The Space The Light-filled Modern Guest Studio was designed by the owner to be a bright, cozy place to stay with a touch of environmentally-conscious luxury. We are avid travelers and are thrilled to share this brand new space with like-minded wanderers.
You'll enjoy heated, polished concrete floors and gorgeous exposed fir all around. Climb to the lofted bedroom to see views out skylights and windows of Mt Baker and the Twin Sisters in the North Cascades to the east and the Chuckanut Mountains to the south.
This comfortable getaway is a perfect springing off point for all the fun to be had in Bellingham and the North Cascades (including Mt. Baker Ski Area).
LIVING AREA: You may pair your phone via bluetooth or direct cable to a speaker system. High-speed wireless is available--see the information binder for instructions. I made a conscious choice not to install a television. The radiant heat is controlled via a Nest thermostat to be warm consistently throughout the day. If your schedule varies significantly from this (i.e. You're gone all day), let me know so I can make adjustments to the program. There is no air conditioning, as it's rarely needed here.
BEDROOM: Actual stairs (not a ladder!) lead the way to the open sleeping area, where you will be treated to a refreshing night's sleep on a firm, all-natural, latex foam hybrid mattress from Nest Bedding. In the morning you'll wake to views of the Chuckanut mountains to the south and the Twin Sisters and Mt. Baker to the east.
KITCHENETTE: There is an induction burner, toaster oven, microwave, kettle and mini-fridge in the industrially-inspired galley kitchen. A pour-over brewing device, a basic coffee pot and an Aeropress are available. We also leave a growler in the guest house in case you want to pick up some local beer at one of our many breweries.
PETS: There is a resident canine, Clio, will want to meet you if she hears you on the other side of the fence but she is never allowed in the guest house. We have made every attempt to keep the studio clear of allergens for all visitors.
LAUNDRY: We cannot provide laundry services but Q Laundry is just a few blocks away on Alabama and James.
BECAUSE WE CARE: We used low- or no-VOC paints and stains and all products are free of chemical fragrances. A tung oil-based finish was applied to the loft floors and a similar non-toxic finish was applied to all the fir trim.
The eco-friendly polished concrete floor is durable but will stain just like any other floor. Please wash up spills.
Prior to your arrival, you will receive a code for the deadbolt that will be active from 3 pm on the day of your arrival to 11 am on the day of your departure. (We do not use the handle lock but rely solely on the deadbolt.)
PLEASE READ HOUSE RULES ABOUT PARKING PRIOR TO ARRIVAL. Guest Access Your access includes the guesthouse itself and a small patio.
PARKING: We really want this venture to have zero impact on our neighbors so REQUIRE that you park in the spot on the south side of the studio rather than on the street in front of neighbors' houses or blocking the alley. Automatic security lights will light your way. Be mindful that there is a retaining wall marked by thin reflector posts--don't fall or drive over it! They are standard size parking spots but, being on the alley, require a little skill to get into. If you are *at all* nervous about parking your car there, let me know and we will happily and promptly park one of our cars back there.
IF YOU BLOCK THE ALLEY with your car, we WILL come knock on your door and you will be required to move it. It is the single complaint we've had from neighbors and if they complain to the city, our Airbnb gets shut down immediately. It's that simple. If you leave your car blocking the alley and we cannot locate you, it will be towed at your expense. Interaction with Guests We respect your privacy and will keep contact to a minimum.
If you have any questions about or issues with the house, or simply want suggestions on where to go and what to do, please do not hesitate to text us. A contact number is in the information booklet. We will reply as soon as we can. We try to be sure the place is completely ready, stocked and self-explanatory and since we are busy people (aren't we all?!) it might take us an hour or two respond during the work day or weekend night. But don't worry we will respond! If you need to know that someone is onsite 24/7 to attend to your requests immediately, this might not be the best place for you. The Neighborhood The guesthouse is located in Sunnyland, which is consistently voted Bellingham's favorite neighborhood. We are 3. miles from I-5, 1.2 miles from downtown and 55 miles from Mt. Baker Ski Area!
Nearby establishments include Kulshan Brewery, Trader Joe's, Wander Brewing, Homeskillet and it is just a 20-minute walk or 5-minute bike ride to downtown.
Four blocks to the east on North St. is the Railroad Trail which leads to Whatcom Falls Park, Lake Whatcom and all the mountain-biking goodness at Galbraith Mountain. Getting Around Public buses run nearby on Cornwall and Alabama. Uber and taxi service is easy and accessible. Other Things to Note If you're using Uber, just copy and past the following into a message to the driver: "I am staying in the guest studio accessed via the alley west of Grant St., three houses south of Connecticut. It is gray with black trim. Please pick up on the south side of the building. Thanks!" ...