One of our very good friends travels a lot for business; and after a while he lost the charm of staying in crisp and professionally managed hotel rooms and longed for the feel of a home. So he decided to explore staying in accommodations listed in airBnB, the lived in homes, neighborhood coffee shop, smell of breakfast and brewing coffee. He shared his good and bad experiences with us over dinner one day and convinced us to give it a shot.
So for our most recent family trip to NorCal, we stayed at Brenda and Kirk’s home. It was a wonderful experience. We rented three rooms from them which are beautifully decorated, each with a destination theme. There was an Asia Room that my parents stayed in, the Africa Room with two twin beds where the kids stayed and DH and I stayed in the Southwest Room. Kirk is a well-traveled photographer and his pictures and memorabilia from the trips was part of the beautifully curated rooms.
|Sunset views from the living room|
|The African Room|
|The Southwest room|
|Our Favorite corner in the house, which was in the middle of it all :-)|
|The incredible mask collection|
It is very tough to put a price tag on such an experience; you can’t even begin to compare it to a regular hotel. There was a certain level of personalization and consideration in this stay that conjures up a feeling which is much beyond that MasterCard can buy. But for the practical mind that counts every dime, I think it is worth every penny.
|A cozy tea corner upstairs close to bedroom for early morning sips|