I am a social worker from Durham, NC and have a son in college. My husband and I love to relax at the beach and take photographs. We also love to read, shop the farmer's markets and exercise.
Airbnb is the way to go if you are truly looking for a "local experience." I attended the Full Frame Festival and had a great experience staying with Mike and BJ. It felt like (website hidden) was very encouraging and catered to my interest which was the film festival. Their home is very close to town and the festival activities. The room felt private with the bathroom right outside the room. It was clean and comfortable. They have cats. They were friendly too. Overall, I felt safe coming back at 2am. It was a great experience.
BJ and Mike are two of the loveliest people you will ever meet; they were endlessly generous and hospitable, thoughtful and caring. They are wonderfully smart and kind, great to talk to and will go out of their way to make you feel at home. Their two cats are very fun, their neighbourhood is lovely. You could not ask for better hosts!
The room is spacious, well lit and you have a nice bathroom to yourself as well. Their house is big and beautiful and overlooks a lovely yard which has a nice view of the woods. About a 15 minute walk to Duke East Campus, otherwise five minutes on bike/car/bus, marginally longer to West Campus, and their street is walking distance to 9th St which has a supermarket, a Wholefoods and lots of places to eat/drink. A ten minute cycle/car ride to downtown which also has lots of the above. A very convenient location.
Response from BJ & Mike:
Thanks Jac! We miss you!
BJ and Mike were lovely hosts, and have a gorgeous home in one of the loveliest neighborhoods I've had the pleasure to walk around. I am hoping to return for my next visit to Durham. Thank you BJ and Mike for your hospitality and thoughtfulness.
Response from BJ & Mike:
Thanks Nancy, we loved having you!
I had a wonderful stay with BJ and Mike! They were such gracious hosts I felt like I was staying with friends. They were flexible and accommodating as my check in and check out times changed, and the space was well arranged so it's like having your own private suite. I really hope I have the chance to stay with them again!
I stayed with them twice during my trip and my complicated logistics were handled (website hidden) went out of her way to be clear in her communication and to make arrangements for me as needed. As mentioned in the other review that I provided for their listing, this was a lovely place to stay and their hospitality excellent.
This listing is warmly (website hidden) was an excellent hostess (Mike was out of town) and their home comfortable and welcoming as were the neighbors! The room and bath available were private yet easy to come and go without disturbing everyone. I'll definitely stay with these folks again.
Cozy, clean, comfortable private room + bathroom. Conveniently within walking distance to good shops/restaurants in Durham. But best of all, Mike and BJ were delightful and very helpful hosts--couldn't have asked for better! BJ even drove to pick me up from my interview and take me to the house. I certainly give my highest recommendations!
Staying at BJ & Mike's home was a perfect solution for me. Within walking distance of everywhere I needed to me. They were so welcoming and their home was wonderfully comfortable. I enjoyed tea on their big screen in porch and the company of their two cats.
BJ and Mike were wonderful hosts, and we had a very pleasant time sharing travel experiences. They knew plenty about where to eat and what to do around the area, and generally were incredibly hospitable accommodating.
The room itself was very spacious and comfortable, and extra toiletries, snacks and other assortments were made available. The neighbourhood was quiet yet not far from some excellent shops and restaurants on Broad Street and Ninth Street. I had a great time staying with BJ and Mike and would recommend them highly.
I stayed with BJ and Mike for 3 days this spring while visiting Duke as a potential graduate student from the West Coast and they were so accommodating! They went out of their way to answer any and all of my questions about Durham, the surrounding area, where to go, what to do, anything! They were just such great hosts! The bedroom and bathroom I had were great and the location is also very close by to Duke, downtown Durham, and any other point of interest. Highly recommended!
These intrepid Southerners who were visiting their soccer player senior braved an initial November coldsnap that brought snow and ice. A wonderfully warm connection was made as a result, (website hidden) and Mike were thoughtful, friendly, independent, clean, and generous to me, their host! We hope to deepen our budding friendship over the years.
Excellent guests, very clean, very easy to communicate with!
BJ was an excellent guest that left the apartment very clean and just as we left it. We would gladly host her again anytime!
BJ and Mike Fusaro are charming, polite and very respectful.Communicating with them has been very smooth and have very responsive with my suggestions and recommendations. The perfect tenants, I am delighted with this experience, highly recommended.
It was my pleasure to host BJ during her stay in Waltham. What energy and clarity, this woman managed to navigate the bus routes and T routes to get right here and back (website hidden)'s positive energy is contagious, she knows how to enjoy every moment to its best. The wonderful weather during her stay gave BJ a chance to really relax on the back porch reading and drinking tea. I love to see my guests truly enjoy themselves - and BJ made herself right at home - wonderful.