy schedule. We had last-minute changes of traveling plan twice and never had any unresolvable issues. When we were leaving town realized that we have left a few items in the room and Jerry came over to open the door for us after 10pm.
In summary, we felt home in this place and will come back again next time we are in South Bend.
I arrived to South Bend late in the evening, but Don was up and welcomed me as soon as I arrived. Don made me feel very at home by first giving me a grand tour of his home, which he takes great pride in. He has an awesome collection of Avanti cars and will tell you all about the history of the Studebaker company. Great stay!!
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About the Host, Don
We created the Avanti mini museum and Guest House in South Bend, Indiana to pay homage to the Avanti automobile created by Raymond Loewy and his small team of designers in 1962. The Studebaker Corp. sold the Avanti for 1963 and 1964, and a handful of others made and sold the car from South Bend, Youngstown, Ohio, Villa Rica, Georgia and Cancun Mexico.
The museum and guest house features Avanti and Studebaker art, posters and memorabilia.
Myself or Micah & Jill Towery will be your hosts during your stay.