When an air mattress in a family living room in the midst of renovation is all you really need ;) Annnnd a shower, heat, and use of the kitchen, of course :D
Here is a closer picture of where I set the bed(s) up for guests. Click on the picture for a better view; it's kind of dark because I didn't use the flash to take the photo.
I am offering a couch and/or floor space in my living room and/or dining room on the first floor of my house.
I am happy to provide air mattresses (I have three twin size), linens, blankets, pillows, and towels. I also have shampoos, conditioners, tooth brushes and tooth paste if you find you need them. I have a white noise maker, and fans you are welcome to use to help make the atmosphere more pleasing and comfortable, and I will provide you with a lamp and flashlight for night time navigation.
Besides the living room and dining room, there is a brand new full size bathroom with a hand held shower head in the shower, and a sadly decrepit but fully functional kitchen (which you should feel free to utilize), all shared with myself, my well-behaved teen and/or my husband (also well-behaved), and our sweet kitties, Little Man and Jelly Bean (Beans for short).
Additionally, feel free to pitch a tent outside when the weather works for you! The back yard is plenty big enough for a tent or two. I have a small fire pit on which you can cook hot dogs, s'mores, or whatever on, if you like doing that.
I have a French press and Greek ground coffee, and a variety of teas, but if you have special needs (decaf) or other preferences, feel free to bring your favorites along and whip them up in the kitchen at your convenience. There will be basic breakfast items available to you if you would like them (things like eggs, toast, fruit, yogurt, hot & cold cereal) though we do not use cow's milk. You are welcome to use/try either coconut almond milk or rice milk.
I will make room for you in the frige and/or freezer if you need space, just let me know! Washer and dryer (free) are available as well if you find you need them.
There is Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Amazon streaming on TV in the shared living room. There is a DVD/BluRay player, a Wii, and a Gamecube on which you are welcome to play games. Fun!
Internet is available in wireless form.
My house is an old place that used to be rented out to the quarry workers in the granite quarrying heyday, since Rock of Ages is near. It looks pretty big from the outside, but the setup of the inside makes the living spaces pretty cozy, though comfortable enough. The parts of the house which aren't updated yet generally look old, and I am in varying stages of constant renovation to varying parts of the house, so you may see stripped walls and ceilings and other incomplete works in progress. These things can work together to make my place look shabby and unkempt, though it's not really. One of my good friends describes it as having the "lived in" look and feel. Works for me, since it IS lived in! Hope it does for you, too :)
Overall, I'm not an OCD house cleaner, but I'm not an unsanitary hog either. I have a fair amount of stuff which can kind of make my place look cluttered, but everything has a place and it's not Hoarders here. I think if you are not an absolute clean freak, if you have the expectation of staying in a home and not a hotel, and are happy with a place to sleep, a hot shower, a kitchen to use, and friendly people (all for such a reasonable price!), you will be comfortable here.
Little Man will most likely keep to himself at first, though after a little while he may be curious about you, and may want to sit or sleep with you if you let him. Beans is very vocal and friendly and loves to be petted and hang out with humans, and sleep on their laps. It is fine to not let the kitties sleep on you if that is your preference. Just let me know if they bother you, and we will work something out :)
Our neighborhood has access to great views (Camel's Hump, FTW!), old quarry holes, and other natural scenery. There is a system of trails to walk, bike, or snowshoe on in the woods surrounding us...one trail starts almost in my own back yard!
Property is absolutely no cigarette smoking, other smoking outside only, please.
If you are in the market for maple syrup, I can get it for $40.00 a gallon for you!
Overnight stay price of $25.00 is for one person, $10.00 for each additional person. I have listed that my property accommodates up to 3 people, but if you have more in your party, I might be able to make accommodations...just ask :)
Please feel free to contact me with questions or concerns.
Below is more information on things to do in the area:
Rock of Ages visitors center (they have a nice tour, check their website for hours) and Thunder Road race track are minutes away, skiing is about 45 minutes away, Burlington is about an hour north of here and tax free shopping in West Lebanon, NH s about an hour south of here. Hill Farmstead brewery is about an hour away, and I know which stores locally sell Heddy Topper...Monday is delivery day and it usually lasts thru Tuesday. Let me know if you are interested!
The general store down the road from us has pizza, sandwiches, burgers and such. There is a Hannaford and McDonalds, and a deli/Shell station (which serves authentic Indian food, too!) about a 5 minute drive away.
The city of Barre (exit 7 off I-89) is about 10 minutes north of Graniteville and there you will find some more restaurants, SPA Art gallery, a history museum on the second floor of the Aldrich Library, local thrift, antique, and other small shops, and also many lovely granite statues (Robert Frost memorial, War Memorial, Italian heritage monument). There is also a farmers market and concert in the park in the summers on Wednesdays. Hope Cemetery, famous for its intricate and unusual headstones, sits just outside Barre City and is totally worth a trip to the area in itself.
Berlin (also exit 7) is a tiny little 1 mile by 1 mile city about 15 minutes away. It is home to the Edward F. Knapp airport (cute little thing that is mostly for locals prop planes and Fed Ex deliveries), and the only mall in our area (the mall has a Walmart, a Payless, an eye place, a hair place, a Game Stop, a local business selling neat household furnishings and decoration, JC Penney, a kids bouncy house play place, and a couple clothing stores and odds n ends stores). The famous mom and pop restaurant, The Wayside, is located on the town line between Berlin and Montpelier and is worth a stop for a lunch or dinner special or a slice of homemade pie!
Also, we are about 20 minutes south of the VT state capitol, Montpelier (exit 8, though accessable via exit 7). There is a nice tour of the lovely Capitol building, and Montpelier has many cute and quirky shops and restaurants if you enjoy shopping and dining out. Hubbard park is in Montpelier, as well, and has trails for hiking all year long, at least one shelter with a fireplace, and in the summer, lots of cookout/picnic areas. Be sure to take the short hike to the stone tower...the views make your spirit soar!
There is a great hike up Camel's Hump...about a 20 minute drive north from my house, off exit 9. Spruce mountain is also near for another good hike.
Groton, an excellent state park and place for lake swimming and beach enjoying, is located about 30 minutes east from me off route 302.
No cigarette smoking on property, other smoking outside only.
We recycle all manner of things and compost veggie and non-meat matter. I will try to remember to show you how to do these things here :)
Shoes off in the house as much as possible (not necessary if you are tenting in the back yard and just pop in for the bathroom just inside the back double door), clean up after yourself, generally respectful attitudes expected, please do not steal from us, and kindness to the kitty required :)
If you okayed with me to bring a pet, please plan on keeping them restrained to some degree while in the house so as to allow the residing cats some areas of safe haven. Leashes are required in my neighborhood, as well as cleaning up after your pet outside.
Great place great people, so nice and welcoming everything went perfect I thank God for good people like Melyssa and her husband they made us feel at home again, we are from Los Angeles CA and travel 10 months at a time across the US to pubic and private schools and churches to do anti-bulling assemblies, and I have been treated very well with Melyssa and her husband, if I'm ever in the Graniteville Vermont area again I will be here. ☺
Believe it or not, the corner of Melyssa's living room was one of the most charming places we've stayed in a while. The house is quirky and cool, and the company was top shelf. I awoke to Mike asking me if I wanted bacon, and we enjoyed eggs and potatoes with goat cheese along with it. Highly recommend staying here.
Melyssa was so welcoming and accommodating. She hosted me on really short notice, communicated regularly by text, answered all of my questions, offered me delicious home-made food, and gave me a thorough tour of the house. Then, I was able to settle in and relax. My sleeping area was nice and cozy. There are folks coming and going at different times to work and such, and the sleeping area is in a shared space, so light sleepers might have trouble. But, the accommodations were warm and comfortable. Can't be beat!
Melyssa is very friendly and nice host. The room is large and bed (air mattress) is comfortable. Her husband made me delicious omelette for breakfast. Two black cats are pretty cute. Thanks!
Great host communication was very good. It was a last minute thing for me and she was very accommodating definitely would book again. In an expensive way to spend the day in Vermont
Melyssa and her daughter are incredibly flexible and hospitable. She made me feel like coming back home, warm lights on, cute kitties, food and drinks. Since we arrived late and left eariler, we didn't spend too much time with her, just a few words, it's a pity. I'd love to stay with her family for the next time I come to Vermont. Great host!
They are working on their house at the moment, so it might look a bit untidy but that is okay. Melyssa and her family are very friendly and helpful, so if you need a place to stay for a night or two, you can't go wrong with Melyssa.
I am a native Vermonter. I am laid back, easy going, have a great sense of humor and a helpful spirit. I laugh easily and often and try to put others at ease with humor if I can. I am peaceful by nature and (try to be) super polite, but I do say what I think which does not always come out the way I wanted it too, but my heart is always in the right place. I am totally friendly which I am sure you will be able to tell by my smile, and I love to chat with people open to chatting (but I will not trap you in never ending conversation, either!). I am clean (also a non-smoker), mature, thoughtful, reasonable, smart enough, and respectful.
I love animals (I am put off a bit by the smell of dog, so I tend not to get real cuddly with dogs, but I love them anyway and don't mind being around them), reading, music, movies, trying all sorts of food, travelling and meeting new people and seeing new places.
I have been to ME, NH, NY, MA, RI, DC, NC, FL, KY, TN, NV, Canada, and Puerto Rico and am planning a trip to TX next! I really love kitchy touristy places, so my favorite places to visit so far have been Old Orchard Beach, ME, Lincoln/Woodstock area in NH, and Lake George, NY. I also love exploring cities and have had lots of fun in Burlington (VT), Boston, Montreal, and New York.
Things I can't "live without" are Jesus, my teenager (whom is well behaved and with whom I frequently travel), a comfy bed, a decent internet connection, and cats :)
My life motto is: "So far as it depends on you, live in peace with all people" (Romans 12:18)
Feel free to contact me with questions or concerns you may have!