We live 5 miles from the White House in a nice, established neighborhood. Parking is free, on a safe street less then twenty-feet from your bedroom. We are a seven-minute slow walk to the Takoma, Metro Station, on the Red Line. Buses run up and down Georgia Avenue for easy access to downtown DC or Silver Spring. Silver Spring is about a mile away, has a Whole Foods grocery store, and many restaurants, as well as the Fillmore Music Stage, AFI Silver Movie Theatre, The Discovery Channel HQ, NOAA, and more. There is a Safeway grocery store a half-mile away. We are about a mile from Old Town Takoma Park, Maryland; it has a year 'round Farmer's Market and excellent restaurants and shops.
The room we offer has a Queen bed. This has recently been changed! The bed is really comfortable memory foam, and full queen size.
Your room has a bathroom with toilet and sink; and it is private to you and separate from the rest of the house, and right there attached to your room. It does NOT have a shower. The shower is upstairs, although you are welcome to use it whenever you'd like (crack of dawn or middle of the night is fine). The room has a door directly to the outside, via the porch. You have easy entry and exit without going through the main house. You can treat this room like a hotel room: we won't be offended. The room's bathroom is enclosed, with sink and toilet, and offers privacy. The room has a door that effectively closes the room off to the rest of the house, insuring complete privacy.
To repeat, the room does *NOT* have a shower. We only have a shower upstairs, although, of course, you are welcome to use the shower during your visit, day or night.
We don't a have a curfew or “hours.” Come and go as you please. You won't wake us up...we're up late!
The house has an older Windows-based lap-top computer you can use; it's slow but it works. The room has a TV, and good, fast WiFi for your wireless devices.
There is a small refrigerator in the room as well. We do NOT offer kitchen use in the main house; we work from home and need that space to concentrate. We are close to restaurants and grocery stores.
To give some distances: two blocks from Walter Reed Medical Center; 1.2 miles to downtown Silver Spring (including a Whole Foods and Super Giant); 1/2 mile to Safeway grocery store; 3/4 mile to “downtown” Takoma Park (Sunday Farmer’s market year-round); Takoma Metro (Red Line) is a 7 minute walk, and about a 12 minute ride to Union Station, across the the Capitol Dome; 4.5 miles to University of Maryland, College Park; 5.4 miles to the White House; 3.5 miles to Bethesda. Rock Creek Park is 3/4 mile away – and closed to cars on the weekend. DCA airport is accessible via the Metro; BWI airport by the MARC trains, and DC Metro Express Bus, as well as Amtrak from Union Station. MARC is now running on the weekends!
DC has been transformed, for the better, by Zip Car; Car2Go car-share; and Capital Bike Share.
CONSIDER getting a Car2Go membership BEFORE you get here. They have to approave your license, and they often have promotions that make the one-time fee free. Car2Go is real, easy- one-way car sharing. It is handy, and affordable. Parking is free in a Car2Go; you can end your car trip and walk away from the Car2Go car and be twenty feet from you room!
We are also a bicycle family. Getting around by bicycle is a great way to enjoy DC. We can help with all manner of bicycle-related questions, including repair, routes and sites to see. Free, on-site bike storage. You can be at the White House FASTEST, for example, if you travel by bicycle. The routes downtown are varied and very bicycle friendly, often with striped bicycle lanes the whole way...and you can take a bicycle on Metro as long as it is not rush hour.
We have three cats. The are indoor and outdoor cats, so be mindful if you have allergies. They are NOT allowed in your room. No smoking inside. No burning of scented candles, incense, etc..
We have a fireplace in the main living room...sometimes we use it on cold nights.
The porch, with porch swing, is just outside your door, and is a good place to hang out if the weather is nice.
Towels, linens and the like are, of course, complimentary.
The house is occupied by a long-married, happy couple, one of which is Faculty at the University of Maryland. The children are currently in College. We know the area and can provide reliable advice on all aspects of Washington, DC, from entertainment to transportation.
We welcome you to stay with us!