Monterey area + 2 Aquarium tickets

House - Private room · Brittany Road, Seaside, CA 93955, United States

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Greetings! We are so happy that you are thinking of staying with us. If you are new to Airbnb: Welcome! Please read our listing very carefully so that you know what is included and what is not included. We want to be sure that we are a good match for your housing needs.

We include a wonderful breakfast and two Aquarium guest passes; together, these can save you over $80, making the cost of this room the best bargain in the Monterey Bay area! Be sure to read our 130+ reviews from happy guests!

We are asking for a two night minimum stay during the school year. If you really want to stay with us for just one night, please email us and we will check to see if it is possible.

We have two guest passes for the Monterey Bay Aquarium, so if you are planning to go there, we can save you some big money: tickets are normally $35 for each adult, so this is a $70 savings! We are happy to loan out the passes, as long as we get them back. The money you save on the Aquarium tickets will almost pay for the room for the first night you stay with us! :-)

Because we only have two guest passes, and they can only be used once a day, they are available on a "first come, first served" basis. Because we have two rooms that we rent out, please request the day that you would like the passes when you make your actual room reservation. If the availability of the passes is a "deal breaker" for you, send an inquiry first to check on their availability.

PLEASE read the entire description before you book with us. Yes, the room is less expensive than most Airbnb rooms in the area (and MUCH cheaper than the other hosts in the area who offer Aquarium passes), but be sure that you understand why. Our family home is cozy and comfortable, but not huge ... in fact it is rather small by American standards. It is a family home, with a dog, and a cat, and a pre-teenager obsessed with dance, and mail piling up, and a mom who is a teacher who has lots of papers to grade ... our home is clean, but sometimes a bit disorganized.

Check-in is usually after 3 PM. If you need to arrive earlier, we can usually accommodate your needs. Check-out time is flexible.

This room is my daughter's room. This small bedroom has a queen size bed that is VERY comfortable. There is a small table in the room for your things. This room is slightly down the hall from the shared bathroom.

The floor in this room will accommodate a twin size air bed, making it possible to fit three people in this room. You could fit four people (bring your own air bed for the fourth person, and we will only charge $10 per night for the 4th person), however, with four people, it will be REALLY cozy with almost no room to walk around! (Just trying to be honest!) We are family friendly, but not baby or toddler-proofed.

Please note that this is a young girl's room. It is decorated with pictures of horses and other animals. It is not very sophisticated, but it is comfortable and clean. If you are looking for more grown-up decor, try our other listing: "Cozy & Quiet + 2 Aquarium tickets."

The bathroom has a shower / tub, and there is a bit of storage space for you in the bathroom closet, if needed. The bathroom is shared with my daughter and me, so we will need to coordinate bathroom time on school days, plus any guests in the other room. If you forgot any toiletries, or you just want to try our yummy smelling body wash, please help yourself. We have a hair dryer that you may use.

Because the bathroom is shared by so many, our room rate is a bit lower than the others in the area. However, we have not found sharing the bathroom to be a problem, nor have past guests found it to be a problem. For my daughter's birthday party, we regularly have 10 - 15 girls overnight every year, and it always seems to work out OK, so a few Airbnb guests are no big deal!

Some of the listings compare themselves to a boutique hotel. Staying with us is more like visiting relatives: you get the kids room, nothing fancy, but comfortable. Remember, we are not a hotel ... this is a family home. My daughter will need to enter the room, from time-to-time, to get things. We will work together to make this as unobtrusive as possible.

Why are we doing this? We like meeting new people from all over. We also like to travel. And, my daughter is a dancer: lessons, costumes, and dance shoes keep us on a tight budget. By booking with us, you are helping Gabby keep dancing!

Be sure to check My Guidebook with lots of local recommendations!

The kitchen is available to you, provided you clean-up after yourself. We have a gas stove top, oven, toaster oven, microwave, and dish washer. There will be room for you in the refrigerator, if you need it. We also have a very nice gas grill on the patio outside the kitchen.

On school mornings we will set out a breakfast for you, but we will probably be running off to school/work. However, you are welcome to help yourself to breakfast items in the house; we will show you the night before. Just clean-up after yourselves and we'll be all good!

Most of the time, our schedule does allow us to make breakfast for you; we will keep you informed as to our schedule. Most weekends we make breakfast for everyone: coffee, tea, hot chocolate, juice, croissants, cheeses, yogurt, and fresh fruit. We love to entertain. Please let us know if you have any food allergies or dietary restrictions to the items listed, and we will work to accommodate your needs.

If you don't need breakfast, let us know, and we can take $5 off the room rate, per person ... although who can pass up fresh baked croissants and hot coffee, while still in your jammies??? : )

From the outside, the house doesn't look like much. In fact, it is kind of ugly. It is a part of an older, military housing neighborhood, but inside our home is filled with love.

We do have a small, very friendly dog (Bella), and a somewhat friendly cat (Ginger). Sorry, but we cannot accommodate your pet ... two pets are enough for us! If you have pet allergies, this is not the house for you.

NEWS FLASH: Thanks to a wonderful guest, we just got wi-fi!!! We've been pirating for years, so this is a REALLY big deal for us. : ) If you have AT&T service, be warned that many guests have said that our neighborhood has very weak reception for AT&T.

We only have over the air TV reception, no cable, no satellite. This is such a beautiful area, with so much to do ... so we don't spend a lot of time with our TV or computer. We do have a DVD player.

Our home is a duplex. We never hear the neighbors talking or other noises, but we do sometimes feel/hear the vibrations of them walking on the wood floors of our shared home site. This room shares a common wall with our neighbors.

If you are a cycling enthusiast, our location is EXCELLENT! CCCX (Central Coast Cyclo-Cross) hosts cross-country mountain bike and road racing events literally in our backyard. The start line for the road races is just steps from our home. Check out their website for their race schedule: (website hidden)

If you are a car, motorcycle, or bicycle racing enthusiast, we are just minutes from Laguna Seca Raceway. Check out their website for their race scheudle: (website hidden)

If you like to golf, we are less than a mile from Bayonet & Black Horse golf course, 36 holes of great golf! See their website for more info: (website hidden) . In addition, there are loads of amazing golf courses in the area.

Our home is located in a VERY safe neighborhood. It used to be an active military base: Fort Ord. Our neighbors are mostly military families attached to the Defense Language Institute and the Naval PostGraduate School. Here are a few websites:
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Our backyard is the nation's newest national monument: Fort Ord National Monument. Check out this link for more info: (website hidden)_ord/index.html

Downtown Monterey is 10 minutes drive, and you can be in Carmel in 20 minutes. Within a few minutes you can be at numerous world-class restaurants. Here is a link to our local free weekly paper's dining reviews, Coast Weekly: (website hidden)

Since the websites are blocked in this listing, if you are interested, I will email you the actual web addresses.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $20 / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee: $10
Check In: 3:00 PM
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Cancellation: Flexible
Pet Owner: Dog(s) and Cat(s)

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  • Teri, Gabby, Bella, and Ginger are very friendly hosts. Teri is a wonderful source of information about the Monterey Peninsula. The bed in the room is comfortable, with plenty of towels, and even water and chocolate. Bella the dog and Ginger the cat are both cute and affectionate.

    October 2012
  • In a word... superb!

    You do need to read the description, for in it, Teri is thorough and precise, and she delivers exactly what is described. The stay is quite "homey," with much good conversation with Teri and her daughter, and the fruit and croissants were a welcomed (and unexpected) treat for breakfast.

    So for me, I enjoyed it immensely. The hosts were both interesting and pleasant, and are at the heart of the AirBnB experience. (And I'd type more, but my internet usage time at the library is almost up! 30 minutes? It takes me that long to remember all my passwords!)

    October 2012
  • my son and i stayed with teri one night and found our first airbnb experience very satisfying. She was a good conversationalist, very accommodating to anything we needed, and prepared a fantastic breakfast before an early departure. we've done the monterey/santa cruz hotel option before and this was a far better experience.

    October 2012
  • I stayed with Teri and her daughter Gabby last week while traveling through Monterey. They are an amazing little family complete with Bella and Ginger rescued from a shelter by Gabby who is just an amazing and lovely little girl.
    Teri was a wonderful hostess and I felt completely at home in her presence. She wants to please and is knowlegable and kind. If I didn't live so far away, we would be great friends.
    Her home is lovely, clean, and full of happy memories. You may come and go as you wish which was big for me, and she will offer you a place at her table to eat or just to chat.
    I would rate her home and Teri and Gabby a definite 5 stars.

    September 2012
  • We stayed by Teri and her daughter Gabrielle for one night and it was wonderful. Both were really welcoming and lovely hosts. We slept in Gabrielle's bed which was so much comfortable.
    In the morning, Teri made us a delicious breakfast with fruits and croissants and we're even available to taste some cheese who was made in this region.
    We would absolutely recommend to stay on Teri's place.

    September 2012
  • My husband and I loved staying with Teri. We came to her house after camping for a few nights in Big Sur, and couldn't have asked for a better place to take a hot shower and relax for an evening. We loved getting to know these two, Teri pointed us in the direction of a great place for dinner, and even gave us a coupon she happened to have. We had great conversation with both Teri and her daughter, enjoyed the breakfast Teri was so kind to make, and slept extremely well. These two are so sweet, we really enjoyed our stay.

    September 2012
  • Our experience in Teri's home was as good as any top end bed and breakfast. We were surprised when we woke up to a wonderful breakfast with croissants, fresh fruit, jam, yogurt, and a variety of cheeses. Our room couldn't have been more comfortable. Teri and her daughter were wonderful hosts. We will certainly return to stay with her if we are back up in Monterey Bay in the future.

    August 2012
  • We felt very foruntate to find a place to stay in the area that was reasonably priced and didn't require a multi night stay. We felt even more fortunate when we arrived - Teri was incredibly sweet, their home very welcoming and comfortable, and we had exactly what we needed! We arrived late (9pm) and left early (6am) and Teri was wonderfully welcoming even in that short time. There were chocolates on our pillow, and she offered to make coffee and breakfast for us! We had a very short stay, but we would gladly stay with Teri again, and recommend her home without hesitation.

    August 2012
  • Teri is the most gracious host. She welcomed me into her home and was extraordinarily kind, friendly, and inviting. She was flexible with my comings and goings. Furthermore, she is a great person to talk to!

    Her daughter, Gabby, is a sweet girl who can maturely converse with adults (there were two other guests there when I stayed with them), Bella the dog—a sweet little pup—has a tail that may go back in time (it moves soooo fast), and Ginger the cat is...Ginger the cat! :)

    I am 6'2", and was a bit worried about fitting in the bed, but it was great, comfy, and laden with See's chocolate. YUM! And even with two other guest, Gabby, Teri, and me in the house, the bathroom was never an issue the entire time I was here. Teri was even kind enough to share some fruit, scones/croissants and "peel the paint off the wall strong" (her words) coffee at breakfast time.

    This home is near a runners paradise. The first thing I did when I got here was go on an unexpectedly epic run through Fort Ord. I saw all kinds of critters, but not a single person the entire time. Magical! I'm not a cyclist, but I'm sure y'all would love it too!

    If you are going through the area, definitely do yourself a favor and stay with Teri.

    August 2012
  • My stay with Teri and her family was wonderful. She made us feel comfortable right from the start. She invited us to watch the Olympic games with her and her daughter, and she even prepared a wonderful breakfast for us the next morning. The bed I stayed in was clean and comfy. I would highly recommend staying with Teri if you are ever passing through the Monterey area.

    July 2012
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English, Español
School
Cal Poly Pomona, B.S. in Hotel and Restaurant Management; Monterey Institute of International Studies, M.A. in International Policy Studies; several teaching credentials including History/Social Studies & Business
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8th grade Social Studies / History Teacher
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I am an 8th grade Social Studies teacher at a local, public middle school. I teach U.S. History and (sometimes) World History. My daughter and I live in a small duplex on the former Fort Ord base. We share our home with a cat (Ginger) who loves to have her chin scratched, and a dog (Bella) who will wag her tail and love you instantly. FYI, Bella is a small, quiet dog ... she is older, and has only barked three times in the last year. Really! We have a busy schedule that includes a lot of time spent at my daughter's dance studio (she does ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, contemporary, and lyrical). My daughter speaks Spanish and is also learning to mountain bike. We love to go hiking in the local area. If I had all the time in the world, I would do more quilting. I am a former National Park Service ranger and one of our favorite places to visit is my former work site: Yosemite National Park. We go camping there at least once a year. If you are planning to go to Yosemite National Park as a part of your trip, I would be happy to assist with travel info. I have noticed that many international visitors make hotel reservations at locations that are a VERY long drive from Yosemite Valley; perhaps I can make some suggestions to you to save you some driving time. We love to travel. Gabby and I have been to Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Nevada, Virginia, Washington, D.C, New York City, and Denmark. We have gone by planes, trains, and automobiles (as well as car ferry). We have stayed in fancy hotels, campgrounds, youth hostels, people's homes, Motel 6, and even a teepee. Each expereince is different, and each is an adventure. When I was younger, I had three study abroad experiences: in Belgium (the summer after high school), in Denmark (a year of college), and in France (a summer internship in grad school). All three involved living with a host family, and all three deeply shaped the person I am today. Part of why I would like to host travelers is to "pay it forward," to thank those who gave me a place to stay. Lauguages spoken: my daughter is able to help you with Spanish, however, I don't speak it. I used to speak some Danish and French, but both are very rusty from lack of use. Another reason to stay with us is to help a single mother pay for braces and ballet : ) Staying with us will help my daughter continue with her dance lessons and competitions. We are grateful for your consideration and look forward to having you visit us soon!
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