I HOST FEMALES ONLY :)
RED LINE METRO TO DOWNTOWN 15 Min(8 min walk to Metro)
FREE OFF-STREET PARKING SPACE
My apt is pretty peaceful with limited electronics. No TV. Yes WIFI. You will sleep on a queen size sofabed in the salon - a street-facing room with a locking door for privacy at night. I keep indoor house doors open during the day, as it aids with airflow. When changing clothes or going to sleep, of course, feel free to close and lock the door (I do!)!
I'm pretty much a chemical/toxin free home so please no spraying perfume/scented deoderants, ladies - my sinuses will lock up and the headache will commence! Thanks!
On my block there are restaurants (Chinese, Ethiopian, Caribean and a Pizzeria), a 24 hour corner store and a dry cleaner. The laundrymat is three blocks up.
I'm in Takoma/Shepherd Park, and within 10 and 25 minutes to four of DC's other five/six hippest, most visited neighborhoods which actually kinda run naturally into each other, once you get off the bus in Adams Morgan doing the rest on foot or renting a Capital Share city bike is the way to go!
I just put Takoma Metro - Chinatown Metro into the Metro website tool and it is a 15 minutes ride. There is lots to see in Chinatown including a dual Smithsonian museum just across from the exit of the station. The rest of the museums are a couple blocks walk down 7th st (Chinatown) to Constitution Avenue. You can verify everything using DC's METRO website as well as (website hidden) maps. :)
UPDATE: It was brought to my attention by a guest that Charlie's, a restaurant across the street, sometimes has private parties on weekends and music can be heard when people go in and out of their door. I suppose you can determine for yourself if you think that works for you. :)
A mere 8 minutes away by bus (Although I prefer the 15-20 min walk), is my favorite plaza - with not a tourist in sight. We have a mosaic fountain where people sit to take their coffee with friends watch the children splash around. There are stores for shopping, and restaurants, including; Italian, Thai, Vietnamese, Burmese, Sushi, Lebanese, Iranian, Mexican, and American - many with terraces for dining al fresco. There are cafes, artistic and mainstream movie houses, a concert (email hidden) theater outfit, a wine bar. Saturday morning we have a flea market, farmers market and live performances. There is also a Whole Foods market and the red line metro Silver Spring is two blocks away.
Welcome to my city and my home - you're going to love it!
Also, if it's a workday, I will probably be home by 4:30pm to let you in, otherwise my check in and out times are flexible unless I have another Airbnb visitor arriving or leaving the day before/after your visit.
Red line METRO 8-10 Min walk
My station (Takoma) to downtown (Chinatown) is a 15 minutes ride
The room tends to be a few degrees colder than the rest of the house in the winter so leaving the door open at night also keeps it comfortable temperature wise! :)
Inside doors of the apartment remain open in general. At night or while changing, feel free to close/lock the door. As I stated in my description, I close my door at night as well. :) Thanks!
Please WASH/DRY/PUT AWAY dishes after using them - NO DIRTY DISHES left in the bedroom please - especially overnight. I have lots of friends, don't need any additional creepy, crawly or furry ones! THANKS!
I didn't add a mandatory fee for "cleaning service" because I figure that we're adults and can handle that - anyhow, if it's extreme, that's what the deposit is for. If anything does happen (such as soiled sheets, ladies), please let me know at the time out of courtesy and do attempt to fix the problem as well rather than having to pay for it from your deposit. I'm happy to wash the linens but you will need to wash them yourself or replace them if they are soiled. Thanks!
We'll clean up our own messes in the bathroom and kitchen
We won't smoke in the house but out front or back is fine :)
We'll quiet down after 10:00pm for the neighbors and myself, who is usually up early. We won't eat each others food or use each others toiletries (yuk!).
Guest may not bring other individuals into the apartment - thanks!
This is my first time using the airbnb and I had a great experience! Mary is really nice and the room is cozy and gorgeous. You would love it!
Mary's place is nothing short of perfection and I found a new friend in Washington DC!
Take advantage of all the great amenities the house has to offer and enjoy Mary's hospitality. She's extremely warm-hearted and a beautiful person.
I'm looking forward to come back. Thank you Mary!
Mary is a sweetheart and she will be my sweetheart forever!!! I enjoy every minute of my stay with Mary, she's charming and recharging. You should come to Mary's place, enjoying her Parisian style room, reading her great books, seeing her works of arts, listening to her interesting travel stories...and of course much more to expect! Stay with her, it's more than a travel, it's a pleasure of life! I can continue telling you more but please go and experience by yourself! And I will save my loving and affectionate words to tell Mary in private ^_- My last words: you will enjoy and love it, 100% guaranteed! I'm already looking forward to seeing her very soon.
WOW Mary was a great host, greeted me and took time to explain the home and Washington. She was always happy and accommadating. Nothing was too much for her. I certainly will be reckonmending her BnB.
I had a very pleasant stay at Mary's place. The place is a fifteen minute walk from the metro station, but bus 70 that goes directly to Archives and central DC stops nearby, which makes going back at night safe. Mary is very nice and accommodating. I would stay at her place the next time I am in DC.
Mary's apartment is perfect! It is only a short walk (10 min tops) to the Red Line. The neighborhood is charming and has lots of ethnic restaurants. It's walking distance to Whole Foods and other well known retailers. The apartment itself feels like a Parisienne apartment. But the best part? The hostess! Mary is the most positive, down to earth, REAL person you'll ever want to stay with. It is like staying with a best friend. A wonderful experience!
I had an awesome time in DC and would come back again is mainly bcos of Mary. She is personable and down to earth. Her place is cute, clean and looks the same as the photos shown online. Nice quiet neighborhood. One thing to note (email hidden)e closest metro is 10min walk. if you travel with a suitcase, be prepared to walk a bit. Otherwise, taking a short bus ride after metro, you will get off right in front of the place. Thanks again for the great experience, Mary!
I'm a simple girl, who enjoys a high quality, low quantity lifestyle. I adore a good conversation with with friends - old and new. I've traveled quite a bit and lived abroad, and am subsequently tri-lingual, adding French and Spanish to English as languages I can communicate in. I can also choke out some Hongul Mal (Korean) and Turkish if forced. :)
I know how lucky I am to call Washington DC home - I love our beautiful parks with all of their wildlife, the Potomac River, and the trees. Actually, they don't call us "Tree City" for nothing - there are beautiful trees EVERYWHERE in DC. Another fav thing in my city is the free access to the Smithsonian art museums, the national zoo and our many local arts and culture events - especially in Summer. Contrary to popular belief, this is a great city to enjoy on a budget - don't worry, your hostess with the mostess will help!
My own latest adventure was two and a half months traveling in Central America for summer vacation. Everyone I traveled with, I met on (website hidden) - it was fantastic! UPDATE: Now my latest adventure was a month in Istanbul, Turkey with a week's hop over to Germany. Don't even get me started on Istanbul - we can go into that over a glass of Malbec!
As for my favorite travel destinations, I'll mention a few here. I love Spain, Andalucia in general and Sevilla and Malaga specifically. Paris is my second home, my friends are there and for several years I would spend many months a year with them. One of my most unforgettable trips was West Africa, staying with friends in Senegal and Mali. I'm fairly desperate to get back there! In Italy, I adore Roma but Firenze/Chianti has my heart! I also spent a year living in South Korea - I absolutely love the energy of Seoul and the fashionable South Koreans. Japan was a whirlwind - so many streetcorners in the major cities resemble time square (or maybe we resemble them?)! To bring it all down, I love heading to my friend's place on the French Carribean island of St. Martin - paradise! Some of the other places I've spent time in: UK, Holland, Germany, Guam, Bahamas, Turkey, Portugal and their Islands, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama. For me, new experiences are everything! :)
As far as books, I go through phases, reading several on the same region or subject until I've had my fill then I move on to something new - my last bunch of books were middle east mostly truth-based fiction and, as I said, right now it's all Turkey, Turkey, Turkey. I'm generally a non-fiction reader with rare exceptions for historical/truth-based fiction. I don't have a television but no worries - I have wifi for you :). UPDATE: I'm now going through Oriana Fallaci's books like water - was there ever a more curious, intelligent and honest journalist?!
Two very amazing free things not to miss in DC are Friday and Sunday evening concerts at the National Gallery of Art and the FREE shows at the Kennedy Center Millenium stage 365 days out of the year. ...So a couple more are: Friday evening Jazz in the National Gallery of Art's Sculpture Garden, outdoor film screenings EVERYWHERE around the city, weekly festivals and weekend events on the National Mall...Oh, I could go on!!
If I had a life motto it might be one of these or one of many others:
Be HERE, NOW
In strong winds, bamboo bends but never breaks
Even if you win the rat race, you're still a rat